artists represented

1882

Born ‘Frances Vida Lahey’ 26 August, Pimpama, Queensland

1894-1896

Boarded at Goy-Te-Lea Girls School, Southport

1898-1904

Attended Brisbane Technical College, under tutelage of R. Godfrey Rivers, and first exhibited at Queensland Art Society in 1902

1903-1904

Awarded first prize for painting from nature, Australian Natives’ Association Brisbane exhibition. Prizewinner for landscape second Austral Festival Toowoomba 1904

1905-1906

Attended National Gallery School, Melbourne, and exhibited Victorian Artists’ Society Annual Exhibitions, 1905-1906

1907

Established studio in Brisbane, and began exhibiting yearly with Queensland Art Society (later Royal Queensland Art Society)

1909

Returned to National Gallery School, Melbourne

1910-1912

Returned to Brisbane to establish studio, and became Art Mistress at Brisbane Girls High School (later Somerville House) in 1912. Monday morning purchased for Queensland National Art Gallery

1916-1918

Left Australia on 1 July, 1916, for war work in England

1919-1920

Travelled widely in Europe sketching and taking classes, including joining Ethel Carrick Fox’s still life classes in Paris, and Frances Hodgkins’s sketching class in Cornwall

1921

Returned to Brisbane and held first solo show in May

1921-1927

Moved to Tasmania briefly, and began exhibiting in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, and Adelaide. Appointed to Queensland National Art Gallery Board of Advice 15 September 1923. Lahey’s work purchased by Art Gallery of South Australia 1927. Leaves Perth for England in December 1927

1928

Exhibited in Paris and London. National Gallery of Victoria acquires her work

1929-1940

Exhibited widely in Australia, and lectured for several institutions including Royal Queensland Art Society and the Queensland Art Library. Art Gallery of New South Wales purchases its first Lahey painting in 1931

1941-1944

Began teaching child art scholarship classes for Queensland National Art Gallery in March 1941, and organised many exhibitions and arts programs in Brisbane

1945

Awarded Society of Artists Medal

1948-1951

Began cataloguing the University of Queensland’s Darnell Collection, and through 1949-1950 oversaw the dispersal of works from the closing Queensland Art Fund that she founded with Daphne Mayo in 1927. Co-opted to work on Queensland Commonwealth Jubilee Celebrations exhibition 1951

1953

Awarded Coronation Medal

1958

Awarded M.B.E. for services to art

1959

Authored Art in Queensland 1859-1959 for Queensland National Art Gallery

1963

Final solo exhibition, Moreton Galleries, Brisbane

1964

Last participation in Royal Queensland Art Society Annual Exhibition

1965

Recorded autobiographical interview with Hazel de Berg for the National Library of Australia

1968

Died 29 August in Brisbane

1989

The first major retrospective of Lahey’s work, Songs of colour: The art of Vida Lahey, held by Queensland Art Gallery, with a publication by Bettina Macaulay

2010

Vida Lahey: Colour and modernism exhibited at Queensland Art Gallery