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Art portfolio with newspaper cuttings

Handmade and hand painted artist folder (38 x 29 cm) with two titles 'Inventories' and 'Inventories of pictures, pots and vases' written on cover. Contains a postcard of 'Monday morning' by Vida Lahey; a University of Queensland envelope with the name and address of Professor R. P. Cummings crossed out and Miss Vida Lahey written on the front and 'Newspaper articles of interest' written on the back; and newspaper cuttings relating to significant events and interests of Vida Lahey, including the art teaching, the World Wars, the royal family, artists, and exhibitions.

Lahey, Vida, 1882-1968

Correspondence, Vida Lahey

99 letters (includes postcards and letter cards and 14 incomplete notes/letters) from Vida Lahey to Daphne Mayo. The dated correspondence dates from 13 Oct 1929 to 2 Apr 1968, however most correspondence is undated, is of a personal nature and relates to their friendship. Most of the letters are addressed from 97 St Lucia Road (now Sir Fred Schonell Drive), St. Lucia.

Four letters to Vida Lahey are also included in this file.

Lahey, Vida, 1882-1968

Queensland Art Fund Records

  • UQFL139
  • Collection
  • 1927-1955

Minutes of meetings, annual reports, circulars, correspondence and financial records, correspondence regarding nomination of trustee, Art Library records, newspaper clippings, press publicity reports, papers on the Queensland Art Fund lunch hour talks.

Queensland Art Fund

The rudiments of the language of art

  • F2622
  • Item
  • [21 April 1942]

This typescript is based on a lecture Vida Lahey delivered in the University of Queensland Duhig lecture which explains her views on the philosophy of a universal language of art. A philosophy she applied in her children's art classes established at the Queensland Art Gallery in 1941.

Written, arranged and bound by Vida Lahey, lettering by R.J. Pring. At head of title page.: A record of the second lecture in a series of lectures on art, sponsored by Professor J.V. Duhig for the University of Queensland. Text is typed on white foolscap sheets which have been pasted on the brown sheet forming the volume. Accompanying illustrations, both reproductions and originals have also been pasted in. Hand decorated covers. 9 unnumbered blank pages of brown paper.

At the bottom of the title page: The contention put forward in this address is that deeper comprehension and greater enjoyment would be derived from art, if it was regarded primarily as a visual language operating through shapes and colours, rather than through subject matter only. This language comprises an alphabet and roots, grammar and syntax, principles of composition, dialect and styles.

Lahey, Vida, 1882-1968

Vida Lahey Papers

From 1930 to 1934 Shaw attended Vida Lahey's painting and drawing classes in Brisbane. Mim moved to Sydney in 1935 at the suggestion of Vida Lahey. Mim Shaw was an art teacher and in the early 1940s she assisted with Vida Lahey's afternoon painting and drawings classes for children. Mim also wrote an account of Vida Lahey, as suggested to her by Daphne Mayo. Vida Lahey was Mim Shaw's teacher, mentor and friend. All four items in this series are held in handmade, hand painted artist folders of roughly A3 size containing newspaper clippings, notes, drafts, teaching material, cards, colour charts, correspondence, and information on Daphne Mayo.

Lahey, Vida, 1882-1968

Writings of Vida Lahey

Two folders of handwritten notes, in pencil, determined to be by Vida Lahey.

Lahey, Vida, 1882-1968