JANET LAURENCE

JANET LAURENCE explores The Johnston Collection alongside her own creative practice in her new installation at Fairhall Exhibition House, titled The Palm at the End of the Mind.


The Johnston Collection encompasses a superb collection of English Georgian, Regency and Louis XV fine and decorative arts, gifted by William Robert Johnston (1911-1986), which are displayed in the domestic setting of his former East Melbourne residence, the 'Fairhall' townhouse.

Janet Laurence has been invited to reconceptualise the Collection with interventions and site-specific installations of her own work within the exhibition house. The results explore the double-edged sense of 'collecting' nature, whether for preservation or extravagance.

Visitors will need to book a tour of the house here.

The exhibition continues until 17 September.

Janet Laurence,  The Palm at the End of the Mind,  installation view courtesy of the The Johnston Collection. Photo: Luts Photography.

Janet Laurence, The Palm at the End of the Mind, installation view courtesy of the The Johnston Collection. Photo: Luts Photography.