Vale: Jeffrey Smart

Jeffrey Smart was Australia’s pre-eminent painter of the contemporary world. Born in Adelaide, in 1921, his first ambition was to be an architect, and though he eventually trained as an artist his love of the created environment remained. He taught art in Adelaide from 1941 until 1948, when he left Australia for London, travelling via…

Kangaroo Crew and The Sacred Hill

Brisbane-based artist Gordon Hookey was commissioned to develop a large-scale interactive exhibition for children. Hookey spoke to Tamsin Cull, Senior Program Officer, Children’s Art Centre. The Children’s Art Centre exhibition ‘Kangaroo Crew’ is based on Hookey’s narrative The Sacred Hill, about four kangaroos who work together to reclaim their homeland. The story is present throughout the exhibition…

Death and Life

Death and Life: rakuny ga walnga focuses on the universal regenerative cycle of death, engendering new life. Included are more than 70 bark paintings, memorial poles, sculptures and weavings by 34 artists from Arnhem Land in northern Australia. The works reflect the languages, moieties, clan affiliations and connections of the artists with their country: from…

More than just the sum of their parts

Sue Prichard, Curator of Contemporary Textiles at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (V&A), curated the V&A’s highly successful 2010 exhibition ‘Quilts: Hidden Histories, Untold Stories 1700–2010’ and is the curator of the Gallery’s ‘Quilts 1700–1945’. She was in conversation with Sally Foster, Assistant Curator International Art (pre 1975) QAGOMA. Sally Foster | Sue, can…

Sugar

The exhibition ‘Sugar’ forms part of the Cultural Centre’s ‘Memories from a Forgotten People: 150 Years of Australian South Sea Islander Contributions to Queensland’, a program of exhibitions, workshops, discussions, tours and music taking place between June and November 2013. Australian descendants of the South Sea Islanders brought to Queensland 150 years ago to work…

Tell it like it is

From June until late October, the Gallery presents its largest exhibition of contemporary Indigenous Australian art, which aims to facilitate what Carly Lane describes as a ‘truly national conversation about nationhood’. Celebrate the opening weekend on Saturday 1 June by enjoying a day of discussions, workshops and talks by artists, performers, writers and curators ending with with…