Scratching the Surface Down South : 8 October 2017 - 28 January 2018


8 October 2017 - 28 January 2018

Scratching the Surface Down South brings two thirds of the works currently showing at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at UWA to the Holmes à Court Gallery at Vasse Felix for the enjoyment of Margaret River locals and visitors to the area.

The works trace how one of the most acclaimed private collections of Australian art was built – from 1968 when Janet and Robert Holmes à Court purchased their first works from the Darlington Arts & Crafts Gallery in the Perth Hills, until today.

Available also will be MUSE: A Journey through an Art Collection, written by Janet Holmes à Court and published by UWA Publishing.

The book and exhibition are tangible expressions of Janet Holmes à Court’s extensive passion for the arts. Of the 143 works in the book there will be approximately 50 in the exhibition, an even smaller scratch on the surface of the collection than that in the exhibition at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. Enough still to provide a snapshot of place, people, history, culture and concerns – a small window into the heart and mind of the collector.

For interviews, further information and images available for reproduction, contact Sharon Tassicker, mob. 0439 392 635 or email

The Holmes à Court Gallery at Vasse Felix

Cnr. Tom Cullity Dr & Caves Rd, Cowaramup

Gallery Hours :  Daily 10am-5pm

Closed : Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day