Wurlitzer brings silent film ‘Wings’ 1927 back to life

Presented as part of the ‘Melting into Air’ cinema program, the Australian Cinémathèque at GOMA presents a Live Music & Film screening of silent blockbuster Wings 1927. This screening will feature live musical accompaniment from David Bailey on the Gallery’s 1929 Wurlitzer organ, adding drama and majesty to this unforgettable cinematic experience. Wings | Tickets on sale…

Queensland’s National Art Gallery: The opening Collection

On 18 September 1894 local artist and president of the Queensland Art Society, R Godfrey Rivers, sent to the Queensland Government a full proposal for a State Art Gallery, Rivers noted that the Government was already in possession of a number of fine engravings. He suggested in his proposal that about fifty be mounted and…

Family jewels tell two Queensland stories

The Gallery recently acquired a fine piece of late-nineteenth-century, Queensland-made jewellery — the D Mackay and Co. Gold and topaz bangle c.1900 (illustrated). Its making and provenance builds on an earlier Queensland piece already in the Collection — the Hogarth, Erichsen & Co. Archer mourning brooch c.1860 (illustrated). Together, these beautiful objects tell the historic…

A tale of two blooms

During springtime, Brisbane is awash with colour — the lavender of the jacaranda mix with an array of red and yellow flowers. Spring is also when you can see the vermilion blooms of the Butea at its peak, due to its fiery appearance, it’s given the name ‘Flame of the Forest’. R (Richard) Godfrey Rivers…

Go back in time to the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fountain

We take a look back at a lost but not forgotten Brisbane landmark — The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fountain — however the installation of a fountain in the Brisbane River in front of the Queensland Art Gallery was not part of the original plans for the Queensland Cultural Centre. When the Queensland Government…