'HHT's policy to recognise the ongoing use of the house as a 'working State House' rather than a historic house museum 'frozen in time', identified the need to re-establish Government House as a showcase for the best contemporary Australian art, craft
and design. This would continue a number of significant traditions established in the mid 1840s to use local materials and craftspeople, and the role that the building played in influencing innovative and creative interior design and art in Australia.
It is with this in mind that the 'To Furnish a Future' policy, of commissioning contemporary artists and designers to collaborate on the refurbishment of the State rooms, through diverse measures including acquisitions, commissions or temporary loans, has been adopted. Critically the policy also recognises the need to conserve and respect the heritage significance of the historic interiors and the collection at Government House and to ensure that all future furnishings and acquisitions respect this integrity.' by Ann Toy, Supervising curator of the project in InSites magazine Summer 2006, Issue 49 p.4-5.