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The Lady Barbara Grimwade Collection


The Lady Barbara Grimwade Collection

3 Sep 2022 – 19 Mar 2023

Lady Barbara Grimwade (born Barbara Gaerloch Kater) was born on 27th August 1935 in Woolloomooloo, New South Wales, Australia. Barbara’s early years were spent in the Orana Region of New South Wales.

Lady Barbara Grimwade’s interest and appreciation for well-tailored clothing and fashion began during her school days and her early adulthood. As a young woman Barbara favoured Marlowe of Sydney, a designer who had studied in France and was highly proficient in haute couture. Following a move to Melbourne, Lady Grimwade was a dedicated patron of Arija Austin, the owner and designer of Tu in South Yarra. Austin’s designs were classically simple, austere, yet dramatic in colour and impact.

Barbara married Andrew Shephard Grimwade in October 1959, who was later appointed a CBE for services to the Arts and the Community in 1977. The Grimwade family were pioneers of the pharmaceutical and chemical industries in Victoria.

Following Lady Barbara Grimwade’s death in March 1990, the Grimwade family generously donated over 400 items to Ararat Gallery including clothing, hats, handbags, shoes and assorted accessories of gloves, belts and scarves.

Left: Installation view, The Lady Barbara Grimwade Collection. Photo: MDP Photography & Video

Gallery Details

Ararat Gallery TAMA (Textile Art Museum Australia)
Vincent Street
Ararat VIC 3377
T: (03) 5352 2836
E: gallery@ararat.vic.gov.au

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm
Weekends, 10am to 4pm
Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

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Gallery Info

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.