Boyd’s 100th birthday to be celebrated in concert

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Kerstin Thompson Architects’ vision for the new Boyd gallery.

BUNDANON Trust will celebrate the centenary birthday of artist Arthur Boyd tomorrow (July 24) with a piano concert performed by his grandson.

Pianist and composer Alexander Boyd will perform a selection of work including a new piece titled “The Bride Suite”, composed to honour his grandfather’s legendary “Bride” works, painted between 1957 and 1960 after Boyd travelled to central Australia.

Arthur Boyd, signed by the artist 1977. Bundanon Trust Archive.

The centenary of the artist’s birth arrives at a new milestone in the expansion of Arthur and Yvonne Boyd’s residences Bundanon (not to be confused with Bundanoon, NSW) and Riversdale on the Shoalhaven River, which is about to become a world-class art gallery, with opening scheduled for the end of 2021.

Kerstin Thompson Architects’ concept design for a contemporary art gallery, accommodation wing and visitor hub will reimagine Bundanon’s current offerings, enabling it to realise Boyd’s dream of displaying his artworks in situ.

Jennifer Thompson, collections and exhibitions’ manager at Bundanon, says Boyd “was always considered a quiet person by those who met him; however, he used his artwork as a platform to speak very loudly about issues that concerned him”.

Born at Murrumbeena, Victoria on July 24, 1920, Arthur Boyd represented Australia with Arthur Streeton at the Venice Biennale in 1958. The year after, the Boyds moved to London but in the 1970s they finally made their home at Bundanon, until the property was gifted to the Australian people in 1993.

Pianist Alexander Boyd.

The Bundanon property is located on 1,100 hectares of bush and park land overlooking the Shoalhaven River, just outside Nowra, on the south coast of NSW.

The premiere performance of Alexander Boyd’s “The Bride Suite” will be streamed on Bundanon Trust’s YouTube, Facebook and bundanon.com.au at 8pm on Friday, July 24.

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