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Graduating Artists

Questions of Taste: Writers and Ideas at QUT

QUT Art Museum, Thursday 23 August, 5–7pm, Free

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Writers and Ideas at QUT brings together writers, academics and industry figures to discuss key debates and ideas animating the field of contemporary creative writing. Open to all, these free seminars developed by QUT Creative Industries invite speakers and audience members to engage with a spectrum of ideas about what it means to be a writer today, and debate the cultural factors contributing to our ideas of writing and publishing.

Join us for August's seminar at the QUT Art Museum for a special collaboration with Salon de Fleurus, a contemporary reconstruction of Gertrude Stein's Parisian salon.

The idea of having 'good taste' in art and literature is sometimes associated with snobbery or exclusivity. But do notions of high, middle and low-brow art still have an impact on the way that books and other art forms exist in the world?

These very popular seminars are free and seats are limited, please register to attend. Champagne and light refreshments will be served.

Panel members:

Susan Johnson, award-winning writer and journalist at Qweekend magazine

Chris Saines CNZM, Director at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Craig Bolland, award-winning playwright, a short film maker, and Lecturer in Creative Writing at QUT

Panel chair: Kári Gíslason, writer and Associate Professor in Creative Writing at QUT

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Music in the museum: String Theory

QUT Art Museum

Saturday 25 August
1–1:30pm

Cost: Free

Join us on the last weekend of the exhibition Salon de Fleurus for music in the art museum performed by QUT Music Society's string ensemble, String Theory.

We encourage you to lounge back in the salon space as String Theory serenade you with their French and classical music repertoire.

Part artwork, part exhibition, Salon de Fleurus is a reconstruction of Gertrude Stein's Parisian salon that existed at 27 rue de Fleurus from 1904–34.

trick of the light by Laura Elvery

Texta book club
Trick of the Light by Laura Elvery

QUT Art Museum, Tuesday 18 September, 6:15pm, Free

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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 Industries Faculty.

To coincide with the The churchie national emerging art prize exhibition we will be discussing Trick of the Light by Laura Elvery.

With a keen eye for detail and rich emotional insight, Laura Elvery, Brisbane based writer and QUT alumni, reveals the fears and fantasies of everyday people searching for meaning. Ranging from tender poignancy to wry humour, Trick of the Light is the beguiling debut collection from one of Australia's rising stars.

The evening commences with a brief tour of the current exhibition, followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of conversation about the title of choice.

Texta is held through the year on Tuesday evenings from 6:15pm at QUT Art Museum. Books can be purchased from the Gardens Point QUT Bookshop or from QUT Art Museum.

Purchase this title from QUT Bookshop

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Upcoming events

Tuesday 20 November, 6:15pm
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino (1972)

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

Texta book club
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

QUT Art Museum, Tuesday 20 November, 6:15pm, Free

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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 Industries Faculty.

To coincide with the exhibition Beyond Reason, we will be discussing our final book for the year, Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino.

Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.

from Invisible Cities

In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo – Mongol emperor and Venetian traveller. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire is coming soon. Marco Polo diverts his host with stories of the cities he has seen in his travels around the empire: cities and memory, cities and desire, cities and designs, cities and the dead, cities and the sky, trading cities, hidden cities. As Marco Polo unspools his tales, the emperor detects these fantastic places are more than they appear.

The evening commences with a brief tour of the current exhibition, followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of conversation about the title of choice.

Texta is held through the year on Tuesday evenings from 6:15pm at QUT Art Museum. Books can be purchased from the Gardens Point QUT Bookshop or from QUT Art Museum.

Purchase this title from QUT Bookshop

Download Texta bookmark (PDF)

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