Sat 20 Aug 2022 - Sat 20 Aug 2022
11 am - 5 pm
- Blenheim House
- 17 Blenheim House, Randwick 2031
UNSW in partnership with Randwick City Council is hosting an exhibition of student artworks and installations in historic Blenheim House. If only these walls could talk, the stories they could tell...
- Free entry
"The Blenheim House – a house that haunts and howls; walls that decay and dissolve; histories resurrected, undone, estranged, erased, and revised. It ruminates and cycles. It unfolds and folds, comforts and discomforts. It utters and whispers, shudders and mutters. It speaks to itself, to no one, out loud and in silence. Between these walls, we tether ourselves to this sunken bed that reeks of dampened cries and cotton dreams.
Same Bed Different Dreams is an exhibition that moves in murmuration, bound by difference. Held on unceded Bidjigal and Gadigal land (Randwick), each artist responds to the Blenheim House by virtue of eclectic poetics and praxis – from decolonial unravellings and Asian architectures, to comforting nostalgia and speculative myths. Upon arrival, one will encounter a polyphony of gestures and textures. Luxury fruits. Primordial parasites. Neon effigies. Microwave apartments. The salt of the occult. There is simply no telling what these dreams may behold to the sobering eye.
They speak to us, these curious tongues. Hush, listen now – what do these walls tell us?"
In partnership with Randwick City Council, UNSW brings Blenheim House to life with a fortnight of student art installations that imagine, reimagine and reflect on the history and stories contained within the heritage house.
This is a free entry exhibition, with no tickets or bookings needed.
- Saturday 20 August & Sunday 21 August: 11am - 5pm
- Thursday 25 August - Sunday 28 August: 11am - 5pm
- Thursday 1 September & Friday 2 September: 11am - 5pm
Blenheim House was completed in January 1848 by Simeon Henry Pearce, later Randwick's first mayor after Randwick became incorporated as a municipality in 1859. It was built on a 1.6 hectare block facing west and overlooking what is today Randwick Racecourse. The House was acquired by Randwick City Council in 1984 and restored with the help of the Friends of Blenheim House from 1989.
This installation also celebrates the start of Blenheim House's transformation from abandoned residence to an arts and culture centre. Before works begin and Blenheim House is fully refurbished, Council is bringing the space alive with short-term art, performance and cultural activities.