Sheila Meets Nora: 19 November 2019

Nov 19 2019
Nora Heysen, Self Portrait 1939, oil on canvas on board, Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art. Harold Cazneaux, Nora Heysen 1939, gelatin silver photograph, Art Gallery of South Australia.

Nora Heysen, Self Portrait 1939, oil on canvas on board, Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art. Harold Cazneaux, Nora Heysen 1939, gelatin silver photograph, Art Gallery of South Australia.

Sheila Meets Nora
Tuesday 19 November 2019, 6 – 7.30 pm
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, The University of Western Australia

Nora Heysen was the first woman to win the Archibald Prize and Australia’s first female official war artist. Despite these successes, her artistic career was interrupted by negative feedback from the establishment and by expectations of a woman’s role. The Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art holds three works by Nora – two of which are on display in the Cosmopolitan exhibition at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery until 7 December.

Sheila donors were fortunate recently to enjoy a fascinating and thought-provoking talk by Anne-Louise Willoughby on Nora Heysen. Anne-Louise has released an insightful and beautifully written biography – Nora Heysen: A Portrait, published by Fremantle Press.


Photo gallery


Sheila Foundation Chair John Cruthers and author Anne-Louise Willoughby with Sheila supporters


Gary Dufour and Sine MacPherson


Anne-Louise Willoughby presenting on her biography Nora Heysen: A Portrait


Sheila supporters Vivienne Stewart, Joyce Young, Jenny Fairweather, Mandy Loton and Marilyn Burton


Anne-Louise Willoughby and Sheila Foundation director, Catherine McMahon