Arthur Boyd: An Active Witness

7 November 2015   – 3 January 2016 


This is the first major exhibition to consider the social consciousness that infused Arthur Boyd’s art and to convey the political life of Boyd, linking his actions with his artwork. Paintings, prints, ceramics and other materials from the Bundanon collection offer insights into how one of Australia’s greatest artists dealt with the social responsibility that defines humanity. The exhibition includes works by Boyd’s contemporaries and is supported by loans from public and private collections, photographs and other documents.

A Bundanon Trust Touring Exhibition





ARTHUR BOYD Large skate on grey background 1979, oil on canvas. Bundanon Trust Collection.


Floor Talk

Saturday 7 November, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Find out more about the exhibition Arthur Boyd: An Active Witness and join us for a free floor talk led by Bundanon Trust’s Collections and Exhibitions Manager Jennifer Thompson.

Free with Gallery ticket. RSVPs appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410.

Talk & Discussion

Saturday 5 December, 11:00am – 12:30pm 

Join Mary Preece and Jim Birkett from Bundanon Trust for a talk and discussion on the themes in a selection of Boyd’s works from the exhibition. These works will be placed in the context of Boyd’s life, his family and his legacy of Bundanon, gifted to the Australian people in 1993.

Free with Gallery ticket. RSVPs appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410.

Education Program

The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre will be offering a special education program for years 9 – 12 students and their teachers. The program will include a tour of the exhibition, discussion of selected artworks and a practical drawing workshop, conducted by Bundanon’s education staff. Arthur Boyd’s artwork The Journey, 1996 will form the basis of the practical drawing workshop where students explore concepts of movement through time; travel from one place to another; linking images from one space to another and location.

Session dates, times and cost:

The Bundanon education staff will be available to run this education program between 2 – 4 December 2015, 10:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Students: $3 | Teachers/Supervisors: Free.

Bookings are essential. If you have any questions or are interested in booking a program for your students, please contact the Public Programs Manager, Naomi Baker via email or phone (02) 4780 5675.

Education Kit for Secondary Teachers and Students

This education guide for Arthur Boyd: An Active Witness is designed to complement a visit to the exhibition, highlighting the five themes and providing a series of discussion questions and activities for students to explore with the guidance of teachers. To download the education kit, please click here: