04 Apr 2022

Museum of Brisbane's Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane exhibition improves accessibility

Most cities have been captured visually at different points in time but not many artists have managed to distil a city's hum and throng for the history archives.

That's something the team at the Museum of Brisbane (MoB) is trying to change.

MoB's latest exhibition — Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane — features a newly commissioned sound artwork by artist-in-residence Lawrence English.

Site Listening: Brisbane captures the city's many soundscapes as part of a collection of work exploring the river city's past and present.

MoB director Renai Grace said the exhibition had also improved accessibility for vision- and hearing-impaired patrons.

As well as Mr English's work, there were 19 sound themes, in-depth audio descriptions of art pieces, and accompanying Auslan interpretation.

"Through a QR code locator, you can hear the description. It's not a didactic label but someone describing it and it really creates that deep dive into a work. It's fascinating," Ms Grace said.

The works also provided a space to begin a discussion about where Brisbane is heading and how residents may want to shape it.

"Brisbane is evolving so quickly at the moment, there is so much development happening and change — even before the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics announcement," Ms Grace said.

"We thought it was time to look back at Brisbane and start a conversation about where we want to go.

"Our oldest work [was] created in 1878, which shows St Helena Island.

"We are looking at Brisbane and its surrounds and what else was happening at that time and how did that evolve.

"You can see the Kangaroo Point cliffs before they were quarried, and in Vida Lahey's work, where she's looking at the city, there are buildings that are no longer there like Trades Hall."

Artists featured include Judy Watson, Richard Randall, Noel McKenna, William Bustard, Vida Lahey, Jane Grealy, Danie Mellor, Kenneth Jack, Sam Fulbrook, Charles Lancaster, Robert Brownhall, Margaret Olley, Stephen Nothling, Margaret Cilento, Lloyd Rees, Paul Davies and Mia Boe.

The exhibition opens on Saturday and is free.

The Museum of Brisbane is located in Brisbane City Hall, 64 Adelaide Street.

SOURCE: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-24/museum-of-brisbane-100-views-of-brisbane-exhibition-accessibile/100933482

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