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Talking TAPA: Pasifika Bark Cloth in Queensland

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

Artspace Mackay: 27 March - 10 May

Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum
: 5 June - 11 July

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


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