Artist in Residence Talk - Kenneth Lambert

In Ken’s words “Hart’s bed frame poses a critical question about the period in history in which it existed. Hart, a highly regarded convict artisan, most likely made this structure for Robert Lowe, a wealthy landowner and magistrate who assisted Governor Macquarie in expanding the colony inland. An expansion which included the traumatic dispossession and displacement of Aboriginal people and the clearing of the land for agricultural use.”

When introduced to Hart’s bed, Ken recalled Midnight Oil’s protest song, ‘Beds are Burning.’ released in 1987, written by Rob Hurst. The song’s critical lyric, ‘How do we sleep, while our beds are burning’, triggered a question: How did the bed’s occupants sleep with the spectre of human suffering around them?

This is your chance to find out more about his inspiration and how he created the artwork. The talk will last about 45 minutes with time for Ken to answer any questions you might have. After the talk take your time around the rest of the exhibition, finding out about other convict artisans. Our expert guides are onsite to also give you a tour of the rest of the house.

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When - 02:00pm - 03:00pm
Where Old Government House, Parramatta Parramatta Park, Pitt Street Entrance Parramatta 2150 NSW
How much National Trust Members – FREE Adult - $15 *Concession/child - $10 Family - $35 Children under 5 years – FREE (* Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years.) Booking fees apply.
Contact 0292580160
Website National Trust