Artscape - Dame Elisabeth Murdoch in Conversation

One of our best known philanthropists, Dame Elisabeth has nurtured many key cultural institutions and made an invaluable contribution to the arts in Australia.
In this special program, ABC Arts presenter Virginia Trioli joins Dame Elisabeth for a candid, insightful and amusing fireside chat at her Cruden Farm property in Langwarrin, Victoria. Scheduled for broadcast two days after Dame Elisabeth's actual 100th birthday, the program unearths some endearing tales about her three great passions, sculpture, tapestry and music.
Portraying not just her trademark charm and no nonsense character, the interview also delivers lesser known and intriguing anecdotes from Dame Elisabeth's vast experience as one of Australia's highest profile arts patrons.
She also shares stories behind key paintings and sculptures at Cruden Farm, such as how she came to have an extraordinary painting by renowned artist Rupert Bunny in her private collection. And a tour around the Cruden Farm grounds in a golf buggy offers rare insights into her favourite works by sculptors Lenton Parr and Douglas Stephen.
Finally, a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the Victorian Tapestry Workshop previews Dame Elisabeth's 100th birthday gift in the making. Destined for the foyer of the new Melbourne Recital Centre, the 6m x 2m tapestry is a stunning handwoven interpretation of a work called Land of All (Dulka warngiid) by Indigenous women artists from Bentinck Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

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Production Year: 
2009
Duration: 
27 mins
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