How the city cares

An exhibition of artist-led projects that consider life in Sydney through care for its places and people

Produced by the City of Sydney

Does the city care?

It would be easy to answer this question in the negative. Life in a large city like Sydney is so often measured through values like wealth and growth. From the perspective of our footpaths and windows, urban development seems to be extending rapidly and unstoppably, outwards and upwards. People are counted not as individual citizens, rather by the million.

But How the city cares considers life in Sydney through artist-led projects that have sought to care about and for its people and places.

These projects take a variety of forms, including the documentation of protest and of long-term community resistance, creative support for community-run activities and spaces, portable contexts for teaching and learning, design approaches that re-think our relationship to land and water (and who owns it), innovations for reversing environmental and cultural damage and encounters that ask questions to communities and listen to the answers they offer.

Artists: Rebecca Conroy, Brenda L Croft, Keg de Souza, Bonita Ely, Future Method (Genevieve Murray and Joel Sherwood-Spring), Sarah Goffman, SquatSpace (Diego Bonetto, Keg de Souza, Lucas Ihlein and Mickie Quick) posters from the Tin Sheds Poster Collection, The University of Sydney by Jean Clarkson, Jan Fieldsend, Marie McMahon, Therese Kenyon and Toni Robertson. Curated by Bec Dean.

This exhibition was commissioned and produced by the City of Sydney for Customs House.



Weekdays, 10am to 7pm
Weekends, 11am to 4pm

Monday 16 September 2019 to Sunday 8 March 2020

Except public holidays

Closed Wednesday 11 December



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