Ever wondered what it would be like to spend a night in Boggo Road Gaol? What Kangaroo Point has to do with kangaroos? Or what went on at your Nan’s place during the Second World War?
Find out at Museum of Brisbane’s next major family friendly exhibition, The Storytellers.
The exhibition uncovers Brisbane’s histories, myths and tales through fact, fiction, interpretation and creative narrative as told by nine of the city’s top wordsmiths.
Featuring stories by Victoria Carless, Simon Cleary, Matthew Condon, Trent Dalton, Nick Earls, Benjamin Law, Hugh Lunn, Kate Morton and Ellen van Neerven, The Storytellers reveals the layers of Brisbane’s history where you can interact with their stories through historical objects, artworks, moving image and sound. Listen to the authors reveal each story and discover Brisbane’s many identities.
Visitors can immerse themselves in a story book landscape of the city. They can relax around the kitchen table or take a seat at a tram stop to discover the inspiring stories of Brisbane.
Highlights of this family friendly exhibition include first-person accounts from author Nick Earls who reminisces about renovating a neglected Queenslander in Red Hill and Benjamin Law who reflects on his family’s pilgrimages to Chinatown.
International bestseller Kate Morton looks back at 100 years of South Brisbane’s history with her new short fiction. Boy Swallows Universe author Trent Dalton takes visitors back to Boggo Road Gaol. Sharing the life of convicted murderer and repeated escapist Slim Halliday. And Matthew Condon dives into the city’s dark and seedy underbelly of crime, corruption and conflict.
Museum of Brisbane Director Renai Grace said, “The Storytellers provides different perspectives and a deeper, human interpretation of our city, while showcasing the work of Brisbane’s talented writers.”
“Over the decades, Brisbane has played host to conflict, celebration, scandal, disaster, ceremony and transformative moments,” she said.
“The Storytellers will be a must-do for any Brisbane resident or visitor, who wants to immerse themselves in the stories of those who have walked our streets, experienced triumph and tragedy and grown up in the city we call home.”
The exhibition will evolve over time with a focus on public programs, MoB’s Artist-in-Residence program and activities. These include workshops, talks, tours, digital experiences and performances.
Family friendly activities
Amidst the exhibition, there are several family friendly activities for the whole family to enjoy. So, keep an eye out for these free family activities while you’re there:
Lungfish Activity: Follow the lungfish through the exhibition, you’ll be able to collect pages of a story to take home. This family friendly story also doubles as a colouring-in activity!
Code Breaker Activity: Help to escape from Boggo Road Gaol! Inside the free exhibition guide for The Storytellers is a code breaker challenge for the whole family. See if you can escape in time!
The Storytellers: Step into the stories of our city
Opens 17 July 2020
FREE entry with a timed ticket
For more information visit museumofbrisbane.com.au