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NORMAN LINDSAY GALLERY
Norman Lindsay (1879-1969), artist, cartoonist, and writer, came from a family that produced five artists. Lindsay left home when he was sixteen to live with his brother in Melbourne. In 1901 he moved north to make his permanent home in the Blue Mountains, working for the Bulletin in an association that lasted almost to his death.
His first novel was published in 1913, and by the 1920s he was both proficient and prolific in pen and ink drawing, etching, woodcuts, watercolours and sculpture. Lindsay rejected Christianity, and his art depicts Bohemianism and Arcadian pantheism madly admixed in a fantasy world.
As early as 1904 his work was deemed blasphemous; in 1930 his novel Redheap was banned and the following year the police proceeded against an issue of Art and Australia that showcased his art. There were many critics of Lindsay’s work but he remained popular with collectors, and Albert, the loyal but cranky The Magic Pudding from his classic children’s book (1918) is still just as popular with today’s younger generation.
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The Norman Lindsay Gallery is available by special arrangement for weddings or other functions.Wonderful photo opportunities and landscaped grounds provide a unique venue and marquees can be hired for larger receptions. Why not book your next function at The Norman Lindsay Gallery? Make venue booking enquiry today.
The Norman Lindsay Gallery will be conducting a volunteer training course in the very near future. To apply, or for further information visit our Volunteering page or contact us.
Be sure to check out our ‘Gallery Events’ page to make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun events and festivals taking place at the Norman Lindsay Gallery.
About The Norman Lindsay Gallery
“Springwood” was built in the mid 1890’s for the Sydney department store owner Francis Foy. He named the estate “Maryville” and then commissioned the construction of the dry-stone wall at the front of the property. This is one of the oldest surviving examples of this type of wall in the Blue Mountains, an art forte later made famous in the area by the Danish born landscape gardener Paul Sorensen.
Norman Lindsay and his (soon to be) second wife Rose Soady bought the property in 1912 and re-named the estate “Springwood”. Norman quickly set about creating the garden as we see it today; he built retaining walls, Roman style gardens, planted trees, constructed outdoor swimming and bathing pools, established rose-covered pergolas, and made many sculptures, fountains and urns which he placed strategically around than property. Norman lived here up to the time of his death at the age of 90 in 1969. Since the early 1970’s the property has been open to the public and has become one of the most visited National Trust gardens in Australia.
The cottage is presented as the showplace of a major collection of Lindsay’s work including watercolors, sculptures, ship models, novels and an exhibition of models from his classic children’s book “The Magic Pudding”.
We cordially invite you to visit daily the gallery throughout the year. The property is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm for your inspection and enjoyment. You may also like to explore the Gallery through this website. We feature a photographic tour of the Gallery and the 40 acres of Garden. Visit The Gallery Shop and view our extensive collection of Norman Lindsay Limited Edition Facsimile Reproduction Etchings, Limited Edition Watercolor Prints and Original Woodblock Prints. Norman Lindsay’s literary works and memorabilia are also available for purchase through the Gallery Shop and also through this website.
We hope that you’ll enjoy your ‘virtual’ visit to “Springwood” and take the time to explore all of Norman’s unique and idyllic creation. The next time that you’re passing through the Blue Mountains, make sure that you pop in and say g’day.
If you’d like more information about the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum or its exhibitions, please contact us.
Ikebana Demonstration – 6th October 11am – 12.30pm
The Japanese art of Ikebana demonstrated by Patricia Waters (Master of Chiko school of Ikebana)
Cost $20. Includes Gallery viewing and refreshments.
Limited numbers Bookings essential on 02 4751 1067.
Carols in the Garden – Saturday 7th December 7pm
Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening of popular carols sung by The Hawkesbury Choir.
Cost $5 per person or $20 per family – pay at the gate.
Life Drawing Summer Schools
Monday 30th December 2013 to Thursday 2nd January 2014 and Tuesday 7th January 2014 to Friday 10th January 2014.
Cost $290 per person Includes 4 days, 9am-1pm of life drawing, tuition, models, use of easels and morning tea Bookings essential on 02 4751 1067.
Shakespeare at the Gallery 2014
Much Ado about Nothing – Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th January 2014.
Jazz in the Garden – Saturday 22nd February 2014
Galapagos Duck led by larrikin Willie Qua will delight the audience. The gates open at 4pm allowing time to setup the picnic table and chairs, pop the Champagne and bring on the food with the jazz to start at 5pm. Bookings Essential. Call 02 4751 1067 or purchase in our online store.
Etching House recommends being a Volunteer, the rewards of Volunteering Norman Lindsay Gallery is amazing if you can afford the time.
Statue in the Norman Lindsay Gallery grounds
Would you like to share your fascination with Norman Lindsay with others? Do you like to meet new people who enjoy working in a heritage gallery and garden?
We need volunteers to guide our many visitors through Norman Lindsay’s home and garden and through the galleries of his immense creativity. We want you to share the legacy of this engaging man with visitors from all over the world.
Norman Lindsay made an inspiring contribution to Australian culture, and you will welcome and guide visitors through the property and narrate the stories and facts that made his impact so profound. You will also have the opportunity to assist visitors in the Gallery shop.
In addition to soaking up the atmosphere of an Australian cultural icon and welcoming people, you will be given all the training and support needed to make this an opportunity you will always enjoy.
Come and join our terrific volunteer team!
The Norman Lindsay Gallery will be conducting a volunteer training course in the very near future. To apply or for further information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator on (02) 4751 1067 or contact us.