21 OCT – 7 NOV 2015 | QUARTER ACRE | Eva Heiky Olga Abbinga | Adrian Doyle | Jacqui Gordon | Penelope Hunt | Eugenia Raftopoulos | Jessie Scott | Curators Adriane Hayward + Verity Hayward

Project Description

The mythology of the Great Australian Dream tells us that owning a home is a measure of success and stability. However the divide between reality and the myth of the Dream is growing. Deeply entrenched into our cultural sensibility, the Dream is now threatened by the housing affordability crisis, resulting in a cultural dislocation and an uncertain future.

In Quarter Acre, six Australian artists explore the changing nature of the Great Australian Dream. They challenge its present existence and question its uncertain future through imaginings of the home, the suburb, and through their personal histories and memories. The artists reflect on the shifts and changes that have occurred in their cities, and create new concepts for the Great Australian dream within its contemporary state.

OPENING | Thurs 22 Oct, 6 – 8pm

PANEL DISCUSSION  | Tues 27 Oct, 6pm
On the Home Front: Where is our Great
As our city changes and our generation becomes aware that most of us will never own our own home, the divide between reality and the myth of the Great Australian Dream is growing. Panel includes: Cr Meghan Hopper, on Moreland City Council Arts Board and a South Ward Councillor | Karl Fitzgerald, Project Coordinator for Earthsharing Australia and Project Director at Prosper Australia | Jessie Scott, Artist + more. All welcome.

Quarter Acre catalogue essay by curator Verity Hayward is available here.

PLEASE note BLINDSIDE will be closed on Melbourne Cup Day, Tuesday 3 NOV.

Supported by the City of Melbourne
through the Arts Grants Program


Project Details
Opening: Thursday 22 October 6-8pm | Exhibition Dates: Wednesday 21 October - Saturday 7 November 2015 | Panel Discussion: Tuesday 27 October 6pm
  • Penelope Hunt, Still from The Island, still, HD video loop with sound, 2min 33 sec.
  • Eva Heiky Olga Abbinga, View from the Edge, 2012, Oil and acrylic on Plexiglass, 169 x 250 x 165cm.
  • Jacqui Gordon, Flat-pack Garden bed, 2015, installation, dimensions variable.
  • Eugenia Raftopoulos, Interior 1, 2015, oil on linen, 76 x101cm
  • Jessie Scott, Empty lot, 2014, still, 35mm colour film.
  • Adrian Doyle

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