Gather by the sea this Summer


As GOMA celebrates its tenth anniversary, January 2017 also marks the tenth year of QAGOMA’s Kids on Tour program. ‘Kids on Tour’ is an extension of the programs held at the Gallery’s Children Art Centre.

Over the past ten years, the Gallery has toured 13 ‘Kids on Tour’ programs starting with Kids’ APT Summer Spectacular in 2007 which travelled to 18 venues and attracted an audience of 5,706. Ten years on, the current ‘Kids on Tour’ will travel to 81 venues around Queensland between January and April 2017.

Laura Mudge, Senior Program Officer and Pirrin Francis, Public Program Officer at the Children’s Art Centre with Henri van Noordenburg, Project Officer Regional Services at ‘Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea’, GOMA. Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA

We are excited that this year’s program has been developed with artists from far north Queensland whose ancestral homeland is Bentinck Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The Children’s Art Centre collaborated with sisters Elsie, Dorothy and Amanda Gabori to create specially designed hands-on making and multimedia activities that invite children to consider the unique and important relationship the Kaiadilt people share with the sea and discover the creatures that inhabit the waters around Bentinck Island.

Venues taking part include regional art galleries, remote schools, hospitals and community centres.


BARALABA: Baralaba State School / BAUHINIA: Bauhinia branch Library / BEAUDESERT: The Centre Beaudesert / BEENLEIGH: Beenleigh Library / BILOELA: Banana Shire Gallery / BLACKWATER: Blackwater Library / BOONAH: Boonah Cultural Centre / BOWEN: Bowen Library / BRIBIE ISLAND: Bribie Island Seaside Museum / BUNDABERG: Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery / CABOOLTURE: Caboolture Regional Art Gallery / CAIRNS: Cairns Regional Gallery; KickArts Contemporary Arts / CALOUNDRA: Caloundra Regional Gallery / CAPALABA: Redland Art Gallery / CAPELLA: Capella Library / CARDWELL: Cardwell Gallery / CANNONVALE: Cannonvale Library / CECIL PLAINS: Cecil Plains Library / CHARTERS TOWERS: Excelsior Library / CHINCHILLA: Chinchilla Lapunyah Art Gallery / CLEVELAND: Redland Art Gallery / CLIFTON: Clifton Library and Art Gallery / CLONCURRY: John Flynn Place Museum and Art Gallery / COEN: Good to Great Schools, Coen campus / COLLINSVILLE: Collinsville Library / COOROY: Butter Factory Arts Centre / CROWS NEST: Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery / DALBY: Gallery 107 @ Dalby / DARNLEY ISLAND Via Thursday Island: Erub Erwer Meta / DAURINGA: Dauringa Library / DINGO: Dingo Library / EMERALD: Emerald Library / GAYNDAH: Gayndah Art Gallery / GLADSTONE: Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum / GOLD COAST: Gold Coast City Art Gallery / GUNUNA: Mornington Island MIArt / GYMPIE: Gympie Regional Gallery / HERVEY BAY: Hervey Bay Regional Gallery / HOPE VALE: Good to Great Schools Hope Vale campus / INGHAM: TYTO Regional Art Gallery / INJUNE: Injune Library / KARUMBA: Karumba Visitor Information Centre and Library / LOGAN: Logan Art Gallery / LONGREACH: Qantas Founders Museum / MACKAY: Artspace Mackay / MILES: Dogwood Crossing / MILLMERRAN: Millmerran Library / MITCHELL: Mitchell on Maranoa Gallery and Library / MOSSMAN: Mossman Library / MOUNT ISA: Mount Isa City Library / MOURA: Moura Town Hall / MUNDUBBERA: Mundubbera Regional Art Gallery / NOOSA: Noosa Regional Gallery / NORMANTON: Normanton Visitor Information Centre and Library / OACKEY: Oackey Library / PITTSWORTH: Pittsworth Library / POINT LOOKOUT: Point Lookout Community Hall / PROSERPINE: Proserpine Library / RAVENSWOOD: Top Camp Roadhouse / REDCLIFFE: Redcliffe City Art Gallery; Redcliffe Museum / ROCKHAMPTON: Rockhampton Art Gallery / ROLLESTON: Rolleston Library / ROMA: Roma Library / SPRINGSURE: Springsure Library / STANTHORPE: Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery / STRATHPINE: Pine Rivers Art Gallery / SURAT: Surat Library / TAMBO: Grassland Art Gallery / TAROOM: Taroom Library / TEIRI: Teiri Library / THEODORE: Theodore Youth Centre / THURSDAY ISLAND: Gab Titui Cultural Centre / TOOWOOMBA: Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery / TOWNSVILLE: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery / WARWICK: Warwick Art Gallery / WHITESIDE: Pine Rivers Heritage Museum / WINTON: Winton Visitor Information Centre / WONDAI: Wondai Regional Art Gallery / WOOLLOONGABBA: Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital

