Talking TAPA: Pasifika Bark Cloth in Queensland showcases the diversity of Pacific Islander cultural practices, heritage and visual iconography through beaten bark cloth or tapa, which is mainly made from the paper mulberry tree inner bark.
Tapa can be made up to a kilometre long, in a variety of shapes and smaller sizes for many different purposes. Tapa decoration includes plant and animal motifs, clan and family patterning and representations of important contemporary and historical events.
Works from the Pacific Islands including: Papua New Guinea, West Papua, Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Wallis and Futuna, will be on show. Visitors can learn more about our Pacific neighbours through the wall hangings, traditional and contemporary clothing including wedding outfits, as well as the tools and implements used to make tapa that will be on display.
A national travelling exhibition presented by Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre, curated by Joan G Winter. This exhibition is supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government Program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia. This project is also proudly funded by Queensland Government's Gambling Community Benefit Fund and Brisbane City Council.
Tour Dates 2009
University of Southern Queensland (Springfield campus, Ipswich):
12 February - 19 March
Museum of Brisbane: 24 July - 11 October
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville: 23 October - 6 December
Cairns Regional Gallery: 11 December - 31 January 2010
Tour Dates 2010
Monash Gallery of Art: 12 February - 11 April
Art Gallery of Ballarat: 17 April - 30 May
Mosman Art Gallery: : 5 June - 18 July
Manning Regional Gallery, Taree: 23 July - 5 September
Bathurst Regional Gallery: 15 October - 28 November
Tour Dates 2011
Logan Art Gallery: 23 February - 2 April