This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Callum Preston's Museum Of Mementos

Exhibition

No matter how minimal your home, everyone has STUFF. Souvenirs from a holiday, a shoe box filled with primary school participation certificates, a card from your Nan… the list goes on.

Artist Callum Preston promotes these background items to centre stage in his show ‘Everything Is Borrowed’ at Rialto’s KSR Art Bar, Melbourne.  Over a five week residency, Callum has created a handcrafted workspace, filled with nostalgic ephemera. The unique part? Callum is creating the artwork within the exhibition space, before our very eyes. Pop in over the next month to see the show develop in real time – ahead of it’s official ‘opening’ on November 21st.

24th October, 2019

Photo – Dave Lepage.

Photo – Ashley Ludkin.

Photo – Dave Lepage.

Photo – Ashley Ludkin.

Photo – Ashley Ludkin.

Photo – Ashley Ludkin.

Miriam McGarry
Thursday 24th October 2019

When Callum Preston was travelling through America visiting family, he was struck by the personal items that littered the homes he was staying in. Items that didn’t mean very much to him, but to their owners were filled with memories, knowledge and material connection. A secret treasure trove, valuable only to the people who know the stories that go with them.

In ‘Everything Is Borrowed‘, Callum continues the ‘making and painting’ process he developed in his 2017 MILK BAR work (where he built a replica of the milk bar he went to as a kid) and welcomes the audience into the stories behind mementos, and those narratives that are often not shared.

The artist has created a room-within-a-room as part of his residency at the Rialto KSR Art Bar in the ‘business’ end of the city – a slight change of setting from Callum’s usual Collingwood studio space. The handcrafted structure is a collection of mixed-media and multi-dimensional works, constructed on site. A museum of mementos.

This space has been open for visitors since October 14th – guests are welcomed in to see Callum physically making the exhibition, in real time. Poke about the old signs, personal sketches, tools, off cuts, ticket stubs, candles, and watch as Callum creates a series of paintings on panels. The resulting exhibition will feature ten paintings that elevate a humble item (e.g. lighter, watch) into hero object, reflecting their hidden value in the owner’s eyes. If you can’t visit in person, you can see the unfolding process via Callum’s instagram updates!

At the official opening on November 21st, visitors can purchase a memento of their own, as Callum is producing 100 small timber trophies. A treasure for visitors to take away, to remember this unique exhibition, and add to your very own collection of beloved ‘stuff.’

Everything is Borrowed
Callum Preston 

See Callum at work, 4pm – 11pm Monday to Friday until opening day.
Exhibition Runs November 21st – December 7th

KSR Art Bar, The Rialto
Enter via 525 Collins Stree
Melbourne Vic

This Week

Architecture

An 'Upside Down' Family Home Floating Among The Treetops

A tired 1980s residence in Sydney has been transformed into a serene family home, at the hands of Nobbs Radford Architects.
Sasha Gattermayr

Gardens

A Suburban Backyard Transformed Into A Lush Garden Retreat

Mud Office complements a modern Ivanhoe extension with this magnificent green retreat!
Sasha Gattermayr

Giveaway

Sounds Like Home - WIN The Ultimate Home Sound System From Sonos!

To get you through winter we’ve teamed up with Sonos, with a huge prize worth $2936 – Including Sonos' new premium new soundbar, Arc!

News

A Free Virtual Art Fair Is Coming!

Melbourne Art Fair unveils a digital program of free exhibitions, studio tours + panel events!
Sponsored

Art

This Sculpture Collaboration Is A Match Made In Heaven!

Artist Kate Florence and sculptor Lucas Wearne of Neighbourhood Studio collaborate on a collection of hand-painted, one-off sculptures.
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

An Extraordinary Transformation For This Heritage Sandstone Home

A dilapidated 1870's home in Sydney's Balmain East is restored and extended, with a new concrete addition by Benn + Penna Architecture.
Amelia Barnes
  20 hours ago

Homes

A Waterfront Home In Sydney That Defines 'Approachable Luxury'

The 1880s sandstone home of interior designer Linda Habak and family in Hunters Hill, faithfully extended by Campbell Architecture.

Architecture

A Home Purpose Built For A Woman And Her Cat!

A heritage cottage in Fitzroy North carefully restored and renovated by Atlas Architects.
Sasha Gattermayr

Shopping

Krof Cutlery Brings The Elegance Of Fine Dining To Your Home

A design expert and restaurateur join forces to launch a sleek, high-quality Australian cutlery brand.
Sasha Gattermayr

Art

Paul Maher’s Paintings Dwell On The Fringes Of Urban Wilderness

The Newcastle artist paints calm, reflective scenes of life on the edge of human habitats, for his second solo exhibition at Saint Cloche.
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

A Voluminous, Contemporary Home Behind A Modest Heritage Facade

A heritage weatherboard is extended and transformed by Tecture, future proofing this home for a family of six.
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

A Contemporary Farmhouse In Suburban Melbourne!

