SEEN@Swansea

SEEN@Swansea hosts a series of exhibitions exploring Lake Macquarie’s history, community stories and treasures, as well as special shows on themes ranging from dinosaurs to recycled sculpture.


Now showing:

Transformations: Art of the Scott Sisters

Saturday 8 June – Sunday 21 July

SEEN@Swansea, Swansea Centre

Open daily 10am-3pm, gold coin entry

Harriet and Helena Scott were two of 19th-century Australia's most prominent natural history illustrators.Beautiful and intricate, this stunning exhibition features framed reproduction watercolours, which form a fascinating record of the lives of Harriet (Hattie) and Helena (Nellie) Scott.

Turn back the pages as you uncover the captivating story of these two extraordinary women whose love of nature and tremendous skill in rendering its beauty enabled them to distinguish themselves amid the male-dominated world of 19th century science. Many of their scientific illustrations are still used by scientists today. The Scott sisters were among the first to illustrate the life histories and immature stages of Australian moths and butterflies. They were meticulous and understood the biology of their subjects in great detail. The highlights of the exhibition are reproduction watercoloured paintings created between 1846 and 1851 for their father A.W Scott’s landmark publication Australian Lepidoptera and their Transformations. Considered the finest examples of the sisters’ work, the paintings feature caterpillars in life-like poses, gorgeous butterflies, native flowers and stunning landscapes.


Location and opening hours

First floor mezzanine, The Swansea Centre

(opposite the Swansea library in the Swansea Centre)

Open 7 days, 10am-3pm

Page last updated: 26 June 2019