Tools of the Trade (2016)

Tools of the Trade is an installation displayed within the Scienceworks Collection Store. You are invited into the museum’s back rooms to experience Jason Waterhouse’s series of industrial and everyday hand and power tools which have been seamlessly modified through a number of sculptural interventions. Screwdrivers can be seen morphing into branches, an electric sander excretes an explosive lurid pink glossy growth, axes grow burls and antique tools sprout crystalline growths. Imbued with Waterhouse’s surreal and often humorous visual language, each object alludes to an inner power.

Jason Waterhouse is an established artist whose practice focuses on visual play, sculptural inventions of found objects and thoughtful site-specific responses.  During the Festival, the Scienceworks Collection Store tours will feature Waterhouse’s installation and key heritage objects that signpost the region’s industrial past and prosperity.

As the Scienceworks Collection Store is rarely open to the public, this installation can only be viewed as part of the Collection Store Tours on the days and times indicated opposite. To attend the day or the night tours, you must book as each tour has a maximum of 20 people.


Jason Waterhouse


Tools of Trade Daytime Collection Store Tour
Sat 19 to Sun 27 Nov 2016, from 2:00pm daily

Tools of Trade Artist Talk, Jason Waterhouse
Sun 20 Nov 2016, 3:00pm
FREE, capacity 150 people

Tools of Trade Night-time Collection Store Tour
Mon 21, Wed 23 and Thurs 24 Nov 2016, from 6:30pm

Event details

Scienceworks Collection Store,
2 Booker Street, Spotswood


Phone: 13 11 02
(open 7 days a week, 9:00am-5:00pm)

For all events, meet in Scienceworks Main Foyer