Weaving the Way
Curated by Freja Carmichael
July 26 – December 14, 2019

Guest curator Freja Carmichael presents Weaving the Way featuring works from the UQ Art Collection. This exhibition makes visible the layers of meaning and wisdom carried in contemporary fibre works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Honouring visual languages of the past through form, material and technique, the artists included in this exhibition weave together the spiritual, cultural and historical.

Artist list to be announced.

Freja Carmichael is a Ngugi woman belonging to the Quandamooka People of Moreton Bay. A graduate of UQ’s Master of Museum Studies program (2014), Carmichael is a curator working across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts and culture sector. Carmichael recently curated Around and within, Space Gallery, Sydney (2018), and was a co-curator of The Commute, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2018). Carmichael is also a member of Brisbane-based Indigenous curatorial trio, Blaklash Collective. In 2014, Carmichael received an Australia Council for the Arts Emerging Curator’s Fellowship with Redland Art Gallery and was awarded the National Gallery of Australia International Indigenous Arts Fellowship at Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, The Netherlands (2016).

Freja Carmichael and artworks.
Photo: Simon Woods.

Top left
Maria Ware
reclaimed fishing net (ghost net) 2012
image 46 x 33 x 33 cm
Collection of The University of Queensland, purchased with the assistance of Margaret Mittelheuser AM and Cathryn Mittelheuser AM, 2013.

Top right
Abe Muriata
Jawun 2016
twined lawyer vine (Calamus caryotoides)
overall 78 x 53 x 35 cm
Collection of The University of Queensland, purchased 2016.

Centre
Hersey Yungaporta
Basket 2005
cabbage palm fibre with natural dyes
overall 7.5 x 31 x 31 cm
Collection of The University of Queensland. Gift of an anonymous donor to commemorate the University's Centenary, 2010.

Lower right
Rita Wikmunea
Basket 2005
grasses with natural dyes
overall 5 x 25.5 x 25.5 cm
Collection of The University of Queensland, purchased 2006.