Who goes here?
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.
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.