Picture Perfect - Art Deco Architecture of Randwick City: 14 September-6 December 2013.
Inspired by the photography of local resident Alan Lloyd, Bowen Library has installed an exhibition of his photography, showcasing the glorious Art Deco era architecture of our City. This photography collection fits perfectly with the theme of History Week 2013, Picture This.
The exhibition was launched during History Week by then Mayor of Randwick City, Cr Tony Bowen, to a packed audience of which many were local residents who had lent Art Deco objects for the exhibition. Alan Lloyd spoke to the assembled crowd after the launch and light luncheon, explaining how he had been inspired to undertake the documentary project and what he had learnt along the way about Art Deco features and building techniques.
As a satellite promotion of the exhibition, library staff worked with Alan to develop two Art Deco walks around Randwick and Coogee, taking in the Art Deco highlights of these two suburbs. Proving popular, the two walks were booked out. As a result, staff developed a self guided version of the walks for residents to download and undertake at their leisure. PDF versions of each walk are available here.
Overall feedback from these History Week events has been positive and appreciative. Even long time residents of Randwick City are reporting to library staff that they find themselves deliberately taking more time to appreciate the Art Deco Architecture of our beautiful city.
Photograhy: Alan Lloyd
Curator: Georgina Keep, Local Studies Librarian
Graphic Designers: Chris Kordas, Christine Howard