Governance at Old Government House

Two local artists will be exposed to a wide audience after being selected as part of the National Trust of Australia (NSW)’s new exhibition at Old Government House in Parramatta.

Blood on silk: Detail from Fiona Davies' work, zinc, fabric, ink, video and found objects.

Blood on silk: Detail from Fiona Davies' work, zinc, fabric, ink, video and found objects.

Fiona Davies, from Lawson, and Naomi Oliver from Faulconbridge are both part of Governance – The Exhibition, which runs from March 10 until April 16.

Power Play II, Naomi Oliver

Power Play II, Naomi Oliver

The exhibition, curated by another local, Leura’s Lizzy Marshall, forms a unique partnership between Old Government House, Parramatta Artists Studios and the City of Parramatta Council.

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trust NSW looking after this world heritage property.

Governance invited 10 leading contemporary artists, all alumni or current Parramatta Artists Studios artists, to explore the role of governance today.

Roxanne Fea, regional manager western Sydney (National Trust of Australia NSW) said: “We are delighted to host this unique exhibition as part of our growing temporary exhibition program.

“Heritage properties such as our iconic Old Government House tell so many stories which can change and evolve over time.

“While our story starts with the 10 governors who resided here, their form of governance remains a starting point for a theme just as relevant today.

Governance will provide a fascinating, unexpected and even challenging contemporary layer on our core story. We are also looking forward to introducing new audiences to one of Parramatta’s heritage icons through the works of these truly exciting artists”.

Marshall said: “The artists’ responses to the role of governance are both poignant and timely. In an era of disillusionment, each artist has responded authentically to what governs them personally and professionally.

“They have boldly and bravely encompassed themes as diverse as civic architecture, economies, historical narratives, family structures, identity, global food securities, belief systems, self-governance, the law and more.

“Audiences will encounter these responses and be inspired to engage and reflect on the role of governance today.”

Governance – The Exhibition runs until Sunday, April 16. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/event/governanceexhibition/ and at the door during the exhibition.

Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 10am-4pm. Closed: Mondays, Saturday, March 18 and Good Friday (April 14).