Dear Kate: the vision of the Mitchell women

Revealing an artistic legacy

An exhibition of original lithographs and watercolours by Jane Giblin, featuring original works by the Mitchell family.

View Dear Kate exhibition online

The great outdoors experienced through the eyes of two women who loved exploring is the inspiration for a vibrant new exhibition coming soon by Tasmanian artist Jane Giblin.

Artist and descendant of the extended Mitchell family, Jane Giblin has created an enchanting series of original lithographs and watercolours in response to the drawings in the diaries of Catherine Augusta Mitchell, her daughters Catherine (Kate) Penwarne Ball, and Sarah Elizabeth Emma Mitchell.

Enter a world of drawings created by the sisters 160 years ago, capturing the essence of their daily lives and experiences exploring through unfamiliar forests and along wild coastlines in Tasmania’s east in the 1860s. Catherine Ball was affectionately known as Dear Kate, before and after her untimely death aged 31.

Art workshops with Jane Giblin

Join artist Jane Giblin for a fascinating 1.5 hour hands-on workshop where she teaches what she has learnt about the Mitchell scrapbook featured in the Dear Kate exhibition.

Multiple dates to choose from:

  • Thursday August 17
  • Saturday August 19
  • Thursday September 14
  • Saturday September 16
  • Thursday October 19
  • Saturday October 21

Book a workshop

Free exhibition

11 August – 10 Nov 2023

Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts
State Library and Archive Building
Ground floor, 91 Murray St
Hobart, Tasmania 7000

  • Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
  • closed Sunday and public holidays


Allport events and talks

Kate mounts her horse from the stump. Watercolour. Artist: Jane Giblin
Image Credit: Kate mounts her horse from the stump. Watercolour. Artist: Jane Giblin