“We cannot possibly foresee, standing as we do on the threshold of Bahá’í culture, what forms and characteristics the arts of the future, inspired by this Mighty New Revelation, will have. All we can be sure of is that they will be wonderful; as every Faith has given rise to a culture which flowered in different forms, so too our beloved Faith may be expected to do the same thing. It is premature to try and grasp what they will be at present.”
-From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, December 23, 1942
Brolga! Brolga, follow me, dance with me across the plains,
for you are me, and I am you, if only though I had your wings.
Brolga! Brolga, bring your friends; I know you cannot live alone.
Listen, as I play for you, a wetland filling up with food.
Brolga! Brolga, I bless you; may your wetlands always be here.
Let them not be cleared away, let the sedge grow tall and well.
May the people hear our song, then dance with us across the plains.
Brolga! Brolga, I am you, and you are me: let us both grow tall and well.
By June Perkins, Brisbane based, poet and children’s author, This poem is part of Words and Pictures, Spring 2018
Embrace the Australian Collection as a place of quiet contemplation through poetry, drop-in drawing and calm living meditation.
WORDS & PICTURES: DROP-IN DAILY
Ongoing | Galleries 10 – 13 | Free 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 to create your own response through drawing or writing.
SPRING 2018 | This season’s Words & Pictures inspiration comes from poet and children’s author, June Perkins. 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.
“Unity is strength…when there is team work and collaboration wonderful things can be achieved.”
This image is of a ngatu at the beginning of its collaborative journey to have designs placed on it. It will have many people throughout Queensland, Australia contribute their concept of spring time. (Part of the Illumine Mini Festival)