This exhibition highlights Rusten House through the artists’ individual and highly original responses, engaging community in looking and thinking about the significance of the historical Rusten House building, the site and its role in local history.
Each artist has developed their own creative works in sculpture, drawing, textiles, painting and installation, focusing on nursing and hospital/social history and how this has evolved over time or through architecture, plants and gardening considering the changes from the Victorian era to the present day.
The artworks in the exhibition convey ideas about the early development of Queanbeyan, its health and social systems, people, approaches to land use and landscape design. There are many stories to be told.
In conjunction with the exhibition, public programmes at Rusten House have been planned and designed to bring the artists and the public together. These include the exhibition opening at 2pm then artists’ talks 2.30-3.30pm on Saturday 9th April, an Eco Dye Workshop on 30th April and a Textiles Conservator’s talk and Market Day on 23rd April where the public can interact with the artists and buy small handmade items produced by the exhibiters.