Brisbane-born: The Spencer motorcycle story

 

After becoming fascinated by the legend of the Brisbane-made Spencer motorcycles, Cath Charlton began delving into the myths and facts about this important Brisbane story. David Spencer (1870-1958) crafted a distinctly Australian racing bike by hand from locally cast parts in the first decade of the twentieth century. It is believed that the Spencer Motorcycles…

Hard-edge, harmonious surrounds

Margaret Worth’s Untitled 1968 is a striking example of hard-edge abstraction by one of Australia’s outstanding abstract artists. This rare modular structure tests the boundaries of painting and sculpture in a melding of colour and form. In the mid to late 1960s, Margaret Worth was making important contributions to the advancement of abstract art in…

Life drawing in focus

Have you ever wanted to try life drawing but don’t know where to start? Take inspiration from artists in QAGOMA’s Collection, in these virtual life drawing workshops presented by artist Dr Bill Platz. You’ll be virtually transported into Bill’s studio and draw from two models. All you need is: paper, pencil and an eraser (kneaded…

The colour black and other histories: The art of Gordon Bennett

Queensland-born artist Gordon Bennett (1955–2014) was deeply engaged with questions of identity, perception and the construction of history, and made a profound and ongoing contribution to contemporary art in Australia and internationally. Opening at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) from 7 November, ‘Unfinished Business: The Art of Gordon Bennett’ features a range of the…

Below the earth’s surface

Though Australia’s link with the land is strong, and the ways in which we’ve used it have largely determined the Australian character, our interaction with the land is often contested. Here, we gain insights into works that respond to mining in Queensland. Mining in Queensland For Indigenous Australians, the land is everything. Through their care,…