Thursday 7 Aug

Vernon Ah Kee in conversation with Dr Odette Best

6pm QUT Art Museum

Vernon Ah Kee was born in Innisfail, Queensland in 1967, and is a member of the Kuku Yalandji, Waanji, Yidinji and Gugu Yimithirr peoples. He completed a Doctorate of Visual Arts (Fine Art) at Queensland College of Art in 2007. In 2009, Ah Kee represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in the group exhibition Once Removed.

Ah Kee's work borninthisskin 2008, is currently on display as part of the exhibition Agenda. Informed by war and propaganda posters, and advertising imagery, Ah Kee began making text-based works using the direct communication of text and language, while playing with kerning and positioning to create abstract shapes. Ah Kee states, "Text is immediate. If there's something you want to say - write it," (borninthisskin, 2009).

Join Vernon as he discusses his life and work in conversation with Dr Odette Best, Senior Lecturer with QUT's Oodgeroo Unit.

This program is a part of QUT's Murri-Ailan Way celebration.

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Tuesday 19 August

Texta book club: Tiddas by Anita Heiss

6pm QUT Art Museum

Texta is no ordinary book club; it's for people who love art. We use fiction 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. Our third book for the year is Tiddas by Anita Heiss.

Tiddas is a story about what it means to be a friend. Five women, best friends for decades, meet once a month to talk about books ... and life, love and the jagged bits in between. Dissecting each other's lives seems the most natural thing in the world – and honesty, no matter how brutal, is something they treasure. Best friends tell each other everything, don't they? But each woman carries a complex secret and one weekend, without warning, everything comes unstuck.

Held in conjunction with the exhibition Carol Jerrems: photographic artist, join us for a brief tour of the exhibition followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of healthy conversation.

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Thursday 21 August

Ikebana demonstration

11am William Robinson Gallery, Old Government House

Ikebana is the traditional form of Japanese flower arranging. To celebrate Japan Week come along to Old Government House for an Ikebana demonstration with Ms Misae Natsume and Ms Yoko Morita from the Ohara School of Ikebana. Presented by the William Robinson Gallery and the Consulate-General of Japan.

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