Of Women: Visions of femininity

Explore the female figure throughout nearly 500 years of art history, the women in the display ‘Of Women’ at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) present different visions of femininity, and their costumes and pose denote wealth, status and national identity. But they are also objects of our gaze, and the act of looking at them…

Vale: Mrs Waal-Waal Ngallametta

On 28 January, Mrs Waal-Waal Ngallametta (1944–2019), one of Queensland’s most esteemed senior artists, passed away at the age of 74, surrounded by family at her home in Aurukun, in far north Queensland. A traditional owner, elder of the Putch clan and cultural leader of the Wik and Kugu people, Mrs Ngallametta is remembered for…

Noel McKenna appreciates the things of Australia

The Gallery has been gifted three of Brisbane-born artist Noel McKenna’s map paintings, the artist’s gentle and good humoured appreciation for the ‘things’ of Australia makes us better acquainted with our country, and with ourselves. Peter McKay profiles our three new works and delves into their inspiration. Australian Racecourse Locations Australian Racecourse Locations 2002 is, in…

Clouds of purple blossoms, a quintessential image of Brisbane

Few works in our Collection have enjoyed as much popularity as R. (Richard) Godfrey Rivers’s Under the jacaranda. Painted in 1903, some twelve years after the British-born Rivers arrived in Queensland, the image depicts Rivers and his wife Selina sitting in the shade of a large jacaranda tree, at that time a landmark in Brisbane’s Botanic…

Gavin Hipkins references a past that haunts the future

Set along the Brisbane River, the dual projections of The Precinct 2018 in ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) continue Gavin Hipkins’s blurring of documentary and experimental narrative film structures. The double perspectives draw on and quote from the first published novel set in Brisbane, The Curse and its Cure (1894) by…

Karrabing Film Collective retains its connection to land through film

The Northern Territory’s Karrabing Film Collective is a grassroots Indigenous media group and ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) features a survey of their short films conceived and realised since 2014. Seamlessly blending fiction and documentary traditions, these films are a way for the group to retain connections to land and the ancestral…