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The Emotional Life of Objects

Date: 4-13 May 2016
Time: 11am-5pm
Venue: George Paton Gallery, 2 Union House, The University of Melbourne, Union Road, Melbourne
Registration and enquiries: Penelope Lee (penelope.lee@unimelb.edu.au)

Please note the closing event is Wednesday 11 May, 5-7pm.

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Possessions are conduits to remembering. Artists examine the affective dimensions of relationships between people and objects, revealing narratives of history, identity, loss and comfort. Staff and students of The University of Melbourne and the general public are invited to contribute to the exhibition through the sharing of their meaningful object and its story, participate in a recorded interview and join in an experiential workshop. 

This exhibition forms part of the Objects and Emotions project within the Centre for the History of Emotions where emotional relationships of people to things are the subject of academic study.

Exhibitors include:

  • Clara Bradley
  • Georgina Cockshott
  • Linda Judge
  • Robyne Latham
  • Nicholas Mellefont
  • Elizabeth Rich
  • Andrew Turland

Curated by Kate Richards (Master of Art Curatorship, The University of Melbourne) and Penelope Lee, EOO (Vic) ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.


Participants are welcome to bring an object of meaning. You will have the opportunity to take part in a brief audio interview sharing its history, symbolism and importance. With your consent, your interview and picture will become part of a digital archive that will be freely available to you following the event on the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions website.

If you are interested in participating in this activity, please email Penelope Lee (penelope.lee@unimelb.edu.au) to arrange scheduling.

For queries and registration about participating in the interviews or workshops, please email Penelope Lee (penelope.lee@unimelb.edu.au)

Image credit: Linda Judge, Howard’s Shoes, 2014 (detail), Acrylic on linen, 150 X 102cm