Ben Quilty’s ‘Sergeant P, after Afghanistan’ captures the sitter’s raw physicality

In October 2011, Ben Quilty toured with Australian troops as an official war artist for the Australian War Memorial, part of its scheme to document the experiences of Australians deployed to the frontline in Afghanistan. Quilty’s Sergeant P, after Afghanistan 2012 is a brave attempt to capture the intensity of experience felt by soldiers involved…

Setting the stage: BIFF 2019

GOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque curates and presents its second Brisbane International Film Festival in October. To accompany the Festival, ‘Setting the Stage’ brings together works across various media that use sets, props, costumes and staging to explore the emotional truth at their core. Founded in 1992, the Brisbane International Film Festival is one of Australia’s premier…

Snowman visits Brisbane this summer

This December come face to frosty face with an incredible, out-of-season snowman. Trapped within icy confines, Snowman 1987/2017–19 is a frozen sculpture by leading contemporary artists and collaborators Peter Fischli and David Weiss. An unexpected sight, the Snowman will be out-of-place in Brisbane’s summer heat, however we anticipate the sculpture will become a much-loved citizen…

Shirley Macnamara: Respect, balance and belonging

Indjalandji artist Shirley Macnamara weaves the Queensland desert landscape into the very fabric of her work, creating exquisite sculptural forms and vessels from spinifex and other natural materials. Anneke Silver offers a personal reflection on the artist’s practice and explores how her works evoke both the resilience and the colours of the environment they spring…

Margaret Olley: The subject is wildflowers

Painting flowers had long been considered a feminine subject. With the examples of Marian Ellis Rowan (1848–1922) and Margaret Preston (1875 1963) behind her, Margaret Olley (1923–2011) can be seen as part of the continuing tradition. But she was more than that. Still life and interior painting were significant genres during the 1930s for both…