Talking TAPA: Pasifika Bark Cloth in Queensland

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Talking TAPA: Pasifika Bark Cloth in Queensland showcases the diversity of Pacific Islander cultural practices, heritage and visual iconography through this exhibition exploring the beaten bark cloth known as Tapa.

Tapa which is mainly made from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree, is created and used throughout the Pacific. Tapa decorations include plant and animal motifs, clan and family patterning and representations of important contemporary and historical events.

Works from around the Pasifika region including Papua New Guinea, West Papua, Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Wallis and Futuna, will be on show. Visitors can also learn more about our Pacific neighbours through wall hangings, traditional and contemporary clothing including wedding outfits, as well as the tools and implements used to make tapa.

[A national travelling exhibition presented by Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre, curated by Joan G Winter and toured by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland. This exhibition is supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government Program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia, Gambling Machine Community Benefit Fund and Brisbane City Council.]

Update: 27/5/09

Thanks Jodi for the link, I realise now that this is not just a one off showing but part of a touring exhibition. See venue’s and dates below:

Tour Dates 2009

University of Southern Queensland (Springfield campus, Ipswich):
12 February – 19 March
Artspace Mackay: 27 March – 10 May
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum: 5 June – 11 July
Museum of Brisbane: 24 July – 11 October
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville: 23 October – 6 December
Cairns Regional Gallery: 11 December – 31 January 2010

Tour Dates 2010

Monash Gallery of Art: 12 February – 11 April
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery: 17 April – 30 May
Mosman Art Gallery: : 5 June – 18 July
Manning Regional Gallery, Taree: 23 July – 5 September
Bathurst Regional Gallery: 15 October – 28 November

Tour Dates 2009
University of Southern Queensland (Springfield campus, Ipswich):
12 February – 19 March
Artspace Mackay: 27 March – 10 May
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum: 5 June – 11 July
Museum of Brisbane: 24 July – 11 October
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville: 23 October – 6 December
Cairns Regional Gallery: 11 December – 31 January 2010

Tour Dates 2010

Monash Gallery of Art: 12 February – 11 April
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery: 17 April – 30 May
Mosman Art Gallery: : 5 June – 18 July
Manning Regional Gallery, Taree: 23 July – 5 September
Bathurst Regional Gallery: 15 October – 28 November

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