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Art Strikes Back – Exhibition


Celebrating Australia's most recognised matchbox girl!

The iconic Ms Redheads has adorned Australian matchboxes for more than 70 years. This weekend, you can reminisce with a free display of Redheads history and art, presented by Redheads Matches. Art strikes back will be open 10am–6pm on 6 and 7 April.

A sneak peek at the Library collection

In a first time collaboration with the State Library collection of objects, the two day exhibition event will take place in the stylish Isabella Fraser Room.

Open to the public during Library’s regular hours,  the exhibition will delve into the people and culture behind the long time manufacturer.
A special free BBQ will also take place on Saturday 6th April,  between 11am-2.30pm on the Swanston street  forecourt.


The household name and design was introduced in 1946, when Bryant and May factory developed their new safety matches with a red tip, inspiring both the name and Miss Redhead herself. This limited event is sure to fire up the imagination with a selection of classic and contemporary matchbox designs, historic photographs and  objects that tell a compelling story of the Aussie brand.