Connections with culture

The QAGOMA Learning program accompanying ‘No 1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966-2016’ focusses on the role art can play in building bridges to cultural heritage and history. A pupil-free day in mid-October enabled 47 Papua New Guinean students from six schools in South East Queensland to travel to the Gallery to explore the…

There is a magic and energy around the gathering of artists

There is a magic and energy around the gathering of artists, friends and supporters at an exhibition opening, and this energy was certainly present at the opening of ‘No 1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966-2016‘. The magic of that night however rested on two very special gifts. The first was a moving acknowledgement to Country…

Interview: Ruth McDougall, Curator ‘No. 1 Neighbour’

We recently caught up with Ruth McDougall, Curator of Pacific Art and the curator behind the exhibition ‘No.1 Neighbour: Art from Papua New Guinea 1966–2016’ currently on show at the Queensland Art Gallery. The exhibition considers Australia’s strong historical ties to its closest neighbour through some of the earliest works from Papua New Guinea acquired…

All about the bilum

Utilitarian in its functionality and stunning in its creative expression, a bilum is the traditional string bag made by Papua New Guinean women. This traditional craft is a skill passed from generation to generation. A bilum is made in a variety of shapes and styles depending on its purpose. The patterns reflect provenance, current events and stories;…

Art from Papua New Guinea celebrated

The free opening program for ‘No.1 Neighbour: Art from Papua New Guinea 1966–2016’ at the Queensland Art Gallery this weekend will include a live acoustic performances by popular Tolai musician George Telek and Australian composer and producer David Bridie, artist and curator talks, a traditional sago cooking demonstration and more. ‘No.1 Neighbour’ demonstrates the Gallery’s…