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Today, set against the backdrop of Customs House, Stayz is celebrating the upcoming Easter holidays with a whole house made of hot cross buns.

This picture perfect house – complete with front garden and white picket fence - took over 80 hours to build and uses 6,000 freshly baked hot cross buns.

Stayz is inviting commuters, late-night shoppers, families and friends to come down to see this Australian first and grab a bun on the run.


Remembering Gallipoli, by Mine Konakci

A photographic exploration of the descendants of the Anzac and Turkish soldiers who fought in Gallipoli

26 March - 30 April Level 2, Customs House

Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm,
Saturday to Sunday 11am to 4pm

With this body of work titled Remembering Gallipoli, photographer Mine Konakci explores the unusual friendship that has arisen between the Anzacs and the Turks since the fighting and anguish of the Gallipoli campaign.

The Gallipoli campaign played a major role for Australians, New Zealanders and the Turks in forming their national identity. For the Anzacs, the Gallipoli campaign was seen as marking the beginning of nationhood. For Turkey, the campaign helped in the transformation of the country from a dying empire to a new nation through the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

During the eight-month Gallipoli campaign, both sides experienced heavy losses and hardship, but there were also exchanges of cigarettes, matches and chocolate between the opposing forces, and some unique friendships were formed between the soldiers in trenches.

By photographing subjects from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey, this project documents direct descendants of Anzac and Turkish (Ottoman) soldiers who fought in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign during World War I.

The subjects are photographed with a projected image of their ancestor in an attempt to illuminate the relationship between the soldiers who fought in Gallipoli and their descendants.

The artist's overarching aim is to rekindle the powerful connection and dialogue between the three societies.

Painter Idris Murphy with grandfather Idris Charles Pike
Bill Hyman's grandfather Eric Montague Hyman was part of 12th Australian Light Horse

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