artists represented

Len & Kath Shillam Estate

Biography

1915 Leonard born in Brisbane, Queensland

1916 Kathleen born in Devonshire, England

1927 Kathleen arrives in Australia

1931 – 1934 Leonard attends Brisbane Technical College

1932 – 1933 Kathleen attends Brisbane Technical College

1932 Leonard and Kathleen meet at art school

1934 – 1938 Kathleen works in a commercial art studio, Brisbane

1937 Leonard wins Carnegie Corporation grant

1938 Leonard studies sculpture in London at Westminster School with Eric Schilsky

1939 Leonard returned to Australia following outbreak of war and the close of art schools. Leonard and Kathleen run poultry farm till 1949

1942 Leonard and Kathleen married

1947 First exhibition at John Cooper’s Moreton Galleries

1949-1955 – Kathleen and Leonard 11 solo or 2 person exhibitions in Brisbane and Sydney

1958 – 59 – Kathleen teaches Stuartholme Convent, Brisbane

1959 – Leonard awarded Qld Centenary prize for sculpture

1960 – Kathleen teaches drawing at Dept of Architecture, University of Queensland

1961-1964 – Kathleen and Leonard travel to Greece, Italy and England. Leonard and Kathleen complete course at the Academia di Firenze and another in bronze casting at Royal College of Art London

1966 National capital development commission installed

1974 – Exhibited with Victor Mace

1975 – Leonard began full time teaching. Headed new sculpture course at QCA

1975 – Kathleen conducted workshops at society of sculptors Qld and Brisbane Technical College

1979 Prize for religious sculpture St Alban’s Art festival

1980s Perides Art Foundry began in Brisbane. The Kathleen and Leonard begun bronze works by wax method

1986 The Shillams awarded an AM

1986 Leonard won Gold Coast Sculpture competition

1988 Kathleen Redcliff Prize

1993 Leonard and Kathleen completed Jabirus bought by public subscription as memorial to the Johnstone Gallery, in Brisbane City Hall Art Gallery Collection (joint)

1996 Queensland Art Gallery Tribute Exhibition

2000 Leonard and Kathleen awarded honorary doctorate for services to the arts from UQ. Involved in establishment of the Redcliffe city art collection

2002 Kathleen died

2005 Leonard died

COMMISIONS

The Southport School, Brisbane Grammar School, St Hilda’s School, Villanova College Brisbane, Museum of Brisbane

COLLECTIONS

Museum of Brisbane, QAG, Women’s College UQ, AGNSW, AGWA, QAG, QVMAG,
Newcastle, Dalby, Redcliffe, Stanthorpe, Gold Coast,
James Cook University Townsville, University of Queensland Art Museum and University of Tasmania.