I discovered the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Art soon after I arrived in Brisbane, when I went to see "Women in Voice" and then the Festival of short documentaries that are projected there every year.
I have also attended Circus and burlesque shows and other events which I have always enjoyed. The centre is known for its support for innovative art and young artists and for being daring and lively in this culture of reservation and political correctness.
Part of what it represents is undoubtedly a legacy of the person to whom it is dedicated, Judith Wright who was such an incredible personality. Growing up in the Brisbane of the 30s - a time where perhaps depression and corruption where not a million miles away and where the chance to promote the arts and the written word were limited.This was a woman who was a poet and a campaigner for some of the causes most dear to me. In the 1960s she founded the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland of which I am a proud member and she campaigned vigorously and loudly for aboriginal land rights while writing collections of poetry and articles on her choicest subject matters.
She fought to conserve the Great Barrier Reef, when its ecology was threatened by oil drilling, and campaigned against sand mining on Fraser Island. In her passionate poem 'Australia 1970' Wright expressed her feelings of disappointment and anger, seeing her wild country die, "like the eaglehawk, dangerous till the last breath's gone, clawing and striking."
It is therefore with some anticipation that I will attend a Tribute to this remarkable woman, on Saturday 5 December 2015 at the Judith Wright Centre, Fortitude Valley from 1pm.
The afternoon will be a series of reminiscences exploring the life and legacy of Judith Wright, through performance, panel discussions and audio visual material.
All welcome to this FREE event.
When: 1 - 5pm, Saturday 5 December
Where: Judith Wright Centre, Shopfront Gallery 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley Tickets: Free.RSVP REQUIRED.