Home of the Boyds: Harkaway and the Grange public programs announced at Bunjil Place

The history of the famous Boyd family dynasty is showcased in Home of the Boyds: Harkaway and The Grange, a new exhibition at Bunjil Place Gallery. Located in Narre Warren in Melbourne’s south-east, this exhibition is the first- of-its-kind to celebrate the nationally significant story of the Boyd family and the cultural impact of their family property in the region.

Alongside this exhibition, Bunjil Place Gallery will be running a variety of public programs created to celebrate the unique elements of the Boyd family legacy.

On Sunday 17 June, celebrated international concert pianist Alexander Boyd (grandson of Arthur Boyd) will give an afternoon performance on Bunjil Place’s very own Steinway grand piano. Renowned as both a prodigious soloist and chamber musician, Alexander will present a variety of pieces in a one-off performance exclusive to Bunjil Place.

For an in-depth discussion of the artistic legacy of the Boyd family, Bundanon Trust Exhibitions and Collections Manager Jennifer Thompson will be sharing her insights in Art Talk: Arthur Boyd and the Boyd Family. The Bundanon Trust represents a significant gift on behalf of Arthur and Yvonne Boyd and comprises some 3,600 individual pieces of work. This donation has allowed generations of Australians to be able to view and enjoy these masterpieces.

An opportunity to learn plein air painting in Art Workshop: Outdoor Landscape Painting on Saturday 9 June will take participants on an excursion from Bunjil Place to the Harkaway Hills. Here guests will learn how to paint landscapes in the idyllic region where the Boyd family home, The Grange, was located. The 4-hour long workshop includes a gourmet picnic lunch to enjoy while masterpieces are created.

In another hands-on event on Wednesday 13 June, guests will have a chance to indulge their creative side by learning how to make ceramic bunting, wall hangings, plates, bowls and/or jewellery with clay; then how to dry and waterproof them. Part of Bunjil Place Gallery’s Wednesday Workshop series, the Ceramics workshop will teach participants how to add colours, patterns and texture to their pieces, all while enjoying some delicious food and wine.

For the kids, Bunjil Place will be running Building Our Backyard throughout the winter school holidays. Beginning on Tuesday 19 June and running until Sunday 8 July, children will have the chance to explore Bunjil Place’s cubby house village. This free installation will be located at Bunjil Place Plaza and is designed to give kids the opportunity to be creative using natural materials and objects found throughout the space – just like the Boyds! A series of three art workshops for kids will also run in the cubby village daily from Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 July.

Bunjil Place is south-east Melbourne’s newest arts, cultural and entertainment precinct. Located adjacent to Westfield Fountain Gate, this newly created precinct is the first of its kind to combine creativity, entertainment and community. Bunjil Place is a unique facility, featuring an innovative outdoor community plaza, 800-seat theatre, 200-seat studio, gallery, function space and library.

Music and Boyd
Sunday 17 June 2018
3:30 pm
Tickets: $15.00 separately
or purchased in a discounted package Bunjil Place Studio

Art Workshop: Outdoor Landscape Painting
Saturday 9 June 2018
10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Tickets $50.00
Includes picnic lunch, bus transport and premium art materials. Meet at Bunjil Place Gallery

Building Our Backyard
Tuesday 19 June – Sunday 8 July 2018
11.00 am – 2.00 pm
FREE event
Bunjil Place Plaza

Art Talk: Arthur Boyd and the Boyd Family
Sunday 17 June 2018
2:00 pm
Tickets: $15.00 for concession holders, $25.00 for general admission or available in a discounted package Bunjil Place Studio

Wednesday Workshop: Ceramics
Wednesday 13 June 2018
7:00 pm
Tickets: $30.00
Bunjil Place Gallery

Building Our Backyard Kids’ Art Workshops
Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 July 2018
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
FREE event
Bunjil Place Plaza