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…

Earth and Elsewhere

Drawing together works from the Gallery’s contemporary collections, ‘Earth and Elsewhere’ features artists whose works frame the past and help shape our understanding of the delicate and often paradoxical synapses between memory and history, empathy and reception. The exhibition tracks a path across the planet’s surface and atmosphere, mapping an interpretation of the human condition…

Edmund Rosenstengel provided the benchmark of excellence in his field

Edmund Rosenstengel, the most highly regarded furniture maker in Brisbane from the 1920s to the 1950s, provided the benchmark of excellence in his field for several generations. This acquisition, purchased for the Collection with the generous assistance of Valmai Pidgeon, AM, is a piece that Rosenstengel made for himself. Edmund Rosenstengel (1887–1962) was born in Toowoomba,…

Everything, beautiful or not, is fleeting.

In 2011, curator Robert Leonard, summed up Michael Zavros’s art practice in an erudite article for the journal ‘Art & Australia’. It is often said that Zavros’s subject is beauty itself, but it is, more generally, symbols of status. His canon of beauty is aspirational – keyed to notions of privilege, tradition and the faux-aristocratic…

The Seventh Seal

And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. (Revelation 8:1) Looking at Albrecht Dürer’s representations of the ‘last days’ – as described in the Book of Revelation of St John – it is not hard to imagine that, given a movie camera and…