GLAM Blog Club: Collect


I’m going to start by ignoring the fact I once said I’ll try and write something every month for GLAM Blog Club. It wasn’t a complete lie…I have tried. This theme, however, is a perfect opportunity to reveal and discuss a couple of my personal collections.

Here are the two main ‘things’ I would say I actively collect:
1. Vintage and Vintage-Style Clothing
2. American election campaign pins

There are other bits and pieces I collect including World War I silk postcards and, randomly enough, letters written in Massachusetts during the American Civil War. The latter is probably the nichest collection I will ever have. Nothing, however, compares to my collecting prowess in the above mentioned categories. Continue reading “GLAM Blog Club: Collect”

Museum of Brisbane: Convict Tattoos Skin Stories

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The history and evolution of tattooing is fascinating. Originally reserved for criminals, now it is estimated that approximately 19% of Australians have at least one tattoo (source). As I find this particular topic very interesting, I was excited when the Museum of Brisbane released tickets for a public program titled Convict Tattoos: Skin Stories. This program was held in conjunction with their new exhibition Life in Irons, the men and women of the Moreton Bay Penal Colony. The following blog post will provide some convict context before focusing solely on the talk.

Convict Brisbane

To simplify a really long, complex and interesting story, convicts were not initially sent to the Moreton Bay Penal Colony, now modern-day Brisbane. In 1824 the decision was made to establish this colony as a place of secondary punishment for hardened criminals. Numbers fluctuated from around 947 convicts in 1831 to 374 before it was officially closed in 1842. When the colony closed, Queensland was then opened to free settlers.

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UQ Art Museum: Defying Empire


On Friday night, I was fortunate enough to attend the opening of Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the University of Queensland Art Museum. This exhibition has travelled from the National Gallery of Australia where it was on display in 2017. The evening was well-structured and it was fantastic to see so many people in attendance. I am going to focus this post on the evening itself with only occasional references to the art on display.

I will also note here that photography is not allowed in the exhibition due to copyright issues. For this reason, there will not be many images throughout the post. Continue reading “UQ Art Museum: Defying Empire”

Abbey Medieval Festival


The Abbey Medieval Festival, hosted by the Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology, is a living history event. I have always wanted to attend the festival and see, firsthand, some historical re-enactments. Spoiler alert: it was epic. We spent the whole of Sunday walking around the festival stalls, watching some jousting and archery, and eating what was literally called meat on a stick.

Arriving at the Festival was an experience in itself. The line to buy tickets was very long so I was glad we had pre-purchased our tickets online. If you ever think of attending this festival, I strongly advise you do the same. I am an absolute champion of pre-purchasing tickets for cultural institutions because it usually means less time waiting. Continue reading “Abbey Medieval Festival”

Cartier: The Exhibition

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I am so excited to be sharing with you another guest post from the wonderful Imogen Kennard-King. Enjoy reading all about the wonders of the Cartier exhibition currently on show in Canberra!

It’s been a long time between blogs but I’m very happy to be back with another one for Curate Your Own Adventure. This time, I’ll be talking about my recent visit to Canberra to see Cartier: The Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA). My last visit to the NGA was to see the Versailles exhibition hosted there last year (click here to see my blog on that!). I was interested to note that both of my most recent visits to the NGA were to see exhibitions displaying objects and themes you might not expect from such an institution, e.g. not ‘traditional’ visual arts. On both occasions I visited Canberra from Sydney for the specific purpose of seeing the Gallery’s ‘blockbuster’ exhibition. Continue reading “Cartier: The Exhibition”

Gallery of Modern Art: Patricia Piccinini Curious Affection


This is my first blog post in just over a month! I cannot believe how quickly time has passed since the Museums Galleries Australia Conference. Not to mention, in the last month I have secured a new role, Curator of the Integrated Pathology Learning Centre at the University of Queensland, and moved everything from Gladstone back to Brisbane. Only now have I finally found time to go and see some exhibitions! The first on my list was Patricia Piccinini Curious Affection, currently on display at GOMA.

I was ony vaguely familiar with the work of  Piccinini before visiting this exhibition. I am not a huge fan of contemporary art – my tastes are quite niche. I had seen one of her sculptures on display (cannot remember where) and thought it was both bizarre yet incredibly intriguing. Also, her work reflects pretty clear themes that I think a lot of people can recognise and even begin to engage with. Anything that brings science, technology and art together in a really out there kind of way is a huge yes from me. Continue reading “Gallery of Modern Art: Patricia Piccinini Curious Affection”

National Gallery of Victoria: MoMA


This morning I braved the exhibition opening day crowds and visited MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art from the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Not the world’s catchiest title, but, exactly describes what you are about to see.

Luckily I had planned ahead and pre-purchased my ticket. Otherwise I’d probably still be in the queue waiting! I got into the exhibition space quite quickly and started my journey through the displays.

If you are aware of what are called “compliment sandwiches” that’s exactly what I’m about to do next – positive, critical, positive. Let the implementation of a management strategy begin!

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