Erica McGilchrist (born Mt Gambier, South Australia in 1926 and died in Melbourne, Victoria in 2014) was a highly regarded Australian artist with an important career as an educator, environmentalist and activist for women’s art, co-founding the Women’s Art Register in 1975.
She lived and worked from a studio in Caulfield for more than 40 years and held a major solo exhibition Erica McGilchrist — Artist, Feminist and Humanist at the Caulfield Arts Complex in March 1995. The exhibition featured selected major works by Erica McGilchrist created between 1951 and 1995.
A retrospective of her work Erica McGilchrist: Selected Works 1951–1995 was held at Heide Museum of Modern Art from 23 October 2013 to 30 April 2014. The exhibition was drawn primarily from the Heide Museum collection but also included a selection of key paintings, drawings and embroideries from our art collection reflecting the diversity of her practice. The work of Erica McGilchrist is well represented in our art collection. We received a major donation from Erica McGilchrist of more than 70 artworks to our art collection in 2001, including paintings, drawings and textiles created between 1952 and 1992 that encompass the broad environmental, feminist and humanitarian themes explored in her artistic practice. Trio, 1970 from the Enigmas series is considered a major painting in her career.