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;…

Highlight: Bilum – A cultural icon

The Sisters of Mercy — a not-for-profit, faith-based organisation in Australia and Papua New Guinea — teaches textile-making skills to the disadvantaged, including prisoners in Bihute, in the Eastern Highlands Province. The Gallery recently acquired a group of six colourful bilums from Bihute, extending its Pacific textile holdings and engaging with this cultural tradition. The…