06 Jun 2009 - 09 Aug 2009


Queensland Folk Art celebrates the skill and creativity of everyday Queenslanders since 1859.

Presented as part of the Q150 celebrations in 2009, this is the first exhibition to showcase the extraordinary creations of artists working outside the conventions of ‘high’ art.

Featuring an astonishing range of art forms, Queensland Folk Art includes distinctively Australian crafts such as emu egg carving and gum leaf painting. Many of the art forms presented are no longer practiced, such as the uniquely Queensland crafts of sewing with decoratively shaped lung fish scales and covering furniture in sea shells. The exhibition also includes many beautiful examples of quilting, needlework, embroidery, woodwork, engraving and much more.

Queensland Folk Art has been developed by the Ipswich Art Gallery and is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.


Image: Thomas Griffiths Two inlaid secret jewel cases (in book form) c.1920 | Silky oak inlaid with Queensland maple, palm wood, rose casuarina, cedar, pine, tulip wood, blackbean and other native timbers, 51.1 x 10.4 x 4.2 cm & 20.4 x 14 x 4.9 cm. Ipswich Art Gallery Collection. Acquired with funds donated by Mr Andrew Spark through the Ipswich Arts Foundation, 2008