Uncover the many stories of our neighbourhood, past and present, in fascinating artworks throughout the hotel.
Put simply, we love art. It permeates our hotel, imbuing our spaces with the personality, character and beauty of the people and places behind each work.
From the hotel’s inception, we wanted to peel back the many layers of history our site is steeped in, and showcase some of the lesser known stories of our locale. And what better way to share these stories than through beautiful art works and creative flourishes dappled throughout?
Keep your eyes peeled for local cultural tie ins: room numbers graced with etchings from botanist Sir Joseph Banks; custom-designed mesh cloud lighting representing fishing nets from Sydney Harbour; the building’s curvy and round Art Deco windows; guest room interiors inspired by the hotel building’s origins as a grain store; and one of a multitude of original works of fine art commissioned from our Australian artist-in-residence, Jessica Le Clerc.
You need not even leave your room for your fix of visual artistic beauty. Almost all of our guest rooms feature an original, individually hand-painted mural bursting with colour, courtesy of our artist-in-residence Jessica Le Clerc. Jess has created a series of beautiful unique wall murals depicting native flora from the local area, including acacia mearnsii, commonly known as black wattle, after which Blackwattle Bay (just a short hop away) was named.
We can’t reveal the details of this one just yet… as it doesn’t yet exist! But the big reveal will come after we open, in a series of live painting sessions when a new artwork will be created. Come and see Jess and her team in action, transforming our lobby lounge wall into a work of art.
Jessica Le Clerc is an award-winning Australian fine artist, and director of the Art School Co, known for her incredible life-like portraits and realistic, colourful works.
Jess has been a finalist and winner in numerous art prizes including the Archibald Prize, the Shirley Hannan Art Award, the Lester Prize, the Brisbane Portrait Prize, the Percival Portrait Prize and the International ARC Salon Competition.
You can sample her art throughout the hotel, inspired by the stories, landscapes and people from the local area.