A Thousand Words presents 100 of the most compelling photographic images from the rich collections of Sydney Living Museums and the State Archives and Records Authority of NSW, created between the 1880s and the 1980s.

WestWords and Sydney Living Museums commissioned 10 emerging western Sydney artists to respond to an image they selected from the exhibition.

A Thousand Words adopts a philosophy that everyone can interpret history through the lens of their background, experiences, values and aspirations. Unlike a standard exhibition, the images are presented without traditional curatorial interpretation. Instead, the public have been invited to contribute responses – whether emotive, nostalgic or imaginative – and this ‘crowdsourced’ material is integral to the exhibition.

SLM/WestWords commissioned Artists.
Click on their names to check out their piece!
James Elazzi
Zoe Ghani
Eunice Andrada
Yumna Kassab
Christina Huynh
Vivian Wei
Ethan Bell
Enoch Mailangi
Hani Abdile

To view all bios and commissions head to the A Thousand Words website here

WestWords interviewed commissioned artists Nardean and James Elazzi in Episode 9 of The WestWords Podcast. Listen on your podcast app or you can listen right here

Have a peak at the making of  A Thousand Words Exhibition featuring WestWords commissioned poet, Eunice Andrada. Full video of Eunice Andrada’s contribution to the A Thousand Words Exhibition exhibition.



In collaboration with Sydney Living Museums and NSW State Archives and Records