Wednesday 31st of March was the day the three design classes from Kingscliff TAFE ventured up to Brisbane to view The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of contemporary art,as well as Stephen Jones’ Hats collection and a fabulous display of butterflies and other insects from the Butterfly Man of Kuranda exhibition.
The Butterfly Man showed us the wonderful array of Queensland’s beautiful butterflies, beetles and moths as part of the International Year of Biodiversity. This exhibition was from the historic F.P. & A.P. Dodd Collection of Tropical Insects from Australia and New Guinea, focusing on 28 beautifully arranged showcases from 1917 through to the 1960s.
‘Hats’ was a breath-taking look at one of the world’s foremost milliners, Stephen Jones collections, combined with that from London’s Victoria & Albert Museum’s collection. We saw more than 250 hats and iconic headpieces, with the oldest probably being a twelfth-century Egyptian fez as well as a range from Christian Dior’s first collection, Mary Quant and hats worn by historical and cultural icons. It really made me stop and think, having never really given hats a second thought before I found myself fascinated by the video’s showing the construction, design and applications involved in hats. The display was magnificent and the arrangement of the hats in their showcases resembled the arangement that might go into displaying flowers.
with no photography allowed this is just scanned from the leaflet.
The APT6 was indeed spectacular, large scale and had a huge range of performance works. It was an energetic exhibition which left us all feeling just a little breathless – or was that the speed we had to look at it all in to catch the bus home ? It filled the entire gallery and presented us with 313 art works by more then 160 artists from over 25 countries, plus works by more than 120 filmmakers.
Chloe looking at the Elk balls
jubilent little men
I also enjoyed the kids APT activities, just seeing the achievement on the little faces as they created their own designs was art in itself!
this was the delightful view walking up the stairs.