Noel McKenna appreciates the things of Australia

The Gallery has been gifted three of Brisbane-born artist Noel McKenna’s map paintings, the artist’s gentle and good humoured appreciation for the ‘things’ of Australia makes us better acquainted with our country, and with ourselves. Peter McKay profiles our three new works and delves into their inspiration. Australian Racecourse Locations Australian Racecourse Locations 2002 is, in…

Tcheu Siong’s textile works capture her dreams and visions

Textiles form an intrinsic part of Hmong ceremonial custom, alongside oral traditions, poetry and mythological beliefs, while embroidery, applique and piecework contain keys to sacred symbols. Tcheu Siong moved from the mountains in northern Laos to the city of Luang Prabang in 1996, where, like many Hmong women, she made traditional embroidery to sell in…

5 works to discover at APT9

After a three year wait, ‘The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) is back and has taken over the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art with more than 400 artworks by over 80 individuals, collectives and groups that capture the energy of new art being created in Asia, the Pacific and Australia. Spread over…

APT9: An open platform for artists to flourish

‍While the APT has evolved significantly over its now 25 years, ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ shares many of the ambitions and ideals that so keenly influenced the first, back in September 1993. Then, as now, there was no thematic rubric. However, like the first, APT9 was built on curatorial travel and…

A boat to carry your dreams

Published in conjunction with APT9, Ali’s Boat brings the powerful and imaginative drawings of Sadik Kwaish Alfraji to a new audience. The children’s book is a poetic story full of dreams and adventure, but also tempered by melancholy. Inspired by a special letter from his young nephew, Ali, the story is also a deeply personal reflection on the artist’s…