A cultural centre for Queensland

Since the Queensland Art Gallery opened in 1982, the Cultural Centre has evolved into the arts and culture centrepiece of the state. The Gallery and the Cultural Centre is architecturally significant and demonstrates the evolution of modern landscape architecture in Queensland. Having recently entered the Queensland Heritage Register, we look at the many proposals to…

Galvanised into action: The transformation of the Queensland Art Gallery

When the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) opened in a new building at South Brisbane in 1982, the contrast with the first art gallery established in Queensland could not have been more marked. The Queensland National Art Gallery was established in 1895, occupying a room on the first floor in the Brisbane Town Hall.1 It was…

The Collection is at the heart of the Gallery

Change is afoot at the Queensland Art Gallery with the Collection Storage Upgrade project. Art museums are defined by the quality and significance of their collections. Consequently, the expansion and preservation of the art collection is part of QAGOMA’s mission, this has been the case since the first work was purchased in 1895. Many of…

From the Director: QAG revisits founding years on 120th anniversary

Sunday 29 March marks 120 years to the day since the doors opened on a room in Brisbane’s Town Hall dedicated to the putative Collection of the Queensland National Art Gallery. On that day, Governor, Sir Henry Wylie Norman, “in the presence of a large gathering”, officially opened an exhibition consisting of “thirty-eight pictures, many…