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Paperskin: Barkcloth across the Pacific

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The ‘Paperskin’ exhibition focuses on barkcloth, the distinctive and visually breathtaking art form that has been practiced across the Pacific region for centuries.  Drawn from the collections of the Queensland Art Gallery, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Queensland Museum and a private collector, works featured range from delicate, intricately patterned textiles and bold, striking examples to the four-metre-high ornate masks used in ceremonies in Papua New Guinea.  Essays by the curators, Maud Page, Sean Mallon and Imelda Miller, explore this rich and important mode of artistic and cultural expression. 

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