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“State Library of Victoria's extensive holdings of Kelly-related material, Kelly Culture brings together major loans from public and private collections throughout Australia. In recent years, with the release of Peter Carey's novel, True History of the Kelly Gang , the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and now a new feature film, Ned Kelly looms as large as ever on our cultural horizon. Rather than debate whether he was a villain or a saint, Kelly Culture reflects Ned Kelly's broad appeal throughout the decades and our mythologising of Kelly at different times as a larrikin, criminal, gentleman or hero. We can only wonder whether the current fascination with Ned Kelly will, in the future, be seen as the zenith of Kelly Culture and in what new forms he will next appear.”  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

EXHIBITION CLOSED
State Library of Victoria
Keith Murdoch Gallery
Entry 1, 328 Swanston Street
10am - 5pm daily (Wednesdays 9pm)
enquiries 03 8664 7016
28 February — 25 May 2003

Kelly Culture: reconstructing Ned Kelly explores Australia's fascination with Edward “Ned” Kelly and his enduring presence within our literature, visual arts, cinema, performing arts, music and popular culture. This exhibition presents the key historical artifacts associated with Ned Kelly and his Gang together with paintings, posters, photographs, manuscripts, textiles, music and moving image. In addition to the State Library of Victoria's extensive holdings of Kelly-related material, Kelly Culture brings together major loans from public and private collections throughout Australia. In recent years, with the release of Peter Carey's novel, True History of the Kelly Gang , the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and now a new feature film, Ned Kelly looms as large as ever on our cultural horizon. Rather than debate whether he was a villain or a saint, Kelly Culture reflects Ned Kelly's broad appeal throughout the decades and our mythologising of Kelly at different times as a larrikin, criminal, gentleman or hero. We can only wonder whether the current fascination with Ned Kelly will, in the future, be seen as the zenith of Kelly Culture and in what new forms he will next appear.

Associated Public Programs
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Library will present a program of public events. Proposed events include musical performances, forums and curators' talks. For information, call 03 8664 7016

Ned Kelly: The Curators' View
Wednesday 5 March from 7.00pm
$12 Adult $10 Concession
Bookings essential

Hear a personal account from the State Library's Kelly Culture exhibition curators, Clare Williamson and Allison Holland, on the challenges and discoveries they encountered in putting together this major exhibition about Ned Kelly, cultural icon. Join Clare and Allison in conversation with Shane Carmody, Director, Collections and Services at the State Library of Victoria.

Ashley Davies: Ned Kelly
Friday 14 March from 7pm
$15 Adult $12 Concession
Bookings essential

This original, inventive and edgy musical interpretation of the Ned Kelly legend by Melbourne musician Ashley Davies incorporates a six-piece band and a visual display incorporating photos, historical documents, footage of Kelly country and text narrated by Ian Jones, Australia's foremost Kelly historian.

Inside the Exhibition
Free talks
Wednesday 19 March from 11am
Bookings essential

Co-curator Clare Williamson from the State Library of Victoria provides an introduction to Kelly Culture. Following the talk, join Clare in the Keith Murdoch Gallery to view the exhibition.

Talking Ned - Robert Drewe and Nelson Woss
Sunday 23 March from 4.00 pm
Adult $12 Concession $10
Bookings essential
Robert Drewe's acclaimed literary interpretation of the Kelly legend, Our Sunshine, has been adapted for a new feature film, Ned Kelly, which stars Australian actor Heath Ledger as Ned Kelly. One of the film's producers, Nelson Woss, was the driving force behind the adaptation of Drewe's work from text to screen. Take this unique opportunity to hear Robert Drewe and Nelson Woss in conversation at the State Library.

Kelly Kids Day
Free
Sunday 30 March from 12.00pm

Visit Kelly Culture: Reconstructing Ned Kelly and enjoy a day of free, fun and informative activities, programs and music for all the family!

Ned Kelly - Man of Letters
Tuesday 15 April, 2.00pm —3.00pm and 6.00pm — 7.00pm
Adult $12 Concession $10
Bookings essential

This talk examines the Jerilderie Letter and other letters written by Ned Kelly in an attempt to argue his case before the Victorian public. Presented by Jock Murphy, Manuscripts Librarian, State Library of Victoria.

Still Riding On: The Kelly Influence
Wednesday 7 May from 6.30pm
Adult $12 Concession $10
Bookings essential
Don't miss this forum that examines the enduring influence of Ned Kelly on the arts and popular culture. Forum participants include Frank Van Straten, former Director of the Performing Arts Museum, Victorian Arts Centre; Dr Anne Marsh, Head of Visual Culture, Monash University; Bill Routt, writer on film and popular culture; and Ian Jones, celebrated Kelly historian.

 


 


 

 
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