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”

Queensland Museum: NASA – A Human Adventure

I want to begin this blog post by saying this exhibition, NASA – A Human Adventure, has been created to celebrate 50 years since the Moon Landing. Since then, the historiography of who was involved has been revised exposing those, particularly women, who achieved virtually the impossible to make the event happen. Unfortunately, this exhibition does not include them. I wanted to get this out of the way because I was so excited to see the exhibition and left feeling as if these important figures in history have yet again been hidden. This was a real opportunity to include these forgotten histories. Alas, the opportunity was not grasped and I believe the exhibition suffered from it. Continue reading “Queensland Museum: NASA – A Human Adventure”

Art Gallery of New South Wales: The Archibald Prize

This weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales and see The Archibald Prize finalists for 2019. Although I technically saw finalists from The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, I just want to focus on The Archibald. This was my second time visiting an Archibald exhibition. If you’re interested in reading about the exhibition in 2017, you can follow the link here. Continue reading “Art Gallery of New South Wales: The Archibald Prize”

Australian Museums and Galleries Association Conference Day 5 & Megafauna Central

Conference

This morning was the final plenary for the conference, presented by Ben Quilty, and the official handing over of the conference to Canberra for 2020. Quilty touched on something significant that I believe we can all learn. That is, there is no shame in admitting there are things you don’t know and that you are still learning. It is far better to recognise your limitations and act on them rather than not care at all. Continue reading “Australian Museums and Galleries Association Conference Day 5 & Megafauna Central”

Australian Museums and Galleries Association Conference Day 4

Well, I think my brain is so full of information it might actually burst. That’s a good indication of how today went at the conference. Everything from the first plenary to the last was just filled with important messages and questions to mull over. In this summary, I’m really going to try and do the day justice. If there are any comments or corrections, I strongly encourage you to leave a comment on this post. Ok, let’s begin. Continue reading “Australian Museums and Galleries Association Conference Day 4”