Preparing mail out for the Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea. Photograph: Henri Van Noordenburg © QAGOMA
Grant Redgen, David Wheeler and James Gumley preparing mail out for Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea. Photograph: Henri Van Noordenburg © QAGOMA

Indo Pop


Gallery staff travelled to Bundaberg recently to install the touring exhibition Indo Pop: Indonesian Art from APT7 at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery. Henri Van Noordenburg, Project Officer QAGOMA Regional Services gives us an insight into the installation process and a background to the exhibition.

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‘Indo Pop’ installed at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

Touring exhibitions organised by the gallery share the state’s art Collection and programs with a network of regional Queensland galleries and community centres. The ‘Indo Pop’ tour commenced back in June 2015 and will run until September 2017 when it ends at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, during which time it will have travelled to 12 regional art galleries around Queensland.

The installation team within each regional gallery consists of a small group of staff who are heavily supported by their volunteers. Many regional galleries would not be able to operate on a daily bases if it was not for the support of these art enthusiasts.

‘Indo Pop’ presents a group of artists who were a central feature of our 2012 flagship exhibition, The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7). These works join the state’s pioneering collection of contemporary Indonesian art, and build on the strong relationship Australia sustains with one of its closest neighbours.

The exhibition features five artists and groups who are at the forefront of contemporary Indonesian art, each having significant international profiles. The artists included are Uji Handoko Eko Saputro (aka Hahan), Wedhar, Edwin Roseno, Tromarama and Tintin Wulia.

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Saputro (aka Hahan), Uji Handoko Eko, Indonesia b.1983 / Letters to the Great Saatchi 2011 / Synthetic polymer paint on canvas / Purchased 2011. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist
Wedhar Riyadi, Indonesia b.1980 / Noise from the fertile land (Keributan dari negara subur) no. 3 2012 / Oil on canvas / Purchased 2012. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist
2013.010.124, Edwin ROSENO, 'Asam Jawa (Tamarindus Indica)
Edwin Roseno, Indonesia b.1979 / Asem Jawa (Tamarindus Indica) (from ‘Green hypermarket’ series 2011-12 / Digital print on aluminium / Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art / Gallery Foundation 2013 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist
Tromarama, Indonesia est. 2004 / Wattt?! 2010 / Single-channel stop motion video animation: 5:48 minutes, colour, sound / Purchased 2011. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

In the late twentieth century, Indonesia lived through significant social and political changes that saw the country emerge from the militaristic government of the Suharto era (1967–98) to become the largest economy in South-East Asia. Since the 1970s, groups of contemporary artists in Indonesia have banded together to challenge social, political and economic structures as well as the arts establishment, creating a powerful voice of protest and criticism in their works.

Over the past decade, a new generation of Indonesian contemporary artists, like those featured in ‘Indo Pop’ have forged careers in the wake of the Suharto era, contributing to the nation’s new status as a major centre for international art. Armed with the rebellious spirit of their predecessors, changing media platforms and a recently booming art market, this exciting group of artists tend to look to urban and popular culture for new styles to express themselves. With a fun, witty and collaborative approach, these artists explore issues such as colonialism, migration, multiculturalism, consumerism and the urban experience, concerns that will resonate with many Australians.

Take a glimpse at the newly installed ‘Indo Pop’ exhibition at the Bundaberg Regional Gallery until 16 October 2016.

On the opening weekend, the Bundaberg Regional Gallery organised a recital series within the surrounds of ‘Indo Pop’. Wendy Davis recalls the intimate evening in Indo Pop met the Baroque.

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