Earlier this year, the gallery appealed to residents of Woolloomooloo to co-curate an exhibition about their community. Eleven people answered the call and participated in a series of workshops to select the works to be included. They were also able to explore behind the scenes and find out how the gallery operates as a leading art institution.
The resulting show is a refreshing and eclectic exhibition that includes paintings, prints, photographs, video installations and sculptures by artists such as Reko Rennie, Shaun Gladwell and Jeff Koons.
The project was coordinated by the gallery’s music and community curator, Jonathan Wilson, who helped lead the workshops with Nick Yelverton.
“It was basically round tables, deciding as a group what we were looking for, and then trying to facilitate finding those key themes,” he says. “Themes were popping up, whether it was sports, music, culture, street art, Indigenous words or prominent Indigenous works, and then we kind of searched together.