john and sunday reed house

This project involved the conversion of the original farmhouse that belonged to art patrons John and Sunday Reed into a house-museum. Known as ‘Heide I’, the house was host to several important artists and witnessed the birth of Australian Modernism. It is where Sidney Nolan painted the Kelly Series and where he also painted ‘Moon and the Boy’ (on the roof of the house) later to be covered over by the authorities, for fear it would attract the attention of the Japanese air force.

photography: Shannon McGrath, Albert Tucker

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Sidney Nolan. Boy and the moon, c. 1939–1940. Oil on canvas on composition board, 73.3 x 88.2 cm.
Collection National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. © The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust