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WORDS & PICTURES GRANDPARENTS DAY TOUR

10.30AM SUN 28 OCT 2018
QAG | GALLERY 10, GALLERY 11, GALLERY 12, GALLERY 13 | BOOK NOW

Works by Koolmatrie and Gascoigne, in the Queensland Art Gallery

On Grandparents Day, visitors of all ages are invited to join Words & Pictures writer, Dr June Perkins, on an interactive journey through the Australian Collection. Follow June’s series of poems and micro-stories throughout the Collection – with paper and pencil in hand! Write and draw your own responses, accompanied by special insights from the writer.

Discover a fresh perspective on the Australian Collection with Words & Pictures, an ongoing project that invites local artists and writers to respond to artworks in the Australian Collection. The Words & Pictures inspiration for Spring 2018 comes from Dr June Perkins. June is a Brisbane-based poet and children’s author, of Indigenous Papua New Guinean and Australian background, raised…

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“Haystack” by June Perkins and Art Adventures at The Queensland Art Gallery

Australian Children's Poetry

Haystack

Look! Rats and the children run out from

their hiding places in the haystack to

dance in front of us in a merry line?

Who else do you think hides here?

Do you have a memory of haystacks or

artist’s haystacks?

(Perceval’s Angel)

Tumble down the Haystack

dreaming columns of Greece.

Tumble down the Haystack

              with childhood farming friends.

Tumble down the Haystack

              to horses and the cows.

Now,

climb up that artist’s Haystack

and tumble down again.

June Perkins (Brisbane-based poet and children’s author)

Art Adventures in the Australian Collection of the Queensland Art Gallery showing from September to November 2018

Dr June Perkins, a Brisbane based poet and children’s author, has developed an interactive journey, through the Australian Collection, through poems and micro-stories for visitors of…

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An Art Adventure at the Queensland Art Gallery

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Sidney Long, Spirit of the Plains, Yvonne Koolmatrie’s Hot Air Balloon, June Perkins, poem Spirit of the Plains, Images Courtesy Queensland Art Gallery

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Follow the Angel, Follow the Feathers, Follow the Art!

Imagine you are in a Hot Air Balloon

 

Discover a fresh perspective on the Australian Collection with Words & Pictures, an ongoing project that invites local artists and writers to respond to artworks in the Australian Collection. Take inspiration, and use the pencils and paper provided at the stations to create your own response through drawing or writing.

Only small extracts of the  poems and writing are here to encourage you to go visit and read them on location!

The Spring Program has been written by  Dr June Perkins.

The poems and stories are now up, September to November 2018

Queensland Art Gallery

Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art

 

SPRING 2018

This season’s Words & Pictures inspiration comes from June Perkins, Brisbane-based poet and children’s author. June has developed an interactive journey through the Australian Collection through poems and micro-stories for visitors of all ages, with particular appeal for children and families: Art Adventures in the Australian Collection.

Look for Words & Pictures labels alongside the following artworks. If you’d like to follow the writer’s journey, visit the works in the following order.

  1. John Perceval Sculpture: The Herald Angel 1958
  2. Yvonne Koolmatrie Hot-air balloon 2006
  3. Landscape wall, Gallery 10
  4. Sydney Long, Spirit of the Plains 1897
  5. Sonja Carmichael Deranji Dabayil (Rocky place, healing waters): Baskets of Culture 2017
  6. Ian Fairweather, Epiphany 1962
  7. Michael Stevenson, The gift (from ‘Argonauts of the Timor Sea’) 2004-2006
  8. Ray Crooke Woman with blossoms 1962-1963
  9. Fred Williams Echuca landscape 1961
  10. William Delafield Cook A haystack 1982
  11. Rosalie Gascoigne Lamp lit 1989
  12. Irene Chou The universe is within our hearts 1992
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Poem June Perkins, John Perceval’s Herald Angel, Yvonne Koolmatrie’s Hot Air Balloon, Images Courtesy Queensland Art Gallery

Sprout Sunday Readings

June Reading ‘Tawny’

 

A big thank you from Renee and June for all those families who braved the weather to reach the beautiful  venue, and stopped to listen to story and poetry about nature and Queensland and to the Sprout Sunday organisers, Gold Coast Green Living and Botanical Bazaar, and venue Host, the Surfer’s Paradise Golf Club, for having us at this day.

The indoor fairy lights and the hall of the Surfers Paradise Gold Club were quite magical, and we were happy that the farmers received their rain and thankful it cleared up a bit later in the day.

A special thank you to the wonderful young people  who helped read the dialogue poems and  show many of the animals featured in the Discovering Magic poem.

We hope that all those people who brought copies of the book will love them and would love it if they let others know about them.

 

Renee reading Turtle Love

Do let June know if you enjoy the educational materials link that she provided for all people wanting to make greater inspirational use of Magic Fish Dreaming at home or in the classroom to spark the imagination of children and their love for poetry, nature and discovery.

Renee and June do school visits, and June is increasingly doing commissions and collaborations and is scheduled to do an activity at the Queensland Art Gallery in October (more details soon).  You can check with them for their rates and the kind of activities they are able to do.

Thank to James and David who provided heaps of support on the day for June and Renee.

June Reading ‘Cassowary Chat’ with assistants

Reading ‘Discovering Magic’ with assistance from the children.

More people stop to listen to Turtle Love including adults.

To see small video of  June reading ‘Discovering Magic, visit to the  Sprout Sunday event page.

 

Responding to Art with the Written Word

Ripple Poetry

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I have made significant progress on a poetry project, writing poems for The Words and Pictures  project at QAGOMA.

There are just four days left for my final selections and edits.

Some of the works inspired have more than one poem.  One even inspired four pieces.

I now have to select the ones that I feel will be the most interesting or evocative for the people visiting the gallery.  I might share some of the others that don’t go in, here on my blog.

It is not easy as I am quite happy with each version, but then I have a vision of how all the works fit together and want the poems I create to be spaced out throughout the gallery.

Also my goal with the poems and micro stories a broad appeal, such that people of many ages might enjoy reading them, including…

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