Journeys North: Robert Mercer’s photographs focus on local culture

Robert Mercer’s photographs feature Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in far north Queensland, focusing on local culture, work places and events. Following is his artist statement from the original ‘Journeys North’ exhibition. These photographs emanate from two trips I made to northern regions of Queensland. In September 1986, I visited Yarrabah Aboriginal mission, Cairns, Mantaka and…

Journeys North: Graham Burstow’s photographs concentrate on leisure

In the years leading up to 1988, the Galley commissioned six photographers to produce a portfolio on the theme of community life in Queensland entitled ‘Journeys North’. Their images looked at attitudes to Australian community life, and the unique qualities of the Queensland lifestyle, land and environment. Last exhibited January 1988 it is an ideal time…

Journeys North Revisited

In the mid 1980s, with the financial assistance of the Australian Bicentennial Authority, the Queensland Art Gallery commissioned six photographers to produce a portfolio of black and white works on the theme of community life in Queensland. First exhibited in 1988, the Gallery now presents a comprehensive selection from this portfolio, allowing us to see…

The ‘otherness’ and mystery of the natural world in APT8

Danie Mellor’s multidisciplinary practice often engages with the exotic, the uncanny, and intersections between cultural knowledge systems. Our relationship with the ‘otherness’ and mystery of the natural world is a focus for the work developed for APT8. A scene from the Queensland rainforest, the work is divided: one half is a positive rendition of the…

Charles Blackman surrounded by flowers and a white rabbit

This portrait of Charles Blackman by Jon Molvig alludes both to the friendship between Molvig and Blackman and to Blackman’s series of ‘Alice‘ paintings in which he was immersed at the time – Blackman is depicted surrounded by flowers and accompanied by a white rabbit. Molvig and Blackman established a short-lived art school near Burleigh Heads…

Sugar

The exhibition ‘Sugar’ forms part of the Cultural Centre’s ‘Memories from a Forgotten People: 150 Years of Australian South Sea Islander Contributions to Queensland’, a program of exhibitions, workshops, discussions, tours and music taking place between June and November 2013. Australian descendants of the South Sea Islanders brought to Queensland 150 years ago to work…