Architectural Commissions

Forecourt mosaic, Parliament House

Forecourt mosaic, Parliament House

The integration of commissioned art and craft works into Parliament House enriches surfaces and spaces throughout the building. Artists, craftspeople and fabricators collaborated closely with the architects and the Parliament House Construction Authority in a program to design and install some 70 separate works in metal, timber, clay, glass, fabric and stone, each devised for a particular location.


One of the best known artworks at Parliament House is the Forecourt mosaic. You can read more about the mosaic commission here. Another is the foyer marquetry. You can read more about the marquetry commission here. 

Interwoven: The Commissioned Art and Craft for Parliament HouseInterwoven cover — M. Pamille Berg

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Parliament House in 2013, Pamille Berg AO, formerly the Art and Craft Program Coordinator for the Parliament House architects, was commissioned to write and design a book on the unique commissions to Australian artists, craftspeople, designers and makers for works in Parliament House.

Interwoven features more than 60 commissioned works, including artist Arthur Boyd's design for the Great Hall Tapestry, and Papunya artist Michael Nelson Jagamarra's design for the 196 square metre Forecourt mosaic Possum and Wallaby Dreaming.

Featuring striking images of the Parliament House Art Collection — Interwoven is the perfect gift for any art enthusiast. Interwoven is available from The Parliament House Shop. Mail orders can be arranged by contacting the shop on (02) 6277 5050.

RRP: $39.60 inc GST (plus postage for mail orders)

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