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Speaking Volumes

Artwork from Speaking Volumes exhibition
Estelle Briedis, Repeat screen-print design featuring House of Representatives Chamber (working), 2017, image courtesy of the artist/Parliamentary Debates, 1901-2

3 November 2017 to 4 February 2018

Entry: free
Location: Marble Foyer

Parliament House, in association with DESIGN Canberra, presents Speaking Volumes, featuring works by Chelsea Lemon, Estelle Briedis and Elizabeth Paterson.
As technology changes so does the delivery of information, and now parliamentary proceedings are no longer printed and bound but are purely electronic entities. Excess leather bound volumes of parliamentary proceedings have provided an opportunity for the Parliament House Art Collection to engage with local designers in order to create new works that reinterpret, reuse and recycle these incredibly evocative objects that span almost 120 years of parliamentary reporting.  The designers will explore both the properties of the physical source material as well as the history documented within the volumes.

Curl serving dish
Chelsea Lemon, Curl Serving Dish, 2016, image courtesy of the artist

Paradox in a Paddock
Elizabeth Paterson, Paradox in a Paddock (detail), 2013, image courtesy of the artist, photographer Brenton McGeachie