Sunday 12 March, 3pm

All welcome

Gordon Dowell: curator

Dr Gwenda Davey: guest speaker

Precious was an exhibition ‘for locals, by locals’… an opportunity to experience the objects and stories being shared by more than twenty Newstead locals.

Launching ‘Precious’

Newstead Arts Hub, acknowledging the success of the Precious Exhibition held last July, has published a retrospective catalogue to celebrate the exhibition.

The catalogue includes the photographs and stories of all the objects which were on display during the exhibition.

Join Newstead Arts Hub to launch Precious – the catalogue – with Gordon Dowell (curator of Precious) and special guest speaker Dr Gwenda Davey on March 12th, 3pm, followed by afternoon tea.

Exhibitors can purchase one copy of the catalogue at the discounted price of $15.00. Further copies available at $25.00 ea.

About Dr Gwenda Davey

Dr Gwenda Davey is well-known for her work on folklife: she developed the Graduate Diploma of Australian Folklife Studies course at Monash University (National Centre for Australian Studies), taught Cultural Heritage Centre at Deakin University. In 1979 she and her colleague, June Factor, established the Australian Children’s Folklore Collection, which included records of over 10 000 playground rhymes and songs.

Gwenda Davey was a member of the Committee of Inquiry into Folklife in Australia, set up by the Australian Government in 1986. She was awarded a Harold White Fellowship in 1989 to study the folklore collections of the Library and was the first Director of the Victorian Folklife Association in 1992–93.

With Graham Seal, Gwenda edited The Oxford companion to Australian folklore (1993) and they also wrote A guide to Australian folklore: from Ned Kelly to Aeroplane Jelly (2003). Among her books of children’s rhymes and stories are The great Australian pumpkin (1991), Duck under the table (1991), Jack and Jill, a book of nursery rhymes (1992) and Snug as a bug (2005).