Where local history and contemporary art meet
In a first for Brisbane, five contemporary artists have been invited to exhibit within the spaces of three of Brisbane's most significant historical houses during the National Trust Heritage Festival 2016 from Thursday 21 April to Sunday 15 May 2016.
Brisbane audiences are invited on a journey through time and the historical spaces of Old Government House, Newstead House and Miegunyah House Museum with local artists Sara Irannejad, Natasha Lewis Honeyman, Mandana Mapar, Sally Molloy and Camille Serisier.
Each artist has been working closely with curators and employees at the museums to research the collections, buildings and personal stories of inhabitants of each building to reveal narratives that inspire new artwork in keeping with the nation-wide National Trust Heritage Festival of discovery that celebrates Australia's rich cultural heritage.
Mandana Mapar's exhibition 'Through her eyes' at Old Government House presents a series of historic photographs taken by Lady Lamington at the turn of the 19th century alongside contemporary artworks by Mapar exploring notions of migration, love and loss. In bringing back to life images taken on a Kodak camera nearly 120 years ago, she reflects on the private life of a very public female figure of the time revealing her ordinary everyday perspectives in and around the grounds of Old Government House alongside her recollections of the time through diaries and letters sent back to England.
The exhibition project has attracted a great deal of support with the Queensland Government, through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, investing funds into presentation and the project is also supported by Griffith University through the Live Worm Studios.
Resonance is open from 21 April to 15 May 2016, during the National Trust Heritage Festival. Venue days and open times vary. Please visit the website for details. Entry fees apply at Miegunyah House Museum and Newstead House.