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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 – 22 January 2023

Art Gallery of New South Wales

South Building

Lower level 2

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Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan are creating one of their impressively scaled cardboard sculptures for the opening of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ new building.

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.

In a project titled Making it Home, selected school and community groups have been invited to create their own cardboard ‘dream homes’, which may become part of the Aquilizans’ sculpture and its new speculative neighbourhood in the new building, known as the North Building. Their constructions are on display in the studio space on lower level 2 in the Art Gallery’s historic South Building, and the final sculpture will be displayed within the exhibition Dreamhome: Stories of Art and Shelter when it opens on 3 December 2022.

There are also opportunities for Art Gallery visitors to participate in workshops. Check our event listing for the latest details.

Two children and an adult at a worktable making cardboard constructions
People sit at a table making structures out of cardboard
Two  children at a table with cardboard structures
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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