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…

QAGOMA’s vision for reconciliation

The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) has launched its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to guide its contributions to reconciliation for the next two years. View the 2022–24 Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) The Innovate-level RAP, developed with guidance from Dr Terri Janke (Wuthathi/Meriam, Australia), the Gallery’s Indigenous Advisory Panel and its…

Collaborative headdress combines both artists’ practices

Grace Lillian Lee is a proud descendant of the Meriam Mer people of the eastern islands of the Torres Straits. As an artist, designer and mentor, she explores her lineage and identity through weaving and creates fashion, adornments and performances that blur the boundaries of fashion and art. She is known for her unique body…

Contemporary Ceremonial art from Aurukun

In the early 2000s, senior Wik and Kugu law men from the Aurukun region on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, pioneered a significant contemporary movement: They reimagined their ceremonial visual traditions as contemporary art. Embodying ancestral narratives in a way that maintains spiritual and historical connections between the past and…

Irene Entata: Painted ceramics

Three painted terracotta pots currently on display in Gallery 3 at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) by Arrernte–Luritja artist Irene Entata depict three distinct periods in Arrernte artist Albert Namatjira’s life, including the sad circumstances of his death. One of the foremost artists of the Hermannsburg Potters, Irene Entata (1946–2014), is known internationally for her…