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Interview - Klara Donath, Life in Melbourne & Artistic Practice, Digital Audio Tape, No 3, 16 Apr 1999 Audiovisual Reg. No: HT 31464

Part three of a three part oral history with Hungarian born artist Klara Donath, recorded on 16 April 1999. Klara studied art and painting at university in Hungary, before she was expelled for her political views. She then trained and worked as a costume designer for the many theatres in Budapest. After escaping Hungary in 1956 and immigrating to Australia, Klara worked in a variety of jobs to support her family.

In Australia Klara has continued to create work in her chosen medium of textile art. Much of Klara's work draws upon her Hungarian cultural origins and Bartok's music is a constant source of inspiration for her.
Digital audio tape
Description Of Content:
Part three of a three part oral history with Klara Donath-Patay, a Hungarian born artist. Klara discusses her move from Adelaide to Melbourne where she found work as a freelance artist for a large advertising agency. During this time she did lots of work as a fashion illustrator for magazines such as Vogue (both Australian and International editions). Then the rise of fashion photography saw Klara's work opportunities decline so she decided to put her teaching qualifications to use and approached the Education Department and was able to secure a position teaching art at a high school in Glenroy. She then moved to Our Lady of Mercy College, which was closer to home, where she remained for 17 years eventually becoming the co-ordinator of art, with eight teachers under her. Klara then discusses her art practice her in Australia, particularly her work as a fibre artist her inspiration and ways of working.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Klara Donath, 1998
Klára Donáth-Patay
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: art, artworks, immigration, artistic practices, sculpture, migrants, artists, migration settlement, textiles, hungarian communities, hungarian immigration
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Migration Collection, Klara Donath, Hungarian Immigrant & Artist, 1956
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Life Stories
Tertiary Classification: oral histories
Format: Digital Audio Tape Recording; DAT Cassette
Date Recorded: 16 Apr 1999
Interviewee: Ms Klara Donath, 16 Apr 1999

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