Elements: Susan Carter & Gina Fairley

10 Oct 2024 ‐

27 Oct 2024

10:00 am ‐ 4:00 pm


Coming together in a cross-generational conversation, Susan Carter and Gina Fairley present an exhibition that takes its cue from the four elements – fire, water, air and earth – and gives a nod to Donald Friend’s ‘Four Elements’ mural in the Retford Park dining room.

Susan works with fabrics, turning them into unique wearable artworks. Gina is a jeweller whose practice centres around a sustainability ethic, pulling together semi-precious stones, reformed glass and precious metals in a raw and refined aesthetic.

Colour will be key in bringing the works of these two creatives together and characteristics of the four elements will be incorporated into the exhibition design.

Exhibition entry is free. Tickets for house and garden tours can be purchased separately for those wishing to get a glimpse inside historic Retford Park and its impressive surrounds.

About the artists:
Susan Carter is perhaps most known for curating the gardens of her property, ‘The Burrows’ at Canyonleigh, along with managing the private gallery, Kirton Gallery, which presented the artworks of her husband artist John Kirton for many years.

Gina Fairley has been working in the arts for over 35 years, both as a curator and writer in Australia, America and Asia. She has curated over fifty exhibitions and for the last decade has been the National Visual Arts Editor at ArtsHub Australia. Gina moved to the Highlands in 2015 and started Small Impact Studio with Scott Chaseling.


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Plan your visit

Retford Park


1325 Old South Road, Bowral NSW 2576


Thursday to Sunday
10am – 4pm

House access is by guided tour only at set times: Thursday 10.30am, Friday 10.30am, Saturday 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm, Sunday 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm


Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day

(02) 4861 1933
Entry Fees:

Garden visit:
National Trust members - FREE
Adults - $17
Concession* - $15
Family - $49

House tour and garden visit (booking recommended):
National Trust members - FREE
Adults - $35
Concession* - $25
*Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years.

How to book your tickets
Tickets can be purchased at the door or booked in advance to guarantee your spot. Booking fees apply.
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