Inside the Collection

Category: Arts

Celebrating arts and crafts at the Sydney Royal Easter Show

April 2, 2014

Anni Turnbull
Sydney's Royal Easter Show came from agricultural beginnings. In 1822 in a new and small colony the Royal Agricultural Society was formed with the intention of increasing livestock within the colony and sharing farming practices.

Henry Parkes and the ‘crimson thread of kinship’

March 19, 2014

Debbie Rudder
In a speech to a Federation Conference banquet in 1890, Henry Parkes coined the term crimson thread of kinship to describe the ties that bound the Australian colonies. The reference was to shared Anglo-Celtic bloodlines, to the exclusion of Indigenous, Asian and other contributors to nation-building and the nation’s gene pool.

Max Dupain and Chris Vandyke

March 17, 2014

Charles Pickett
You might have seen the story re the State Library of NSW's recent acquisition of a photo album containing a different version of Max Dupain's well-known 1937 'Sunbaker' photo. That Max disliked the widely published version doesn't strike me as headline cultural news (well done to the State Library's pr people tho).

Love and jewellery

February 14, 2014

Rebecca Evans
Love it or hate it, it’s Valentine’s Day! A day that has celebrated romantic love in the West since the Middle Ages, it is often marked with the giving of gifts as tokens of love. Love and jewellery have long been associated with each other, from betrothal to mourning; it has been given and worn to show passion, devotion and loss.

Happy Lunar New Year – the year of the horse

January 31, 2014

Anni Turnbull
The Lunar New Year is the most significant annual celebration for Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures. January 31, 2014 marks the start of the Lunar New Year better known as Chinese New Year, and begins 'The Year of the horse'.

The art of skating-David Griggs

January 13, 2014

Anni Turnbull
Artist David Griggs reaches into the elements of popular and street culture, horror movies and the street sport of skate boarding. His art sources its inspiration from contemporary images and materials.

Summer cicadas

January 8, 2014

Lynne McNairn
Sydney is currently enjoying a bumper cicada season. To me, these insects are a potent sound of summer and I enjoy their strident chorus building to a crescendo and then tapering off; the volume increasing with the heat.

Christmas, jewellery and the Museum’s collection

December 25, 2013

Rebecca Evans
I am pretty excited to share these floral brooches with you by contemporary studio jeweller Roseanne Bartley. Not only are they recent acquisitions for the Museum’s permanent collection, but they will also be displayed in our exciting and upcoming jewellery exhibition, due to open September 2014.

Picture this: A few of our photographs

December 23, 2013

Anni Turnbull
At the Powerhouse Museum we are fortunate to have a great photographic collection including glass plate negatives from the late 19th and early 20th century in the Tyrell collection. They form a fairly solid base of our historic photography collections and provide the odd bit of excitement when we discover hitherto unknown works within them, like the 400 World War One soldier images recently uncovered.

Wilhelmina’s crafty miniature wax cows

December 16, 2013

Margaret Simpson
I know I've said this before but our collection continues to amaze me with its countless curious and bizarre objects. An example of this is the three intricate miniature model cows made of beeswax and calf hair.