Who goes here? by Fiona Hall, one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, will launch at the Hyde Park Barracks in April. Presented as part of Sydney Living Museums’ ‘Reflections on identity’ theme for 2021, the installation prompts reflections on how history and place shape our sense of belonging and identity, who makes up that history and how we as individuals reflect on that past today.

Fiona Hall was inspired by the stories and identities of the many people who lived and worked at the Hyde Park Barracks from 1819 to 1887: convicts, immigrants and asylum inmates and the officials who controlled their lives. Her new installation, commissioned by Sydney Living Museums, will fill the courtyard of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and feature a fascinating selection of these past residents and workers. A painted wooden signpost will represent each person, profiling their story and the distance travelled from ‘home’. Each post in this ‘forest of signs’ becomes a totem for an individual, and for his or her story, which anchors them to this place, and which now can be retold.

Join us on weekends and school holidays for a series of talks and drop-in activities designed by the artist exploring the themes of the work.


 

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Drop-in activity, 10am–3pm

Opening weekend: Sat 3 & Sun 4 April
School holidays: 8–18 April, Thurs–Sun
Then every weekend, 24 April – 30 May

Kids and adults can experience Fiona Hall’s major new site-specific installation, Who goes here?, through specially designed activities that explore the themes of the artwork.


Walking tour: Who goes here?

Hyde Park Barracks, Sun 16 May, 2pm–3pm

Join a walking tour of the installation Who goes here? by Fiona Hall with SLM curator Mel Flyte and historical archaeologist and food historian Kimberley Connor. The tour will focus on a number of fascinating stories of the convicts, orphans, immigrants and asylum women featured in the installation and include behind-the-scenes access to the Hyde Park Barracks collection and ongoing research of the site.

Free, no bookings required.


Panel discussion: Finding Your Roots – Researching Family History

Talks stage, Hyde Park Barracks, Sun 30 May, 2pm–3pm

Australians are researching their family histories in increasing numbers, keen to know more about who they are and where they come from. Do you want to explore your family tree but aren’t sure where to start? Join our panel of experts as they present a ‘how to’ guide that will help you on your journey to discover information about your ancestors.

Facilitated by Martyn Killion, Director, Collections Access & Engagement, State Archives and Records Authority of New South Wales featuring Ruth Graham, CEO, Society of Australian Genealogists; Melissa Jackson, Indigenous Services Librarian, Indigenous Engagement Branch, State Library of NSW and Emily Hanna, Officer, Public Engagement, State Archives and Records Authority of New South Wales.

Free, no bookings required.

3 April 2021 - 30 May 2021

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