Catch up on culture this summer

Published 9:00am 6 December 2023

Catch up on culture this summer
Words by Moreton Daily

Moreton Bay City Council’s galleries, libraries and museums have a host of fascinating and entertaining experiences on offer throughout summer.

From a thought-provoking exhibition exploring the complex relationships Indigenous Australian artists continue to have with objects, to an inclusive, playful, sensory experience showcasing the talents of local artist Martin Edge, there are many free experiences to explore.

Galleries

I, Object

Catch up on culture this summer

CABOOLTURE REGIONAL ART GALLERY UNTIL FEBRUARY 17, 2024. FREE ENTRY

I, Object considers the many complex relationships Indigenous Australian artists continue to have with objects – from the histories informing their creation to the social and cultural consequences of their collection.

The exhibition demonstrates the great pride and inspiration of inherited cultural practices and historical Indigenous objects, and reveals the difficulties posed by their collection and estrangement.

I, Object features contemporary painting, sculpture, and installation by leading Queensland artists Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Michael Boiyool Anning, Fiona Foley, Danie Mellor, Christian Thompson, Warraba Weatherall and others alongside 20 historical shields, boomerangs and clubs.

I, Object is a touring exhibition from the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.

OPEN Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm

Image: Naomi Hobson / Kaantju/Umpila peoples / Australia QLD b. 1978 / A Warrior without a Weapon (series) 2018 / Digital photographic print on paper ed. 1/6 (+ 2 A.P.) / Ten sheets, various sizes / Purchased 2019 with funds from the Future Collective through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Naomi Hobson

All the best, from Martin Edge

Catch up on culture this summer

PINE RIVERS ART GALLERY UNTIL MARCH 16, 2024. FREE ENTRY

See the world through the eyes of local artist Martin Edge. The Pine Rivers Art Gallery becomes an inclusive, playful, sensory experience of Martin’s wonderous world. Drawing from Martin's memories, All the best, from Martin Edge will share moments from his life, be they everyday, whimsical, or monumental.

This project has been produced in collaboration with Pia Robinson, Founder of The Culture Crusader, working with a number of neurodivergent artists and creatives to transport you into the wonderful world of Martin Edge.

Martin Edge is a celebrated painter who has been working as a professional artist for the past 15 years. Exhibiting consistently since 2008, Martin has earned national and international recognition. Besides his art practice, Martin is a proud ambassador for Autism Queensland.

All the best, from Martin Edge is an inclusive arts experience developed in partnership with City of Moreton Bay, The Culture Crusader and artist, Martin Edge.

The Culture Crusader is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Image: Martin Edge. Martin's Painting Day, 2022. Acrylic on canvas.

15 Artists 2023

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REDCLIFFE ART GALLERY UNTIL FEBRUARY 10, 2024. FREE ENTRY

15 Artists is an annual acquisitive prize developed to enhance City of Moreton Bay's Art Collection and exhibition program.

A calendar favourite, each year, Council invites 15 artists to take part in the exhibition. The winning artist is awarded $20,000 and their work is acquired into Council’s Art Collection. The exhibition highlights recent works by Australian artists, presenting diverse voices and ideas.

OPEN Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm

Museums

Beach Couture: A Haute Mess

REDCLIFFE MUSEUM UNTIL FEBRUARY 18, 2024. FREE ENTRY

Plastic pollution has become ubiquitous in our oceans and on our shores. Beach Couture is a collection of wearable pieces made of trash collected from beaches and oceans.

It makes visible, in a grotesquely amusing fashion, what is often overlooked - but shouldn’t be. The works highlight a growing problem - and provoke action.

A touring exhibition from artist Marina DeBris.

OPEN Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm

Image: Castaway by Marina DeBris (detail), photographer: Richard Flynn, model: Hannah Kat Jones, hair: Erika Schmidt, makeup: Lori Benson

Taking Flight: Amazing migratory shorebirds

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BRIBIE ISLAND SEASIDE MUSEUM, DECEMBER 15, 2023 – MARCH 10, 2024, FREE ENTRY

Each year almost 20,000 migratory shorebirds visit the Pumicestone Passage. The passage is an essential rest stop on their 20,000km round-trip between Australia and their breeding grounds in the Arctic Circle. To survive their journey, shorebirds need to rest and refuel. This is when they can face some of their biggest challenges.

Taking Flight is an interactive exhibition for the whole family. Have fun and be amazed as you enter the extraordinary world of migratory shorebirds.

OPEN Wednesday-Friday, 10am-4pm | Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm

Image: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper shorebird wading in the shallow coastal waters in Queensland. Photographer Hayley Alexander.

The great Aussie backyard

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PINE RIVERS HERITAGE MUSEUM, DECEMBER 16, 2023 – MARCH 16 18, 2024. FREE ENTRY

When we think of the traditional Aussie backyard, many of us conjure up images of hot summers, barbecues, a Hills Hoist or a friendly game of cricket. We also think of space but, since the 1990s, Australian backyards have been shrinking in size. What impact is this having on our lifestyles and the environment?

Explore the evolution of the backyard from the outhouse to the outdoor room. Discover ways to make your backyard wildlife-friendly and create your own backyard invention. Spend time playing backyard games too. A fun interactive exhibition for all ages.

This exhibition is developed by Moreton Bay Regional Council.

OPEN Wednesday-Friday, 10am-4pm I Saturday, Sunday 10am-3pm

Image: Boy jumping over rotating sprinkler in backyard (detail), 1953. Image courtesy of Museums Victoria.

Libraries

MORETON BAY REGION LIBRARIES SUMMER READING CLUB

UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2024

Catch up on culture this summer

Summer Reading Club is open to all ages! Count the time you spend reading from December 1 – January 31. Every three hours of reading can be entered to win prizes!

It’s free to join and a fun way to encourage the whole family to spend more time reading over summer. Join Summer Reading Club at your nearest library or online.

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