Aurukun Camp dogs

Wood carving is an important ceremonial art in Aurukun, a town and coastal locality in western Cape York Peninsula, North Queensland. Major sets of carved icons used in public ceremonies in the 1950s and 1960s have been collected and are now housed in Australia’s major museums. The renaissance of art in the community has centred…

Queensland shields

‘I, Object’, currently on display at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) until 29 August 2021, focuses on objects rather than paintings to reveal the rich history of Indigenous Australian culture from colonial times to the present day. Within the exhibition, a selection of rare shields are on loan from a private collection in Sydney.…

Papunya Tula Art Movement boards retained in Australia

QAGOMA has acquired seven Papunya boards with funds from the Australian Government’s National Cultural Heritage Account, painted in the first critical years of Australia’s contemporary Aboriginal art movement. The Gallery is dedicated to showcasing historical and contemporary Indigenous Australian art and reflecting the rich diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. This acquisition guarantees…

Dancing across the landscape is the spirit of the Plains

On the face of it, Sydney Long’s (1871-1955) Spirit of the Plains 1897 is an unusual painting to have emerged from the Antipodean colonies in the final years of the nineteenth century. Find out why and delve into its beauty, and the mythology of a burgeoning Australian nation, then go behind-the-scenes as conservation x-rays reveal…

Vida Lahey provides us with a little Brisbane mystery

The work by Vida Lahey (1882-1968), one of Queensland’s best loved artists is widely admired for her watercolour floral studies, however in Morning light, Brisbane River c.1925-30 Lahey has beautifully captured the effects of light on water, and also provides us with a little mystery which you may be able to solve for us, let…

Home with QAGOMA Exhibit: Small moments

As the hours, days and weeks in which we have recently been confined to our homes compressed and merged into an endless monotony, certain moments of beauty that have been lurking in the minutiae of domestic ordinariness shone through. The slowing of my once busy schedule provided more opportunity for reflective movements. I’ve become mindful…