As a proud ambassador for this year’s SYDNEY OPEN I encourage you to explore the beautiful buildings of my city and admire the details in their construction both inside and out. This weekend 3-4 November 2018 will be a celebration of the architecture around Sydney with access to more than 60 inspiring & treasured buildings, one of my favourites being the Australian Museum and its recently restored Long Gallery.
The Long Gallery was built between 1846-1855, a traditional neo-classical gallery drenched in natural light from panelled skylights now showcasing 200 Treasures. 100 Treasures are curated from the museum’s vast collection of 18 million objects & specimens of largely Australian & Pacific flora & fauna and cultural collections (some of which are shown in the images below), and 100 treasures are people that have shaped Australia & its history.
Each selected nature object is matched with a cultural object as we recognise the intimacy & connection of all living things. It is this connection & entanglement that we inevitably have with the environment, animals, culture and objects that defines the new age of Anthropocene. Long Gallery celebrates this concept, as head curator Dr Peter Emmett explains, ‘to bring objects from historic collections into this historic gallery, liberated from the storerooms, so we can rethink their past, present and future entanglements’. I did a little Q&A with Dr Peter Emmett as part of The Society inc Newspapers #4 which you can read below.
MEET THE MAKER | Dr Peter Emmett was invited to curate 100 Objects in the Long Gallery, part explorer, part catalyst and part scholar - an exhibition not to be missed.
Word you like to drop into conversation? Anthropocene.
One luxury you cannot give up? Morning coffee.
Best invention? Internet.
Finding inspiration? Novels.
Most treasured object? My hammer.
Go-to Design reference/inspiration? dezeen.com
Secret skill? Plastering.
Worldly possession? iMac.
Pet peeve? Dirty dishes in sink.
Coveting right now? 2 Round the World airline tickets.SYDNEY OPEN | For more information on this year's Sydney Open program or where to find tickets, visit slm.is/open, @sydneyisopen