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Published July 17th 2018
Norman Lindsay, so much more than just artwork
For the past several years of driving from Sydney to the Blue Mountains, I've driven by the tourist attraction sign in Faulconbridge for the Normal Lindsay Gallery and as I drove on, I was always thinking I'll go there one day.
Well, that day finally arrived and I spent 3 fabulous hours wandering around the beautiful gardens, admiring the artworks in the gallery, eating delicious food in the cafe and taking the most fascinating tour of The Painting and Etching Studios.
I say fascinating because there was so much more to Norman Lindsay beyond his paintings that I didn't know. I always thought of him as an artist but he wrote several books, including his most famous and well-known children's book The Magic Pudding, made sculptures, urns, he created the beautiful gardens surrounding the gallery, made model ships and there is a really interesting story about his model ship creations, be sure to listen to it when you take the tour of the gallery. All this whilst holding down a full-time job at The Bulletin Newspaper!
The gallery housing a selection of Norman Lindsay's artworks is the original home of the artist and his wife and has an interesting history. There is a guide available who is very knowledgeable about the artworks and history and provides many interesting facts and stories, making for an enjoyable experience.
Taking a tour of the painting and etching studio is a must. The last painting that Norman Lindsay worked on is displayed here and there is something very interesting about it. I won't tell you, as it's truly something you need to see to appreciate. There are many other factors in the studio that are interesting and that you may not know about the artist.
The guide will also show you around the etching studio where there is memorabilia from The Magic Pudding, which the kids will enjoy and if they have not read the story, you can purchase the book. Here you will see on display the original print machine that Rose, Norman's wife, used to print copies of original artworks and there is another really fascinating story behind this too.
The cafe is located next to the etching studio and it's a gorgeous location nestled amongst the beautiful Australian Flora. It is open 7 days a week, fully licensed and advisable to book on weekends. The food is locally selected from fresh produce and there is indoor and outdoor seating, just perfect to chat about the wonders you have experienced.
Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes as there is a lovely bush walk around the grounds.
Group bookings can be arranged, so get together your artistic and creative friends and enjoy a day out. The gallery is also available for weddings and special events. Contact the gallery to book.
If you enjoy art, history, Norman Lindsay, strolling through gardens or like me, have always wondered where that brown tourist sign leads, then why not just follow it to the sandstone cottage amongst the trees and enjoy the story of Norman Lindsay, an Australian role model and inspiration.
Rose was my great aunt, my Dad visited their home many times in his childhood. And, yes Norman wrote many books and published in the Bulletin, and all his lithograph prints, something a lot of people would be unaware of.
It’s wonderful that their home and property was preserved.