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Crowdsourcing pools

Aileen Sage and Michelle Tabet, Creative Directors for The Pool, are looking for Australia’s most remarkable and inspirational pools.

These pools may take many forms and mean different things to different people – from coastal pools and rock pools to inner city pools, private backyard pools or the local municipal pool; commemorative pools or reservoirs, waterholes and billabongs – our landscape is made of both pools of necessity and pools of excess. Pools are an element of sport and survival, leisure and lifeblood, social spaces and places of quiet contemplation.

We are seeking to crowdsource a database of photographs and short narratives to inform our research for the exhibition. Please share with us what the pool means for you, what you love about that pool, your childhood or recent memories of it, or its impact on your everyday life.

Visit The Pool for more information and to nominate a pool project.

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Paddington Reservoir by TZG Architects. Image: Brett Boardman

Paddington Reservoir by TZG Architects. Image: Brett Boardman

Bondi Icebergs. Image: Jenna Rowe

Bondi Icebergs. Image: Jenna Rowe

Stamp House by Charles Wright. Image: Parick Bingham-Hall

Stamp House by Charles Wright. Image: Parick Bingham-Hall









Smeg Tour Competition opens

The Smeg Tour recognises and rewards architects for their contribution to architectural design, in conjunction with their support of Smeg. The Smeg Tour provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for four (4) winners to attend the Venice Biennale in 2016, to visit the Guido Canali designed Smeg headquarters in Guastalla and to network with senior members of the profession.

For your chance to win return flights to Venice, accommodation, Vernissage passes and a spot on the exclusive Smeg Tour, simply enter your completed project including Smeg products.

Enter the SMEG Tour Competition.

Australia’s new pavilion in Venice – Official Opening

On the 5th May 2015, Australia officially opened its new pavilion in Venice. A monumental occasion for Australian art and architecture, the official opening party included Venice Art Biennale Australian Commissioner, Simon Mordant AM, who worked tirelessly with the Australian Council for the Arts to raise the $7.5 million required for the new pavilion. Pavilion donor, and passionate arts supporter, Cate Blanchett attended the opening, proudly congratulating Australia on this remarkable achievement. Matthew Doyle performed a traditional smoking ceremony at the opening.

Fiona Hall’s exhibition, Wrong Way Time opened in the pavilion on 6th May 2015, for the start of the Venice Art Biennale.

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Official smoke ceremony. Credit: Angus Mordant

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Cate Blanchett speaks at Opening Ceremony. Credit: Angus Mordant