Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference: Day Two

It has been a very long day filled with incredible talks containing so many new ideas and innovative programs. I forget how utterly exhausted I feel at the end of a full conference day! At least this time I came prepared with a portable charger so my phone battery could remain fully charged. At each conference I attend, I like to provide a summary of the day including the talks I attended and some of their key messages. That way, if you’re not here, you can still learn a little about what has been discussed. Continue reading “Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference: Day Two”

Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference: Day One

Last night was the welcome reception for the Museums & Galleries Queensland conference held at the Cairns Museum. I wanted to briefly write about the public art tour I went on prior to the reception and also a bit about the Museum.

Public Art Tour

We were very fortunate to have two representatives from Cairns Regional Council join us for a walking tour around Cairns CBD to explore some of the public art. To give you an idea, there are 180 pieces of public art in the wider Cairns region and Cairns CBD. This basically means that everywhere you go in Cairns, you’re going to see a few works of art along the way. Continue reading “Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference: Day One”

Cairns Art Gallery

This week I’m in Cairns for the Museums and Galleries Queensland conference. I’m really looking forward to the conference officially starting tonight with a public art tour and welcome reception at the Cairns Museum. This morning, I’ve been exploring the city – my first stop was the Cairns Art Gallery. I was particularly excited to visit as there is a Patricia Piccinini exhibition currently on display. Unlike the exhibition I saw at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), this particular array of sculptures and drawings is inspired by the environment of Far North Queensland. They present a commentary on the ecology of the region, but also speak to the overwhelming number of challenges. Continue reading “Cairns Art Gallery”

State Library of Queensland: Brisbane Writers Festival

Last weekend I attended my second Brisbane Writers Festival held at the State Library of Queensland. It was a really interesting day filled with tours and talks. I started by joining a curator-led tour of the exhibition Plantation Voices in the Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery. A huge thank you to Imelda Miller for her wonderful and informative tour. I really appreciated hearing about the decision-making process behind why certain objects and themes were included. It added this incredible new layer to seeing the exhibition. I want this post to focus on the exhibition and tour then briefly mention the other two events I attended at the end. Continue reading “State Library of Queensland: Brisbane Writers Festival”

Melbourne Museum: Gut Feelings & Revolutions Records and Rebels

On our final day in Melbourne we visited the Melbourne Museum. Our intention was to see the exhibition Gut Feelings and spend a little bit of time in some of the permanent displays. In the end, we had enough time to also wander through the temporary exhibition Revolutions: Records and Rebels. With the latter, I was unsure what to expect, but was really glad we made the decision to upgrade our ticket. Continue reading “Melbourne Museum: Gut Feelings & Revolutions Records and Rebels”

Immigration Museum: Tatau Marks of Polynesia & Perseverance Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World

Today we visited the Immigration Museum in Melbourne specifically to see two new (ish) exhibitions – Tatau and Perseverance. Essentially, both look at the significance of tattoos – one focusing on Polynesia and the other on Japan. Even though there were a few similarities, I am going to address each exhibition separately.

I have previously visited the Immigration Museum to view their permanent displays. If you are interested in reading more about what else is on offer, follow the link here. Continue reading “Immigration Museum: Tatau Marks of Polynesia & Perseverance Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World”

Bauhaus: Berlin

This will be my final post celebrating 100 Years of Bauhaus. We have arrived at our final Bauhaus destination, Berlin. There seems to be an ongoing trend with these posts – places that I visited have either closed down or been transformed/renovated. What’s really exciting is that this is happening so brand new museums and archives can open in each of the three cities. It is certainly an ideal time for Bauhaus fans to make the journey to Germany! Continue reading “Bauhaus: Berlin”