The TEDx lounges aren’t all that’s happening at QUT Library this National Reconciliation Week. We’ve partnered with the QUT Art Collection to bring you a series of contemporary and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art works at our Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove Branch Libraries.
Each piece is accompanied by a small didactic (an explanation about the artist and the artwork) so that you can find out more about the artist and the artwork. These pieces will be on display until August 31, 2015 so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy them.
Some of the featured artists include Gordon Bennett, Alick Tipoti, Tony Albert, Peace Woolla, Maribella Ngallametta, Rotanna Ngallametta, Gloria Fletcher, Ken Thaiday, Susie Napangati, and Leah King-Smith.
The artworks showcase a range of techniques from photography to etching, weaving and sculpting.
A head-dress by Ken Thaiday will be on display on level 6 of the Gardens Point Library. Thaiday is a senior Torres Strait Islander artist from Erub (Darnley) Island, where he grew up watching his father perform complex dances at traditional ceremonies. Sculptural headdresses, instruments and body adornments played an important role in these rituals which served to connect the spiritual and physical worlds. Thaiday’s headdresses are contemporary interpretations of traditional items, designed to keep his cultural history alive.
Get involved and show your support for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by visiting this beautiful collection.