QPAC’s Clancestry – A Celebration of Country is a three week program of performances, gatherings and creation of new work, honouring the significant role First Nations voices play in shaping the cultural landscape of Queensland.
As part of the 2019 program, Quandamooka artist Libby Harward created a series of installations across various locations at QPAC in her ongoing art project Already Occupied.
Asserting Aboriginal sovereignty through temporary installations on Country, Libby uses hi-vis and everyday traffic signage, employing humour, language and materiality to spark conversations about Country and her connection to it. Already Occupied explored the relationship between exploited land and the material from which colonialism is constructed as she turns tools of occupation into a vocabulary of resistance.
Libby’s project prompted the question… ‘a paradise lost?’ To which Libby responded:
“The work of seventeenth century English politician and puritan John Milton, whose epic poetry told the story of the war for heaven and of man’s expulsion from Eden, proved portentous. Australia – Europe’s great unknown south land – was to become Hell on Earth for Britain’s convicts. As the 250th anniversary of Cook’s fateful voyage of discovery approaches, Australia’s First Peoples continue to remind the colonisers that ours is a stolen land, and continues to warn all of the dire consequences of the ongoing maltreatment of the lands and waters that sustained us from time immemorial.”
In November 2023, Clancestry festival celebrated everything that is beautiful, black and deadly about First Nations Peoples and performing arts.
Jarjums Life Museum
Jarjums Life Museum is a museum made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Jarjums.
QPAC’s Warm Welcome
This was a series of events looking at what happens when communities open their hearts, homes and institutions to people from other places.
The Mabo Oration
In 2005 the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ) and QPAC partnered to establish he Mabo Oration – a biennial public oration.
Our First Nations program is bold, resilient, and features fierce black work from local, regional and national First Nations artists.
Sparks is a PLAYLAB THEATRE and QPAC partnership program which runs for a year and is designed to facilitate pathway opportunities for First Nations Artists in the performing arts.
National Apology Day
To commemorate the 14th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations in 2022, Link-Up (Qld) hosted a morning tea at QPAC.
As it Happened: Clancestry 2022
Highlights from QPAC’s Clancestry – A Celebration of Country, which ran from 13 to 28 May 2022 and brought together First Nations voices, ideas and talent.
QPAC Launches Reconciliation Action Plan
QPAC launched its Reconciliation Action Plan, signalling the organisation's commitment to reconciliation with Australia’s First Nations peoples.
Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir
The debut performance by the Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir was a resounding success with audiences treated to extraordinary choral singing from the outback.
Designing a First Nations Festival Space
How Quandamooka Nunukul artist Casey Coolwell Fisher’s artwork transformed QPAC during QPAC’s Clancestry – A Celebration of Country.
Healing Country through the Performing Arts
Reflections from our Chief Executive John Kotzas and Elder in Residence Aunty Colleen Wall during NAIDOC Week 2021.