Below the earth’s surface

Though Australia’s link with the land is strong, and the ways in which we’ve used it have largely determined the Australian character, our interaction with the land is often contested. Here, we gain insights into works that respond to mining in Queensland. Mining in Queensland For Indigenous Australians, the land is everything. Through their care,…

Unfinished Business: The Art of Gordon Bennett

The art and legacy of Gordon Bennett (1955–2014), one of Australia’s most influential contemporary artists, will be on show at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) from 7 November 2020 to 21 March 2021. ‘Unfinished Business: The Art of Gordon Bennett’ celebrates the Queensland-based artist’s globally recognised contribution to contemporary art. The exhibition showcases Bennett’s…

Daniel Boyd , Kudjla/Gangalu people , Australia b.1982 / Untitled (HNDFWMIAFN) (detail) 2017

In Daniel Boyd’s works, Australian history is re-told

Daniel Boyd, born in Cairns, Queensland, is an artist of both Aboriginal and South Sea Islander heritage, whose works often deal with the complexity of the history of South Sea Islander labour in Queensland and its legacy. This is one of our state’s most important historical narratives, with some 62 000 labourers brought to Queensland…

Meet our quirky Aurukun Camp dogs

Wood carving is an important ceremonial art in Aurukun, a town and coastal locality in western Cape York Peninsula, North Queensland. Major sets of carved icons used in public ceremonies in the 1950s and 60s have been collected and are now housed in Australia’s major museums. The renaissance of art in the community has centred…

Queensland shields

‘I, Object’, currently on display at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) until 29 August 2021, focuses on objects rather than paintings to reveal the rich history of Indigenous Australian culture from colonial times to the present day. Within the exhibition, a selection of rare shields are on loan from a private collection in Sydney.…

Papunya Tula Art Movement boards retained in Australia

QAGOMA has acquired seven Papunya boards with funds from the Australian Government’s National Cultural Heritage Account, painted in the first critical years of Australia’s contemporary Aboriginal art movement. The Gallery is dedicated to showcasing historical and contemporary Indigenous Australian art and reflecting the rich diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. This acquisition guarantees…