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The Aquilizan Studio Making it Home

Two people view shelves full of small cardboard structures while groups of people sit at large tables making other cardboard structures

Installation view of The Aquilizan Studio: Making it Home, Art Gallery of New South Wales

What makes a home?

The Aquilizan Studio Making it Home

26 April 2022 – 5 February 2023

Art Gallery of New South Wales

South Building

Lower level 2


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Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan have created a new sculpture – a wonderous cardboard city in the sky – for the exhibition Dreamhome: Stories of Art and Shelter.

Living between the Philippines and Australia, the artists have drawn on their own story of migration to forge an art practice dedicated to understanding the shifting, varied and often complicated meanings of home. They are inspired by the power of collective action and create spaces where people can come together through a process of art-making.

The Aquilizan Studio: Making it Home invites selected school and community groups to participate in workshops and create their own cardboard dream home. There are also opportunities for Art Gallery visitors to participate in workshops.

Some of the constructions made in the workshops are displayed as part of the Aquilizans’ sculpture in the Dreamhome exhibition in the new North Building, with many others exhibited in the studio space on lower level 2 in the South Building.

Two children and an adult at a worktable making cardboard constructions
Groups of people sit at two large tables making cardboard structures in a room with shelves filled with other cardboard structures. The words 'The Aquilizan Studio Making it Home' appear on a wall.
Two  children at a table with cardboard structures
People sit at a table making structures out of cardboard
A person sits at a table working on a small cardboard structure
Several people seated at a table making cardboard structures
An adult and three children at a table making cardboard structures
A child stands looking at small cardboard structures on shelves. A black-and-white photo of a complex cardboard structure hangs in front of the shelves.
Small cardboard structures on a shelf

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