Friday 3 December - Sunday 13 February

Galleries 1 & 2
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Hilda Elliott: a conversation

Mildura Arts Centre Collection

The eldest daughter of the prominent Melbourne politician and publisher Theodore Fink, Hilda Elliott grew up in an environment in which the arts were valued and supported. It is an experience that Hilda took with her into her marriage to RD Elliott who came to be an avid collector of Australian and international art in his own right.

While much is written about the lives of Theodore and RD, little is documented of Hilda’s life. For this reason, the collection of works she bequeathed to Mildura Arts Centre upon her death in 1970 are important. Hilda Elliott: a conversation is an insight into the character of this fashionably elegant and poised woman whose voice is rarely heard.

Participate in the Portraits of Hilda Workshop
Portraits of Hilda, is an all-day facilitated art workshop on Saturday 4 December. Participants will have the opportunity to immersive themselves in the exhibition in the ground floor galleries, draw inspiration from the Hilda Elliott Bequest works and archival material, to make their work. Responses can be in any creative medium, however, the works must respond to, suggest or express who Hilda was and recapture her voice.

To participate in the workshop or to obtain more information and how you can contribute to the exhibition, please contact Luci Marcuzzo or Heather Lee to discuss your ideas and involvement at


Image: Mary Cecil Allen, 1893-1962, Portrait of Hilda Elliott, c.1925. Oil on canvas. Hilda Elliott bequest, 1970.