A Few Mad People

In July 2019, Retford Park will host the final retrospective of Southern Highlands artist, Robert Curtis.

At one stage in his life, Robert was described as one of the few mad people who could make decisions about most areas of his life, but who simply had to paint! He has exhibited with the likes of Ian Fairweather, Eva Kubbos, John Olsen, Stanislav Rapotec, John Coburn and Brett Whitely. He’s also spent time with one of the world’s most renowned sculptors, Henry Moore.

As Robert approaches 90, he has an urgency to share what he has learnt from the last 50 years of painting. The retrospective will include the exhibition, talks and an elegant dinner for 40 guests in the grand pink mansion at Retford Park. During the dinner, guests will have the opportunity to have an open end discussion with Robert.

You will learn fascinating stories of how Robert was discovered as an avant garde artist of the 1950s; the highs and lows of his career and personal interactions with Australian and international artists of his era.

Please note: a percentage of the sales will be donated to the Doug Hall Foundation.


Official Opening:
Saturday, 6 July, 2 pm – Officially open by The Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO
(RSVP by 28 June to retfordpark@nationaltrust.com.au)

Dinner for 40
Saturday, 20 July, 6 pm – open end discussion with Mr Robert Curtis

Exhibition open

  • 6 & 7 July – 10 am to 4 pm (Retford Park entry fees apply)
  • 3 & 4 August – 10 am to 4 pm (Retford Park entry fees apply)

1325 Old South Road, Bowral
Directions: Head up Merrigang Street from Bong Bong Street, the main street in Bowral.
Follow to the end of Merrigang and turn right at the ‘T’ intersection.
Watch for the Retford Park white gate, the second driveway on the left.


Open Gardens:
The gardens will open on the first weekend of each month from 10am to 4pm.

Please note: if the first of the month falls on a Sunday, it is that weekend that the garden and/or house is open to the public.

House Tours:
Tours of the house are available on the Open Garden weekends in February, May, August and September.
Bookings are essential.
The gardens are part of this ticket price - open from 10am to 4pm.

* Retford Park will also host a number of special events throughout the year – all will be listed on this page.*


Christmas and New Year
Australia Day
Anzac Day
Queen's Birthday

(02) 48611933
[email protected]
Entry Fees:

Open Garden entry fees:
Adults - $15
Concession (including children) - $10
National Trust members - Free
Family - $35

Open Garden and House entry fees: (Bookings are essential)
Please see link below in the ‘What’s On’ section.
Adult - $25
Concession (including children) - $18
National Trust members -$15

(Sorry, there are no 'House Only' tickets.)

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