Wiraybul Dhulugarra by Robert Henderson

QPF2017 sees a number of local visual artists exhibit work in the Judith Wright Centre Foyer across the four days of the festival 24-27 August. These include the above painting being exclusively hung as part of this year’s festival; Judith Wright’s great niece creating a special bamboo sculpture; a series of photographic portraits responding to texts by W.B Yeats, Robert W Chambers, Unica Zurn, Sappho; a series of recent oil portraits of local poets; and a special showcase of 4 x regional artists responding to this year’s festival theme curated by Flying Arts . Check out the artists involved below:

  • Robert Henderson
  • Belinda Sinclair
  • Clare Cowley
  • Zana Wright (Judith Wright’s great niece) has created a bamboo sculpture for QPF2017 in the IMA Forecourt from Fri 25-Sun 27 Aug 10am-5pm daily
  • Flying Arts Members Exhibition In support of the QPF2017 Distant Voices, Flying Arts has put together an exhibition of works from four of tehir talented Flying Arts Members. On plinths throughout the foyer of the Judith Wright Centre, the exhibition will feature video art by Liam Herne, a ‘holographic’ sculptural piece by Alinta Krauth, and  mixed media sculptures by Katrin Terton and Jennifer Long. This Flying Arts Members exhibition will be on display for a month, beginning with the QPF2017 24 – 27 August,



QPF2017 foyer and courtyard will be fully activated with a range of interactive poetry-based installations across the festival days. sees a number of local visual artists exhibit work in the Judith Wright Centre Foyer across the four days of the festival 24-27 August. These include a live poetry vendor machine; pop-up poetry & theatre in the back of 96′ Ford panel van, digital poetry kittens, photo essays exploring cultural identity, recordings from poets detained in Naura and beyond, and a very special QPF Customs for all arrivals on QPF2017 Opening Night Aug 24th (you’ll need to be there with your program passport at the ready.) 

  • Coin Operated Poetry Box  Thurs 24 5-6pm & 730-830pm; Fri 25 5-730pm; Sat 26 2-4pm & 5-730pm (foyer)
  • Travelling Nomad Sun 27 12-2pm (JWC/IMA forecourt)
  • Toolkittens Fri 25 (JWC Foyer) Showcasing Express Media’s inaugural Toolkits program  – which engages selected young poets and prosewriters in digital workshops –  as a digital installation, screening timelapses of collaborative editing
  • I Can’t Speak to You Sat 26-Sun 27 (JWC Foyer) Peril Magazine curated digital exhibition with photographer/videographer, Sudeep Lingameni Photodust, featuring poetry/photo essays engage with the theme, I Can’t Speak to You, considering questions of both cultural erasure & continuity in diaspora Australia. 
  • Resisting Silence Sun 27 all day (JWC Foyer)  Featuring two empty chairs, headphones and poet’s recordings from four years on bunk beds in Manus refugee detention prison camp, the streets and detention camps of Indonesia and Malaysia, the prison camps on Nauru, in Brisbane and Broadmeadows, two young men – Amir Taghiania and Imran Mohammad – and a group of women story and map some of the most intimate impacts of nation building in Australia.