Pets was a celebration of the colourful, weird, cute, sometimes troubling, but ultimately loving relationships between pets and the humans that cared for them.
Beginning in the foyer was the Pets Salo(o)n, a floor to ceiling menagerie of pet portraits painted and drawn by members of the local community. An opportunity was provided for visitors to cast their vote in the People's Choice Award to decide who should take home the Best in Show.
In the main gallery visitors found an incomplete animal encyclopaedia drawn from the museum’s extensive collection of photographs, paintings, and sculptures with works from 1600's to 2019. Each work provided insight into how different artists chose to depict animals, and their relationship with humans.
A series of photographic portraits by Nat Ord captured an intimate encounter between a human from the border region and one (or more) of their beloved animals. Local artist Astrid Bruning presented for the first time a body of 23 works, selected from a long running series dedicated to cats.
Sydney-based artist David Capra presented Eau de Wet Dogge – a collaboration with his beloved Dachshund Teena. Online ephemera and a pet-inspired soundtrack added to the sprawling, pet-celebrating experience.