What life looked like 150 years ago: The exploration of Queensland through photography

Queensland Day is a celebration of Queensland’s birthday and its official separation from New South Wales as an independent colony on 6 June 1859. The state is named in honour of Queen Victoria who signed documents granting the right to its own representative government and when Brisbane was appointed as the capital city. We take this opportunity to…

Home with QAGOMA Exhibit: Finding joy in small things

Grace Cossington Smith’s artworks are a reminder that joy is all around us. In her hands, an array of objects, the fold of a tablecloth or light falling through stained glass inspire delight and open windows onto her world. In this time of social distancing and self-isolation, it can be challenging to resist the feeling…

Danie Mellor: The pleasure and vexation of history

A striking drawing in blue wax pastel by Mackay-born Danie Mellor explores the complex, often troubling intersections between Indigenous and frontier histories, and brings to light the complicated narratives of Australia’s colonial past. The pleasure and vexation of history 2017 is reminiscent of a tropical paradise — an idyll of tranquillity. Skilfully hand-drawn, and based…

Yarrenyty Arltere Artists: Soft sculptures

These colourful and whimsical soft sculptures were created by women from the Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, an Indigenous art enterprise near Alice Springs. We delve into the origins of these remarkable creatures, as well as the positive impact that making art has had on the local community. Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, an Indigenous art enterprise in Yarrenyty…

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…