Narrative Spaces was an exhibition curated by Sarah Parker for the Villa Alba Museum in Kew. I was pleased to be invited to be part of this truly unique exhibition in the most incredible grand old mansion in Melbourne.
"Villa Alba was built between 1882 and 1884 during the Marvellous Melbourne boom era. The house was decorated with ornate murals and stencils that covered the walls and ceilings of each room. Originally owned by William Greenlaw, the General Manager of the Colonial Bank of Australasia from 1877 to 1892, the house was eventually sold following the deaths of both Greenlaw and his wife. In 1950 it was converted into a nurses’ hostel and the murals were painted over. It is only in the last 25 years that the historic significance of the house and its valuable heritage has been recognized. During this time, a team of conservationists have been painstakingly removing the surface paint to reveal the original frescoes below.''
My work in the master bedroom.
The sign on the door is from the time that the building was a nursing home
Artwork by Isobel parker Phillip
25th - 27th May 2012
The Villa Alba Museum
44 Walmer Street Kew