Peter Lonergan and his curatorial team had unprecedented access to the personal archive of Bill Lucas (1924-2001) to develop an exhibition of content previously unseen, covering the full extent of his working life.
In this floor talk, Peter will explore Bill’s approach to bringing together his archive and how he had become a revisionist reliving his life in rewind and fast forward, edit, cut, paste and rewrite. For Peter, the exhibition is a pouring out of some of the contents of Bill’s vast archive of original drawings, artworks, observations and writings, a first pass at ordering these into absorbable parts.
Bill Lucas: Architect Utopian is presented by the Robin Boyd Foundation, Cracknell & Lonergan Architects, Ursula Chandler Architects and Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney and generously supported by KFive and Konpira Maru Wine.
Architect Peter Lonergan is Director of Cracknell & Lonergan Architects, a firm he co-founded with Julie Cracknell in 1984. Spanning their 35 years of experience, their work has woven across the fields of architecture, interior design, heritage conservation, public art, exhibition curation and design and publishing. Co-editor behind the 2018 publication Bruce Rickard: A Life in Architecture, Peter and Julie’s recent research endeavours have taken on board the important role of recalling, exploring and critiquing the legacy of Sydney’s Modernist architects. Cracknell & Lonergan Architects have a long history of working in a number of areas of environmental heritage. Listed as Heritage Architects with the NSW Heritage Office, their work covers consultation, design and restoration. They have been awarded multiple times for their conservation efforts.
Source: Australian Design Centre.
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Image: ‘Bill Lucas: Architect Utopian’ in situ at Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney. Courtesy of Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney. Photo by Maja Baska.