Get up, stand up: Queensland Indigenous art

A new exhibition of Indigenous art takes movement, both literal and figurative, as its theme, inspired by the well-known song of the same name, ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ features ceramics, sculpture, etchings, photography and painting by artists across Queensland whose works are underpinned by the desire for engagement and justice. ‘It’s not all that glitters…

Gold and pearl bracelet: A glimpse of Queensland’s history

This charming gold and pearl bracelet is a lovely example of work by the local firm Flavelle, Roberts & Sankey, and represents the jeweller’s skill as well as providing a glimpse of Queensland’s history. The gold bracelet is the most significant piece of Queensland jewellery to come to the Gallery’s notice. The delicacy and refinement…

Bloodlines: The art of Gordon Bennett

Gordon Bennett (1955–2014) created the triptych Bloodlines 1993 early in his career. It speaks of colonial violence and the consequences of being on the ‘wrong’ side of history, purchased in 2019, this powerful and sobering work is a major acquisition for the QAGOMA Collection. ‘Bloodlines’ Preliminary sketches for ‘Bloodlines’ In his lifetime, Bennett was widely…

The colour black and other histories: The art of Gordon Bennett

Queensland-born artist Gordon Bennett (1955–2014) was deeply engaged with questions of identity, perception and the construction of history, and made a profound and ongoing contribution to contemporary art in Australia and internationally. To me, the image of Eddie Mabo stood like the eye of a storm, calmly asserting his rights while all around him the…

Madeleine Kelly: A natural Affinity

Queensland artist Madeleine Kelly offers insights into the complex intellectual threads that informs her practice. For her latest works, Kelly combines items from her personal collection with her love of science and the natural world. Visit Open Studio at the Queensland Art Gallery, a home for the creative process. Whether you are looking at artworks…