APT9: Boedi Widjaja engages with the Gallery’s architectural space

Boedi Widjaja’s Black—Hut, Black—Hut 2018–19 is a site-specific architectural installation that formally engages with the architectural space and distinctive materials of the lower level of the Robin Gibson designed Queensland Art Gallery. Visually the artwork extends the overhang of the Gallery’s mezzanine with a black concrete platform, treated with salt to prompt changes in the surface. The numerous…

Countdown to APT9: Iran and Laos

The intensive research for every Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art provides many new opportunities to deepen our understanding of art from across the region. For the first time in the Triennial’s history, QAGOMA curators visited Iran and Laos to meet and talk with local artists and curators. In the third in a series of…

APT9 commission: Eight majestic rings of Tutana & Loloi

Following years of collaboration and building relationships, the Gallery recently commissioned and acquired eight majestic rings of Tutana of Loloi created by a group of Gunantuna (Tolai) men from Nangananga village in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Designed to mesmerise their viewer, the spectacular rings are banks of shell money and objects of social value. The…

APT9: Jacarandas bloom in Purple Reign

‘Purple Reign’ is an immersive secret garden populated with images of jacarandas and interactive experiences by Australian artist Gary Carsley. The first stage of APT9 Kids is unveiled in advance of ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9). The opening of ‘Purple Reign’ from 6 October coincides with the jacarandas coming into bloom in…

APT9: Watch our time-lapse as Qiu Zhijie creates his enormous wall painting

Internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie’s enormous five-storey wall painting Map of Technological Ethics 2018, has its origins in Chinese ink painting and calligraphy. Inspired while gazing across the Brisbane River, the map is influenced by Brisbane’s combination of ecological paradise and its technological integration. Painted directly on to the gallery wall, 18 metres in height and 38 metres long,…

APT9: The creation of black somo

A curator with a deep belief in the ability of art to transform, Jennifer Phipps envisaged a fund that would enable women artists working in the Pacific to engage in projects and learning opportunities, and ensured its existence with a significant bequest. Oceania Women’s Fund Visitors to the Queensland Art Gallery’s first exhibition profiling contemporary…