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Norma Redpath
, 1964

by Mark Strizic

gelatin silver photograph

Norma Redpath OBE (b. 1928), sculptor, studied in her native Melbourne at the Swinburne Technical College and RMIT. In the mid-fifties she travelled and studied in Europe, returning to Melbourne to exhibit at the annual Victorian Sculptors' Association shows while teaching at a girls' school and at Swinburne Technical College. In 1962 she took up a scholarship in Italy, where she worked in bronze-casting factories and lived in Milan. Henceforth Italy was her second home, and Italian her second language. From 1951 onward Redpath received many commissions for public sculptures. Her Canberra works include the spectacular Treasury Fountain (1965-69), opposite the National Library, and the Extended Column at the Canberra School of Music at the ANU, the design of which serves as the basis of the School's logo. Redpath has been a generous and energetic advocate for Australian sculpture all her life.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2003
Accession number: 2003.135