Judy Watson: Collecting Australia

The Indigenous voice of Australia is over 65 000 years old. During NAIDOC Week 2019 (7-14 July), with the theme of ‘voice, treaty and truth’, we have invited award-winning author and Mununjali woman Ellen Van Neerven to develop a series of written responses entitled ‘Collecting Australia‘, which draw inspiration from works featured in our Australian…

Judy Watson, Waanyi people, Australia b.1959 / sacred ground beating heart 1989

Pulse of the earth: sacred ground beating heart

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we profile Judy Watson’s sacred ground beating heart 1989. Her work which includes drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpture all reference an Indigenous connection to land and history. Recently Watson won The Queensland Indigenous Artist Public Art Commission 2016 for her bronze sculpture tow row (illustrated), which is permanently installed at the entrance to…

Conrad Martens, England/Australia 1801-1878 / Forest, Cunningham's Gap 1856 / Watercolour on paper / Purchased 1998 with funds raised through The Conrad Martens Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Appeal and with the assistance of the Queensland Government's special Centenary Fund / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

We consider depictions of the land

Highlighted in our third post on your Australian Art Collection reimagined are works which are included in the chronological ‘spine’ along the back wall of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Galleries. Adjacent to Dale Harding’s wall commission view works from both the European landscape tradition and representations of country by Aboriginal artists. RELATED: Dale Harding SIGN…

The story of tow row

The story of Judy Watson’s tow row transcends its physical form and speaks of cultural retrieval and community activation. This stunning work, generously funded by the Queensland Government, the Neilson Foundation, Cathryn Mittelheuser, AM, and others, is a fitting acknowledgment of the ancestor spirit of Kurilpa. Public art has the power to change the cultural landscape…

Judy Watson introduces tow row

Judy Watson’s work is deeply connected to concealed histories, the significance of objects and the power of memory and loss. In tow row, Watson has responded to a site close to the Brisbane River by referencing woven nets used by Aboriginal people of the area, acknowledging the traditional owners of the site and their everyday fishing activities…

From the Director: Judy Watson to create public artwork for GOMA entry

This morning, it was my pleasure to be joined at the Galley of Modern Art (GOMA) by Leeanne Enoch, Queensland’s Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business, for the announcement that Queensland artist Judy Watson has been selected to realise a major public artwork at the building’s entrance. The…