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Meet the Artists

Don't just check out pieces by Vernon Ah Kee, Judith Wright, Sandra Selig, Eugene Carchesio and more — watch interviews with them, too.
By Sarah Ward
February 24, 2023
By Sarah Ward
February 24, 2023

If there's one thing that every art exhibition needs, it's art, obviously. But no gallery's walls and halls can be filled without artists, too. At its latest exhibition, the State Library of Queensland knows, understands and celebrates this fact — pairing pieces with chats with the folks behind them, plus treasures that mean something to them.

First, those interviews. Courtesy of the James C Sourris AM Collection of Artist Interviews, SLQ has a treasure trove of chats with top art world figures with ties to Queensland, all of which you can watch online as well. Spanning discussions from the last 12 years, this is the first time that these chats have been exhibited — and with Vernon Ah Kee, Judith Wright, Sandra Selig, Eugene Carchesio and more involved, there's quite the lineup of talent.

Meet the Artists also pairs those to-camera talks with a selection of items — think: artworks usually held in private collections, studio materials and personal objects — to deepen its conversations, and help art aficionados better get inside each artist's head.

Brisbanites can check out the end result daily from 10am–5pm between Saturday, February 24–Sunday, July 9.

Images: State Library of Queensland's Meet the artists exhibition. Photo by Joe Ruckli, courtesy of State Library of Queensland.

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