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Listing State VIC

The Johnston Collection Exhibition-House

East Melbourne

Christmas at The Johnston Collection 2018 | 19
Monday 1 October 2018 – Tuesday 5 February 2019

HOME made GOOD | Christmas at The Johnston Collection 2018 | 19 presents over 50 Melbourne makers and artists and more than 200 works. Shown across eight exhibition spaces in Fairhall, the contemporary works are ‘inspired by’ William Johnston’s superb collection of antiques arranged within a domestic setting in his former house.

Featured artists include: Hannah Gartside | Hotham Street Ladies | Anita Mertzlin | Les Morgan | Barbara Porter | Robyn Rich | Dear Songsuwan from KAMI | The Bond Family | The Country Women’s Association of Victoria Inc. | Adrien Trevillian.

Visitors to HOME made GOOD can expect to see:

• a 65-kilogram gingerbread replica of Fairhall exhibition-house

• a giant sculpture of Marie-Antoinette composed of discarded plastic bags and soft drink bottles, delivering a political commentary on ocean plastics

• an installation ‘on disappointment’, by the notorious Hotham Street Ladies artists collective as a response to a series of letters received expressing ‘disappointment’ in their previous exhibition at The Johnston Collection

• paintings by the late Leslie Morgan based on the historical revolutionary figure Toussaint L’Ouverture

• more than 100 meticulously hand-crafted items made by The Country Women’s Association members from across Victoria

Inspired by aspects of William Johnston’s collection, all the works in HOME made GOOD were commissioned by The Johnston Collection who encouraged the artists to challenge traditional practice and to push the boundaries of contemporary making.

Guided tours weekdays at 10.00 am, 12 noon, 2.00 pm. After Hours tours on the second Saturday of each month at 10.00 am and 12 noon and on the third Thursday evening of each month at 6.00 pm. Bookings


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Wangaratta Art Gallery

56 Ovens Street, Wangaratta 3677

24 November 2018 – 3 February 2019 | Gallery 1

Featuring work from Arts Project Australia, Wangaratta Art Gallery and friends.

Throughout recent history, popular culture themes, aesthetics and sensibilities have informed what artists create, shaping the way we reflect upon our world and mirroring our values and culture back to us. POP! Reflections on Popular Culture explores this continual impulse through a collaboration between Wangaratta Art Gallery and Arts Project Australia, featuring the work of Arts Project studio artists alongside invited contemporary artists and works from the Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection.

9 February – 31 March 2019

Louise Saxton: The Linen Project is an immersive installation that pays homage to past lives and past labour and is built largely from the remnants of Louise Saxton’s practice of reclaiming everyday needlework.

The artist has been collecting domestic linens since 1988 and for more than a decade has extracted and reconstructed the embroidery and lace from those linens to build several major bodies of work. From these discarded and disinherited materials, Saxton creates unique two and three-dimensional assemblages. Louise Saxton: The Linen Project celebrates the materiality of linen and investigates its role in caring for family and community. The project is being undertaken with the support of an 18-month artist in residence program through St Vincent’s Hospital at Caritas Christi in Kew.

Until 5 February | WPAC Foyer Gallery

A suite of works on paper from the Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection, offers a rare chance to view the collections hidden gems and less known works.

Open Tues – Sun 10am – 4pm. Closed Mon.
Closed Public Holidays & for installation.