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A large art gallery located in Brisbane and houses more than 17,000 artworks consist of painting and sculpture from Australia and around the world.
Captivating Splendour in Queensland Art Gallery
In Contemporary Indigenous Art, you can find an important collection of sculptures from Aurukun, ceramics by Thanakupi and from Yarrabah, Cairns, Girringun (Cardwell and Murray Upper), Mossman, and Lockhan River as well as the impressive collection of rainforest shields and swords. On the other hand, the urban-based Indigenous artists also showcase their distinctive works with the views of politics and society in this area, namely Vernon Ah Kee, Richard Bell, Gordon Hookey, Fiona Foley, Archie Moore, Judy Watson, Tony Albert, and the late Vincent Serico.
In Aboriginal Fibre Art, you will be able to spot the earlier holdings of silk batik textiles from various central Australian art centers with the acquisition of over 300 Aboriginal fibre works that have been obtained since 2003. The works collected in this collection are originated from fibre artists such as Yvonne Kollmatrie, Shirley Macnamara, Lena Yarinkura, and Judy Baypungala. The woven pieces made from natural and synthetic materials are joined not only in the fabric but also objects, paintings, and printings. The urban artists such as Lorraine Connelly-Northey and Jonathan Jones also made artworks that give alternative insight regarding fibre art.
Managed by various curators along with Director Chris Saines, the pieces in Australian Art Collection has been collected for more than 120 years. You are able to spot the works of contemporary artists namely Helen Johnson, Daniel Boyd, Dale Harding, Alick Tipoti, and Sonja Caaarmichael, as well as the famous iconic pieces by Gordon Bennett, Arthur Boyd, Ruper Bunny, William Dobell, Ian Fairweather, Ethel Carrick Fox, R Godfrey Rivers, Sam Fullbrook, Vida Lahey, Sidney Nolan, and many more. The pieces mainly focus on the theme of colonization and immigration with a little touch of Queensland and Brisbane's perspective on the historical tales.
In International Art Collection, you are able to take a closer look at major works from the Gallery's collections, such as the early European religious painting, British portraits, Dutch painting, and East Asian and European porcelain. In addition, the exhibits influenced by the Japanese art on French Modernism that displays the daily life are relatable to any spectator who observe the art pieces as they contain the cross of cultures, theme, and histories.
No visit to the Queensland Art Gallery is considered too late as you can admire James Turrell's artwork in the night. Through the shifts of tempo, hie, and intensity of color, we are able to witness the 88-minute colorful lighting on the art gallery's building and within the landscapes, obviously attracting the attention of local and foreign tourists alike from the sunset to midnight. Commissioned in 2017 to mark the 10th anniversary of the art gallery, James Turrell has worked to build such radiant installations thanks to the generous support from the Queensland Government, the Neilson Foundation, and the art gallery itself.
To finish your day, don't forget to come to GOMA Restaurant where you can taste meal in a five and nine-course menu with the best ingredients from the growers and suppliers in Queensland as well as the contemporary and creative vibe you just witness in the gallery through the artworks. In addition, there is the notable wine selection originated from the age of New World, focusing on its viticulture and vinification. This wine is treated as a part of the holistic dining experience, exceptionally more than a mere accompaniment. You may visit GOMA Restaurant during lunch hour from 12 pm to 3 pm on Wednesday to Sunday and dinner hour from 5.30 pm to late hour on Friday, whereas the restaurant closes on public holidays.
How to Get Tickets?
There is no entrance fee applied in Queensland Art Gallery as well as Children's Art Centre. However, some exhibitions and special events have an entry fee and tickets that can be purchased online or on site at the ticket desk.
How To Get Around?
Everyone is able to access the gallery including people who have the walking impairment, disability, and wheelchair user as the most of the paths are easily accessible.
What Should I Wear?
It is best to wear comfortable outfits such as the shirt, cardigan, and pants along with your choice of shoes, be it sneakers, sandals, or even high heels as the gallery's floor is covered with marble.
Best Time to Visit
You can visit the Queensland Art Gallery from 10 am to 5pm except on Christmas Day and Good Friday. On the other hand, the gallery operates from 12 pm on ANZAC Day.
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Will I Need a Guide?
No, you do not necessarily need a guided tour as you can explore the gallery on your own.
How To Get There?
You can reach Queensland Art Gallery by taking public transportations, such as Train BDVL (from Brisbane Airport), CLSH (from UQ Lakes Bus Station), FGBN (from Central Station, Brisbane), IPBR (from Indooroopilly Shopping Centre), RPBN (from Starbucks), BNFG (from Queen Elizabeth li Jubilee Hospital, Cooper Plains), and VLBR (from Woolloongabba Busway Station), Bus number 196, 250, 330, 590, 135, 200, 310, 66, 202, and 212, and Ferry UQSL (from Q UT Library, V Block, Brisbane). It usually takes 30 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach the Queensland Art Gallery, depending on the distance and transportation that you use.