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Join Sydney Living Museums and curator Dr Charles Pickett for a special tour exploring Colonial Architect James Barnet’s legacy in Sydney. Offered as part of Jonathan Jones’ Kaldor Art Project #32 barrangal dyara (skin and bones) this tour will provide insight into the cityscape of colonial Sydney and the enduring influence of the architect of the Garden Palace.
James Barnet was NSW Colonial Architect from 1865 to 1890, during which time he amplified the scale and quality of Sydney’s public buildings. His work includes the Garden Palace, the Australian Museum, the Chief Secretary’s Office, the Lands Office and the General Post Office. Inserted into the ramshackle streetscape of colonial Sydney these buildings created new public spaces and transformed existing ones. They embodied core functions of government – public works, treasury, communication, lands and education.

Arrayed above Sydney Cove, Bridge Street became the focus of these purposes while the GPO inspired a new city centre and created an architectural and practical connection with the cities of the Old World. Encrusted with sculpture and statuary Barnet’s designs embodied colonial confidence and idealism.

Please wear flat enclosed walking shoes. Bookings are essential, book online NOW!

When: Saturday 24 September 2016, 1:00-2:30pm * SOLD OUT *
Saturday 24 September 2016, 3:00-4:30pm
Sunday 25 September 2016, 1:00-2:30pm
Sunday 25 September 2016, 3:00-4:30pm
Where: Meet on the corner of William and College Streets (outside the Australian Museum, Sydney)
Cost: General $30, Concession $25, SLM Members $20
Contact: or (02) 8239 2288

barrangal dyara (skin and bones) – Kaldor Public Art project #32 at the Royal Botanic Garden runs from 17 September to 3 October 2016.

Image courtesy Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.