MRTN Architects design a farmhouse suitable for suburbia in Melbourne's Fairfield!

News

Major European Designer Furniture On Sale Right Now At DOMO!

Craving a home spruce? DOMO has got you covered with up to 70% off selected furniture + homewares collections.
Sponsored

Times Like These

Times Like These... With TDF Editor-In-Chief Lucy Feagins

Our very own founder and editor shares some of the ups and downs of the last few months.

On The Market

An Interior Designer’s 1930s South Yarra Home Is Up For Sale!

One of South Yarra’s tightly held 1930s homes has hit the market, featuring a masterful renovation by its interior designer owner.

View Comments

Similar Stories

Art

A New Art Collaboration At Raes on Wategos

The iconic Byron Bay hotel launches its first Artist in Residence program, with French-Australian painter Stanislas (Stan) Piechaczek.

Creative People

When Art Meets Music - 15 Stand-Out Album Covers Featuring Australian Art

From Ken Done to Brett Whiteley, Stephen Baker to Luke Sciberras, discover the Australian artists behind some iconic album art!
Elle Murrell

Art

An Enormous New Public Artwork From The Artist Who Paints With Fire Extinguishers

A massive new painting from celebrated Melbourne artist Ash Keating, created with no client, no funding and no limitations.

This Week

Architecture

An Extraordinary Transformation For This Heritage Sandstone Home

A dilapidated 1870's home in Sydney's Balmain East is restored and extended, with a new concrete addition by Benn + Penna Architecture.
Amelia Barnes
  20 hours ago

News

Major European Designer Furniture On Sale Right Now At DOMO!

Craving a home spruce? DOMO has got you covered with up to 70% off selected furniture + homewares collections.
Sponsored

Times Like These

Times Like These... With TDF Editor-In-Chief Lucy Feagins

Our very own founder and editor shares some of the ups and downs of the last few months.

Gardens

A Suburban Backyard Transformed Into A Lush Garden Retreat

Mud Office complements a modern Ivanhoe extension with this magnificent green retreat!
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

A Contemporary Farmhouse In Suburban Melbourne!

MRTN Architects design a farmhouse suitable for suburbia in Melbourne's Fairfield!

Architecture

A Voluminous, Contemporary Home Behind A Modest Heritage Facade

A heritage weatherboard is extended and transformed by Tecture, future proofing this home for a family of six.
Sasha Gattermayr

Homes

A Waterfront Home In Sydney That Defines 'Approachable Luxury'

The 1880s sandstone home of interior designer Linda Habak and family in Hunters Hill, faithfully extended by Campbell Architecture.

Architecture

A Home Purpose Built For A Woman And Her Cat!

A heritage cottage in Fitzroy North carefully restored and renovated by Atlas Architects.
Sasha Gattermayr

On The Market

An Interior Designer’s 1930s South Yarra Home Is Up For Sale!

One of South Yarra’s tightly held 1930s homes has hit the market, featuring a masterful renovation by its interior designer owner.

Architecture

An 'Upside Down' Family Home Floating Among The Treetops

A tired 1980s residence in Sydney has been transformed into a serene family home, at the hands of Nobbs Radford Architects.
Sasha Gattermayr

Shopping

Krof Cutlery Brings The Elegance Of Fine Dining To Your Home

A design expert and restaurateur join forces to launch a sleek, high-quality Australian cutlery brand.
Sasha Gattermayr

News

A Free Virtual Art Fair Is Coming!

Melbourne Art Fair unveils a digital program of free exhibitions, studio tours + panel events!
Sponsored

Art

This Sculpture Collaboration Is A Match Made In Heaven!

Artist Kate Florence and sculptor Lucas Wearne of Neighbourhood Studio collaborate on a collection of hand-painted, one-off sculptures.
Sasha Gattermayr

Giveaway

Sounds Like Home - WIN The Ultimate Home Sound System From Sonos!

To get you through winter we’ve teamed up with Sonos, with a huge prize worth $2936 – Including Sonos' new premium new soundbar, Arc!

Art

Paul Maher’s Paintings Dwell On The Fringes Of Urban Wilderness

The Newcastle artist paints calm, reflective scenes of life on the edge of human habitats, for his second solo exhibition at Saint Cloche.
Sasha Gattermayr

Similar Stories

Art

A New Art Collaboration At Raes on Wategos

The iconic Byron Bay hotel launches its first Artist in Residence program, with French-Australian painter Stanislas (Stan) Piechaczek.

Creative People

When Art Meets Music - 15 Stand-Out Album Covers Featuring Australian Art

From Ken Done to Brett Whiteley, discover the Australian artists behind some iconic album art!
Elle Murrell

Art

An Enormous New Public Artwork From The Artist Who Paints With Fire Extinguishers

A massive new painting from celebrated Melbourne artist Ash Keating, created with no client, no funding and no limitations.