You Forgot Your Tent, 2020. A site-specific installation, commissioned by the State Library of Victoria with support from Budget Direct.

The changing face of Victoria exhibition explores the spirit of activism and invention, and its impact on modern Victoria, through four everyday themes: water, workers’ rights, camping and coffee.

On showcase are more than 150 objects, artworks and photographs that reveal the large and small ways we can all make a difference in shaping our world. 90 per cent of these collection items have never been exhibited before.

The themes explored in this exhibition are:


Camping connects us to the land in many ways, whether for survival, adventure or as an act of resistance. From the Canvas City of Victoria’s gold rush to protest movements such as Camp Sovereignty, which transformed camping from a back-to-nature pastime to an act of resistance, this section of The changing face of Victoria exhibition explores the different forms camping has taken and its role in Victoria’s history.

You Forgot Your Tent – Information for Online Exhibition “This colourful canopy is constructed from tents that were left behind at local festivals. Although it is commonly believed that the abandoned tents will be salvaged and reused, they are more likely to end up in landfill. Eco-conscious initiatives, such as upcycling and the right-to-repair movement, challenge throwaway culture and its impact on the environment. The artist who created this work hopes to inspire change and motivate people to find ways of living more sustainably.”