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Kathleen & Leonard Shillam – their lives and their art
February 28 - February 28 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm| $3
The Sandgate & District Historical Museum will present a talk on Sunday 28th February at 2pm. by Pam Verney on the lives of Kathleen and Leonard Shillam, with a visual display of a selection of their works. The presentation will be at the Sandgate Historical Museum, 150 Rainbow Street, Sandgate. This talk will be a prelude to the “Shillam Sculpture Legacy” exhibition to be presented by the Redcliffe City Art Gallery from 11th March to 30th April.
Kathleen and Leonard Shillam lived in Holmes Street, Brighton all of their married lives. They met at Brisbane Art College in 1932, and began a shared career in the arts. Their works included drawings and sketches, paintings, carvings and sculptures.
They are known throughout Australia for their works. It is impossible to overstate the role Len and Kath played in the development of sculpture in Australia. Although primarily known for their sculpting, Kathleen and Leonard were accomplished painters.
Some of their best known works include “Pelicans” in the Queensland Art Gallery water mall, “The Banker” on the wall of the Westpac Bank in Queen Street (facing Post Office Park), “Proclamation Figure” in St. John’s Cathedral, and of course the Queensland Coat of Arms.
Keep Sandgate Beautiful presented their combined work “Cormorants” to the people of Sandgate in 2002. The two cormorants have pride of place in Einbunpin Lagoon.