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…

Let’s make some noise with John Patterson from The Grates

Go on a musical journey through ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) with our ‘Let’s Make Noise’ tours. Led by pied-piper John Patterson from iconic Brisbane band The Grates, the special tour encourages you to do something that doesn’t come very naturally in a gallery setting – make as much noise as possible. An…

Science and art: More closely related than you might think

Now in its 4th year – the World Science Festival in Brisbane explores and celebrates the relationship between science and art. Science and art are more closely related than you might think as both attempt to understand and explain the world around us. Both scientists and artists strive to see the world in new ways, explore…

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 Steeped in art-historical references from across time and…

Anne Noble’s cabinet of wonder is a living photograph

For The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9), New Zealand photographer Anne Noble has created a multi-part project at the heart of which is Conversatio: A cabinet of wonder 2018, a functioning beehive or ‘living photograph’. Bees can be observed entering the Gallery, before disappearing inside the cabinet and going about their normal activities;…