GOMA turns ten


GOMA turns ten this weekend and everyone is invited to join in the celebrations.

The special milestone includes the unveiling of a major new public artwork by Queensland Indigenous artist Judy Watson, the opening of the exhibition ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything‘, live performances of American artist Nick Cave’s vibrant HEARD 2012, hands-on workshops, tours with GOMA’s architects and more.

GOMA Turns 10 Sculpture commission Judy Watson 'tow row' GOMA Forecourt
Judy Watson, Australia b.1959 / tow row / Bronze / Commissioned 2016 to mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Gallery of Modern Art. This project has been realised with generous support from the Queensland Government, the Neilson Foundation and Cathryn Mittelheuser, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / © The artist / Photograph: Mark Sherwood © QAGOMA
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Judy Watson with tow row / Photograph: Mark Sherwood © QAGOMA

tow row, Judy Watson’s major bronze sculpture launched by the Premier of Queensland and Minister for the Arts earlier today, was commissioned by the Gallery for the tenth anniversary of GOMA.

Permanently positioned at the main entrance to the building, tow row is a significant addition to the Gallery’s Collection and to Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct. It is also a potent reminder of the ongoing role Queensland’s Indigenous artists play in telling their own stories and in the greater cultural life of this state and country.

Based on the woven fishing nets used by Indigenous people on the banks of the Brisbane River, the work directly references the land on which it sits, and acknowledges the traditional owners of the site and the wider region. It has been realised with the generous support from the Queensland Government, the Neilson Foundation and Cathryn Mittelheuser, AM, through the QAGOMA Foundation.


Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir a.k.a. Shoplifter, Iceland/United States b.1969 / Nervescape V 2016 / Modacrylic fiber, nylon zip ties, steel staples / Commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ / © The artist / Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA

Visitors to the Gallery during the GOMA Turns 10 celebrations can also experience Nervescape V 2016, the large-scale, multi-coloured landscape of synthetic hair by Icelandic-born, New York-based artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir.




Other must-see artworks in GOMA’s major summer exhibition ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ include Carsten Höller’s Left/Right Slide 2010, Ron Mueck’s oversized woman In bed 2005, Olafur Eliasson’s interactive installation of thousands of white Lego pieces The cubic structural evolution project 2004, Kohei Nawa’s bubble encrusted Pix-Cell Double Deer #4 2010, and Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s musical installation of live finches, from here to ear (v.13) 2010.

Not to be missed are the electrifying live performances of
Nick Cave’s HEARD●Brisbane 2016
30 horse costumes brought to life by 60 dancers at GOMA
12 noon on Saturday 3, and at 12 noon and 4pm on Sunday 4 December 2016.

Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything Nick Cave's "Heard" in front of GOMA



Another highlight of the celebrations is Anthony McCall’s Crossing 2016, a major light installation commissioned by QAGOMA from the leading British artist with the support of Tim Fairfax, AC. Visitors will step into McCall’s installation of intersecting shafts of solid-light and be immersed in the light, haze and sound of breaking waves in an incredibly sensory and consuming artwork.

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Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, France b.1961 / from here to ear (v.13) 2010 / Five octagonal structures (each made in maple and plywood), harpsichord strings piano tuning pins, audio system (contact microphones, amplifiers, guitar processors and speakers), coat hangers, feeding trays and bowls, seeds, water, nests, sand and grass / Purchased 2011. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist / Photograpsh: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA



At 1:30pm on Saturday 3 December join artist Judy Watson as she discusses her newly commissioned public artwork tow row. From 2:30pm that afternoon, Lindsay and Kerry Clare, GOMA architects, and Michael Keniger will lead a walking tour of the building reflecting on its design, and how it has functioned over a decade.

GOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque presents its summer film program ‘This Land is Mine | This Land is Me’ with highlights including a special screening at 4:30pm on Saturday 3 December of Danish documentary Good Things Await 2014, followed by a specially themed two-course dinner in GOMA Restaurant.

From 12:30 to 4:00pm on Sunday 4 December there will be a drop-in build-off, where visitors can help members of Brisbane-based Lego enthusiasts club BrisBricks create extraordinary structures with Olafur Eliasson’s interactive artwork.

From 1:00 to 4:00pm on Sunday 4 December artists Judy Watson and Leecee Carmichael will give a free weaving workshop inspired by local Indigenous traditions, on the Maiwar Green outside GOMA.

This weekend and all through summer GOMA’s Children’s Art Centre will present ‘Mirror Mirror’, a free, interactive project developed in collaboration with Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, where visitors create their own unique paper hairstyle and style a wall of artificial hair-like material.

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