Museum of Brisbane: Convict Tattoos Skin Stories

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.Read More »

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.Read More »

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.Read More »

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.Read More »

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. Read More »