Agatha Gothe-Snape – Artistic Associate

Object Lesson
100 years later I think it’s important to look at these collection objects, the timber samples, oils and objects from the applies arts collection, and to think about that origin story of the Powerhouse.
Agatha Gothe-Snape
Object No. P1349
Botanical illustration of 'Eucalyptus saligna (Blue Gum)' by Agard Hagman
Eucalyptusdom reckons with our ever-changing relationship with the Eucalypyt.
Figure sits at a desk writing on an illuminated surface, at a birds eye view

Object Lesson

Object Lesson is a Powerhouse digital content series that upends and inverts the legacy of a set of lesson cards held in the collection since 1880. Named for English educator. Elizabeth Mayo’s 1831 publication Lessons on Objects, the series is underpinned by a desire to learn more about the objects in our collection from people and communities who have special relationships with them.

‘Knowledge stems not only from teacher or institution or object alone — but at the intersection of all.’ – Agatha Gothe-Snape, Powerhouse artistic associate

Commissioned and produced by Powerhouse

Artists and artworks in order of appearance:
Agatha Gothe-Snape
Nicholas Mangan, 'Cutting’
Jonathan Jones, 'Garden Palace Study (The Sydney International Exhibition)'
Anna May Kirk
Bonhula Yunupingu and Damien Wright (video footage courtesy of Fred Kroh)
Lucy Simpson
Richard Leplastrier
Wukun Wanambi, 'Mittji'
Vera Hong, 'Let Me Pass Onto You'

Composer: Jane Sheldon
Music: 'Excerpt from Eucalyptus Wind Rose'

New works commissioned for Eucalyptusdom by Powerhouse, 2021.

Director: Georgina Veneziani
Cinematographer: David Ma
Editor: Sean McDermott
Commissioning editor: Lisa Havilah
Creative director: Callum Cooper
Creative producer: Cara Stewart
Production assistant: Stella Palmer
Curators: Nina Earl, Emily McDaniel and Sarah Rees
Curatorial project coordinator: Anna Gardner