Sydney International Airport Terminal, Northern Arrivals Exit / Arrivals

2002 – 2004

Museum of Sydney, site of Old Government House


{ The images play with different pictorial conventions, ranging from oil painting and cinema to touristic postcards. The panoramic format of the images seems to combine the expansive, generous quality of the Australian landscape with the sense of isolation and uneasiness experienced in migrating to a strange place.

John Murphy, Curator


An installation of photographs at Sydney International Airport portraying the city’s diverse multicultural community.

{Strange to look back on the enormous landscape we have struggled across all these weeks, across the sea … across my childhood, to observe how clearly the footprints lead to this place and no other

– David Malouf, AN IMAGINARY LIFE, Chatto & Windus

Sydney Airports Corporation Ltd has commissioned a series of photographs reflecting the vibrancy of Sydney’s multicultural identity. Situated next to the arrivals area of the International Terminal, Welcome to Sydney is presented in large scale lightboxes. The images portray migrants from various, distinct areas of Sydney. As Director of Commercial Services Coralie Kelly comments, ” the art works introduce fresh images of Australians to Sydney Airport’s arrivals area; they awaken a sense of the city’s complex and diverse composition of different cultures”. They include nationalities which have a long association with migration to Australia, such as the Chinese and Italians, as well as more recent communities including the Vietnamese and South African.

welcome to sydney
Bus Shelters & Museum of Sydney