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 1960s 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.…

What life looked like 150 years ago: The exploration of Queensland through photography

Queensland Day is a celebration of Queensland’s birthday and its official separation from New South Wales as an independent colony on 6 June 1859. The state is named in honour of Queen Victoria who signed documents granting the right to its own representative government and when Brisbane was appointed as the capital city. We take this opportunity to…

Danie Mellor: The pleasure and vexation of history

A striking drawing in blue wax pastel by Mackay-born Danie Mellor explores the complex, often troubling intersections between Indigenous and frontier histories, and brings to light the complicated narratives of Australia’s colonial past. The pleasure and vexation of history 2017 is reminiscent of a tropical paradise — an idyll of tranquillity. Skilfully hand-drawn, and based…

An impression: Evening (Mt Coot-tha from Dutton Park)

Now that we’re allowed to venture out somewhat, we thought this was a perfect time to reacquaint ourselves with our Collection favourites that have a local flavour. Continuing with our know ‘Brisbane through the Collection’ series we focus on Evening (Mt Coot-tha from Dutton Park) 1898, an accomplished work of a painter aware of the…

Go behind-the-scenes as we conserve Anthony Alder’s ‘Red-tailed Black Cockatoos’

Large scale paintings from Queensland’s Colonial period are extremely rare. (Red-tailed Black Cockatoos) by Anthony Alder (1838-1915) dated c.1895 shows a male and female pair of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus banksii), also known as Banksian or Banks’ Black Cockatoo, native to Australia and found in eucalyptus woodlands or along water courses. This species has disappeared…