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The Storytellers: Next Chapter

Draw on the walls, make sunflowers and step inside a life-size storybook at the Museum of Brisbane.
By Sarah Ward
December 08, 2021
By Sarah Ward
December 08, 2021

Since 2020, the Museum of Brisbane has been throwing the city some major love as part of exhibition The Storytellers. Alas, even sprawling showcases that turn Brissie history into a storybook must come to an end — but this huge celebration is evolving rather than wrapping up.

Meet The Storytellers: Next Chapter, which is taking over MoB from Thursday, December 9–Sunday, January 23. Targeted at the school-holiday crowd but open to everyone — kids and kidults alike — it's morphing into a community installation and giving the whole storytelling concept an interactive spin.

That ripped-from-the-pages look mentioned above? You'll be able to colour it in, with drawing on the walls 100-percent allowed here. You'll be stepping inside the black and white interior of a dilapidated Queenslander, in fact, which you can add hues and patterns to however you see fit. (Think of it as an obliteration room, which every Brisbanite should be familiar with thanks to GOMA, but with pencils instead.)

Other highlights include sharing your memories of last decade's floods, creating paper poinciana blossoms, making lanterns, crafting an ibis — yes, this is still all about Brisbane, so bin chickens obviously feature — and fashioning handmade fabric sunflowers to add to a wall blooming with them.

While entry is free and some events won't cost you a thing, there is a $3 fee on a range of the crafting activities.

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