Brook Andrew is an artist who has exhibited internationally since 1996 and continues to work and create in major international museums, research centres and galleries. He examines dominant Western narratives, specifically relating to colonialism, placing Australia at the centre of a global inquisition. In doing so, his practice harnesses alternate narratives to assemble new directions of understanding historical legacies of colonialism and modernist histories. Apart from drawing inspiration from vernacular objects and the archive he travels internationally to work with communities and various private and public collections.
The Lyon Housemuseum is a unique combination of private residence and private museum where 'museum' and 'living' are brought together in a single building. Understood to be the first purpose-built residence and museum, in 2010, Larry's List named the Housemuseum 'one of the world's 10 most exciting buildings of private museums'.
Designed by architect and collector Corbett Lyon, the Housemuseum builds on a long lineage of private art collections housed and displayed in residential settings including Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, New York’s Frick Collection, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and London's Wallace Collection. Lyon coined the term housemuseum to describe his newly created hybrid architectural type.