A new exhibition on at The Museum of Brisbane explores Norman Creek, Queenland’s most urbanised catchment through a collection of short films.
Norman Creek was once an aquatic playground and an important sector for the boatbuilding industry. However, today the waterway takes on the challenge of many modern concerns including flood, pollution and urban development.
Navigating Norman Creek delves deep into the bends of the lush mangroves and winds the viewer through to the concrete channels and underground pipes.
The exhibition consists of a series of films which take the visitors on a journey along the Creek, a hidden sanctuary and the neighbour to almost 100,000 residents.
Since 2011, the co-curator of the exhibition, Trish FitzSimons has captured life in the catchment. From people living in timber boats and longstanding residents through to charting its changing history.
Throughout the films the creekside resident also explores her cherished childhood memories of playing on its muddy banks.
Museum of Brisbane Director, Peter Denham says the exhibition looked at the creek from a contemporary community perspective.
“Navigating Norman Creek is a view of the natural environment and community surrounding the tributary, with its personal stories and focus on the Creek’s environmental importance complementing our other current exhibition, The River,” he said.
“The six films form a beautiful, emotive series that will connect viewers with the characters that live on and around the Creek, as well as revealing the natural beauty still to be found in this secret urban haven.”
Navigating Norman Creek will run until Sunday, 11 October. For more information click here to visit the Museum of Brisbane’s website.