Twentieth anniversary of APT: Michel Tuffery’s raging bull

Michel Tuffery and Patrice Kaikilekofe’s artist performance Povi tau vaga (The challenge) 1999 Night falls. Under the cloak of darkness there descends a circular wall of rhythmic drumming, drawing audiences to a cleared patch of ground on which an event will take place. In this space, male and female dancers from the islands of Wallis and…

Interact, Create, Educate with APT7

Are you looking for some new ideas and inspiration for your classroom? Why not visit The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) with your students for an engaging, educational learning experience! The Gallery has developed a range of education resources for you and your students. APT7 education resources address a range of cross-curriculum areas, in particular…

Marks on Hunt and Roskell’s ‘Presentation vase’

This magnificent Presentation vase 1864 is the most important example of Victorian silver in the Gallery’s Collection. Its elaborate decoration is unlike anything produced in the Australian colonies, though the beautifully cast and chased kangaroos and an emu (as well as a camel) around the base suggest that it was commissioned with an Australian connection…

Vale: John Rigby

The passing of John Rigby on 18 October 2012 allows us to reflect on what a senior figure in Queensland and Australian art he was. Rigby began exhibiting in 1941 as a member of the Younger Artists Group of the Royal Queensland Art Society and had some 35 solo exhibitions, principally in Brisbane but also…

Twentieth anniversary of APT: Detonating Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang is one of the most significant Chinese artists of his generation. One of the earliest figures among the Chinese avant-garde of the 1980s to gain recognition outside of China, he was also a key participant in ‘The 1st and 2nd Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ APT2 (1996) and APT3 (1999). Cai Guo-Qiang…

The materials of Ian Fairweather

The image of the artist working in his Bribie Island hut was taken late in Ian Fairweather’s career. Due to ill health he had virtually stopped painting by 1972. This image (illustrated), plus images taken in the 1960s show the artist working with many open tins of commercially made house paints. Paintings were either worked…