A fleeting bloom: Conserving Japanese folding screens

‘A fleeting bloom: Japanese Art from the Collection’ is the debut exhibition for a number of historical folding screens that recently entered the QAGOMA Collection as part of the James Fairfax AC Bequest. The Curatorial team for Asian art worked closely with Conservation staff on this project and Emily Wakeling recently met behind-the-scenes with Kim…

Delve into the secrets of ‘A busy corner of the Brisbane River’

George Wishart worked as a professional photographer and was taught painting by Isaac Walter Jenner, Brisbane’s foremost marine painter. He mainly painted scenes of Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River. When A busy corner of the Brisbane River 1897 was first exhibited at the Queensland International Exhibition in 1897, it was highly praised as ‘decidedly one of…

The textile designs of Olive Ashworth: A unique Queensland style

Queensland textile designer Olive Ashworth (1915–2000) made a major contribution to Australia’s visual culture. Authors and academics Nadia Buick and Madeleine King have explored the works of this local artist , whose stunning designs are part of the new Australian collection display at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG). A new taste for the tropics Vividly…

Think like a conservator

The sculpture collection at QAGOMA is incredibly diverse with a wide range of materials, sizes, shapes, and display requirements. Every day is a day of problem solving, so watch ‘Think Like A Conservator’ with Elizabeth Thompson, Sculpture Conservator at QAGOMA. Gain an insight into the treatment being undertaken to prepare Gabriel Orozco’s sculpture Double tail which…

Cleaning Evening (Mt Coot-tha from Dutton Park)

F.J. Martyn Roberts painting Evening (Mt Coot-tha from Dutton Park) 1898 is an important Brisbane landscape so a six month project carrying out a delicate conservation treatment to clean and restore this work has begun. Due to the aging process of the upper varnish layers, and the restoration treatment that had taken place before the painting…