World Autism Awareness recognised with low sensory day 2019


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.

Brisbane’s Story Bridge will be shining blue in support of the Go Blue for Autism campaign / Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

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.

QAG’s lower Sculpture Courtyard with a view to the cafe’s soothing water feature.

What’s on

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’.

An information sheet and sensory floorplans of QAG and GOMA have been developed to assist with planning your visit. If you have an questions, please email or call the Gallery on (07) 3840 7255

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 at events and exhibitions / The Australian Collection at QAG highlights major historical moments from first contact to colonisation, and exploration to immigration. Bringing the Indigenous and contemporary Australian collections together.

‘A Fleeting Bloom’ at QAG celebrates the classic arts of Japan
Women’s Wealth at QAG focuses on the closely connected matrilineal societies of Bougainville and the Solomon Islands, and the art forms made by women — from cane and pandanus weaving, to shell ornamentation and earthenware pottery.
Donna Ong and Robert Zhao Renhui’s My forest is not your garden installed in the QAG Watermall during APT9
Jonathan Jones with Dr Uncle Stan Grant Snr’s AM / (untitled) giran installed at GOMA during APT9 which includes the scent of eucalyptus.
Roberto Chabet’s Waves installed at GOMA during APT9
Anne Noble’s Museum: For a time when the bee no longer exists installed at GOMA during APT9
Yuko Mohri’s Breath or echo installed at GOMA during 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