Position doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories by Kim Mahood

Texta book club: Position doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories by Kim Mahood

QUT Art Museum, Tuesday 2 May, 6pm, Free

Texta is no ordinary book club; it's for people who love art. We use fiction (mostly) to unpack the subjects, themes and emotions of art. Conversation is never colourless, and is facilitated by our brains trust from QUT Creative Writing and Literary Studies.

To coincide with the exhibitions Earth and fire: Ceramics from the QUT Art Collection and Less than: Art and reductionism we are discussing Position doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories by Kim Mahood.

For more than two decades, writer and artist Kim Mahood has been returning to the Tanami desert country in far north-western Australia where, as a child, she lived with her family on a remote cattle station. The land is timeless, but much has changed: the station has been handed back to its traditional owners; the mining companies have arrived; and Aboriginal art has flourished. This memoir is a beautiful and intense exploration of friendships, landscape, and homecoming. Written with great energy and humour, Position Doubtful offers a unique portrait of the complexities of black and white relations in contemporary Australia.

Join us for a brief tour of the exhibitions followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of healthy conversation about Kim Mahood's memoir.

Books can be purchased from the Gardens Point QUT Bookshop or from QUT Art Museum.

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Upcoming events

Tuesday 20 June, 6pm
Burial rites by Hannah Kent (2014)

Tuesday 5 September, 6pm
The island will sink by Briohny Doyle (2016)

Tuesday 14 November, 6pm
The memory artist by Katherine Brabon (2016)

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Contemporary Curating: The Gig Economy

QUT Art Museum, Thursday 11 May, 6:15 – 8:15pm, Free

A public forum presented by NAVA, QCA Griffith University, and QUT Art Museum; supported by ACUADS.

NAVA recently launched a new campaign for artists' fees. In this forum, we want to discuss issues of precarity when it comes to artists' fees and labour, especially given the casualisation and changing nature of arts work. Contemporary Curating: The Gig Economy will examine the changing role of the curator, both in QLD and internationally, and ask: how does the shifting global economy and workforce impede or expand the role of an Independent curator?

This forum will explore the role of the contemporary curator by interrogating curating as a creative act that shapes and leads artistic discourse within and outside institutional spaces. Speakers at this forum will investigate the global trajectory of the independent curator, and address the opportunities and challenges of independent work in the gig economy.

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Speakers include:

Chantal Fraser – independent artist and curator
Professor Pat Hoffie – Director SECAP (Sustainable Environment through Culture, Asia-Pacific), Griffith University
Tess Maunder – independent curator, art critic, editor and researcher working internationally (participating via Skype from New York)
Samantha Littley – curator, UQ Art Museum

Virginia Jones preparing clay for pinch pots performance work

Mother's Day Art: Make your own clay pinch pot

QUT Art Museum, Mother's Day Sunday 14 May, drop in activity between 10am – 2pm, Free

Make this Mother's Day one to remember with a free clay workshop at QUT Art Museum. Join experienced ceramist Virginia Jones to make your very own clay pinch pot to take home. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Earth and fire: Ceramics from the QUT Art Collection, you are invited to take time to enjoy the ceramic art and dedicated reading room during your visit.

Jones first made pinch pots in the 80s in a village in Papua New Guinea, where there is a long tradition of pinching and coiling pots for cooking, serving and storing food. Some of the traditional clay pots were decorated and depicted a story or represented family groups.

This activity is open to all ages, no previous experience required. Sessions are 30 minutes long and run on the hour and half hour. Ensure your place by making a booking or drop-in anytime and stay for your chosen duration as spaces allow.

Visitors can extend this activity with a Mother's Day High Tea at nearby Old Government House. Bookings are essential.

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Virginia Jones preparing clay for pinch pots performance work, Earth Hearts, Tokyo Denki University, Japan

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