Arthur Boyd: An Active Witness
About the exhibition
Immerse yourself in the rich collection of significant artworks by Boyd and his dynastic Australian artist family members. A small archive of photographs, letters and other documents enhance the display and provide a greater insight into Boyd’s historical, cultural and social milieu.
This exhibition position’s Boyd as a critical yet empathetic witness engaged with the urgent issues of his time, issues still highly relevant for audiences today. Boyd’s works also often feature recurring mythology with imagery depicting metamorphoses between human and animal figures, as well as landscapes experienced and remembered.
The exhibition explores five key themes:
- Artist as witness
- Self and society
- Madness of war
- One world—environment
- Empathetic eye—connects man and world
Alongside the Boyd collection are selected works by his significant modern Australian contemporaries, such as Sidney Nolan, Charles Blackman and Leonard French. This is a great opportunity for visitors to access work from Australian artists of such high calibre, particularly Arthur Boyd, artists which have significantly contributed to shaping the identity of Australian culture.
Hear a floor talk about the exhibition by Zara Stanhope
If you’re a teacher, you may be interested in the education guide. This guide has been designed by The Bundanon Trust to complement a visit to the exhibition, highlighting the five themes and providing a series of discussion questions and activities for students to explore with the guidance of teachers.
This is a Bundanon Trust touring exhibition.