Front of House: Marcos Corrales, Ângela Ferreira, Narelle Jubelin and Andrew Renton

16 April - 28 May 2008

Front of House is a collaborative project that brings together two artists (Ângela Ferreira and Narelle Jubelin), an architect (Marcos Corrales) and a curator (Andrew Renton) to create an exhibition. The project was born out of an ongoing dialogue which began in 1992 between the artists Ferreira and Jubelin and has subsequently expanded to involve the other collaborating partners.

Ângela Ferreira’s large scale, sculptural practice will be juxtaposed with Narelle Jubelin’s small-scale, highly detailed works. Ferreira’s This will be juxtaposed with Jubelin’s more prosaic vernacular experience of revisiting her childhood family home in Australia. Using the photographic documentation of the building process Jubelin has created a series of small scale and highly detailed petit-point renderings, called ‘sewn essays’. The exhibition constitutes an interplay involving not just the two artists, but also curator Andrew Renton and architect Marcos Corrales, both of whom have collaborated with the artists, at times, over the past decade. The exhibition was initiated by Andrew Renton. Alongside the main exhibition, the Mozambique filmmaker Manthia Diawara, will premiere a documentary film relating to Ângela Ferreira’s exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2007, and examines the journeys made by Jean Prouvé’s Maison Tropicale. Diawara’s film observes Ferreira as she revisits the sites where this modernist icon was formerly installed.

The title of the exhibition refers to the public areas in theatres and concert halls, and the exhibition seeks to bring unarticulated spaces and stories from the backstage into the foreground, within sight of the front of house.