World Autism Awareness recognised with low sensory day

April is World Autism Awareness Month with the twelfth annual World Autism Awareness Day recognised on 2 April. Landmarks and buildings around the world go blue for the Autism campaign including Brisbane’s Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge which will shine blue in recognition and support of people living with Autism. Why the colour blue? Blue is…

Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey: Taking his culture and stories to the world

Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey (1924–85) was born on Mornington Island before European missionaries and colonial squatter-settlers established a strong presence in the Gulf of Carpentaria. His mother, Kuthakin (later renamed Minnie), selected a small stretch of coast fringed with pandanus palms to give birth, a place known as Gara Gara (Karrakarra), near Goobirah Point (Kupare). He…

Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey: Stories of this Land

The first major retrospective celebrating the life and work of artist and Lardil man Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey (1920–1985) opens at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) from 30 March 2019. ‘Stories of this Land’ recognises the artistic and social contributions of Roughsey, a revered elder, artistic pioneer and legend of Queensland Aboriginal art. The exhibition features…

Iman Raad: Days of bliss and woe

Iman Raad’s large-scale mural Days of bliss and woe is a riot of colour and decoration. Together with the embroidered banners of Garden nights, these works were commissioned for ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) and Days of bliss and woe was acquired for the Collection. Steeped in art-historical references from across time and…

Of Women: Visions of femininity

Explore the female figure throughout nearly 500 years of art history, the women in the display ‘Of Women’ at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) present different visions of femininity, and their costumes and pose denote wealth, status and national identity. But they are also objects of our gaze, and the act of looking at them…

Pannaphan Yodmanee’s ‘In the Aftermath’ is a complex, immersive installation

From the age of ten, Thai artist Pannaphan Yodmanee was taught traditional Buddhist painting techniques by a monk at her local temple, and while she draws on this depth of knowledge, she moves beyond traditional conventions to connect the symbolic, the spiritual and the secular in exciting and experiential new ways. Through years of refining…