Gertrude Stein

Scribbles from the salon

QUT Art Museum, Tuesday 19 June, 6:15–8:15pm, Free


Step back in time and join us at Gertrude Stein's Parisian Salon de Fleurus, which existed at 27 rue de Fleurus from 1904–34, for an evening of poetry readings inspired by Stein, an influential American author, poet and art collector. Credited as the 'first museum of modern art', the salon was one of the first gathering places for burgeoning artists and writers including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Stein herself, along with her brother Leo Stein and her life partner Alice B. Toklas.

Poetry presented and written by Ella Jeffery, Emily O'Grady, Laura Kenny, Zenobia Frost, Rebecca Cheers and Anna Jacobson, Creative Writing Higher Degree Research students at QUT. Event organised by Dr Penny Holliday and Sarah Holland-Batt, academics, QUT Creative Industries Faculty.

Light refreshments included.

Gertrude Stein in her salon, writing 1920 (detail)
black and white photograph
Courtesy of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas Papers. Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Copyright Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS) NY / ADAGP, Paris 2015

Graduating Artists

In Conversation: Graduating Artists Forum

QUT Art Museum, Friday 22 June, 4:00–7:00pm, Free


Undergraduate third year students of visual art or art history are invited to join a one night only event to meet and critique each other's artwork within the Salon de Fleurus exhibition at QUT Art Museum. Selected students will present a brief artist talk and documentation of their artwork, followed by a group critique where the audience are invited to make observations and ask questions.

Chaired by QUT graduating art students and QUT Art Museum interns Anna Litwinowicz and Madelyn Power, this event aims to give graduating art students an opportunity to network and improve their critical skills. Following the event, students are encouraged to produce a piece of writing on one of the featured artworks which will then be published in a zine format. Places are strictly limited. If you are not interested in presenting your work and would still like to participate in the group conversation you are still encouraged to come along.

Students wishing to submit their artwork for critique should send documentation of their artwork, an artist biography and artist statement to Anna and Madelyn at Submissions close Monday 18 June.

Salon De Fleurus installation view, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, 2014
Courtesy of Salon de Fleurus

A Few Days in the Country by Elizabeth Harrower

Texta book club
A Few Days in the Country by Elizabeth Harrower

QUT Art Museum, Tuesday 24 July, 6:15pm, 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 Industries Faculty.

To coincide with the exhibitions Abstraction: Celebrating Australian women abstract artists and Salon de Fleurus we are discussing A Few Days in the Country by Elizabeth Harrower.

Internationally acclaimed for her five brilliant novels, Australian author Elizabeth Harrower is also the author of a small body of short fiction. A Few Days in the Country brings together for the first time her stories published in Australian journals in the 1960s and 1970s, along with those from her archives. Essential reading for fans of her work, these finely turned pieces show a broader range than the novels, ranging from caustic satires to gentler explorations of friendship.

The evening commences with a brief tour of the current exhibitions, 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.

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Upcoming events

Tuesday 18 September, 6:15pm
Trick of the Light by Laura Elvery (2018)

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

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