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Festival for island hoppers

Australia’s richest outdoor sculpture competition will be a focal point of

the 4 Islands Festival in Southern Moreton Bay from 27 August to

4 September. A total of more than $60,000 will be awarded to winning

artists of sculptures displayed across Macleay, Karragarra (



Lamb and Russell Islands and submissions from emerging and

established artists will be accepted until 15 July for the latest round of

judging for Best Exhibit. The festival is Brisbane’s only ‘floating’ festival

with events taking place at each of the four islands, from golf and

sailing days to live music, market stalls, special performances by local

Quandamooka dancers and Indigenous elders sharing their Dreaming

stories. Find out more at


| BNE July/August 2016

Let it snow

There will be snow at the Winter Festival in King

George Square until 10 July. A highlight is the

outdoor ice skating rink in front of City Hall,

open until 7pm (9pm Saturday and Sunday)

surrounded by European-style food stalls and live

entertainment. Skating tickets from $12 (child)

and $22 (adult). See

C’est bon

Find out more about the French way of life and

everything they are famous for – wine, cheese,

fashion – at Le Festival from 8 to 10 July at the

Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands. Live

entertainment includes gypsy-jazz and a Daft Punk

tribute, bon vivants will love the masterclasses, and

market stalls will be brimming with French products.

Find out more at

The powerof


If you want to say something, write it,” says Innisfail-

born and Brisbane-based artist Vernon Ah Kee who uses

text as an art form to create some of his largest works.

Although the artist also works with video,

photography, digital design, painting, printmaking

and drawing, his own reading turned Kee on to the

beauty of text. The writing of artist and activist Kevin

Gilbert particularly was an inspiration early on. “I

loved the language, so clear and unapologetic. He wrote

beautifully,” he says.

Posters and advertising in magazines and on billboards

also caught his attention as he admired the text design –

the structure of fonts and spacing and how they built an

abstract shape. “Text is immediate,” he says.

Kee uses his text works to form a critique of

Australian culture from the perspective of the Aboriginal

experience of contemporary life. His latest work will be

monumental, created for the Institute of Modern Art

(IMA) in Fortitude Valley and the first of their so-called

Courtyard Commissions to activate outdoor space and it

will be visible from busy Brunswick Street.

Kee’s work will be displayed from 30 July coinciding

with new exhibitions at IMA


by Luke

Willis Thompson and

Independence Day 1934-1975


Maryam Jafri. See



Dreaming tracks crisscross

Australia and trace the journeys

of the ancestral spirits of

Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islander people as they created

the land, animals and lores. These

dreaming tracks are sometimes

called ‘Songlines’ as they record

the travels of the ancestral spirits

who ‘sung’ the land into life and


Songlines: The living narrative

of our nation

is the theme for

NAIDOCWeek celebrated

nation-wide 3-10 July. Events

frommorning teas to cultural

performances are held across

Queensland, including a Family

Fun Day at Musgrave Park, West

End, on 8 July which celebrates

25 years of NAIDOCWeek. For

more information and events see

Vernon Ah Kee, right, and top:

Authors of Devastation


a previous work shown at Griffith University

Art Gallery and Milani Gallery, Woolloongabba.

Forest of Memories

Image: Tim Nemeth