QPF2017 Distant Voices presents
Mango Weather: Thomas Shapcott Tribute
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
Fri 25 August 10am FREE
To open the first full day of this year's festival, QPF presents a very special event co-curated with the artist's family. Tom Shapcott was an active part of Australia’s artistic revolution of the ‘60s and ‘70s that gave Australia its voice. Tom was a cultural ambassador locally, nationally and internationally fostering artistic exchange and community. His work has been translated into several languages and he has won awards in Australia and internationally. He has a prolific publication record of poems, novels and other literary works including libretti for opera’s. His career has been full of innovative artistic collaborations with artists from many genres. On of QPF's main Arts Queenland 's Poetry Prizes is named after Tom and continues to be supported by University of Queensland Press (UQP.)
For a previous QPF Festival Tom collaborated with elixir who transformed his words into music resulting in the album ‘ first seed ripening’. Elixir featuring Katie Noonan will be performing a few pieces as special guests at this special retrospective.
Three new collaborations will premiere at this retrospective bringing to life archival recordings of Toms own readings and giving us back his voice. Collaborators include; Tom’s grandson and musician Greg Olley (violin), Ed Duquemin (Gondwanaland), Shea Cotter (Momentum dance), Rick Sherwin (Photography).
The event also features live readings by Shapcott poetry prize winners including the most recent recipeint Shastra Deo and UQP's Poetry Editor Felicity Plunkett.
In addition, Tom himself will be in attendance at the event for a very rare appearance at QPF.
Supported by Arts Queensland