04 July 2011

Cobb and Co Museum will celebrate NAIDOC Week this year with a new display, Weaving from Queensland, showcasing contemporary uses of traditional weaving skills.

The display will feature a piece by renowned Toowoomba artist Kim Walmsley, acquired by the Queensland Museum from Cobb and Co Museum’s inaugural Artisans’ Challenge held in February 2011.

Mrs Walmsley’s piece Gather is a coolamon sculpted from 220 metres of copper wire, interwoven with beads to symbolise berries.

The exhibition, featuring thirteen objects, also includes traditional and modern bags and baskets from Queensland Museum’s collection dated from 1897 to today.

Illustrating the exhibition are detailed drawings made in the late 1890s by Dr Walter Edmund Roth who travelled extensively throughout Queensland, collecting artefacts and documenting cultural activities including weaving techniques.

Museum Director Deborah Tranter said the exhibition will coincide with NAIDOC week held this year from 3 to10 July.

 “The theme for NAIDOC Week this year is ‘change: the next step is ours’ and this exhibition connects well with the theme by showing how traditional Aboriginal and Torres Islander skills can be used to create artistic and practical contemporary items.”

Weaving from Queensland is on display until June 2012.

For more details of the exhibition contact Cobb+Co Museum on 4659 4900 or visit www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au

Cobb+Co Museum is part of the Queensland Museum.  Located in Lindsay Street, Toowoomba it is open daily from 10am – 4pm, except Good Friday, ANZAC Day and Christmas Day.  Thanks to Toowoomba Regional Council, entry is free to all council residents on presentation of proof of address.