Miniature life on display at South Yarra

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Como House currently hosts Dollhouse: miniature wonderful worlds by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), which transports visitors into the creative world of the dollhouse and miniature living.

Open to the public from June 22 to August 29, the exhibition features more than 40 dollhouses, furniture and accessories from private collections, showcasing never-before-seen dollhouses from the 1880s to the present day, as well as virtual experiences – where visitors can interact with dollhouses like never before. There will also be a series of events, talks, workshops and more given during the exhibition.

Simon Ambrose, CEO of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), says the exhibit showcases the art form of miniature models.

“This exhibition is all about play, imagination and storytelling. We had a fantastic time transforming Como House into a sort of dollhouse, and we can’t wait for visitors to come inside and enjoy the little things in life,” he says.

Dr Annette Shiell, National Trust Executive Director, Collections and Cultural Projects, says the exhibition offers a glimpse into the minds of makers, collectors, activists and gamers, revealing the stories hidden within their miniature worlds.

“Doll House: Miniature Worlds of Wonder has allowed us to connect with incredible creators across Victoria, from homemade houses to elaborate wonder cabinets, virtual worlds and their emergence as characters in the crime and fantasy genres. Horror dollhouses are displayed as both a novelty item and a snapshot in time,” she says.

To develop the exhibition, the National Trust turned to well-known miniature artists, including Melbourne-based lawyer Emily Boutard. Turning life-size objects into tiny ones is nothing new to Emily, as she has dedicated many years to her craft.

“Working on the Doll House exhibition was an opportunity to share my passion and spread the wonder of small things. I have never met a person who does not smile when seeing a small chair. In these difficult times, I am so happy that all visitors who come to see the exhibition have the chance to feel this pure and simple joy,” says Boutard.

All tickets purchased for the exhibition support the National Trust of Australia’s (Victoria) conservation work on their own ‘life-size’ dollhouses.

Doll House: Miniature Worlds of Wonder opens daily at 10 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. until closing on August 29, 2021.

For more information and tickets, visit dollhousecomo.com.

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