Friday, August 4, 2017


The incredible women behind the Ned Kelly legend

The incredible lives of the women behind the Ned Kelly legend are celebrated in the latest exhibition at Arts Space Wodonga by established artist Janet Goodchild-Cuffley.

Furious Riding: The Kelly Women Narratives challenges the usual male-only perspective of the Ned Kelly story.

Each of Janet’s paintings tells a story that vividly conveys the lives of these Victorian colonial women of the late 19th century – resourceful and resilient women who were way ahead of their time.

They raised children alone, ran farms and businesses, endured great hardship and great grief – and were not afraid to take on a system that was stacked against them.

Janet has generously referenced Sidney Nolan’s famous telling of the saga through her continuation of the narrative painting tradition. Where Nolan painted the Death of Sergeant Kennedy at Stringybark Creek, Janet has told of the intense grief of The Widow Kennedy.

The exhibition opens today and runs until Saturday, August 26.

Other events at Arts Space Wodonga as part of the exhibition:

  • Official opening: Saturday, August 5, from 3pm to 5pm
  • Not Just Ned (performances by Two Friends Productions theatre company): Wednesday, August 9, at 11.30am and 6pm
  • Author talk by Noelene Allen whose book Ellen: a woman of spirit inspired this exhibition: Saturday, August 12, from 2pm to 4pm
  • Artist talks with Janet Goodchild-Cuffley: Saturdays, August 19 and 26, at 2pm.