Media Release – Internationally renowned Australian artists capture eminent barristers and jurists


Portraits in paint, photography and tapestry by internationally renowned artists of Victoria’s eminent judges and barristers have been unveiled at the Victorian Bar.

Works by artists including Louise Hearman, Polly Borland, David Rosetzky, Sally Ross and John Gollings AM and the Australian Tapestry workshop weavers, Chris Cochius and Pamela Joyce, have been unveiled by the Honourable Chief Justice Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, marking the re-design of the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery and the inauguration of the Hartog Berkeley QC room within the gallery.

“We’re immensely proud of the portraits of eminent past and current members of the Victorian Bar. The acclaimed Australian artists who have created the portraits have captured their subjects in various mediums including paint, photography and tapestry,” said Dr Matt Collins QC, President of the Victorian Bar.

“All have played a major role in the community in many ways, reflecting the leadership played by members of the Victorian Bar not just in upholding the rule of law and the administration of justice, but also in shaping modern Australia.”

“Some of the new portraits have already captured the attention of the arts world. The Alan Archibald QC portrait by John Gollings AM and the Australian Tapestry Workshop has been promised for loan to the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra,” said Peter Jopling AM QC, Chair of the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery.

“Commissioning portraiture in a variety of mediums is one of the goals of the gallery as we honour barristers and judges of great distinction and those members of our Bar who became Governors General, Governors, Prime Ministers and Attorneys General as well as significant civil leaders and philanthropists.”

The new portraits:

  • The Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC, former Victorian Governor, judge and Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, by David Rosetzky
  • The Honourable Michael Black AC QC, former Chief Justice of the Federal Court, by Louise Hearman
  • The Honourable Diana Bryant AO QC, former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, by Sally Ross
  • The Honourable Ray Finkelstein AO QC, former judge of the Federal Court and President of the Australian Competition Tribunal, by Polly Borland
  • The Honourable Alec Southwell QC, former judge of the County Court and the Supreme Court – anonymous
  • Mr Jeff Sher QC, by Lianne Gough
  • Mr Alan Archibald QC, by John Gollings AM and the Australian Tapestry Workshop
  • Mr Robert Richter QC and Mr Philip Dunn QC, by Martin Tighe
  • The Honourable Kenneth Hayne AC QC, by Bill Henson

The Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery:

  • The Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery pays tribute to the enormous contributions of the Bar’s champions and acts as a source of inspiration for future generations of barristers.
  • The collection contains portraits of contributors to public life and the law, all with connection to the Victorian Bar.
  • The portrait collection includes works by Rick Amor, Bill Henson, Judy Cassab, Ivor Hele, Paul Fitzgerald, Clifton Pugh, Archibald Colquhoun, Robert Hannaford, Andrew Sibley, Lewis Miller, Martin Tighe and Peter Churcher to name but a few.
  • The collection comprises 70 portraits.
  • The Gallery is named after Peter O’Callaghan QC and at the opening ceremony, the Chief Justice will be inaugurating the Hartog Berkeley QC room within the Gallery in honour of the legendary member of the Victorian Bar and former Victorian Solicitor General, the late Hartog Berkeley QC.
  • The event on 28 March 2019 will also see the unveiling of the Victorian Bar Memorial which honours members of the Bar who have engaged in active service on behalf of our country, since the Boer War in 1899 until present times.

Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC and the Honourable Diana Bryant AO QC

Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC and the Honourable Ray Finkelstein AO QC

Alan Archibald QC

Pamela Joyce, Chris Cochius, Alan Archibald QC and Mary-Lou Archibald

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