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'Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow' Exhibition

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See the world from a different angle in miniature
The Australian Society of Miniature Art (NSW) was started in 1985 and at least two exhibitions a year are held. One is the Annual Awards Exhibition which is open to all Australian artists and the others are themed exhibitions for exhibiting members held in a commercial or regional gallery.

Everyone is invited to the 'Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow' Exhibition. Image courtesy of the ASMA.

The aims of the society are to create miniature works of excellence, to foster traditional and modern techniques and to encourage public awareness and enjoyment of miniature works of art. Works may include a range of media such as watercolour, oil or acrylic as well as drawing, printmaking, mixed media and 3D.

On display by Jeanette Watson_My Japanese Doll. Image courtesy of the ASMA.

From Saturday the 21st of May until Sunday 5th of June the Australian Society of Miniature Art (NSW) Inc will be hosting an exhibition of miniature art that has been inspired by historic, present and future Australia, called Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow at Juniper Hall in Paddington NSW.

On display by Jennifer O'Young_Snapshots of Recollections. Image courtesy of the ASMA

The gallery will be only open from Wednesday to Sunday each week between the hours of 10am and 5pm. On Saturday 21 May from 2pm to 4pm there will be an official opening by Sylvia Rosenblum, the presenter of the weekly Arts Wednesday program on 89.7 Eastside FM, and everyone is welcome to come along.

On display by Marina Bishop_Nielson Park Pool. Image courtesy of the ASMA.

There will been around 120 pieces of art on display and for sale for between $300 to $1,000 from 38 extremely talented exhibiting artists.

You will be able see works from Leonie A'Deane, Eva Barry, Marina Bishop, Jann Brassil, Warwick Buddle, Jenny Burgess, Adrienne Crouch, Rosemary Draper, Michael Falk, Minky Grant, Dorothee Heibel, Jan Hook, Pamela Horsnell, Leonora Howlett, Susan Joyce, Anne Knowles, Michaela Laurie, Terry Lavis, Rose Marosszeky, Ann Milch, Patricia Moy, Bernhardine Mueller, Jennifer O'Young, Vicki Ratcliff, Mineko Raven, Graeme Rudd, Doreen Shaw, Diane Sincock, Lee Sinha, Pam Slattery, Tina Spira, Aileen Sproule, Susan Stevens, Jill Swart, Madeleine Szymanski, Eleanor Torr, Anna Warren and Jeanette Watson.

On display by Pam Slattery_The Secret. Image courtesy of the ASMA.

Amongst these 38 talented artists there are a number of award winners from the previous ASMA National Awards.

For example:

Madeleine Szymanski – The Human Form 2015 Joyce & Bernie Coleman Award called Long Afternoon.

Susan Joyce – 2013 Highly Commended Drawing called Inside Out.


The art of the miniature is many hundreds of years old. In the Western world the earliest examples can be found in the illuminated capital letters of church manuscripts. The letters were often decorated in pure gold leaf and around them were pictures of everyday life or religious or biblical scenes. Miniatures have a serious history throughout the world. They are often combined with poems or religious verse in countries such as Iran and India. There is also a long history in Russia.

Throughout history the portrait miniature became important as a record of loved ones and this is still what many people think of when a miniature is mentioned. These tiny portraits, often oval in shape, could be of a face, or more particularly, an eye or mouth.

On display by Pamela Horsnell_Travelling in Yesteryear. Image courtesy of the ASMA.

They often contained a back panel which carried a lock of hair. They are very much part of the romantic tradition. Every detail of a miniature is noticed and a well-executed miniature has been described as having the quality of a jewel.

Australia has a long history of the miniature form from our earliest days to the present and our libraries and State Galleries have fine collections. The Australian Society of Miniature Art (NSW), or ASMA, began in 1985 and was formed to encourage public awareness and enjoyment of the fascinating world of miniature art.

All the exquisite miniature artworks in this wonderfully diverse exhibition are inspired by Australia's historic past, the present day and its future. It showcases various styles and techniques created by ASMA members, with all works having a perimeter of no more than 40cms.

On display will be a wide range of images including paintings, drawings, mixed media, printmaking, handmade books and 3-D works with both a traditional and modern approach to miniaturisation, and all artworks will be available for purchase.

For more information about the ASMA (NSW) and to see examples of miniature artworks please go to their website.

For more information on the exhibition, please call:
Pamela Horsnell: (02) 9558 2248

Madeleine Szymanski: 0400 980 200

Or email:

Also keep an eye out for one my up and coming article on the 2016 ASMA National Awards Exhibition at Ewart Gallery, Willoughby in August.
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Why? See the world in miniature
When: Opening 2.00pm to 4pm Saturday 21 May and 10am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday
Phone: (02) 47518620
Where: Juniper Hall, 250 Oxford Street, Paddington
Cost: Free
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