Ali Kazim is interested in the history of landscapes

Ali Kazim creates highly crafted works that experiment with painterly techniques to create atmospheric, dream-like qualities. In precise detail, Kazim captures the stillness of a deserted landscape or a sudden transformation as a storm tears through parched terrain. His paintings are based on the Punjab region of Pakistan – once home to a large part of…

Each shark-tooth sword by Chris Charteris is a ‘one-off’ creation

Chris Charteris’s elegantly crafted swords, commissioned for ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) are made from a variety of natural and contemporary materials that reflect both the Pacific environment and the unique aesthetics of Kiribati culture. Each sword is a ‘one-off’ creation and tribute to the ingenuity, courage and resilience of this Micronesian community.…

Fun art activities to do with kids

Experience and enjoy four artist projects for children and families, including drawing, hands-on and multimedia activities and large-scale installations. The projects highlight the preciousness of life and natural resources, the importance of community and storytelling while engaging with the dynamic art, culture and life of the Asia Pacific region. 1. Joyce Ho UN-Covered Library Do…

Mao Ishikawa’s photographs from Okinawa

The Gallery welcomes into its Collection a unique selection of vintage photographs from the 1970s and ’80s by Mao Ishikawa. The images document life in Okinawa in the years following the island’s return to Japanese sovereignty and are remarkable for the detail with which they capture their subjects’ social and cultural milieu. Okinawan photographer Mao…

Purple Reign

Gary Carsley’s recital Purple Reign is part of his ongoing series, ‘Selections from The Collection of The Museum of UnNatural History’. Through his enigmatic avatar, ‘Dorian Gary’, Carsley investigates the multiple readings and histories of R Godfrey Rivers’ Under the Jacaranda 1903 in the Gallery’s Collection. Carsley also worked with QAGOMA to develop ‘Purple Reign’,…

Some kind of island paradise

Australia has roughly 8000 islands within its maritime borders. While many are sites of difficult histories, they also maintain their unique identities through song, stories, dance and visual art, often in environments characterised by isolation and significant external influences. Here is an overview of the Indigenous Australian artists and projects from Tasmania, Arnhem Land, the…