Category: Exhibitions

Compressing concerns with mid-century foam upholstery

When we buy a piece of furniture, we scour the fine print to find those reassuring words, ‘lifetime guarantee’. However for mid-century furniture, that guarantee has almost expired. While traditional materials such as wood and natural fibres like horsehair can …  More

Plastics in Art: David McDiarmid. Part 3: Sydney Curtain

  Sydney Curtain   David McDiarmid’s Sydney Curtain (referred to previously as My Sydney), 1978, is a celebration of both Sydney and synthetic plastics of the 1970s. The artwork contains numerous types of plastics which have all been exposed to …  More

Michael Hirst and Mid-Century Modern

One of the most rewarding aspects of my involvement with the Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design exhibition was researching the design output of Michael Hirst (1917 – 2002). Hirst designed and manufactured a range of stylish furniture pieces, including tables, …  More

Plastics in Art: David McDiarmid. Part 2: Thinking of You

Thinking of You, 1990, by David McDiarmid is a mosaic artwork made of irregularly shaped pieces of monochrome and polychrome holographic contact film adhered to a black painted plywood panel. The artwork has a total of 34 distinctive pattern and …  More

Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces – Ben Watt

This week Ben Watt will be performing in the Great Hall for Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces. Here, we asked him a few questions about music and art. Book tickets now.   Describe your sound in 5 words or less? That is someone else’s job …  More

Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces – New Gods

This week New Gods will be performing in the Great Hall for Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces. Here, we asked them a few questions about music and art. Book tickets now.   Describe your sound in 5 words or less? It’s art: …  More

Sharp focus and an unsentimental vision

Walking through the Mid-Century Modern exhibition, I was drawn to the sharply focused black and white photographs displayed throughout the show – both hanging on the walls, and seen on the pages of the numerous interior design magazines. Alongside the furniture …  More