Recycled Brass Band exhibition a hit at Yarrabah

Ewen McPhee with Brad Higgins of Menmuny Museum during the re installation of the “Blow ‘Im Exhibition”.

Ewen McPhee with Brad Higgins of Menmuny Museum during the re installation of the “Blow ‘Im Exhibition”.

In mid July, MDOs Ewen McPhee and Dr Jo Wills worked with Bradley Higgins, archivist from Yarrabah’s Menmuny Museum, to install the “Blow ‘Im: The Yarrabah Brass Band Story” exhibition in time for the Yarrabah Band Festival.

In just over three days, the museum space was reinvigorated, whilst maintaining the consistency of original stories and exhibition rationale. Object cases were cleaned, moved and reinstalled. Graphic panels were re-hung. Some cases were relined with calico. Object supports were also made for an original euphonium used in the first band that was donated to the Museum A new object label was also produced to accompany the display.

National Indigenous Time article (Issue 323,  7 August 2013: pp.21-22) celebrates the Yarrabah Band Festival

National Indigenous Times article (Issue 323, 7 Aug 2013: pp.21-22) celebrates the Yarrabah Band Festival

Digital screens were installed to make Menmuny Museum’s pictorial collection more accessible to visitors, and showcase an interview with the exhibition’s original curator, Elverina Johnston. A descendant of the Kunganji tribe of the Yarrabah Aboriginal Community, Elverina curated “Blow ‘Im” in 2003. The exhibition comprises graphic text panels that explore the history of Yarrabah Brass bands as well as other Indigenous brass bands all around Queensland from 1901 to the 1970’s.

The Yarrabah Band Festival was put on by Queensland Music Festival and supported by Queensland Performing Arts. Check out the following link to find out how the project got started, and its importance to communities in the following short video clip on the ABC.

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Posted on 9 August 2013, in Jo's Diary, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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