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by May Cross (subscribe)
I'm a writer, artist and keen photographer.
Published April 21st 2020
Virtual tours and fun DIY activities
Although the Museum of Brisbane is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, its website is a source of great discovery. Everyone can explore online exhibitions, shop for pieces by local artists and find fun activities to do at home with the family. Yes, Brisbane's own museum (known as MoB) has joined the British Museum, NY's Guggenheim Museum and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, to provide virtual access to some of their collections and a variety of activities to entertain young people and not so young ones during isolation. My regular readers know that I'm a big fan of MoB, and they just keep getting better.

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EP Collection (May Cross)


Remembering the First World War
To commemorate ANZAC Day on Saturday 25 April 2020, the Museum has launched a free online curated exhibition, Remembering the First World War. It shares the war experiences of enlisted service people, through primary documents such as photographs, diary entries and letters.

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Greer Townshend, Private Herbert Mallyon (Forest) 2020, charcoal, cut paper, courtesy the artist


Among the items featured are paper sculptures by Brisbane-based artist Greer Townshend. She will participate in MoB's first-ever artist talk via Zoom on ANZAC Day, to discuss her practice and projects, and her ideas for her most recent project, "Here I Came to the Very Edge". She has developed a paper-based folding activity called Sending Love From Afar, which explores the themes of remembrance and symbolism associated with the WWI. You can download this and make it at home and then display it on your letterbox (or elsewhere) on ANZAC Day. I made mine from wrapping paper and stuck it to my window.

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Red Poppy Origami (May Cross)


MoB Kids
We all know that keeping children entertained while isolated can be challenging, so here is a great idea. Nip boredom in the bud and let your kids play, create, learn and discover with fun-filled DIY activities thanks to the MoB Kids program. The online activities will provide hours of fun and creativity plus they each have a strong learning element.

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EP's Stephen Mok Room (May Cross)

"Each activity has been inspired by what's around us, from our location in Brisbane's iconic City Hall, to our current exhibitions and cover topics including construction, design, architecture, fashion and art," said the Museum's Director, Renae Grace. The craft ideas feature easy step-by-step guides and include projects, from making your own fashion headbands or Pineapple Plushie (which is good for beginner sewers), using templates designed by Brisbane artist and long-time Easton Pearson collaborator Stephen Mok.

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Easton Pearson Pineapple Dress (May Cross)


Budding architects and engineers will love building a mini Brisbane City Hall, from home. All that's needed are scissors, glue or tape, and the printed template provided. The newly restored City Hall is one of Brisbane's most iconic buildings, lovingly known as 'the People's Place' and in 2020, it is celebrating 100 years since construction. This activity provides an opportunity to learn about the art, architecture and history of Brisbane. Once they have constructed City Hall, they can design their own city around it.

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MoB is in Brisbane City Hall (May Cross)


The Easton Pearson Archive
I have previously written about the amazing Easton Pearson Exhibition at the MoB. Through Google Arts and Culture, you can immerse yourself in the Easton Pearson Archive from the comfort of your home. It is the largest textile collection from a single Australian fashion house held by any museum. The EP archive features the complete collection of internationally acclaimed fashion house Easton Pearson and comprises more than 3,300 signature garments, as well as accessories, original sketches, look books, ephemera and runway footage.

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Rebel Coat by Easton Pearson (May Cross)


Renae Grace said digital visitors would be able to explore the unique embellishment, design and garments in extraordinary detail through immersive technology. "Visitors can hear directly from the designers and look closely at the garments and accompanying ephemera that tell the detailed stories of Easton Pearson's creative process and evolving aesthetic. This is a great opportunity for lovers of fashion and an eye-opening one for those wanting to know more about the role of fashion in art, craft, design and culture."

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Easton Pearson Exhibition (May Cross)


Those with an interest in the slow fashion phenomenon sweeping the globe can also enjoy the Slow Fashion in a Fast Fashion World podcast by Vogue Australia's Sustainability Editor-at-large and author of Wardrobe Crisis, Clare Press. Clare chats to designers Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson about the design and making processes that placed Easton Pearson as a pioneer of ethical production and slow fashion.

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Pam Easton and Lydia Pearson (May Cross)


Artists @ Home
To support local artists who may be struggling during this unprecedented time of isolation, MoB has adapted its Artists in Residency programme by launching Artists @ Home. This is a paid residence to be completed in the artist's home or studio, which aims to bridge physical distance through making, sharing and connecting. I hope that it will capture the experience of the present, at this significant point in our history, through the eyes, hands and words of Brisbane's makers: visual artists, designers, photographers, videographers, musicians, performers, writers and poets.

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The Designers' Guide (May Cross)


MoB Shop
Looking for a little something to brighten your day or send to a loved one? MoB Shop is proud to showcase local creatives. It presents a contemporary, handcrafted selection of jewellery, stationery, ceramics, fashion, gourmet treats, homewares and more online. You will find plenty of exclusive or bespoke pieces drawing on MoB's exhibitions and growing collections. They even have some beautiful jigsaws based on artworks. Dedicated to sharing Brisbane stories, MoB Shop also stocks a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books with a focus on Brisbane history, art and culture. I have bought several for myself and pressies for others. For more information see the MoB website.

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Books from MoB Shop (May Cross)
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Why? Entertainment and learning
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Where: City Hall, King George Square, Brisbane
Cost: FREE
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May,
I do love the musemu and this is the next best thing to not being able to visit in person. Thanks for the article.
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