An impression: Evening (Mt Coot-tha from Dutton Park)

Now that we’re allowed to venture out somewhat, we thought this was a perfect time to reacquaint ourselves with our Collection favourites that have a local flavour. Continuing with our know ‘Brisbane through the Collection’ series we focus on Evening (Mt Coot-tha from Dutton Park) 1898, an accomplished work of a painter aware of the…

Home with QAGOMA Exhibit: Another troubled moment in history

In this time of disruption and distress I am reminded of three Australian artists who worked through their complex feelings and articulated their anguish in these memorable works of art. James Gleeson (1915-2008), Peter Purves Smith (1912-49) and Albert Tucker (1914-99) completed the following paintings between 1938 and 1946 using surrealist methods and approaches to…

5 films that spy on the neighbours… curious?

It’s easy to get bored when you’re stuck inside day after day. Have you considered getting invested in someone else’s life instead?  Like, *really* invested? Here are five films that explore the highs and lows of spying on your neighbours (Rear Window 1954) and its more lurid quasi-remake (Body Double 1984) or frankly anyone else…

Home with QAGOMA Exhibit: The Nature of Things

One of the positive side-effects of social distancing and isolation has been the encouraging stories of reduced pollution world-wide, and scientists reporting that with the right measures global warming could be reversed in 30 years. I also love seeing all the stories about animals roaming the city streets, from goats in Wales, to wild boars…

Go behind-the-scenes as we conserve Anthony Alder’s ‘Red-tailed Black Cockatoos’

Large scale paintings from Queensland’s Colonial period are extremely rare. (Red-tailed Black Cockatoos) by Anthony Alder (1838-1915) dated c.1895 shows a male and female pair of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus banksii), also known as Banksian or Banks’ Black Cockatoo, native to Australia and found in eucalyptus woodlands or along water courses. This species has disappeared…

5 films my parents wouldn’t let me watch (but I did anyway!)

When my parents found out I had watched The Virgin Suicides (1999) at a sleepover, they created a ‘banned film’ list which ended up becoming a ‘must watch’ list for me and my film viewing was never the same again. After that, I became terrified of late night phone calls when I – think – I’m home alone (Scream…