Contemporary Queensland captured

Homework 2014 112 x 150cm, giclee print on cotton rag paper, ed. of 8
Michael Zavros, Australia b.1974 / Homework 2014 / Giclee print on cotton rag paper, ed. of 8 / Courtesy and ©: The artist

GOMA will play host to a vibrant snapshot of contemporary art from across the state when GOMA Q: Contemporary Queensland Art opens from 11 July to 11 October 2015.

The exhibition includes new and recent works from 31 artists giving audiences a taste of current art being made across Queensland.

‘GOMA Q’ has been curated by Peter McKay, Curator, Contemporary Australian Art, Bruce McLean, Curator, Indigenous Australian Art, and Director Chris Saines, CNZM.

‘Realised through extensive research and studio visits, ‘GOMA Q’ captures a moment in time from our local art landscape. It is a chance for us to focus our attention on the art being created right across Queensland and refresh our relationships with local artists,’ said Mr Saines.

As part of the opening weekend schedule of events, 11 and 12 July, collaborative duo Clark Beaumont (Sarah Clark and Nicole Beaumont) will present their live participatory performance, Joy Ride from 10.00am on Saturday 11 July. Examining intimacy and different relationship perspectives, the performance involves one member of the duo standing on a rotating, lavender platform inviting members of the public to step up and join them in an embrace for one rotation.

GOMA Talks, the popular after-hours evening discussion program, returns during ‘GOMA Q’ for discussion on Queensland’s past, present and future. Across two evenings, 20 and 27 August, the Gallery will partner with ABC Radio National for the free events hosted by Sarah Kanowski (Books and Arts) and Paul Barclay (Big Ideas).

Speakers include author Benjamin Law; Lindy Hume, Artistic Director of Opera Queensland; and Brisbane-based artists Michael Zavros and Richard Bell.

The GOMA Talks experience is complemented by a bar and DJ set before each session, with the option to purchase a ‘Food for Thought’ package, including a glass of wine, light bite, and curatorial tour after the session.

The Gallery has published a 96-page illustrated catalogue in conjunction with the exhibition. The publication profiles the latest innovations and achievements of the 31 artists featured in the exhibition and includes a roundtable discussion with some of the state’s leading arts minds.

Participating Artists: Vernon Ah Kee; Davida Allen; Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan; Paul Bai; Clark Beaumont; Antoinette J Citizen; Sam Cranstoun; Julie Fragar; Chantal Fraser; Ian Friend; Kim Guthrie; Dale Harding; Jennifer Herd; Naomi Hobson; Pat Hoffie; Anita Holtsclaw; Madeleine Kelly; Moe Louanjli; Ross Manning; Mavis Ngallametta; Liam O’Brien; Lawrence Omeenyo; Brian Robinson; Monica Rohan; Teho Ropeyarn; Gordon Shepherdson; Grant Stevens; Tyza Stewart; David M Thomas; Tim Woodward; Michael Zavros.