Robin Gibson’s legacy of light and air

At a time when most Australian galleries were temple-like buildings that upheld the exclusivity of art appreciation, architect Robin Gibson’s Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) was truly extraordinary: through the language of Modernism, Gibson’s intention was to democratise art and bring it to the people. Louise Martin-Chew spoke with QAGOMA Director Chris Saines CNZM on his…

Tony Albert invites you to his new exhibition ‘Visible’

Contemporary Australian artist Tony Albert is back in Brisbane and invites you to his new exhibition which opens at the Queensland Art Gallery on Saturday 2 June. ‘Visible’ not only showcases major works from the last 15 years, it also includes new work not previously exhibited. Invisible is my favourite colour The title of the exhibition…

The full-bodied vessels of the Hermannsburg Potters document their culture

Ntaria, the former Lutheran Hermannsburg Mission, located about 130 kilometres west of Alice Springs, is now home to the Hermannsburg Potters. The Arrernte people from this area – inspired by the example of their forebear, Albert Namatjira – are famous for their watercolours of the desert interior of Australia. When the Arrernte community took responsibility…

Aleks Danko, Australia b.1950 / DAY IN DAY OUT (second version) 1991

Aleks Danko reveals his inspiration for ‘DAY IN DAY OUT’

­DAY IN DAY OUT (second version) 1991 by Aleks Danko is currently installed in the reimagining of the Australian collection at the Queensland Art Gallery. This important and enduringly captivating work is for the first time, given a place in the ‘permanent hang’ in a context which is both diverse and relevant. Aleks Danko is…

Amata painters: Western Desert painting movement

Amata community is located in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in north-western South Australia. In the 1970s, Amata women were encouraged to learn batik, natural dyeing, spinning, weaving and leatherwork techniques. Minymaku Arts (meaning ‘belonging to women’) was set up in 1997, but in 2005 the centre was renamed Tjala Arts, with both men…

William Robinson and Chris Saines in the artist’s home studio, September 2017 / Photograph: Chloë Callistemon

William Robinson deconstructs ‘Rainforest and mist in afternoon light’

The entrance to the Queensland Art Gallery’s (QAG) new presentation of its Australian art collection is overseen by the sublime landscape Rainforest and mist in afternoon light 2002, by esteemed Queensland painter William Robinson. The artist spoke to QAGOMA Director Chris Saines in his home studio in suburban Brisbane. The monumental work Rainforest and mist…