QCA HDR student Carol McGregor worked with CAIA (QCA’s Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art) alumnus Glennys Briggs and staff from the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) to produce work for and to stage the Art of the Skins exhibition, opening at SLQ this month.
Art of the Skins is the culmination of over 50 possum skin cloak-making workshops that Carol – together with Glennys – facilitated with the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gold Coast Indigenous communities to reignite and reclaim this cultural tradition. The exhibition will inspire its audience by how knowledge is gained and passed on through six richly decorated cloaks, collaboratively designed by Aboriginal community members.
Carol McGregor’s research for her PhD project Un-silencing and Remembering: the Art of the Skins, generated the workshops. Her research process follows decolonising methodologies which aim to strengthen cultural identity, but there is also a significant element of studio-based research which has explored and developed the techniques required for the cloak-making itself.
For more information, please go to www.slq.qld.gov.au/belonging