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'Words and Pictures'

Australia Collection

Queensland Art Gallery

All Works featured in the Queensland Art Gallery

In Spring 2018, June Perkins contributed some of her written works to the Words and Pictures project at Queensland Art Gallery. Each season we invite local artists and authors to respond to artworks in the Australian Collection.


While these poems and stories were on display, June led an enthusiastic group of children and their grandparents around the gallery on a special tour for Grandparents Day.


June was also invited back to QAGOMA to perform for three days at the APT9 Summer Festival Relax by the River space where she read some of her stories and Magic Fish Dreaming poems to a delighted audience of families.


June is a joy to work and collaborate with, she is organised and has consistently shown solid dedication to her projects at the gallery. June is also a captivating storyteller, she has a careful and considered style of communicating and genuine interest in exploring ways to engage the listener.

Laura Mudge, Senior Program Officer, Children's Art Centre

Hannah Grzesiak, Public Programs Officer, QAGOMA

Sophie Dixon, A/Project Coordinator, Exhibitions Management, QAGOMA, 2019

Discover a fresh perspective on the Australian Collection with Words & Pictures, an ongoing project that invites local artists and writers to respond to artworks in the Australian Collection. Take inspiration, and use the pencils and paper provided at the stations to create your own response through drawing or writing.


The Spring Program was written by  Dr June Perkins.


A few hints of what you might come across are in the photo slide gallery above.  Click on it and visit 15 images to explore some of the space.

For more visit the Australian Collection Reimagined, Queensland Art Gallery


This ran from September to November 2018.



This season’s Words & Pictures inspiration comes from June Perkins, Brisbane-based poet and children’s author. June has developed an interactive journey through the Australian Collection through poems and micro-stories for visitors of all ages, with particular appeal for children and families: Art Adventures in the Australian Collection.

Look for Words & Pictures labels alongside the following artworks. If you’d like to follow the writer’s journey, visit the works in the following order.

  1. John Perceval Sculpture: The Herald Angel 1958

  2. Yvonne Koolmatrie Hot-air balloon 2006

  3. Landscape wall, Gallery 10

  4. Sydney Long, Spirit of the Plains 1897

  5. Sonja Carmichael Deranji Dabayil (Rocky place, healing waters): Baskets of Culture 2017

  6. Ian Fairweather, Epiphany 1962

  7. Michael Stevenson, The gift (from ‘Argonauts of the Timor Sea’) 2004-2006

  8. Ray Crooke Woman with blossoms 1962-1963

  9. Fred Williams Echuca landscape 1961

  10. William Delafield Cook A haystack 1982

  11. Rosalie Gascoigne Lamp lit 1989

  12. Irene Chou The universe is within our hearts 1992

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