Deadly Threads is a showcase examining Indigenous shirts – born from protests in the 1970s and evolving as permanent mainstays in wardrobes across Australia.
In Deadly Threads, see over 170 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designed singlets, t-shirts, polo shirts, and jerseys.
From colourful sporting jerseys to protest and artists shirts, Deadly Threads looks at how the shirts have helped people freely express views, support community, show allegiances and champion causes.
Explore the origins and significance of the shirts and how they have become important symbols of identity, celebration and unity. Also, learn more about the regional companies and artists that have emerged as part of the flourishing Indigenous shirt business.
Rare shirts from the Mabo Family Collection that celebrate Mabo Day and the 1992 Mabo decision
Queensland Rugby League legend Johnathan Thurston’s boots
Memorial shirts designed for tombstone openings in the Torres Strait
T-shirts designed by artists Vernon Ah Kee, Richard Bell, and Libby Harward
Ten years of the Deadly Choices health check shirts by the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH)
Throughout the showcase period join free talks, curator’s tours and workshops.
Wear your favourite deadly shirt when you visit Deadly Threads. Tell your friends where you got that shirt on Instagram using #slqDeadlyThreads