Noel McKenna: Landscape Mapped

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Out of all the exhibitions I wanted to see in Brisbane, Landscape Mapped was at the top of my list. I had seen a few different works promoted on the webiste of QaGOMA, including the map of public bathrooms in Sydney’s CBD. In short, I was hoping for a pretty cool exhibition that used maps creatively and showed me something I had never known about Australia. Continue reading Noel McKenna: Landscape Mapped

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

Today we crossed the border between Queensland and New South Wales to visit the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. Set in such beautiful surrounds with views that will be Instagrammed endlessly, we were very excited to explore what was on display. There were a few temporary exhibitions and, of course, the Margaret Olley Art Centre. This post is going to cover a few different things focusing on some of the exhibitions and our guided tour.

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The building was like a Tardis (relevant Doctor Who reference considering the first female doctor was revealed last night to much delight!!). From the outside you would never guess how large it is inside. There are three large rooms and a pretty big hallway. Each bit of available wall space was in use for an exhibition. Despite this, the gallery never felt cluttered. A lot of thought had gone into the construction of the building and it had a nice flowing effect. Here were my favourite exhibitions that are currently on display.  Continue reading Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

Happy Birthday Play School – Rockhampton Art Gallery

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If you were born and/or raised in Australia during the last 50 years, you are probably very familiar with Play School. Personally, it played a huge role in my childhood, teaching me shapes, colours, songs, etc. I really wanted to see this exhibition when it was at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra last year. Unfortunately, I never had the chance. Luckily, it came to a gallery near me! Continue reading Happy Birthday Play School – Rockhampton Art Gallery

2017 Archibald Prize 

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I am now en route to Boston for the International Symposium on the History of Anaesthesia. While in the States I will be visiting as many museums as possible in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC! In other words, prepare yourself for numerous blog posts and, of course, lots of photographs.  Continue reading 2017 Archibald Prize 

Samford Village Heritage Trail

Before I begin this blog post I must be entirely honest. When we visited Samford Village today, located 30 mins outside Brisbane, we were visiting for one reason – the Harry Potter Store of Requirements. It was literally a magical place.

After purchasing everything Hufflepuff we could find, we decided to walk around the Village. There was this one building that had a sign out the front with an old photograph, some information, and a number. Intrigued, I walked across to the information centre in John Scott park to find out more. Here I was given a Samford Village Heritage Trail brochure. It is a very detailed brochure containing thirteen places of interest and a museum. Continue reading Samford Village Heritage Trail

Tastes Like Sunshine – Museum of Brisbane

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My plan was to see Tastes Like Sunshine later this month, however, an opportunity arose today. After 100% Brisbane, I was expecting a lot from the new exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane. While the exhibition was not to the same standard, it was still enjoyable and included some wonderful information and artworks. I am going to provide an overview of the exhibition then delve into a couple of different aspects. Continue reading Tastes Like Sunshine – Museum of Brisbane

Over the Hill – Gladstone Heritage Walking Tour

In October 2016, I attended the ICOMOS & National Trusts of Australia Conference in Melbourne. One of the many talks that really hit a nerve was on the topic of heritage and significance statements. The speaker was trying to push the point that a building is never frozen in time. Rather, it changes, it adapts, and it gains new significance. When I moved to Gladstone I found the brochure (pictured above) and was intrigued as to this heritage walking tour of the city centre. After walking Goondoon Street this morning and seeing all the buildings and their decals on the footpath, I believe this tour is achieving that balance between exploring a building’s past, yet cementing it in the present. Continue reading Over the Hill – Gladstone Heritage Walking Tour