Curlew Camp Artists’ Walk

“Looking at natural beauty through the eyes of an artist”

Council has added another interpretive sign along the route of the Curlew Camp Artists’ Walk to celebrate Mosman’s unique cultural heritage in this area. The walk runs from Musgrave Street ferry wharf, through Sirius Park and on to Taronga Zoo wharf. The new sign completes and complements the existing interpretive signage on the walk and at the camp.

The new sign frames a scene of harbour, rocks and bush. The scene itself was painted in 1892 by one of the camp’s residents, and noteable impressionist Australian artist, Arthur Streeton. The original painting is reproduced along with a photograph of Streeton sketching on the beach.

Bronwyn Watson in the August 2011Art Gallery NSW Look magazine writes: “artists like Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts… were so inspired by the scenery of Sydney Harbour that they pitched tents in the bush along the foreshore so they could capture its beauty en plein air. This practice of painting outdoors was fashionable and artists’ camps sprung up at Edwards Beach, Balmoral and Little Sirius Cove” (page 14), where they remained until the early twentieth century.

The frame sign is located in the far eastern corner of Sirius Park. An official launch will take place during the 2011 Festival of Mosman in conjunction with other similarly-related cultural events.

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