- Impressions of Katherine Mansfield
Impressions of Katherine Mansfield
This exhibition was part of KM130 which celebrated Katherine Mansfield's 130th birthday.
Impressions of Katherine Mansfield will take you on a tour through items drawn from our audiovisual collections that shine a light on the wonderful legacy of Katherine Mansfield...
Although her time in Aotearoa was limited – she was born here in 1888, went to school in England from 1903 to 1906 and left New Zealand permanently in 1908 – her influence and impact on the national psyche has been huge.
Her importance is reflected in the number of biographies and critical studies published about her life, not to mention her journals and letters. Radio programmes, a television series, a documentary, a feature film and many plays have also been produced and several of her short stories adapted for film.
The house she was born in has become a popular museum and the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship is a significant literary award. She truly is a national treasure and we’re honoured to be supporting the KM130 celebrations marking her birth 130 years ago.
The three themes of our exhibition cover her work, family and friends and her legacy.
A special highlight – we’ve imagined what Katherine’s Spotify playlist of her favourite singers might look like, based on recollections by her brother-in-law Richard Murry.
Other highlights to look for as you explore the exhibition:
- Excerpts from The Sisters of Kezia, an interview recorded in 1962 with her sisters Vera, Chaddie and Jeanne.
- Excerpts from the radio documentary Her Bright Image – Impressions of Katherine Mansfield including an interview with an elderly Ida Baker, Katherine’s longtime companion.
- News items exploring her influence and ongoing interest – centenary events, restoring the house at Tinakori Road, Wellington, Villa Isola Bella in Menton, France and the Katherine Mansfield fellowship.
This online exhibition is presented as part of KM130
KM130 is a city-wide programme of events, exhibitions and performances, celebrating Katherine Mansfield's 130th birthday. KM130 is proudly brought to you by the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Katherine Mansfield House & Garden, Circa Theatre, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and the Alexander Turnbull Library.We also ran a series of 'KM' themed screenings in our Wellington cinema during August and September 2018.