Crawford Gallery began its life in two earlier galleries. The Contemporary Jewellery Gallery opened its doors at 162A Queen Street Woollahra in April 1985. It was dedicated to a programme of solo exhibitions for art jewellers and metalsmiths and exhibited many of Australia’s and New Zealand’s leading practitioners in this field including Margaret West, Warwick Freeman, Catherine Truman, Sue Lorraine, Helen Britton, Alan Preston, Marian Hosking, Rowena Gough, Carlier Makigawa and Susan Cohn. It was also the first gallery to sell a work by the international designer Mark Newson to a state collection — Sydney’s Powerhouse.
In 1992 Crawford Gallery opened at 220 Liverpool Street East Sydney to show emerging and mid-career painters and contemporary jewellers and object makers. It closed in 1999 when one of its directors became a full-time writer and editor. During those eight years, Crawford Gallery gave a number of emerging artists, such as Marie Hagerty, Kate Bergin, David Harley, Amanda Penrose Hart, Brett Masters, Lara Merret, Claudia Damichi, and Jason Benjamin their first solo shows.
Patricia has written six books on aspects of the Australian and New Zealand art world and has lectured extensively on art history and the history of jewellery. She was the Sydney art critic for The Australian newspaper from 2003–2005 and remains a contributing book reviewer to it. She has published more than 350 essays and reviews in journals and newspapers here and abroad and was editor of the Australian Art Review a bi-monthly journal from 2009–2013. She is a member of the International Association of Art Critics, a member of the Society of Jewellery Historians and is a council member of the Nicholson Museum of Antiquities at the University of Sydney.
Now, in its new premises in the Dymocks Building at 428 George Street Sydney, Crawford Gallery will broaden its scope to exhibit paintings, contemporary jewellery, works on paper, ceramics and photography. It also plans to exhibit unset gemstones and prehistoric tools. As a trained gemmologist with a passion for cut and uncut stones, Patricia Anderson hopes to interest collectors in such objects in an aesthetic environment.
Greg Anderson’s architectural practice ARTEXT, based in Canberra and Sydney, has undertaken work in the residential, commercial and industrial arenas since 1980.