Australian Dreams: Picturing Our Built World
For over 200 years, Australia’s greatest painters, printmakers and photographers have been in a creative conversation with our built environment. Reflecting our progress, social ideas, our understanding of the world and how we have changed over time, the exhibition Australian Dreams: Picturing our Built World shows how, through images, these artists have documented, interpreted, and celebrated a variety of buildings from the Opera House and Flinders Street Station to the inner city terrace and the humble bush cottage.
These buildings are both are the backdrops and central stages where we live our lives, irrelevant of whether they are considered beautiful or otherwise, unappealing. They reflect our sense of identity, our hopes and dreams, rendered in bricks and mortar.
Drawing exclusively from the collections of the National Library, the exhibition features photographs, prints, drawings and paintings by Augustus Earle, Conrad Martens, S T Gill, Eugene von Gu.rard, Lionel Lindsay, Harold Cazneaux, Olive Cotton, Mark Strizic, David Moore, Max Dupain, Jeff Carter, Ruth Maddison, Wolfgang Sievers and John Gollings.