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The Scott Sisters and the Art of Ash Island

Beauty in Science – the Scott Sisters & the art of Ash Island

A captivating performance and night talk about the lives, art and place of the Scott Sisters; two of 19th-century Australia’s most prominent natural history illustrators.

From the 1850s, sisters Helena and Harriet Scott collected, studied and drew the butterflies and botany of NSW in precise detail. Together they produced an archive of more than 600 intricate and beautiful paintings and drawings.

Join us at the Australian Museum for an illuminating evening inspired by the work of the Scott sisters.

First, watch acclaimed actresses Megan Drury and Lauren Richardson bring Harriet and Helena Scott to life in the short, performed reading Through Their Eyes. Drawn from the Scott sisters’ own correspondences and accompanied live by musician Emma Rayner, it reveals the sisters’ eccentric adolescence on Ash Island (near Newcastle), their extraordinary scientific achievements and at times their wonderful and tragic lives.

Following this, special guests discuss the unique role Ash Island has played in the creative minds of artists from the Scott sisters through to the present day.

6-8 pm

25 May 2017

Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney 

    Scott Sisters Exhibition, Level 1 Gallery, and Theatre.

General Ad: $20; AM Members: $16; Concession: $18

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Event starts
Thursday 25 May, 2017
Event Ends
Thursday 25 May, 2017
Australian Museum, Scott Sisters Exhibition, L1
Venue Address
1 William St, Sydney NSW 2010

Sydney, Sydney

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