Talking TAPA: Pasifika Bark Cloth in Queensland showcased the diversity of Pacific Islander cultural practices, heritage and visual iconography through this exhibition exploring the beaten bark cloth known as tapa.
Tapa which is mainly made from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree, is created and used throughout the Pacific. Tapa decorations include plant and animal motifs, clan and family patterning and representations of important contemporary and historical events.
Works from around the Pasifika region including Papua New Guinea, West Papua, Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Wallis and Futuna, were on show. Visitors were able to learn more about our Pacific neighbours through wall hangings, traditional and contemporary clothing including wedding outfits, as well as the tools and implements used to make tapa.
A national travelling exhibition presented by Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre, curated by Joan G Winter and toured by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland. This exhibition was supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government Program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia, Gambling Machine Community Benefit Fund and Brisbane City Council.