Shearing the rams: a snapshot into regional Australia’s past

With Sophie Gerhard, Assistant Curator of Australian Art (to 1980), National Gallery of Victoria

Friday 19 February – 2 – 3pm
Saturday 20 February – 10.30 – 11.30


This talk by Sophie Gerhard, Assistant Curator of Australian Art (to 1980) NGV, will examine the inspiration behind Tom Roberts’ iconic painting Shearing the rams. It will investigate the changing mood of Australia at the turn of the twentieth century, and how the developments in Australia’s cities brought with them a longing to capture the country’s interior on canvas.

The talk will also explore the ways in which Roberts looked toward photography as a means of capturing the twisting bodies of the shearers in motion, and uncover the real-life people of regional New South Wales who appear in the painting.


Sophie Gerhard is Assistant Curator of Australian Art (to 1980) at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Prior to joining the NGV, Sophie completed her Masters in Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne. She also holds an Undergraduate degree in Art History with Museum Studies from the University of Leeds (UK), and spent a year studying Art History in Murcia, Spain. Sophie regularly contributes to the field of art history, most recently in the NGV’s exhibition catalogue She-oak and Sunlight: Australian Impressionism, on which she worked as Assistant Curator. Sophie is a PhD. candidate at the University of Melbourne, researching the curating of Australia’s national and cultural identity.







Numbers are strictly limited to 20 per talk due to Covid restrictions – please be sure to book to secure your place
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