The Pool has become Australia’s most successful exhibition on record
With crowds still arriving in droves, the Institute is thrilled to announce that The Pool has become Australia’s most visited exhibition on record with 90,000 visitors since the exhibition opened in May. This is confirmation of the value of this program to the Institute, its members and the positioning of Australian architecture on the world stage.
National President, Ken Maher said the visitor numbers were no surprise. ‘The compelling simplicity of The Pool offers an experience of reflection and respite within the intense content of the Architecture Biennale exhibits – engaging visitors in a sense of egalitarian culture and unique landscape that informs Australian architecture.’
Reflecting on the experience, the Creative Directors (Amelia Holliday, Isabelle Toland and Michelle Tabet) said, ‘We are thrilled that so many people from around the world enjoyed the exhibition and the commentary it offered about Australian architecture. It’s been an honour and a pleasure to host that many people in the space over the lifetime of the exhibition and we hope to see more come through as it draws to a close at the end of November.’
Only a few weeks remain for visitors to see The Pool with the exhibition officially closing its doors on 27 November 2016.
The Pool is now officially open in Venice
The much anticipated sensory journey, The Pool, has been unveiled in Venice as part of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition.
Opened by Australian Pavilion Commissioner, Janet Holmes à Court, AC, Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe and the Australian Ambassador to Italy, His Excellency Dr Greg French, the new pavilion provided a sensational backdrop to display the masterpiece.
‘To see the concept come to fruition was marvellous. I’d like to congratulate the Creative Directors on an extraordinary exhibition – one that will stay with me for many years to come,’ said Janet Holmes a Court.
Representing the connection between landscape, culture and architecture, for Creative Directors Isabelle Toland, Amelia Holliday and Michelle Tabet the launch was a culmination of incredible dedication and hard work.
‘It was a pleasure to share the pool with our Australian and International community in Venice. The scent, the sounds, the visual effects of the rippling water – this setting for life was appreciated by many – young and old, architect and non-architect. Sitting in the exhibition during the frenzy of Vernissage or the quieter days following it was great to see visitors interact with The Pool,’ said Amelia Holliday.
Podcasting The Pool for Radio National
In collaboration with Kate Montague from Radio National, the Creative Directors have produced a series of 8 podcasts with the story tellers of The Pool, sharing their association with what is a centre piece of Australia’s cultual identity – swimming pools. The podcasts will be played on Radio National throughout the remainder of the year or you can listen to their stories here.
The Australian Institute of Architects is thrilled to announce its successful application for Catalyst funding for The Pool, Australia’s exhibition for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Supporting more than 70 arts and cultural projects across the country, Catalyst is the Australian Government’s new funding program for the arts.
A first for the Institute, the grant was awarded in mid-April and will go a long way in supporting our participation in the world’s largest architectural gathering.
For more information on the Catalyst grant, click here.
Purchase your Anerle-aneme Chair
Designed by Elliat Rich and hand-made by the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) in Alice Springs, the Anerle-aneme chair is the story of a successful collaboration between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and between creative and technical expertise.
Commissioned by the Creative Directors for ‘The Pool’ and fitting beautifully with the aesthetics of the new Pavilion, the chair is designed for outdoor resilience, capturing the unique colours of the Australian landscape; the vibrant blue of the sky, the ochre of the earth, the soft green vegetation and the shimmering silver grey of heat refracting light.
Now available for sale for $760, the chair will continue to be produced. Call 08 8959 6127 or email email@example.com to purchase yours.
The Pool book – now available!
The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity in Australia, is the companion publication for the Australia’s highly anticipated contribution to the Biennale Architettura 2016, curated by Aileen Sage Architects (Isabelle Toland and Amelia Holliday) with Michelle Tabet.
Designed to offer a richer experience of the exhibition, the book explores the relationship between architecture and Australian cultural identity through personal anecdotes about one of our country’s most significant public spaces. Eight prominent Australians have shared their pool stories, Olympians Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould, authors Anna Funder and Christos Tsiolkas; Indigenous art curator Hetti Perkins; environmentalist Tim Flannery; fashion designers Romance was Born, and musician Paul Kelly.
‘This publication is a compendium of our research and the stories our process revealed. We designed it to be accessible, visually appealing but also intimate in tone. While it should work as a standalone publication, we also wanted it to give visitors to the exhibition a deeper and more meaningful engagement with the themes we’re exploring’, the Creative Directors said.
‘The pool is revealed through the featured accounts as a vital force in Australian life, not only as the setting for childhood memories, but also as the stage for impressive sporting feats that fuel the nation’s pride. A backdrop to many significant events in our communities, the pool is also a deeply contested space in the history of Australia, that has highlighted racial discrimination and social disadvantage,’ they added.
Speaking at the launch Ian Thorpe, who not only contributed to the book but is also a supporter of the project, noted ‘Australians have a very particular relationship with water, which is shown in many different ways through the pool as an important social space in our country. The Creative Team have done an amazing job at capturing that essence in this book’.
With an engaging foreward by Margo Neale, Indigenous art curator and academic, The Pool book is available for purchase online: http://www.manic.com.au/Pool-The-Architecture-Culture-and-Identity-in-Australia.html
The Pool book is also being stocked at book stores around Australia including:
Art Gallery NSW Bookshop
Best Little Bookshop in Town (Cronulla)
Gleebooks Dulwich Hill
Harry Hartog Bondi
Potts Point Bookshop
Hill of Content
National Gallery of Victoria Design Stores (2 locations)
Mary Ryan New Farm
Harry Hartog Woden
New Edition Bookshop
Books Plus Bathurst
Volunteering In Venice
Applications for volunteer positions for the Australian exhibition in Venice have now closed. Successful applicants have been notified and positions finalised.
Any queries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to everyone who applied.