Pavilions 1


Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas, 20 Goodhope Street, Paddington, NSW 2021


The Australian Institute of Art History (AIAH) is proud to support the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in offering a series of public presentations on the theme of the Pavilion.

Emerging in the 18th Century, the pavilion has been a highly significant building type in the work of major architects of the 20th and 21st centuries. The recent commissioning of the $340 million Sydney Modern extension to the AGNSW, which comprises three cascading pavilion structures, is a case in point. The temporary pavilion is now also emerging as a cultural phenomenon: the celebrated Serpentine Galleries' summer pavilions in London, national pavilions at the various Architecture biennales including Venice and, locally, the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation’s Fugitive Structures series are some notable examples. These inventive and idiosyncratic structures blur the boundaries between art and architecture.

Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas

Session 1: 11.00am - 12.15pm

Professor John Macarthur and Dr Susan Holden, University of Queensland, 'Pavilion Propositions'

Session 2: 12.15pm - 1.15pm

James Grose, BVN Architecture Studio, SCAF x BVN Fugitive Structures Series

Fugitive Structures was the first series in Australia to explore the potential of temporary pavilions as tools for experimentation, and for testing new concepts and construction techniques. BVN partnered with the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) for five years to support the exhibition of their architecture programme: ‘Fugitive Structures’.

Barangaroo announcement

Following Fugitive Structures session there will be a brief announcement presented by Barangaroo Delivery Authority.

Sandra Bender, Executive Director of Activation & Precinct Management, Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA), with Camilla Block, Durbach Block Jaggers Architects, SCCI x BDA Barangaroo Structures.

An exciting new commission of a major pavilion series at Barangaroo will be announced - Barangaroo Structures, a project of Barangaroo Delivery Authority in partnership with the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI).

Pavilions 1 Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Fugitive Structures, Green Ladder, 2016. Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney. Contributor: the architect.