From Australia’s pursuit of economic botany in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, to the arts and crafts movement that began around the time of Federation, through to contemporary environmentalism – the Powerhouse Collection reflects changing attitudes towards and understanding of Australia’s iconic gum trees.
Eucalyptusdom is an exhibition of objects from the extensive Powerhouse Collection alongside new commissions by creative practitioners in the fields of design, architecture, film, applied arts, writing and performance. Taking its title from a 1930s text by Edward F Swain, one of Australia’s earliest conservationists, Eucalyptusdom weaves together community-engaged projects, industry partnerships and cross-cultural and intergenerational collaborations exploring how our changing relationship to eucalypts reflects a shifting comprehension of Country and place.
Through its embedded public programs, Eucalyptusdom brings artists and creative practitioners together with scientists, experts and knowledge holders to respond to the exhibition themes and tell new stories that reflect contemporary Australia. The unique scenography will be designed by Richard Leplastrier AO in collaboration with Worimi-Biripai man and designer Jack Gillmer and Director of Architecture Adam Haddow, SJB Architects.
Commissioned practitioners include: Nicole Barakat, Dean Cross, Luna Mrozik Gawler, Julie Gough, Vera Hong, Anna May Kirk, Nicholas Mangan, Lucy Simpson, Yasmin Smith, Sera Waters and Damien Wright with Bonhula Yunupingu.