QAGOMA during COVID-19: Director’s update

What a strange and perilous and testing time we find ourselves in. Like art communities and institutions right across the world, QAGOMA has acclimatised to uncertainty as we grapple together with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Being unanchored from our usual workplaces, schedules and habits of a lifetime is disquieting, but it has also…

QAGOMA Foundation: Integral to the story of our Collection

As the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) celebrates 125 years since its establishment on 29 March 2020, we look at the role of the Foundation in sustaining a philanthropic community at QAGOMA that has been integral to the story of the Gallery’s Collection and the success of its exhibitions and other…

Queensland Art Gallery: Celebrating 125 years in 2020

In the late 19th century, Queensland artists Isaac Walter Jenner and R. Godfrey Rivers successfully lobbied for the creation of a state art gallery, with the Queensland National Art Gallery established in 1895. The new Gallery was opened by the Queensland Governor, Sir Henry Wylie Norman at temporary premises in old Town Hall on Queen…

Climate for galleries: An evolution in thinking

The cultural heritage sector recognises the need to demonstrate a commitment to social, environmental and economic sustainability. Traditionally museums and galleries have been significant consumers of energy and resources — for controlled lighting and air conditioning — but a transformation in our approach to managing the collection environment is underway. The landmark publication The Museum…

A message on sustainability

Water is one of humanity’s common denominators. We are all made of it, we immerse ourselves in it and our lives depend upon it. These are among the weighty considerations that ‘Water’, our major 2019 summer exhibition balances with a sense of deep inquiry, playfulness and engagement. The questions raised by the exhibition makes this…