The inaugural QAGOMA Reconciliation Action Plan

QAGOMA invited artist Tony Albert, whose connection to the Gallery spans more than two decades, to speak at the recent launch of Gallery’s first Reconciliation Action Plan. The following is the edited transcript of his speech, which both moved and entertained those in attendance. On the occasion of the inaugural QAGOMA Reconciliation Action Plan My…

Sorry is just a word if it’s not backed up by real outcomes

On the 26 May, National Sorry Day remembers and acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly separated from their families and communities. The date is significant because on that day in 1997 the Bringing Them Home report was tabled in the Australian Parliament, an inquiry into government policies and practices where children…

Wurlitzer brings 1928 silent comedy ‘The Mystery of the Eiffel Tower’ back to life

Screening alongside ‘The Art of the Heist’ cinema program, tickets are now on sale for Le Mystère de la Tour Eiffel (The Mystery of the Eiffel Tower) 1928, a newly digitally restored film from a sole surviving nitrate film print. The thrilling caper will be presented with live musical accompaniment from David Bailey on the Gallery’s…

Family ties

Our family relationships shape who we are and who we will become. Through photography, painting, wearable art, sculpture and installation, the young artists of ‘Creative Generation 2022’ consider the influences of family on their identity in contemporary society. ‘The natural instinct when we are growing up is to shy away from family traditions’, reflects Creative…

‘The fibrous souls’ installation constructed with 70 giant shikas

The fibrous souls 2018–21 currently in the Queensland Art Gallery Watermall is constructed with 70 giant shikas — embroidered, reticulated bags typically made of jute strings that are tied to a beam in the ceiling of houses and used to hold pots and food containers — Shikas are found in almost every house in rural…

Go back in time to a busy corner of the Brisbane River

George Wishart (1872-1921) was born in Brisbane and was taught painting by Isaac Walter Jenner, Brisbane’s foremost marine painter (illustrated below). Wishart also worked professionally as a photographer and was associated with local firm Thomas Mathewson Photographic Studio (see contemporary depictions of Brisbane below). Wishart’s painting A busy corner of the Brisbane River 1897, on…