Callum Preston: Milk Bar

National Exhibition Register

  • Milk Bar
    Callum Preston Milk Bar, 2018
    Image Credit
    Image credit: p1xels

About the exhibition

Callum Preston is a sucker for nostalgia. As a child of the Melbourne suburbs in the 1990s, Preston remembers his neighbourhood milk bar as a place of wonder: the buzzing neon, the faded posters of Diet Coke-loving windsurfers, collector cards, musk sticks, jelly snakes, cigarette ads, the ubiquitous smell of pies and the enticing crack of opening soft drink cans.

For this exhibition Preston recreated his own childhood milk bar completely by hand, one chip packet and Coke can at a time. Like any milk bar, Preston’s is filled with the usual suspects: magazines, chocolate bars and cereal boxes. His flat recreations explore nostalgia and how commodification and shopping has changed.

Presented as shop within the gallery, MILK BAR features over 500 items, with thousands of tiny details all contributing to a unique and immersive experience which Preston describes as, “a lo-fi recreation plumbed from the depths of memory and feeling.”

A NETS Victoria exhibition supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, from the SANDREW Collection.

Artists and Curator


Callum Preston

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
29/05/2019 onwards
Exhibition size
Between 50-75 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
NETS Victoria
Contact to discuss
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Education Kit, Exhibition Tour Manual, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities, Signage
Primary contact
Mardi Nowak
NETS Victoria
+61 3 8620 2002