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Marea Gazzard, c. 1985

Lewis Morley

type C photograph (sheet: 27.8 cm x 35.4 cm, image: 23.7 cm x 35.4 cm)

Marea Gazzard (b. 1928) emerged as one of England's leading ceramicists in the 1950s after training in Sydney and London. She returned to Australia in 1960, building a strikingly modern house in Paddington and starting Sydney's first urban heritage action group. In 1973, with fibre artist Mona Hessing, Gazzard was one of the first craftspeople invited to exhibit at the Victorian Art Gallery. The exhibition, Clay and Fibre, generated much discussion about whether craft was art and accelerated acceptance of women artists. (The following year, the pair entered Australian theatre history when the wife of one of Barry Humphries's most pretentious characters, Neil Singleton, threw a Marea Gazzard ashtray at him and he bled onto their Mona Hessing.) Through the 1970s and 80s Gazzard held the first Chair of the Crafts Board of the Australia Council, and she was President of the World Crafts Council from 1980 to 1984. She created the bronze sculpture Mingarri: the Little Olgas (1988) for the central executive courtyard of New Parliament House, Canberra. She is shown here with the maquettes (models) of the work.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2003.61

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Lewis Morley (age 60 in 1985)

Marea Gazzard (age 57 in 1985)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Lewis Morley (49 portraits)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.