Main House (2018)

A rare exhibition at Retford Park: life-size reproductions in the main house

Don’t miss James Fairfax’s spectacular gift this spring: John Olsen, Charles Blackman, Tony Tuckson, Fred Williams, Russell Drysdale, Charles Condor, Eugene Von Guerard… and more.

At the heart of The Art of Giving

Works of 19 iconic Australian artists return to the main house, the majority replicated to scale. Some will hang in the spots they once did before James Fairfax AC donated these paintings to the National Gallery of Australia. The curatorial team at the NGA generously assisted with the recreation of the works and will open this ticketed exhibition.

Not only is this the first time these iconic paintings can be seen together, but also in the home of the man who donated them.

Enduring gifts and the Fairfax legacy

The Art of Giving pays homage to remarkable acts of philanthropy. As well as the paintings from the NGA collection, in 2016 Fairfax gave Retford Park to the National Trust of Australia (NSW) for historical conservation and public enjoyment. This exhibition is a celebration of his contribution to Australia’s cultural heritage.

Much more to experience at Retford Park in November

The Art of Giving is a multi-faceted event, join us for talks, book events and more.

Two dinners in the main house:

  • Dinner for 40 in the Morning Room. Enjoy open-ended discussions about Fairfax, Retford Park, and his illustrious art collection.
  • Dinner in one of the most famous dining rooms in the Southern Highlands.

Artists of the Round Yard exhibition, 10 November – 2 December 2018 (National Trust entrance fee applies):

Purchase a ticket for the event

The main house is a ticketed event. Secure your ticket as of 1 September 2018 – numbers are limited. 

When & where to find the exhibition

Official opening: Saturday 10 November 2018, 2-4pm (bookings essential).
Exhibition dates:  Wednesday – Sunday, 10 November through 30 November 2018.

*Please remember, bookings are essential to view the exhibition in the Retford Park main house.


Main house, Retford Park
1325 Old South Road
Bowral NSW 2576

Head up Merrigang Street from Bong Bong Street, the main street in Bowral.
Follow to the end of Merrigang and turn right at the ‘T’ intersection.
Watch for the Retford Park white gate, the second driveway on the left.
Go to Google Maps.