Art as Exchange

This resource is designed to generate informed discussion about, and creative responses to, the cultural, ecological, historical and contemporary significance of sites of tremendous importance to Queensland.

 

*Coming Soon* 

Bunya Mountains

Known as Indigenous Parliament by the local Bunya People’s Aboriginal Corporation, the Bunya Mountains (Boobarran Ngummin) hold cultural significance for Aboriginal people as the site of an ancient seasonal gathering. The great Bunya Nut harvest occurred over three year cycles, bringing together language groups from as far south as Northern Victoria and as far north as Central Queensland.

K'gari

Princess K’gari (paradise) created, feel in love with and then found her eternal rest on, the world heritage-listed island. Named Fraser Island after British woman Eliza Fraser, who was nurtured by the Badtjala people of K’gari following the shipwreck of the brig Stirling Castle that her husband Captain James Fraser had run into ground en route from Sydney to Singapore in 1836.

Carnarvon Ranges

The sandstone cliffs of remote central Queensland are home to ancestral spirits and ancient cave art. Traditional custodians from the Bidjara and Garingbal peoples share connections with the Carnarvon Ranges – a key site to the histories of many Aboriginal language groups.

Early colonisers found shelter within the caves, grasslands and waterways of this precious habitat. The colonial legacy of white land ownership led to myth and legend and forever changed the terrain of the region.

An oasis and a site of eternal significance in the center of Queensland, the Carnarvons are a source of inspiration and a reminder about the challenges of preservation and sustainability.

Daintree Rainforest

Home to 18 tribal groups from the Kuku Yalanji  people, the Daintree Rainforest is one of the oldest in the World and one of the few that rests on the edge of a reef. Encompassing landmarks that speak to Captain James Cook’s first experience on Australian shores in 1770 and more than a century later to the expansion of colonies through George Dalrymple’s expeditions into the far North. In 1873, Dalrymple named the ancient Rainforest after Richard Daintree – a Government geologist working as Queensland’s Agent-General in London – a namesake who never visited the region.

Guide to Authentic Experiences

The Art as Exchange (AasEx) resources are designed to be used as case studies for the authentic arts learning experiences at the core of units 1 and 2 in the Queensland Senior Visual Art curriculum.

The resources are intended to demonstrate the benefits of learning about:

  • contemporary Queensland artists and artworks in the QAGOMA Collection
  • Queensland sites of cultural significance
  • the ancient and modern history of Queensland
  • the lived experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • sustainability issues affecting the ecosystems and habitats of Queensland

Recommended use of the Art as Exchange resources:

  • Focus on the practice of Fiona Foley (K’gari AasEx) or Dale Harding (Carnarvon Ranges AasEx) to formulate a response to the reflecting question from Units 1 and 3 – How do artists consider ideas and information, media techniques and processes?
  • Research the history sections of the sites featured in AasEx to identify connections or patterns that link shared histories between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • Research the environment sections of the sites featured in AasEx to compare and contrast ecosystems and approaches to land management and sustainability
  • Research the artworks included in the AasEx resources and use the ‘add to collection’ feature to generate your own collection
  • Create responses to any or all of the AasEx workshops, preferably by working together as an art class.