connection country culture

Art of the Skins

25 Jun – 20 Nov 2016

Awakening South East Queensland historical traditions through contemporary art, Art of the Skins revitalises the practice of possum skin cloak making.

Be inspired by how knowledge is gained and passed on through six richly decorated cloaks, collaboratively designed by Aboriginal community members.

Paying homage to those who’ve come before us, the exhibition embodies the continuous, ever-growing and adapting nature of Australia’s first cultures.

Art of the Skins from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

In a trail that weaves from SLQ Gallery to kuril dhagun, explore historical and contemporary artefacts, accounts and images; hear oral histories from Elders, artists and academics; and be immersed in a vivid installation of contemporary representations of Country.


Possum skins used in this project were legally and ethically sourced from New Zealand.

Background artwork: Brisbane River Cloak (detail), 2016, pictured artwork by Adam Sharah and Janelle Evans.

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Learning Notes

Tradition Now

18 Jun 2016 – 5 Feb 2017

Twelve diverse individuals share their stories through objects, photographs, artwork and memories.

By telling the stories of the traditional custodians of this land and of culturally diverse Queenslanders, Tradition Now explores how many Queenslanders ‘arrive’ in this land, connect to or disconnect from family and tradition, and the subsequent impacts on contemporary family life.

Tradition Now from State Library of Queensland on YouTube.

The Tradition Now digital story provides an insight into the creative influences of four Queensland contemporary artists whose lives and art practices have been shaped by their diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences.


Enjoy the description of times past, intricate storytelling and the development of a new family heritage and tradition.

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Events and Exhibitions

Join us throughout 2016 as we explore our individual and collective identities and our sense of belonging to our communities and our state. Let’s delve into our likes, gripes, struggles and joys through a series of exhibition, activities and events.


Get amongst it

Share your stories, videos and pictures with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #belongingqld.

Not on social media? Email us your contribution to the conversation.

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Belonging in Queensland mural

These photographs were contributed by the community. Each depict a sense of connection to places or people in Queensland, inspired by the theme of belonging.

The Belonging in Queensland mural will be on display for free in the SLQ Knowledge Walk daily from 1 Jul to 31 Dec 2016. View all the images submitted for this project on Flickr.

Contact Us

Email signatureprogram@slq.qld.gov.au to share a story, make a suggestion, or provide feedback.

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