Fibres and Vessels - Solo Exhibition by Clare Jaque Vasquez

03jun(jun 3)9:00 am17(jun 17)5:00 pmFibres and Vessels - Solo Exhibition by Clare Jaque VasquezExhibition


3 (Monday) 9:00 am - 17 (Monday) 5:00 pm(GMT+10:00) View in my time


Judith Wright Arts Centre

420 Brunsick Street

Event Details

Explore ‘First Nations Art Award’ Winner Clare Jaque Vasquez solo exhibition at the Judith Wright Arts Centre from the 3rd of June – 17th of June 2024.

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm


Clare Jaque Vasquez is an emerging Aboriginal artist from Gomeroi/Kamilaroi nation. Clare grew up in both an urban environment in her younger years and then on her Grandmother’s Country in north west New South Wales in a small country town near the mission and station where her family lived. Clare’s art gently showcases unique memories and moments from being raised with three generations of Gomeroi/ Kamilaroi women under the one roof navigating the aftereffects of change.  

Clare’s works capture stories and weaving practices in a raised textural form leveraging natural and contemporary art tools and to apply texture. These tools include different natural brushes, fingertips, branches and sticks through to natural self-made art tools. Clare gently works in layers through a unique practice to apply acrylic paint and impasto textural mediums to create three dimensional fibres of paint. These appear to be etched, embedded and scarred onto the canvas.  


Fibres in your veins and vessels back home -Paying homage and offering a glimpse into my Grandmother, and the Country that flowed through the soul and veins of the women in my family.  

Grandmother, I saw you bundle and carry Country and the weight of your world into your woven bag. Bundling baskets and filling your pockets with dreams of the old ways of home where the soil is black, the mountains dance with the flat plains and the sky blankets it’s travellers, wrapping the abundance of history, minerals, spilt blood and intertwined ecosystems. 

Clare represented Australia at the 2022 ‘Art for Change Prize’ in London at Saatchi Gallery and is currently a finalist in the 2024 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA). Her work is held in collection including James Cook University and numerous private collections.

Image: Clare Jaque Vasquez photographed by Josef Ruckli. Courtesy of Onespace.

Additional Information

Sponsors: The ‘First Nations Art Award’ is proudly sponsored by the Queensland University of Technology, Judith Wright Arts Centre and Arts Queensland. 


Queensland University of Technology: Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is an ambitious institution, with a growing research output focused on technology and innovation. QUT ranks in the world’s top 200 universities.


Judith Wright Arts Centre: Named after Judith Wright, the celebrated Australian poet and activist, the Judith Wright Arts Centre (JWAC) is a vibrant and contemporary visual and performing arts hub, located in the heart of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Home to some of Queensland’s and Australia’s most dynamic arts organisations, JWAC is a creative space for exciting visual arts programming and for the development and presentation of original and innovative contemporary performance works, including cabaret, circus, dance, music, spoken word and multi-disciplinary arts.



Arts Queensland: Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Treaty, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Communities and the Arts, is committed to building a strong and sustainable sector which supports the renewal and transformation of Queensland through arts, culture and creativity.