Adelaide Perry was part of the Modernist art movement in Australia and one of the innovative women printmakers between the wars. This biography explores her life and work over a period when the lives of women changed radically.
Adelaide studied at the National Gallery School in Melbourne and won the travelling scholarship in 1920 to study at the Royal Academy of Art in London. She drew, painted and exhibited her work all her life. She taught firstly at Julian Aston’s Sydney School of Art before establishing the Adelaide Perry School of Drawing and Painting where she mentored a number of significant Australian artists. Adelaide taught at the girl’s school, Presbyterian Ladies’ College Sydney, for over thirty years and positively influenced many young women.
The Adelaide Perry Gallery has been named in her honour and holds the prestigious Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing each year, continuing the legacy of this remarkable Australian woman artist and teacher.