Exhibition: Talking Tapa

Talking Tapa: Pacifika Bark Cloth in Queensland

Saturday 5 June – Sunday 18 July 2010. Mosman Art Gallery

Art Gallery Way (cnr Myahgah Rd), Mosman, New South Wales, Australia.

Talking Tapa: Pasifika Bark Cloth in Queensland is a traveling exhibition that showcases Pacific Islander heritage. Works from around the Pasifika region including Papua New Guinea, West Papua, Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Wallis and Futuna.

Suluni Vakamau Traditional female wedding attire/set  Three-piece set made by Nainasa Kacimaiwai Nayau village, 2006

Suluni Vakamau Traditional female wedding attire/set
Three-piece set made by Nainasa Kacimaiwai Nayau village, 2006

Public Program

Opening night with Sydney Cook Island Dance Group

Friday 4 June
Mosman Art Gallery, 6:30PM – 8:30PMJoin the Gallery in a thrilling spectacle of traditional drumming and dance featuring 18 performers from the renowned Sydney Cook Island Dance Group. Bookings 9978 4178. Admission: $10.00 adults, $6.00 Friend/Concession.

Barkcloth in Oceania: Dynamics of Ceremonial life, Spirituality and Utility

Sunday 20 June
Mosman Art Gallery, 10:30AM – 11:30AMYvonne Carrillo-Huffman, Collections Officer at the Australian Museum will present an overview into the cultural significance of TAPA, and its utilitarian and ceremonial uses across Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia.

BOXWORLD and TAPA Exhibition Tour

Saturday 3 July
Mosman Art Gallery, 11:00AM – 12:00PMFree guided exhibition tour presented by the Mosman Art Gallery Guides.

For more details visit the Mosman Art Gallery website here.

All images via Mosman Art Gallery


Talking Tapa is 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 is 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. This project is also proudly funded by Queensland Government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund and Brisbane City Council.

For more information about the traveling exhibition see:

Past Tours

University of  Southern Queensland 12 February – 19 March 2009

Artspace Mackay 27 March – 10 May 2009

Gladstone Reginal Art Gallery & Museums 5 June – 11 July 2009

Museum of Brisbane 24 July – 11 October 2009

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville 23 October – 6 December 2009

Cairns Regional Gallery 11 December 2009 – 31 January 2010

Monash Gallery of Art 12 February – 11 April 2010

Art Gallery of Ballarat 17 April – 30 May 2010


Mosman Art Gallery 5 June – 18 July 2010

Future Tours

Manning Regional Gallery, Taree 23 July – 5 September

Bathurst Regional Gallery: 15 October – 28 November

Further reading:

Talking Tapa: Pasifika Bark Cloth in Queensland Information sheet by Museum of Brisbane

Pasifika: three Oceanic encounters


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