What do you collect?

“What do you collect?” was initiated to shine a light on community collecting.

To acknowledge that the community are the experts, who hold significant personal, cultural and historical knowledge.

We developed a crowd sourced online exhibition www.whatdoyoucollect.com.au  inviting all Queenslanders to share a photograph & tell a story about the objects they keep. Pop UP Museum events were also created to support story-sharing and co-curation in communit y spaces.


We ran several  Pop UP museum events:

  • A Vintage Fair in the Whale Mall
  • Community projects involving workshops, exhibition showcases, back of house tours and video training. These projects took place in Blackall (including Shockwave Festival), Logan Art Gallery, Home Festival, The Carina Men’s Shed, Crackerjack festival, onsite at The Queensland Museum & The Rabbit Hole Ideation cafe.


Vintage Fairn Logan Art GallerynEvelyn | Brisbane | pin-ups

2 short films were Produced for the exhibition space at the Queensland Museum (Collect-o-mania Exhibition)

The “What do you collect?” film showcases some of the surprising stories and people who contributed to the overall project. Part 1 below:

A partnership with Hope Empowered led to the production of “Collect-o-move” a short film showcasing culturally diverse dancers and their dance collections.

More info about “What do you collect?” is on the ArtsQLD blog and the What do you collect? facebook.

photo(2)SCreening space QLD Museum

Forbes McKail’s Retro TV installation became part of the screening space at QLD Museum. Design and participation concepts for the Queensland Museum activity space were developed throughout this project. Contributors for the Collect-o-mania exhibition were gleaned from the online exhibition website www.whatdoyoucollect.com.au by Curators Tracy Ryan and Carmen Burton.

Organisation: Queensland Museum
Producer: Pip Kelly
Online Engagement: Katie Gemzik

what do you collect? logo

Logo created by: Katharina Rocksien

Photos: c/o Queensland Museum, Pip Kelly, Dominique Furphy & Natalie Brockett