In the days before this editionof
was finalised theNSW Premier and Minister forthe Arts, the Hon Bob Carr,announced his retirement frompolitics. Mr Carr was anenthusiastic supporter of thePowerhouse, in part because itreflects his passion for history,the contribution museumsmake to education and culturalenrichment, and theopportunity they provide tonurture a sense of communityand respect for culturaldiversity. We thank Mr Carr forhis support of the Museumand look forward to welcominghim back regularly as a visitor.We look forward to workingwith the newly appointedMinister, the Hon Bob Debus.Minister Debus was for sometime Minister Assisting thePremier on the Arts, andshares the former Premier’senthusiasm for museums andthe cultural sector.
O2From the director03Power picks062005 Museums Australia Conference07The Electronic Swatchbook08New exhibition: Inspired! Design across time10Museum mascots11Members news12Members calendar14Members scene15New acquisition: Marcello Nizzoli telephone16Quarterly design talk: Wanda Jelmini17Recycling fashion18New exhibition: The cutting edge: fashion from Japan20Locomotive No 1 upgrade22Observatory news23Corporate partners24Exhibitions at a glance
The end of the financial yearprovided an opportunity toreflect on some of thesignificant achievements of thepast 12 months. Regularreaders of
will beaware that the Powerhousecelebrated its 125thanniversary, marked by anextremely successful freeweekend of activities andevents last September and thepublication of
, a fascinatinghistory of our developmentover the past century and aquarter. A further highlight wasour hosting of the MuseumsAustralia Conference in May.Perhaps the most outstandingmilestone was achieving ourhighest visitor attendances formore than a decade. Over700 000 people visited thePowerhouse and SydneyObservatory during the year.Equally pleasing were therecord numbers (680 000) whoattended our travellingexhibitions across NSW,
TRUSTEESDr Nicholas G Pappas,PresidentDr Anne Summers AO,Deputy PresidentMr Mark BourisMs Trisha DixonMr Andrew DentonMs Susan GrayMs Margaret SealeMr Anthony SukariMs Judith WheeldonSENIOR MANAGEMENTDr Kevin Fewster AM, DirectorJennifer Sanders, Deputy Director,Collections and ExhibitionsMark Goggin, Associate Director,Programs and Commercial ServicesMichael Landsbergen, AssociateDirector, Corporate ServicesKevin Sumption, Associate Director,Knowledge and InformationManagement
Australia and beyond.Exhibition highlights at thePowerhouse included thebeautiful
Bright flowers: textiles and ceramics of Central Asia
,the hugely successful
The Lord of the Rings MotionPicture Trilogy — The Exhibition
Greek treasures: from the Benaki Museum in Athens,
one of ourmost popular exhibitions inrecent years.You will be interested to hearthat membership numbershave also risen to record levelsas a consequence of thestrong 2004–05 program. Wethank each and every memberfor your support andcommitment to the Museum.We look forward to seeing youand your families enjoying thefeast of program offerings overthe next 12 months and, inbetween times, taking a fewmoments to relax in theMembers Lounge. Enjoy!
Dr Kevin Fewster AMDirector
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FROM THE EXHIBITION
INSPIRED! DESIGN ACROSS TIME
,SUPER ELEVATED GILLIES, DESIGNEDBY VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, LONDON,1993–4. PURCHASED 1997; LADY’SARMCHAIR, MAKER UNKNOWN,ENGLAND, ABOUT 1850. PURCHASED1983; VASE IN BLUE JASPER,DECORATION DESIGNED BY HENRYWEBBER AFTER CHARLES LE BRUNFOR JOSIAH WEDGWOOD & SONS,ENGLAND, 1786–90. GIFT OFPOWERHOUSE MEMBERS 1990.PHOTOS BY SUE STAFFORD ANDPENELOPE CLAY.
PHOTO BY SUESTAFFORD.
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Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Darling Harbour, SydneyOpening hours 10.00 am – 5.00 pm every day (except ChristmasDay). School holiday opening hours 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Postal address: PO Box K346, Haymarket NSW 1238Telephone (02) 9217 0111Infoline (02) 9217 0444, Education (02) 9217 0222
The Powerhouse Museum, part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciencesalso incorporating Sydney Observatory, is a NSW government cultural institution.
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