QAGOMA remembers Wayne Goss

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Wayne Goss at the opening of the Gallery of Modern Art and ‘The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’, 1 December 2006.

GOMA venue for Wayne Goss Memorial Service

The public memorial service for former premier Wayne Goss, organised and hosted by the Goss family, will be held at the Gallery of Modern Art at 2pm on Friday 21 November.

Mrs Roisin Goss, son Ryan Goss and daughter Caitlin Goss invite Wayne’s friends, colleagues, and supporters to join them for a celebration of his life and his contributions to Queensland and Australia. ‘We thank, once again, all those who have publicly and privately paid tribute so kindly to Wayne and his life.’

The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is deeply saddened to learn of the passing overnight of Wayne Goss.

‘The Gallery would not be the internationally recognised institution it is today without Wayne Goss’s leadership as Premier, Arts Minister and Gallery Chair,’ said QAGOMA Director Chris Saines, CNZM.

As Premier of Queensland (1989–96), and as Arts Minister from 1989 to 1992, Mr Goss provided integral support to the establishment of the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT), the Gallery’s signature exhibition series which was first held in 1993.

Mr Goss was later Chair of the Gallery’s Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2008. During this time he made an enormous contribution to the institution, including overseeing the development and opening of its second building, the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).

In 2008, the Gallery acquired Michael Parekowhai’s iconic sculpture Horn of Africa 2006 in recognition of Mr Goss’s contribution to the Gallery as Chair.

The QAGOMA community offers its condolences to the Goss family.

Michael Parekowhai, New Zealand b.1968 / The Horn of Africa 2006 / Automotive paint, wood, fibreglass, steel, brass / Purchased 2008 with funds from the Queensland Government’s Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund in recognition of the contribution to the Gallery by Wayne Goss (Chair of Trustees 1999-2008) / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist