Home is more than a place—
Curated by Sophia Cai

NC Qin & Felix Esteban 
Birdsong (detail) 2020 
Glass, photography, digital print on aluminium panels 
80 x 50 cm
Courtesy of the artists 

Artists: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah Gwyn Hanssen Pigott Howard Arkley Atong Atem Karima Baadilla Francis Bacon Maggie Hensel-Brown Kait James Les Kossatz Holly Macdonald Kent Morris Paul Baxter Chris O’Brien Anney Bounpraseuth Margaret Olley Jess Bradford NC Qin & Felix Esteban James Quinn Chloe Caday Elvis Richardson Nicholas Chevalier Suwa Sozan Brian Dunlop Ishikawa Toraji Makeda Duong Katie West Hannah Gartside John Bulunbulun

A Hamilton Gallery and NETS Victoria digital exhibition for the 50/50 series

Hamilton Gallery, NETS Victoria, and the artists and curator of Home is more than a place respectfully acknowledge and celebrate the continuing culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders across Australia. We extend this respect to all First Nations people across the world.


Home is more than a Place pairs artworks from the collection of Hamilton Gallery with works by contemporary Australian artists to broadly consider the meaning of home as both an external and internal experience. The exhibition was borne out of the collective experience of lockdown during 2020 (‘stay at home’), but is also inspired by the history of Hamilton Gallery which began as a private collection in the homestead of Herbert and May Shaw.

Together, the 15 pairings of artworks reflect everyday comforts and joys, but also comments on broader questions about belonging, migration, and the precariousness of home within the settler-colonial history of Australia. By placing complementary and contrasting pieces alongside each other, the works in this digital exhibition invite you to consider how home is more than a physical place, and that its meaning is political as well as personal.

This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.