Last week the newly renovated and historic Victoria Gallery opened its doors once again to the public after a long closure during the Library’s Vision 2020 redevelopment. This time sharing the interconnected stories of Victoria’s past through some of Australia’s most well-known artifacts. Including Ned Kelly’s armour from his last stand Glenrowan, and soon, the original 1882 Ashes urn.
The exhibition titled Velvet, Iron, Ashes illustrates the way that people and their work are interconnected through a pathway of stories over time. In the case of this exhibition, you can literally create your own pathway between two items through the interactive “Map-O-Matic” machine, simply pick two objects and the machine will print out a map, pathway and timeframe of how those two items are interconnected.
The Ashes urn itself will be on display at the Vic Gallery from 26 November until February 2 2020, however, the vast breadth of items included in the exhibition aims to entice guests by piquing curiosity through unheard stories and historical figures. Lead curator of the Library Carolyn Fraser said about the formation of the exhibition, she hoped guests would go “Down a rabbit hold of discovery you weren’t expecting”. The untraditional format and introduction of technology encourages guests to create their own journey, as long or as short as they like.
Open to the public during regular library hours of 10 am-6 pm, the gallery is situated between the North Rotunda and the entrance 5 from La Trobe Street. Allowing the gallery to be used in conjunction with events where guests are looking for an extra element before or after evening formalities.
Velvet Iron Ashes will be open at the Victoria Gallery within the State Library until July 12 2020. For more information on the exhibition visit the Library site here. For private tours, and event additions within the State Library contact Showtime Event Group, the State Libraries exclusive event partner.