LETTERS TO THE LIVING

A time capsule is opened after 2070. Inside the capsule are stories of hope, fearful predictions and banal details of everyday life, written by parents to their children in 2017.

Letters to the Living is project to create a time capsule of letters that will be buried in Central Victoria under the custodianship of the Bendigo Art Gallery. It is a commissioned response by the Bendigo Art Gallery to Thomas Kennington's sentimental, but powerful painting, Homeless (1890)—a signature work in the regional collection—and will be displayed there as part of the New Histories exhibition in April 2018.

With permission from contributors, some letters will be exhibited, some broadcast on local radio and others, too personal to share, will be sealed up in the capsule for their children to uncover when they are parents, or even grandparents themselves.

Parents, guardians and carers from all backgrounds, in diverse family arrangements are invited to contribute a letter to the project. Contributors can request a letter pack (below), including archival paper and a stamped return envelope.

People who do not identify as parents may also contribute letters to future generations or individuals.

Closing date for letters: February 5 2018


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Image: Thomas Kennington, Homeless, 1890, oil on canvas, Collection of Bendigo Art Gallery, Purchased 1906

Image: Thomas Kennington, Homeless, 1890, oil on canvas, Collection of Bendigo Art Gallery, Purchased 1906