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…

Rehousing the Derby porcelain ‘Figurine of Neptune’ c.1770

Rehousing the Derby porcelain works Figurine of Neptune c.1770 with Danielle Hastie, Preventative Conservation Technican / Photography: Natasha Harth This time lapse video shows the construction of a customised storage box for the c.1770 Derby porcelain ceramic Figurine of Neptune purchased in 1989 from the estate of Lady Trout with a special allocation from the Queensland Government.…

Anthony Alder’s Heron’s home

Once a prominent colonial Queensland artist, Anthony Alder and his works had all but vanished from public memory until, in 2011, his descendants’ estate was offered to the State Library of Queensland. Here, we reintroduce you to one of his works. Art history is a process of continually rediscovering the past and reinterpreting it for…