Animals loomed large in the works of the famous Lindsay family of artists, Percy, Lionel, Norman, Ruby and Daryl Lindsay. As children growing up in Creswick near Ballarat, the Lindsays were fascinated by a collection of birds including parrots, macaws and peacocks kept by a neighbour and later, throughout their careers, each included birds and animals in their prints, drawings and paintings.

For Percy and Daryl Lindsay, animals were part of the landscape, on farms or the racetrack. For Ruby and Norman Lindsay, animals allowed their imaginations to soar and included them in fantastical scenes and fairy tales. Lionel Lindsay’s sketches and woodcuts reveal a meticulous study of birds, cats and other animals.

This exhibition is presented alongside the Gallery’s recreation of the sitting room of the family home in Creswick, where members of the family would spend their evenings sketching, storytelling and playing music on the family piano.

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  • 25 May–7 Jul

Art Gallery of Ballarat

40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central VIC 3350

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Accessibility Information

  • Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia)
  • Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss.
  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.

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