Home with QAGOMA Exhibit: Small moments

As the hours, days and weeks in which we have recently been confined to our homes compressed and merged into an endless monotony, certain moments of beauty that have been lurking in the minutiae of domestic ordinariness shone through. The slowing of my once busy schedule provided more opportunity for reflective movements. I’ve become mindful…

They look at you: A new form of expression

Kanak artist Nicolas Molé’s immersive animated installation Ils vous regardent (they look at you) 2015-17 embodies the forest environment of his ancestral home, Lifou in New Caledonia. Pulsing natural life forms found in this environment are symbols for the forces of nature. They also stand in for complex human emotions and relationships including with those…

Go behind-the-scenes with our time-lapse videos

Have you ever been to an exhibition at QAGOMA and walked away wanting to know more — for example — how did Qiu Zhijie create his enormous five-storey wall painting Map of Technological Ethics for ‘APT9’; alternatively, what did Ben Quilty use to create a series of site-specific, hand-drawn portraits of Margaret Olley — (teapots,…

What life looked like 150 years ago: The exploration of Queensland through photography

Queensland Day is a celebration of Queensland’s birthday and its official separation from New South Wales as an independent colony on 6 June 1859. The state is named in honour of Queen Victoria who signed documents granting the right to its own representative government and when Brisbane was appointed as the capital city. We take this opportunity to…

Preserving Our Past: Conservation frames and furniture

QAGOMA’s well equipped frame studio is unique to any public art museum in Australia, producing all the gallery’s framing needs as well as carrying out conservation and restoration treatments. Go behind-the-scenes with Linda Nathan from Australian Wood Review as she delves into the daily routine of studio life. The Conservation Frames and Furniture Studio at…

Home with QAGOMA Exhibit: Finding joy in small things

Grace Cossington Smith’s artworks are a reminder that joy is all around us. In her hands, an array of objects, the fold of a tablecloth or light falling through stained glass inspire delight and open windows onto her world. In this time of social distancing and self-isolation, it can be challenging to resist the feeling…