Regional Bureaucracy documents the impact of the Government Architect’s Office on regional NSW in the second half of the 20th century. In almost every town across the state, public buildings bear the plaque of the GAO – a body of work unprecedented for Australia in both quality and quantity. This exhibition and book mark the continuation of an archaeological endeavour, following the 2019 exhibition and accompanying publication Quality, Control. By consulting archives, retelling stories, visiting and documenting, Regional Bureaucracy elucidates the project of a public architecture for NSW.
Regional Bureaucracy is a project by Guillermo Fernández-Abascal and Hamish McIntosh with Jordan Bamford, Jack Cooper, Christopher Kerr, Billy McQueenie, Nyoah Rosmarin, Nicole Ho and Samson Ossedryver.
Image: Central West Linen Service, Orange by W. Kingston, E.H Farmer, 1969. Photograph: Hamish McIntosh, 2020.