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A Place Called Home Exhibition – Why heritage houses matter

A Place to Call Home: Why heritage houses matter. Artist Marta Madison presents a collection of watercolour paintings depicting Federation and Arts and Crafts style homes (circa 1880-1920), on display at Art Space on The Concourse, Chatswood, 24 April-05 May 2024, 11-5pm. Closed Anzac Day.

Somewhere in every human heart, there is an old house. This exhibition of watercolours is the culmination of three years spent painting and documenting historic houses in and around the North Shore of Sydney as well as rural NSW and Victoria.

Houses are important gathering places, giving us a secure sense of where we are today and were we have come from. Old buildings and their surroundings share a mutual history, giving us a glimpse of aesthetic trends and how things have changed. Historians like neighbourhoods with intact old houses because of the impact of such architecture had on urban development at the turn of the century, therefore is important we preserve these homes. Included in this exhibition are well-loved homes such as Burley-Griffin’s Fishwick in Castlecrag, the estate of Mt Errington in Hornsby, and Oakhurst, in Holt Ave, Cremorne (main photo). I hope to inspire a deeper appreciation of these architectural treasures and why heritage houses matter.

Artworks are A3 in size, with an accompanying catalogue describing each house in detail. An interactive element allows viewers to click on a QR code and listen to current owners talk about their homes and how they lovingly restored them. The artist will be on site most days painting.

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409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, New South Wales

Art Space on the Concourse is located in the heart of Chatswood on Sydney’s North Shore. The Gallery is on the left just past the box office. as you enter through the box office doors. The hours are Wed-Sunday 11-5pm. Art Space on the Concourse is a 10-minute walk from the Chatswood Interchange. From the Chatswood Interchange, walk down Chatswood Mall and onto Victoria Avenue, east of the station. It can be reached in 15 minutes from the Sydney CBD and 30 minutes from the airport by car. The Concourse is equipped with an onsite car park for 400 vehicles located on the basement level of the venue, adding to the existing 15,000 car spaces in Chatswood. The car park entrance is on Ferguson Lane via Archer Street. Accessible parking spaces are available in Chatswood train station is located at the Chatswood Interchange and is frequently serviced by Sydney Trains – T1 North Shore and T9 Northern Line For train timetables go to www.transportnsw.info By Bus Chatswood’s main bus terminal can be found at the Chatswood Interchange, just two minutes' walk from Art Space on the Concourse.


11am-5pm, Wednesday to Sundays, 24 April - 5 May.
Closed ANZAC Day.

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