City of Subiaco - Museum exhibitions
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Museum exhibitions

Visitors to Subiaco Museum will enjoy the permanent and changing exhibitions mounted in the museum’s galleries, featuring the City’s art and heritage collections. 

Current exhibitions

A Woman’s Work; Dressmaking and Handcrafts in Subiaco

dressmaking-for-socials-2.jpgIn the early 1900s, Subiaco was the dressmakers suburb. Dressmakers home and business listings increased by 566 per cent from 1895 to 1915. On the domestic front, women took charge of keeping themselves and their children clothed. Dressmaking was a skill many women fell back on to provide additional income for the family. This often included altering clothing from their own homes or sewing clothes for special occasions. For some families, dressmaking was the only source of income.
This exhibition features some stunning hand sewn dresses, as well as an early foot pedal sewing machine and a hand driven sewing machine. Come and see some old patterns and handmade lace as well as all the fixings used in dressmaking.
Also on display are a variety of handcrafts, crochet, embroidery and lace, made by women in Subiaco from the early 1900s to the 1960s and well as the tools used to create them.

The Art of Illustration; by Kelly Canby

Canby_LL_Headshot.jpgLocal artist, Kelly Canby works have brightened up the brighten up Subiaco Museum this Winter as part of the Community Art Gallery series. Kelly is an award-winning local illustrator with 25 books to her name, and Subiaco Museum is showcasing some of her colourful preliminary sketches and character models, including illustrations from Rodney, The Hole Story, Little Light and the Jaclyn Moriarty collaboration. Kelly is also on the judging panel for the City’s Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists this year which is a visual art award encouraging WA school students to explore their imagination and creativity.

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Permanent exhibitions

Step back in time and imagine domestic life in Subiaco during the first half of the twentieth century. View objects that relate to European settlement in Subiaco, and recognise the Indigenous people who are the traditional owners of the land on which the City is built.