Curator Matt Jones considers how we choose material for an exhibition and the decision of here and how work is displayed, by comparing two images of Government House from our upcoming exhibition, Australian Dreams: Picturing our Built World.

Through these historical depictions, Matt also explores how we can gain valuable insight into Australia's early built environment.

Artworks mentioned in this video are:

  • William Bradley, View of the Governor's house at Sydney in Port Jackson, New South Wales, 1791,
  • Augustus Earle, Government House and part of the town of Sydney, New South Wales, 1828,

You can also explore more of Australia’s early European architecture online.