Handle With Care: exploring fragility through art

This July, QUT and Glass alums will come together in Kenmore Hills to celebrate fragility, memory, and impermanence with their new exhibition: Handle With Care.

A group show comprising eleven women and non-binary creatives from Meanjin-Brisbane, Handle With Care showcases a collection of works responding to fragility, through photography, embroidery, ceramics, digital artwork, and more.

The event will be curated by former Glass Editor Em Readman.

‘I have been interested in curating an exhibition for quite some time, wanting to build off my editorial skills that I learnt at Glass,’ they said.

‘My ceramic collection, Paper Cut, is all about themes of memory and fragility, so I put out a callout to Meanjin-based artists to see if anyone else wanted to explore similar themes in an exhibition, and I got an overwhelming response.’

‘This exhibition has been a joy to put together, and I cannot wait for people to see it in real life.’

‘Handle with Care is all about exploring different versions of fragility, which is being communicated in so many different mediums; silversmithing, photography, embroidery, digital art and ceramics are just some of the mediums involved.

‘I’m also honoured to have some QUT legends performing at each session of the exhibiton Eloelo and Blue Bottle Journal poets, including QUT alums Sean West, Tessa Milton, and Ivy Mullins.’

Amy Crow, owner of Forge Forward in the Fortitude Valley, is debuting a card game at the exhibition called ‘Question Yourself’.

‘This is the first exhibition piece that is both interactive and commercial, rather than ‘fine art’, ‘Amy said.

‘I have wanted to do the card game for a long time but when Em asked me to be a part of this, I found the exhibition’s theme fit the themes I had for this game, self-discovery and vulnerability, which pushed me to be a part of it.’

For more details, follow the link or read on below.

Artists: Em Readman, Amy Crow, Kimi Schieren, Laura Bean, Jade Rodrigo, Katie Bourchier, Tayla Lauren, Phoebe Faye, Geo Illo, Gabrielle Slater & Lazy Bones Brit.

15/07 Friday Night Session: $15 | 6-9PM | Featuring a performance by Eloelo

16/07 Saturday Session: $10 | 10-2PM | Featuring a salon from Blue Bottle Journal (poets TBA)

All ticket sales come with entry and a ‘Handle with Care’ sticker sheet.

We are grateful to our friends at Pals Drinks for sponsoring our opening event.

The venue is wheelchair accessible, in parking, doorways and bathrooms. For patrons with sensory needs, we are able to organise a quiet time to view the works if required. If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact Em Readman on Instagram.

Tom Loudon
Tom Loudon

Tom (he/him) is a Meanjin/Brisbane based writer and the Editor in Chief at Glass Media. He has a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts (Creative Writing) and is currently studying Communications (Journalism) at QUT.

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