Adelaide Perry Gallery

The Adelaide Perry Gallery was named in honour of respected painter, printmaker and draughtswoman, Miss Adelaide Elizabeth Perry who taught Art at PLC Sydney from 1930 to 1962. At that time, art was not part of the curriculum and classes were held in an old army hut – a far cry from what exists at the College today.

In 1928, Miss Perry’s famous portrait of well-known Sydney poet, Dame Mary Gilmore, was exhibited in the Archibald Prize and now hangs in the National Library of Australia. Her work is also exhibited in the TATE Gallery in London, National Gallery in Paris and in major state galleries throughout Australia.

During her time at PLC Sydney, Miss Perry painted portraits of a number of Principals that now decorate the walls of the Boarders’ Dining Room.

The Adelaide Perry Gallery was officially opened in 2001.  The Adelaide Perry Gallery aims to broaden students’ experience and knowledge of art, design and curatorial practice by providing a space where students can engage directly with contemporary professional practitioners. 

Adelaide Perry Gallery is open to the public and welcomes school-group study visits. An annual calendar of events comprises of exhibitions of student work as well as exhibitions featuring professional Australian artists, including an exhibition by an artist or designer in residence at the College. Today, PLC Sydney enjoys a thriving Art culture, with the Gallery showcasing the works of students from Kindergarten to Year 12 in:

  • Visual Arts
  • Design and Technology
  • Textiles and Design
  • Photography
  • Visual Design

The premier event at the Gallery each year is the $25,000 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing. This acquisitive award attracts entries from artists Australia-wide and an exhibition of approximately 45 finalists is held during February and March each year. The awarded work becomes part of the PLC Sydney Collection.

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Tel: +61 2 97045693
Monday to Friday – 8.30 am to 4.00 pm
The Croydon Centre for Art, Design and Technology
Cnr Hennessy and College Streets, Croydon