Glen Eira City Council Gallery

06.10.17 to 11.12.17


Image: Yvonne Boyd, Melbourne Tram 1944. Oil on muslin on cardboard. Bundanon Trust Collection. © Reproduced with permission of the Boyd family.


This exhibition celebrates the creative achievements of three generations of the women artists of the Boyd family, one of Australia’s most extraordinary and talented artistic families. Beginning with the work of Emma Minnie Boyd, the exhibition explores the influences, careers, collaborations and the important role of the women in working creatively across generations of this inspiring family environment. Their connection with Open Country and Murrumbeena and their significant contribution to 20th century Australian art, is investigated in the exhibition.

A rich selection of paintings, watercolours, drawings and ceramics by Emma Minnie Boyd, Doris Boyd, Lucy Boyd Beck, Mary Boyd, Yvonne Boyd, Hermia Boyd and other artists from the Boyd family are featured in the exhibition. Works have been sourced from major public gallery and museum collections and private collections.

Curator: Diane Soumilas

Gallery Details

There are a range of public programs in association with this exhibition.
View the public programs brochure here.


Floor talks
Free admission. Bookings essential.
Book online at www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/gallery or contact 9524 3333.

Sally Boyd — artist
Friday 13 October,12.30pm
Join artist Sally Boyd (daughter of Guy Boyd) for a walk through the Boyd Women exhibition and a unique insight into the women artists of the Boyd family at Open Country, Murrumbeena.

Tansy Curtin — Bendigo Art Gallery
Friday 20 October, 12pm
Join Bendigo Art Gallery Curatorial Manager Tansy Curtin for an engaging talk about the work and career of artist Emma Minnie Boyd. The talk will focus on the iconic painting — Afternoon Tea 1888 — on loan from the collection of the Bendigo Art Gallery. 

Diane Soumilas — curator
Friday 27 October, 12.30pm
Glen Eira City Council Gallery Curator Diane Soumilas will present a talk about the exhibition and the careers of the women from this extraordinary family and artistic milieu in the 20th century.

Polly Boyd — artist
Friday 3 November, 11am
Artist Polly Boyd (daughter of Arthur Boyd and Yvonne Boyd) will share her memories of Open Country, Murrumbeena in the early 1950s and present a discussion about the art of her mother Yvonne Boyd, and her grandmother Doris Boyd.

Jennifer Thompson — Bundanon Trust
Friday 10 November, 12pm
Bundanon Trust’s Collections and Exhibitions Manager Jennifer Thompson, will discuss works in this exhibition created by
women artists from the Boyd family, many sourced from
Bundanon Trust’s collection.

Talks and tours

Colin Smith — historian
Tuesday 10 October, 12.30pm
Glen Eira Town Hall — Theatrette
Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield
Local historian Colin Smith will provide a fascinating insight
into the life and career of artist Lucy Boyd Beck.
Free admission.Bookings essential. Book online at www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/gallery or contact 9524 3333.

The Murrumbeena Boyds — a Walking Tour
Saturday 28 October, 10am–12pm
Saturday 11 November 10am–12pm
Springthorpe Gardens — meet at corner Neerim Road
and Tuckett Street, Murrumbeena.
Join local historian Colin Smith on a walking tour of Murrumbeena
and an engaging insight into the history of the talented Boyd family,
their creative achievements and how they influenced Murrumbeena.
Free event. Bookings essential.  Book online at www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/gallery or contact 9524 3333.

Guided tour of the Boyd family graves, by Sally Boyd
Sunday 12 November, 1pm. Brighton General Cemetery,
corner North and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield South
Artist Sally Boyd (daughter of Guy Boyd) will conduct a guided tour of the Boyd family graves at Brighton General Cemetery. Refreshments will be provided.
Tickets: $15 per person (includes the tour and afternoon tea).
The tour begins near the front gate on North Road.
Limited places are available. Bookings essential.
For bookings, please contact Lois on 9558 4248.


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