Join us for our GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival


An all-ages five-day festival of creative workshops, storytelling, film, talks and live music will animate the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) from 18 to 22 January 2017.

The GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival is a great opportunity for families, kids and adults alike to enjoy a rich program celebrating GOMA’s tenth anniversary, and will include a special edition of Up Late profiling some of Brisbane’s favourite bands on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 January.

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The Grates present a special performance for kids at GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival Up Late on Saturday 21 January 2017 / Image courtesy: The artists

The GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival will feature tours of the Gallery with GOMA Ambassadors Benjamin Law, Patience Hodgson and Alison Kubler; a free crash course in contemporary art offered daily at 2.30pm; and a ticketed evening workshop ‘Arts & Craft After Dark’ with comedian Tim Ross and Queensland artist Sam Cranstoun at 5.30pm on Thursday 19 January.

An unmissable highlight of the GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival will be a live performance of Nick Cave’s spectacular HEARD●Brisbane 2016, in which 15 brightly coloured raffia horse costumes will be worn and brought to life by 30 dancers from 5pm on Sunday 22 January.


Nick Cave / HEARD●Brisbane 2016, outside the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane / Purchased 2016 to mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Gallery of Modern Art with funds from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist / Photographs: Joe Ruckli (top) and Chloe Callistermon © QAGOMA

Families can join Kids’ Tours, enjoy special performances and participate in workshops by artists including Gordon Hookey, the Gabori sisters, Anne Wallace, Julie Blyfield, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Pip & Pop, and author Morris Gleitzman.

Screening daily during the GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival is a free program of animated features that explore our relationship to animals and the natural world. Highlights include Irish animation Song of the Sea 2014, the award-winning Pixar film WALL-E 2008 and the Australian classic Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest 1992.

Up Late returns on Friday 20 January with a special free, extended session kicking off at 3.30pm with a unique Kids’ Up Late set by Ben Ely and Family. It will continue into the night with performances by Yucca, The Goon Sax, The Creases, Blank Realm and Regurgitator.

A second Up Late session on Saturday 21 January from 2.30pm will start with a kids’ set from The Grates. It will be followed by music from Emily Wurramurra, Luke Daniel Peacock, I Heart Hiroshima, Jeremy Neale, Cub Sport and a headline set by The Grates. Capacity to Up Late is limited.

The GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival celebrates GOMA’s tenth birthday and is a superb complement to the experience of more than 300 artworks currently on display in exhibitions ‘A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift’, ‘Lucent’ and ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything‘.

Throughout summer audiences can also enjoy GOMA’s Children’s Art Centre program ‘Mirror Mirror’, a free, interactive project developed in collaboration with artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, where visitors create their own unique paper hairstyle and style a wall of artificial hair-like material. Nusra Latif Qureshi’s project Enchanted Spaces is also on display for the first time in a decade.

The GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival is an all ages, free, multi-faceted, and participatory program.


Celebrate with five full days (Wednesday 18 – Sunday 22 January 2017) of artist workshops, talks, performances, films and tours for kids, adults and everyone at the GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival.

Explore more than 300 artworks on display at GOMA while you’re here.