Urban civilisation cycles through periods of gentrification
and erasure of the past.
Redfern is the suburb it is today due to the many urban
transformations it has undergone. The most significant erasure
being the declaration of “terra nullius” by Captain Cook in
1770. Since then, agricultural, industrial, low income housing
and now highly sought after residential addresses have been
the label for Redfern.
European occupation of Australia, and specifically Redfern has
been a mere blip in time compared to that of the traditional
owners of the land, the Eora Nation. There is the need to
respectfully preserve and acknowledge the past across multiple
scales of time.
The studio seeks to adaptively reuse existing site structures
for the formation of an art gallery to be used by the Eora
Nation and as a space for an ‘artist in residence’. This new
program is to act as an armature to the existing Redfern
community centre and the surrounding community facilities. The
secondary program of facilitating guided tours around Redfern
is to be integrated into the proposal for the site.
The new gallery integrates into the City of Sydney’s ‘City
Art’ program and specifically the ‘Eora Journey’ installations
which aim to give recognition of the Eora Nation in the public
Techniques of multi-scalar precedent investigations (from
major cultural institutions to the detailing of object
installations), historical investigations, iterative model
making, diagramming and community engagement will be used to
explore the various themes of the studio.