A photographic exhibition of our threatened heritage

Venue Foyer
Dates 26 July - 04 September 2022
Category Exhibition

Riverside Theatres Presents
National Trust of Australia (NSW)
NO TIME TO SPARE: A photographic exhibition of our threatened heritage
The No Time To Spare exhibition is courtesy of the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and its volunteers

24 powerful photographic images set to move you, and maybe inspire you to influence what we save of our world for future generations.

Sixty years ago, in 1961, the Women’s Committee of the National Trust was formed by Helen Blaxland (later Dame Helen) and friends with connections. So distressed were they at the rapid increase of demolition of colonial sandstone buildings around Sydney that, together with the Trust, the No Time To Spare black and white Max Dupain photographic exhibition was planned. It was held in the David Jones Gallery in 1962. The exhibition featured the 34 buildings identified in the Trust’s new list of “Category A” items worthy of preservation. The aim of this current exhibition is to once again turn the public’s attention towards the fate of our heritage ahead of the full Diamond Anniversary celebration of No Time To Spare.” – Jill Auld, 2022 NTTS Exhibition Convenor

“It is an unfortunate reality, but ‘No Time To Spare’ will always be an appropriate name for an exhibition of this sort led by the National Trust – indeed it is almost the very reason why the Trust is still here and continues to be relevant. Time moves on and our attitudes to heritage and what we value move with it… our view of heritage, happily, has become larger, not smaller. Whereas previous efforts focussed very much on preserving buildings individually, later heritage listings soon morphed into entire Conservation Areas which considered our environment as a whole, not simply… its parts.

The diversity of the issues presented in this exhibition speaks to the enormity of the challenge we face to ensure not only that we protect and preserve our heritage, but that we do it in a meaningful and considered way.” – David Burdon, Director of Conservation

Where the Water Starts
Thursday 11 August 2022 at 6:30pm

Join Indigenous Ambassador for Invasive Species Council, Richard Swain for a special Q&A Screening. Richard has worked for 25 years as an Indigenous guide within Kosciuszko National Park. Having spent his life in the Snowy Mountains he has seen first-hand the huge impact feral animals are having on the park and the threatened species that rely on Kosciuszko for survival. He is passionate about educating the public on the true history of landscape changes and degradation over the past 230 years.

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Photo credits:
The Roxy – David Burdon
Female Factory, Asylum, Cumberland Hospital – Stephen Pierce
Locked Out – Monique Harmer
The Bell Boy – National Trust Archives
– Hero image: Parramatta Square – Paola Talbert


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Dates and Times:

Exhibition Open: Tuesday 26 July 2022 – Sunday 4 September 2022 (FREE)

Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 9:30am – 1pm
plus one hour prior to all performances.

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