Deadly Threads Where did you get that shirt?

Free showcase
27 March - 15 August
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Deadly Threads is a showcase of singlets, shirts, polos and jerseys created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from across Queensland.

It explores the significance of these pieces as symbols of identity, celebration and unity. They have been developed to protest, commemorate special occasions and historical events and tell stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and cultures.

Protest

What we wear is personal; it creates and reinforces our identity, our views and beliefs.

Shirts are created and worn during protests to convey support and opinions to a cause. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples often create items during times of protest as an act of defiance and solidarity.

Some of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and activists have created items that are both text and picture based.

Culture

The creation of cultural shirts highlighting significant events including ceremonial tombstone unveilings, anniversaries, dance performances and family reunion shirts are prolific.

Sport

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have an exciting history of participating and succeeding on the sporting field. There are many First Nations Queenslanders who have had amazing careers and success in their respective sports. 

The success of First Nations sportspeople has enabled the rich history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be highlighted and told and retold through shirts, jerseys, singlets and dresses. 

Stories

Events

Deadly Threads celebration

Sat 15 May · 11:30am–2:30pm
Join us in celebrating Deadly Threads, a colourful display of 200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander shirts that tell a story of belonging, identity, celebration and sometimes loss. The Deadly Threads celebration will be an incredible day of hands-on activities for adults and children alike, cultural dance performances, curator's tours and special guest appearances! Come and check out the diverse display of sportswear and t-shirts that carry designs which speak to the unique experiences and stories of First Nations communities across Queensland. This wearable art showcase is testament to the resilience and deeply embedded pride that runs strong for First Nations peoples. This is a free event. More details and booking information coming soon. Subscribe to be the first to know about our program of events.    This program is presented as part of Deadly Threads.  

Deadly Threads curator's tour

Thu 13 May (ongoing) · 11–11:30am
Our showcase curator or special guest tour guide is looking forward to showing you Deadly Threads and having a yarn about where we found those shirts. Tours are free and space is limited. Book now to reserve your place. Wear your favourite deadly shirt when you visit Deadly Threads. Tell your friends where you got that shirt on Instagram using #slqDeadlyThreads and tagging @StateLibraryQld Subscribe to be the first to know about our program of events. 

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