News

The art of building

NOT SO SQUARE: Main Arm/Mullumbimby in the mid-1970s.PHOTO: Tim Hixson
NOT SO SQUARE: Main Arm/Mullumbimby in the mid-1970s.PHOTO: Tim Hixson

THE do-it-yourself ethos and aesthetic of homebuilders - particularly in the period following the Aquarius Festival - will be showcased in an exhibition at the Lismore Regional Gallery next year, and organisers are calling on the community to help.

Curator Kezia Geddes said she and gallery director Brett Adlington both noticed how some of their friends lived in interesting houses and thought it said something special about the people of the region.

"The owner-built culture of this region delivered a variety of dwellings - some well-realised and the product of many years of careful work, some so experimental and makeshift that they no longer stand. The exhibition will profile a small number of exemplary houses, whilst also telling the broad story and context of the owner-builder movement," Kezia said.

"The stories are so interesting, like one lady who saw the whole design

for her house one night in the dream and spent the next few years building it.

Another couple saw Gaudi's architecture in Spain and returned home to build a beautiful and unique house in which they have continued to live for the past 40 years. That house is a work of art as much as it is a place to live."

The Not Quite Square exhibition will feature old photographs, documents such as architectural plans, stories and oral histories and newly commissioned photographs of existing owner-built houses. There will also be a film by local filmmaker Sharon Shostack focussing on local pioneers of sustainable architecture, many of whom have been building and adding to their house over several decades.

"Many of those who came to this region in the early 1970s stayed to establish low-cost, sustainable lifestyles. Their creativity and practical skills have resulted in this array of unique and architecturally interesting houses built on dreams. As the exhibition will demonstrate, this owner-builder practice that flourished in the '70s has continued to the present day.

"The seeds for multiple occupancy land sharing arrangements were also sown around this time... (and) many of the challenges faced by those early owner-designers and builders, such as lowering electricity costs and minimising water consumption, are now mainstream concerns," Kezia said.

The gallery is calling on anyone who has a story about these owner-built houses; how they were conceived, designed and built, how challenges were overcome, and of course personal stories about living in them.

Kezia said Col James, a lecturer in architecture from the University of Sydney, assisted many people with design ideas after the Aquarius Festival and took an interest in the DIY architectural movement that flourished in the following years. Now senior lecturer in architecture and urban design at Sydney University, Dr Leigh Stickells, will be coming up to do some research as part of the Not Quite Square project.

If you have a story, photos or other documents to lend to the exhibition, phone Kezia on 6622 2209, or email kezia.geddes@lismore.nsw

.gov.au.

The exhibition will be displayed at the gallery from April 13 - June 2 next year.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Tony Abbott: Coalition in danger of becoming ‘Labor lite’

If only six members had changed their vote we would still have Tony Abbott as PM.

Abbott says he is disappointed and disillusioned with the government

Crikey! Why more crocs are heading south

Adam Britton of crocodile research and consulting organisation Big Gecko says the reptiles are on the move.

CROC MAP: Population boom and warmer waters drawing crocs south

MP calls for croc shooting safaris

Kennedy MP Bob Katter.

Katter says solution to crocs is a "swift, fast bullet"

Local Partners

The true cause of the Oscars bungle

THE Oscars have ended with a moment that left everyone speechless — but not in a way anyone expected.

HUGE OSCARS FAIL: Wrong film handed Best Picture award

Presenter Warren Beatty shows the envelope with the actual winner for best picture as host Jimmy Kimmel, left, looks on at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The winner was originally announced as La La Land, but was later corrected to Moonlight.

IN A monumental stuff-up, La La Land incorrectly named Best Picture.

Blue Heelers' Ditch Davey joins 800 Words cast

Ditch Davey joins the cast of 800 Words as Terry, the younger brother of George, played by Erik Thomson.

George Turner's brother, Terry, arrives to Weld with a 'few demons'

Oscars winners 2017: Full list of Academy Award winners

Viola Davis accepts the award for best actress in a supporting role for Fences at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

WHO won Oscars this year? Here’s a full list of every winner.

Why can’t Nicole Kidman clap properly?

Nicole Kidman's style of clapping has puzzled Oscars viewers.

FOR some reason, it seems Nicole doesn’t really know how to clap.

Muslim actor makes Oscars history

Mahershala Ali accepts the award for best actor in a supporting role for Moonlight at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

MOONLIGHT star Mahershala Ali makes Academy Award history.

GALLERY: Sneak peek at hit children's show coming to Lismore

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is based on the children’s book of the same name, where Eric Carle’s stories that come to life on stage.

It includes 75 puppets and adapts four childrens books to the stage.

Mining homes dive: $600k homes sell for $120k-$300k

18 Yeates Street, Moranbah sold for $135,000 in December, after being repossessed by a bank. The owners bought for $545,000 in August, 2011.

The economy still has two speeds, but with a painful twist

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!