Mavis Ngallametta found a new home in her painting

An elder of the Putch clan and a cultural leader of the Wik and Kugu people of Aurukun, Mavis Ngallametta (1944–2019) was one of the most well-regarded senior community-based artists in Australia. She made a profound contribution to arts and culture nationally before her passing last year. RELATED: Mavis Ngallametta SIGN UP NOW: Subscribe to…

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…

Mavis Ngallametta: Show me the way to go home

Respected elder and senior painter Mavis Ngallametta (1944–2019) passed away mere months after QAGOMA confirmed her solo exhibition for 2020. True to her generous character and larger-than-life personality, Mrs Ngallametta was determined for the show to go on, even as her health declined. In late October 2019, the artist’s friend and artistic advisor, Gina Allain,…

Women of the Central Desert

We highlight two large-scale paintings by Indigenous artists from Central Desert communities in South Australia — Wawiriya Burton’s Ngayuku ngura – My Country 2018 and Nellie Ngampa Coulthard’s Tjuntala Ngurangka (Country with Acacia Wattle) 2018 — two vibrant compositions that hum with energy and evoke the colours and heat of desert sands. My Country Burton…

APT10 Pacific curator in residence

As the host of the inaugural Creative New Zealand Pacific Curator Residency (Australia), QAGOMA, with partners Creative New Zealand and Tautai Pacific Arts Trust is pleased to announce that Natasha Matila-Smith has been selected as the inaugural curator in residence. Natasha will work with QAGOMA’s Asian and Pacific Art team towards ‘The 10th Asia Pacific…

5 Women artists with a connection to water

From major immersive experiences to smaller-scale treasures by Australian and international artists, our current exhibition ‘Water‘ highlights this precious resource. To celebrate International Women’s Day, we focus on five women artists who reflect on the cultural traditions of water, consider our reliance on water, and examine the environmental and social challenges faced by the world…