The centenary of the Griffins’ Castlecrag and the 150th anniversary of Marion Mahony Griffin’s birth in 2021 is being celebrated with many events:
Paradise on Earth exhibition 7 November 2020 – 18 April 2021
At the Museum of Sydney, Bridge St., Sydney.
Celebrating 150 years since the birth of Marion Mahony Griffin 14 February 2021
11.00am – Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture 2021
This will take place at the Museum of Sydney Theatre, corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney. Guest speaker Dr Anne Watson, curator of Paradise on Earth. The talk is titled ‘What made Marion’s Hair Stand on End?’ An exploration of Marion Mahony Griffin’s pioneering role as an environmentalist and urban planning advocate in Australia through her art, architecture and writing. Organised by the Walter Burley Griffin Society. Limited seats available. Tickets essential. Book here.
Online Max Dupain photo exhibition
This includes thirty of Max Dupain’s 1965 photographs of Griffin houses at Castlecrag, and sale of special prints at www.griffinsociety.org/max-dupain-exhibition/
Griffin Open Houses at Castlecrag 2 May 2021
Celebrate the centenary of the Griffins’ Castlecrag and immerse yourself in its unique heritage. This is a rare opportunity to see the interiors, special design features and gardens of some of the Griffin designed houses built in the 1920s and early 30s in their “ideal suburb” that they created at Castlecrag.
There are tickets to visit 4 houses or 2 houses. Covid safe rules will apply. Tickets are essential and strictly limited. Book at www.trybooking.com/BOQLQ
The Griffins + Castlecrag: Outdoor Historic Photo Exhibition guided tours – 2 to 9 May 2021
Join us for a guided tour through some of the walkways and reserves of this unique suburb designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. Displayed along the route will be historic photos from the 1920s to 1960s. Supported by a Willoughby City Council grant. The photo exhibition, displayed on various nature strips in the Griffin Conservation Area, Castlecrag, is free.
For the guided tours of the exhibition, tickets are essential at www.trybooking.com/BOYTJ
Sculpture – Marion Mahony Griffin Funding Request round 2
To mark the 150th anniversary of Marion Mahony’s birthday and the centenary of the creation of Castlecrag, the Walter Burley Griffin Society has commissioned prominent artist Sandra Pitkin to produce an exciting contemporary sculpture in honour of Marion. It will take pride of place in a new community park being created by Willoughby City Council at the Castlecrag neighbourhood centre which is planned to be opened in late 2021.
To make a tax deductible donation go to
then click on “Architecture & Design”
then scroll down to
“A sculpture for Marion Mahony Griffin, architect, environmentalist and visionary”
Donations can be made anytime from now until early July 2021 and donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt from the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF) which was established by the Australian Government in 2003 as a fundraising platform to encourage donations to the arts.