Fitzroy Library Exhibition 2020-21: Brunswick Street Fitzroy sketches and urban history

Where:  Fitzroy Library, 128 Moor Street, Fitzroy (please check the library website for current opening hours and covid-safe access)
When:  Friday 13 November 2020 to Sunday 31 January 2021

Brunswick Street Fitzroy: sketches and urban history is an exhibition of sketches, illustrations, vintage photographs and clippings from old newspapers that share my long term passion for the architecture, history and community of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. All of my artwork was drawn on location over the last couple of years, with watercolour added to the longer streetscapes in my studio.

Many thanks to the City of Yarra and Yarra Libraries for hosting this exhibition, and to the multitude of urban sketchers who kept me company on many a chilly morning.

I would also like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, the Wurundjeri people, and to pay my respects to their ancestors and elders both past and present.

My work is shown in 12 display cases at the Library, and clicking on the links below will take you to more information about each one – especially the history. Please be aware that some vintage photos show people who are long deceased and that this may distress some people.

I hope you enjoy my exhibition and learn something new about this iconic Melbourne street. Please sign my virtual guestbook by leaving a comment – I would especially love to hear your stories about the places I have drawn 🙂

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Explore the display cabinets

Explore the stories behind my artwork, including historical photos and newspaper articles from years gone by. Every display in my exhibition at the Fitzroy Library has its own page. Enjoy 🙂

1. It began with the Belvidere Hotel and the 8 hour day

2. Victorian terraces and a change of seasons

3. A sketching milestone - crossing Gertrude Street

4. Not for profits and a 1910 explosion

5. Victorian grandeur gives way to tough times for Fitzroy

6. Sketchers and cafes - the perfect combination

7. Vegan toasties and urban sketchers at the Black Cat

8. Rooftop bars and bendy buildings at Johnston Street

9. Eating and sketching our way to Fitz and Roy

 10. Hello pandemic! Heading north between lockdowns

11. Masks, 1.5m, 2 hours outside and a 5 km limit - sketching incognito

12. Signs of the times - cancellations, click and collect, black lives matter