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 Artspace @ The Concourse, Chatswood, 24 April-05 May 2024.
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 the current owners talk about their homes and how they lovingly restored them. The artist will be on site most days painting.