2018 HOME made GOOD | Christmas at The Johnston Collection

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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 gigantic gingerbread replica of Fairhall exhibition-house made from nearly 65 kilograms of gingerbread mix, furnished entirely of gingerbread furniture, textiles, and paintings, whimsicallyrecreating the antiques from the Collection

• 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 encourage the artists to challenge traditional practice and to push the boundaries of contemporary making.

Louis Le Vaillant, Director | Curator of The Johnston Collection, said: “HOME made GOOD celebrates the extraordinary creativity of Melbourne makers and their exploration of new contemporary practices and ideas.”

“This wonderful exhibition also demonstrates the communicative nature of contemporary making and shows how makers have applied their voices to their work with dynamic and powerful results,” he says.

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