April is World Autism Awareness Month with the twelfth annual World Autism Awareness Day recognised on 2 April. Landmarks and buildings around the world go blue for the Autism campaign including Brisbane’s Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge which will shine blue in recognition and support of people living with Autism. Why the colour blue? Blue is an instant de-stresser, like water it’s cool, calm and peaceful.
In support, we want the Gallery to be as soothing and non-threatening as possible, so the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) will be low sensory on Tuesday 2 April 2019 during opening hours (10.00am – 5.00pm) to provide people with Autism or sensory sensitivity an opportunity for a quieter gallery experience. Where possible, volumes will be lowered or turned off and high sensory areas will be signposted. Quiet zones will also be available within each building such as the QAG Members Lounge, QAG lower Sculpture Courtyard and GOMA Lounge.
Autism is one of many invisible disabilities. If you know of anyone who would appreciate a quieter gallery experience, please spread the word.
‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art‘ (APT9) includes installations, paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and sound, one artwork at GOMA includes the scent of eucalyptus. Also at QAG are collection displays of Australian Art, Indigenous Australian Art, International Art, and exhibitions ‘A Fleeting Bloom: Japanese Art from the Collection’ and ‘Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey: Stories of the Land’.
Queensland Art Gallery
Free Guided Tours
11am Highlights tour of ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9)
12noon 10 minute look at International Art
1pm Highlights tour of Indigenous Australian Art
2pm 30-40 minute tour of highlights from current exhibitions
Gallery of Modern Art
Free Guided Tours
11am Highlights tour of ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) on level 1
12noon 10 minute look at Indigenous Australian Art
1pm Highlights tour of ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) on levels 2 and 3
2pm Highlights tour of ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9)
Subscribe to QAGOMA YouTube to go behind-the-scenes, Watch APT9 videos or Read about APT9 artists before you visit
Feature image detail: Roberto Chabet, The Philippines 1937–2013 / Waves 1975 / Plywood and synthetic polymer paint / 21 hanging panels: 35 x 122cm (each, approx.) / 12 floor panels: 120 x 240 x 2cm (each) / Courtesy: MO_Space, the Philippines / © King Kong Art Projects Unlimited/Estate of Roberto Chabet