Bringing art home | EVERYWHEN ART at Whistlewood

Art writers and gallerists Susan and Emily McCulloch’s EVERYWHEN Artspace has moved from Flinders to Shoreham into a historic weatherboard cottage gallery situated within the Mornington Peninsula hinterland on Bunurong Country – now known as EVERYWHEN ART at Whistlewood.

Bought by actress Ellen and art critic, author and founding director of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Alan McCulloch AO in 1951, Whistlewood has been the McCulloch family’s home and art headquarters for seventy-two years. It boasts a studio designed and built by Arthur Boyd and Alan in 1951, where the latter would write the Encyclopedia of Australian Art (a publication later carried on by his daughter Susan and granddaughter Emily). Frequently visited over the decades by a myriad of artistic and creative Australian and international figures – including John Brack, John Perceval, Charles Blackman, Albert Tucker, Clement Greenberg, Rudi Komon, the Mora family, Fred Williams, and many other writers, musicians, performers, and creators – Whistlewood is nominated for a local heritage listing for its historic, artistic, and architectural contribution to Peninsula life.

Alan McCulloch in front of studio, c.1958. Courtesy EVERYWHEN ART at Whistlewood, Victoria

With sympathetic additions, the 1870s-built house gallery now has five separate exhibition spaces, enabling the display of a wide range and greater volume of art and continuing the representation of established and emerging Aboriginal artists from twenty-plus Aboriginal-owned community art centres, with select non-Indigenous artists. Its annual program will pay tribute to the Bunurong people’s six seasons and integrate art, care for land, and events, from talks and book launches to the McCulloch’s unique art parades. The inaugural exhibition, H O M E, features paintings, sculptures, weavings, and mixed media works by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists with ties to Whistlewood – on view from 6 January 2024.

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