- When 15 May - 15 Aug 2015
Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd Paddington NSW 2021
Tues to Sat, 10am-5pm
+61 2 8936 0888
Informed by the disturbing rise of global crises requiring innovative solutions to urban space and housing, 'Shelter Union' presents experimental projects by Australian and international artists and architects.
The exhibition and accompanying programs explore new ways of negotiating and inhabiting contemporary built environments that respond to the experience of living in contemporary Sydney and beyond. The exhibition’s fundamental thesis is universal and its scope is global. 'Shelter Union' critically engages with the social and political realities of how we live now, as interpreted through the work of interdisciplinary practitioners using non-traditional materials and methods.
The exhibition articulates, through art, architecture and a fusion of the two, alternative living solutions in an age of unsettlement.
Visitors to the exhibition can expect to experience experimental architecture practices formulated through different mediums including immersive installations, sculptures, video, photography, audio and research material.
This exhibition challenges traditional notions of architecture and art, stimulating ideas of architectures purpose and how practitioners are pushing boundaries. 'Shelter Union' brings transdisciplinary practice to the forefront, asking audiences to reimagine the social, environmental, economic, and political fabric of our cities and how we will continue to live in urban settings.
Teddy Cruz (USA)
Urban-Think Tank (Venezuela)
Jesper Wachtmeister (Sweden)
in addition to a major photographic project presented in association with The Big Issue.
Exhibition curatorium of UNSW Art & Design researchers led by Lucy Ainsworth.
Coconut Collective, Coconut Republic 2015. Installation view, 'Shelter Union' UNSW Galleries, 2015. Photograph: Silversalt Photography.
Jesper Watchtmeister, Microtopia 2013. Installation view, 'Shelter Union', UNSW Galleries, 2015. Photograph: Silversalt Photography.
Richard Goodwin, Barangaroo Doppelgänger 2015. Installation view, 'Shelter Union', UNSW Galleries, 2015. Photograph: Silversalt Photography.
Studiobird, Palanquin 2015. Installation view 'Shelter Union', UNSW Galleries, 2015. Photograph: Silversalt Photography.
Matthew Bird lecture
5pm Thursday 14 May, Courtyard Gallery
Melbourne-based architect Matthew Bird, principal of Studiobird, will present a talk about his work Palanquin, part of the Shelter Union exhibition, within the broader context of his experimental and hybrid architectural practice.
The Lot artist talk
3pm Saturday 16 May, Clyne Reserve, Miller’s Point
The Lot will be at the site of their public artwork Unauthorised Access to discuss the themes of their work and collect your ‘unsolicited proposals’ for the Barangaroo development site.
Richard Goodwin performance
10.30am every Thursday during the exhibition, Barangaroo, Hickson Rd
Every Thursday morning for one year, Richard Goodwin will retrace the footsteps of Joseph Cindric, a WWII veteran who pushed a handmade steel trolley around Sydney’s CBD during the 1970s and 1980s. Goodwin will push his own trolley around the city in protest of the development direction of Sydney, specifically Barangaroo.
Utzon Lecture Series
Presented by UNSW Built Environment
The Utzon Lecture Series was officially launched in March 2010 by Jan Utzon the son of renowned Danish architect Jørn Utzon.
Held on a monthly basis at the UNSW Kensington campus in Sydney, the Utzon Lecture series focuses on the presentation of ideas from leading contributors of international significance in the design, delivery and management of the built environment.
Lecture: 'Architecture Beyond Experience’
6pm Wednesday 27 May, The Law Theatre, Ground Floor, UNSW Law Building
Talk given by professor Michael Benedikt from The University of Texas at Austin, USA.
Lecture: ‘Inaugural Donald K Turner Address – Sedimentary City’
6.30pm Wednesday 24 June, The Law Theatre, Ground Floor, UNSW Law Building
Talk given by Emeritus Professor Brit Andersen from The University of Queensland.
Lecture: ‘Architecture, Institutions and Change’
7pm Wednesday 8 July, Eternity Playhouse Darlinghurst, 39 Burton St, Darlinghurst
Talk given by Professor Dell Upton from UCLA, USA.
'Towards 2026: off-site fabrication innovation emerging from completing Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Basilica’
6.30pm Wednesday 12 August, UNSW Built Environment, Lecture Theatre TBC
Talk given by Professor Mark Burry from The University of Melbourne
Project partners: The Big Issue and UNSW Built Environment.