National Trust of Australia to Livestream Dollhouse Exhibition Tour

Historic Como House, located in Melbourne Australia, is alive at the moment with all things miniature with the opening of Doll House: Miniature Worlds of Wonder, a new exhibition of miniatures by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) which opened last month. A virtual tour of this exciting show will be livestreamed on Sunday, July 11 at 7pm ET on a very special Meet the Miniaturist: Museum Edition hosted by Darren Scala of D. Thomas Miniatures. The show features over 40 doll houses, furniture and accessories that are drawn from private collections, showcasing unseen doll houses from the 1880s to present day.

Viewers who attend the event can expect to be transported via Zoom and taken on a virtual tour by Dr. Annette Shiell, National Trust Executive Manager, Collections and Cultural Projects and miniaturist Tinky (Liz Sonntag) who will share some of the work she created for the show.

Dr. Shiell said, "the exhibition unlocks the minds of makers, collectors, activists and players, revealing the stories hidden in their miniature worlds. Doll House: Miniature Worlds of Wonder has allowed us to connect with some incredible creators across Victoria, from home-made houses to elaborate cabinets of wonder, virtual worlds and their emergence as characters in crime and horror genres, doll houses are displayed as both an object of fantasy and a snapshot in time."

In developing the exhibition, the National Trust turned to well-known miniature artists, including Melbourne based lawyer Emily Boutard from the popular Instagram account Little Architecture. Turning life-sized things into tiny is not new to Emily, as she has devoted many years to her craft. “Working on the Doll House exhibition was an opportunity to share my passion and spread the wonder of tiny things. I’ve never met a person who doesn’t smile when they see a tiny chair. In these difficult times I’m so glad all the visitors who come to see the exhibition will get the chance to feel that pure and simple joy,” Emily shared.

I look forward to seeing everyone at what will be an awesome event!


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