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Texta book club: Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges

QUT Art Museum, Tuesday 28 February, 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.

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.

To coincide with GLASS: art design architecture our first book for the year is Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges.

Borges is described as one of the greatest Spanish language writers of the twentieth century. Fictions is a celebrated compendium of his short fictional stories with appeal for first time readers of Borges' work and dedicated fans. Throughout his stories, poems and essays, Borges considers whether art and the labyrinthine artefacts he so often describes can ever mirror reality. His work captures many of intellectual and existential questions characteristic of modernism and later post-modernism.

Join us for a brief tour of the exhibition followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of healthy conversation about Fictions.

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

Want more? Also read The Aleph, a short story by Borges, Mirrors, a poem by Borges and Borges' Short Stories A Reader's Guide by Rex Butler (2010).

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Collection highlight: John Olsen

QUT Art Museum, Saturday 18 March, 2–3pm, Free

Join us for the first in a series of public discussions highlighting specific works from the QUT Art Collection. Established in 1945, the QUT Art Collection predates the QUT Art Museum by fifty-five years. Comprising more than 2000 objects, the collection includes paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and works on paper, chiefly by Australian artists. This month's collection highlight is Kangaroo entering the void 1975 by esteemed artist John Olsen. A discussion of this work will be complimented by a presentation on Olsen's life and practice.

Born in Newcastle in 1928, John Olsen has come to be recognised as one of Australia's greatest living artists. His work spans painting, ceramics, tapestry and printmaking, identifiable through his distinctive and energetic style. Influenced by his travels throughout Australia, as well as Europe, Africa and America, Olsen brings a lyrical life to the scenes he depicts. In his landscape works, Olsen often shifts the viewpoint to an aerial perspective, creating the horizon-less landscape. Olsen has been the recipient of the Wynne Prize, Sulman Prize and Archibald Prize and awarded both an Order of the British Empire (OBE) and Order of Australia (AO) for his services to the arts.

This event is part of the Art Suite Events; a series of free monthly events at QUT Art Museum and William Robinson Gallery, presented in proud partnership with Art Series Hotel Group

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Upcoming events

Saturday 22 April 2–3pm, QUT Art Museum
Exhibition floor talk Earth & fire: Ceramics from the QUT Art Collection and Less than: Art & reductionism

Sunday 21 May 2–3pm, William Robinson Gallery
Exhibition floor talk William Robinson: Genesis and tour of Old Government House

Saturday 16 June 2–3pm, QUT Art Museum
Collection highlight: Adam Cullen

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.

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.

To coincide with the exhibitions Earth & fire: Ceramics from the QUT Art Collection and Less than: Art & 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 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 exhibition followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of healthy conversation about Position doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories.

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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