Celebrating the artistic friendship of Melbourne artists Ethel Spowers and Eveline Syme, the National Gallery Touring Exhibition Spowers & Syme will present the changing face of interwar Australia through the perspective of two pioneering modern women artists.
The exhibition offers rare insight into the unlikely collaboration between the daughters of rival media families. Studying together in Paris and later with avant-garde printmaker Claude Flight in London, Ethel Spowers and Eveline Syme returned to the conservative art world of Australia – where they became enthusiastic exponents of modern art in Melbourne during the 1930s and 40s.
Much-loved for their innovative approach to lino and woodcut techniques, Spowers & Syme showcases their dynamic approach through prints and drawings whose rhythmic patterns reflect the fast pace of the modern world through everyday observations of childhood themes, overseas travel and urban life.
Spowers & Syme is a National Gallery Touring Exhibition supported by Major Patron David Thomas AM, Visions of Australia, and the Gordon Darling Foundation. Spowers & Syme is a Know My Name project.
Curator: Dr Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax, Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings
“‘Is it too great a truism to repeat that the best art is always the child of its own age?” — Eveline W Syme
Venues & Dates
Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG), Canberra, ACT | 13 Aug – 6 Oct 2021
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD | 21 Nov 2021 – 13 Feb 2022
Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, NSW | 26 Feb – 1 May 2022
The National Gallery of Australia acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.