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Her Own Path

While women continue to break new ground throughout our modern world, a few remarkable Bayside artists were responsible for blazing the trail in Australia's art scene a century ago.

Her Own Path tells the stories of five early 20th century women, who each have a strong connection to Bayside, and were among the first professional women artists to emerge in Australia.

They were all trailblazers in their own way and achieved levels of success in their craft through innovation and tenacity in a male dominated world.

Each week we will explore their stories, inspirations and their connections to Bayside.

Artists: Margaret Baskerville, Clarice Beckett, Janet Cumbrae-Stewart, Norah Gurdon, and Jessie Traill.

The National Gallery Art School

The women of Her Own Path each attended The National Gallery Art School in Melbourne around the turn of the 20th century, a time when unprecedented numbers of professionally trained female artists emerged from art schools.

Learn about their time at the school

Jessie Traill

Brighton born artist Jessie Traill was an independent spirit who developed her artistic skills from an early age. She was one of the first women to practice printmaking in Australia and was crucial in the promotion of the medium.

Read about Jessie Traill

Author talk

On 10 December, join Jo Oliver, author of the recently published monograph Jessie Traill: A biography as she discusses the life and work of Jessie Traill.

Find out more information and book

Margaret Baskerville

Margaret Baskerville emerged as one of Australia’s first generation of women sculptors and became one of the country’s most widely commissioned sculptors in the early 20th century. After her death, her husband and fellow artist Charles Douglas Richardson, gifted a large collection of their work to City of Brighton, which forms a significant part of Bayside City Council’s Art and Heritage Collection.

Read about Margaret Baskerville

Clarice Beckett

Clarice Beckett’s quiet, lyrical paintings are synonymous with the Bayside suburb of Beaumaris, where she lived for sixteen years. Unappreciated during her lifetime, Beckett’s contribution was overlooked for more than thirty years, and she has only in recent times been recognised as one of Australia’s most important modern landscape painters.

Read about Clarice Beckett

Curated Book collection

Bayside City Council's fabulous librarians have curated a reading list of books about women artists from the Bayside area.

Find their book list here

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Image caption: Clarice Beckett, Beach scene (detail), 33.5 x 43.5 cm. Courtesy Cbus Collection of Australian Art, as advised by Dr Joseph Brown AO, OBE.