Creative Accounting

27/05/2016 - 02/12/2017

  • 1920s - 1980s, including Burrows, Facit and Singer and Marchant brands
    Selection of vintage adding machines 1920s - 1980s, including Burrows, Facit and Singer and Marchant brands
    On loan from the Westpac Archives
    Image Credit
    Photo: silversalt

About the exhibition

Drawing from old currencies, banking archives and contemporary art, Creative Accounting scratches below the surface of our economic system to reveal money’s enigmatic side. Money is many things at once: an abstract rendering of value; an agent of propaganda; a decorative device. It plays a central role in all of our lives yet is often overlooked as an object of contemplation. At a time when money is becoming increasingly abstract Creative Accounting speculates on its wider value.

Archival objects and material history loans from local historical collections and lenders such as the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Westpac Banking Group Archives will complement recent and newly commissioned work by a selection of Australian and international artists such as Fiona Hall, Andrew Hurle, Kenzee Patterson, Melanie Gilligan, Ryan Presley and David Shapiro.

Creative Accounting promises to be an accessible and thought-provoking exhibition which elicits curiosity and re-appraisal of an intrinsic component of contemporary living, through the combination of art and artefact. Creative Accounting scratches below the surface of the economic system to reveal money’s enigmatic side.

About the artists

Creative Accounting includes work by Conrad Bakker, Ian Burns, Penelope Cain, Joachim Froese, Melanie Gilligan, Fiona Hall, Andrew Hurle, Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre, Daniel McKewen, Christine McMillan, Kenzee Patterson, Ryan Presley, David Shapiro and Abdullah M.I. Syed, Jess Olivieri & Haley Forward with the Parachutes for Ladies; alongside objects from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, the Westpac Group Archives, Hawkesbury Regional Museum and various private collections.

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An exhibition curated by Holly Williams, in conjunction with Hawkesbury Regional Gallery and toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW


This project is supported by Create NSW’s Curatorial Support Initiative grant, a devolved funding program administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.