‘A picture tells a thousand words’ is the premise of our exciting, new online exhibition that places people at the heart of the curatorial journey. A Thousand Words, marks our first collaboration with another one of Australia’s leading cultural institutions; Sydney Living Museums and features 100 of the most compelling photographic images from our collections.
Unlike conventional curated exhibitions, A Thousand Words invites the public to respond to these extraordinary images of people, places and events in NSW spanning 100 years from 1880 – 1980.
A Thousand Words has also ignited the imaginations of some of Australia’s most exciting contemporary creatives, including visual artist Blak Douglas and writer/director/librettist Pierce Wilcox. Intriguing and varied responses have been provided by broadcaster, performer and academic Sunil Badami; historian and artist Vanessa Berry; author and creative producer Kiriaki Koubaroulis; historian and disability advocate Dr Naomi Malone; and barrister, true-crime writer and photographer Mark Tedeschi QC AM.
See how technology and visitor engagement can connect images and words together to harness not just the power of ‘a thousand words’, but a million stories. Get involved and have your say.
Onsite exhibition at Museum of Sydney now open!
Book a ticket to be one of the first to see the onsite exhibition, A Thousand Words, at the Museum of Sydney. Following the popular online exhibition launched in May, the onsite display invites you to dive deeper into the detail with a selection of historical photographs from the Sydney Living Museums and NSW State Archives collections.
Add your own responses to the images and discover commissioned works from contemporary artists and writers, including the stunning painting Truism Australia by Blak Douglas. Preview the exhibition at the Museum of Sydney in this special walkthrough video with Lead Curator Dr Penny Stannard.