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Dreamhome Stories of Art and Shelter

The atrium in a mult-levelled building in which each level is filled with different highly coloured objects and materials

Samara Golden Guts 2022 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © Samara Golden

As we open the doors to our new home for art in Sydney, we welcome artists from around the world to share their dreams of home. 

Dreamhome Stories of Art and Shelter

3 December 2022 – late 2023

Art Gallery of New South Wales

North Building

Lower level 2

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‘Home’ is a small and familiar word that carries a live load of meaning. We think we know what is meant when we hear it. But the term trembles with pressure. Whose home is in question? Who shares that space? How is the sense of home measured?  

Dreamhome: Stories of Art and Shelter reveals what 29 artists from Australia and farther afield have made of the idea of home. For these artists, home is not only a house or a place, it’s also memories, people – and stories. 

Set across a series of rooms which do not align exactly, the exhibition itself forms a house of dreams in which locations and timeframes are always shifting. The artists take us to Cape Town, Los Angeles, Fitzroy Crossing; into living rooms, disaster zones and vast landscapes. Evocations of intimacy and sanctuary give way to visions of loss and upheaval, followed by projections of rebuilding and reconnection.  

Here art-making is a form of critical dreaming, a grounded way of imagining otherwise in unstable times. 

Dreamhome, in our new North Building, combines highlights from the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection with exceptional recent acquisitions, five new commissions and major loans. A book documenting the exhibition and exploring its themes will be available in early 2023.

A campervan, with a dog on the roof, is parked between a telecommunications tower and a neon sign. Lightning cracks across a purplish sky.

Sayre Gomez Friday night 2021, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Sayre Gomez

A large rectangular sculpture made of a combination of coloured ladder-like pieces and other shapes with large black projections

Phyllida Barlow untitled: brokenupturnedhouse 2013, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Phyllida Barlow

A sculpture of a person's head at the left end of a horizontal, ridged cylinder on a block. Around the neck is a band of long grasses.

Simone Leigh Sentinel 2019, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Simone Leigh

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