Celebrate Indigenous culture and community at State Library
Indigenous artistic practices and culture will be celebrated this Friday with workshops, performances and festivities at State Library of Queensland (SLQ).
This event closes the Art of the Skins exhibition program which is part of ongoing project revitalising the Aboriginal cultural practice of possum skin cloak making in south-east Queensland.
State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald said the project is one of Queensland’s most significant cultural resurgence projects.
“Art of the Skins has not only contributed to Aboriginal cultural revitalisation in south-east Queensland, but has created new histories of our state which will be preserved for, and shared with future Queenslanders,” Ms McDonald said.
“We invite all members of the community for their last chance to see this unique exhibition and participate in a day of events to learn, share skills and stories, and to experience the remarkable legacy of Art of the Skins.”
At the closing celebration Indigenous artists will host special workshops inspired by Aboriginal cultural traditions.
Everyone is invited to participate in workshops to learn traditional rope making and weaving using natural fibres, or create a possum skin wristband (bookings required, $10 per person).
Facilitators include Carol McGregor and Glennys Briggs, lead artists for Art of the Skins, and leaders in the field of possum skin cloak making and its history.
In the evening the exhibition gallery space will feature free performances of spoken poetry, contemporary dance and live music.
Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for the full day’s program and to make a booking for the workshops.
Art of the Skins began in June 2015 with community consultation in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, culminating in the production of six possum skin cloaks representing the Aboriginal communities and individuals by whom they were created.
The exhibition is open at SLQ, South Bank until Sunday 20 November, with the ongoing online showcase available at slq.qld.gov.au/showcase/artoftheskins.
The Queensland College of Art and the Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research provided sponsorship for a commemorative Art of the Skins catalogue for exhibition contributors and artists.
Possum skins used in the project are legally and ethically sourced from New Zealand.
Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications
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