QLD

Queensland art galleries and their FEBRUARY 2024 exhibition schedules are listed below, grouped by region. For listings in other Australian states please use the What’s On menu above.


Brisbane

artisan
45 King Street, Bowen Hills 4006.
Tues–Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 4.00. Closed Sun–Mon.

Edwina Corlette Gallery
629 Brunswick Street, New Farm 4005.
Tues–Sat 10.00 to 5.00, or by appt.

FireWorks Gallery
🖈Map
9/31 Thompson Street, Bowen Hills 4006.
(07) 3216-1250.
art@fireworksgallery.com.au
www.fireworksgallery.com.au
Tues–Fri 10.00 to 6.00, Sat 10.00 to 5.00 or by appt.
Feb 8 to March 16 Yellow Meadow – group exhibition.
Also, Motherline II: Abie Loy Kemarre & Margaret Loy Pula.

Griffith University Art Museum
🖈Map
226 Grey Street, South Bank 4101.
(07) 3735-7414.
artmuseum@griffith.edu.au
www.griffith.edu.au/art-museum
Tues–Sat 11.00 to 4.00. Closed public hols and exhibition installation periods.

Institute of Modern Art
Ground Floor, Judith Wright Arts Centre, 420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley 4006.
Tues–Sun 10.00 to 5.00, Thurs 10.00 to 8.00.

Jan Manton Art
🖈Map
54 Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe 4005.
info@janmantonart.com
janmantonart.com
Tues–Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 11.00 to 4.00 or by appt.

Jan Murphy Gallery
🖈Map
486 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley 4006.
(07) 3254-1855.
enquiries@janmurphygallery.com.au
www.janmurphygallery.com.au
Director: Jan Murphy.
Tues–Sat 10.00 to 5.00, or by appt.

Mitchell Fine Art
86 Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley 4006.
Mon–Fri 10.00 to 5.30, Sat 10.00 to 5.00.

Museum of Brisbane
🖈Map
Level 3, Brisbane City Hall, Adelaide and Ann streets (enter via King George Square), Brisbane 4000.
(07) 3339-0800.
info@museumofbrisbane.com.au
www.museumofbrisbane.com.au
Free entry.
Mon–Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
To Aug 11 Rearranged: Art of the Flower. Still life takes on new life in this celebration of the art of the flower. Brisbane has a strong culture of artists using floral imagery to tell stories of place. In a space reminiscent of a quintessential Queenslander house, Rearranged invites visitors to stroll through a lush collection of paintings, textiles, sculptures, ceramics and new media. Behold this ever-popular subject matter and look beyond to explore notions of place, memory and history. Artists featured include Christopher Bassi, Ashlee Becks, Keith Burt, Norton Fredericks, John Honeywill, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Vida Lahey, Clairy Laurence, Boneta-Marie Mabo, Margaret Olley, Lyndall Phelps, Julian Podmore, Milomirka Radovic, Sarah Rayner, Edith Rewa, Monica Rohan, Bronwyn Searle, Pamela See (Xue Mei-Ling), Judith Sinnamon, Jaishree Srinivasan, Karen Stone, Man&Wah, Anna Varendorff, and Michael Zavros.

Rearranged: Art of the Flower at Museum of Brisbane. Photograph: Katie Bennett. Courtesy Museum of Brisbane

To Aug 11 Artist in Residence: Hiromi Tango: 花弁 Hanabira (Gentle Petal) – a community-led project that will transform Adelaide Street Pavilion into a vibrant sanctuary, inspiring healing and social connection. Communities from across Brisbane will be invited to create beautiful blooms and buds inspired by flowers found in Meanjin/Brisbane and Japan from upcycled textiles and local materials. Visitors are encouraged to participate in facilitated workshops, or simply drop-in and engage in self-guided activities. As the seasons change, the handmade flowers will be added to the walls of the gallery, creating an abundant garden reflecting community engagement. MoB’s Artist in Residence program is supported by Tim Fairfax AC.

Petrie Terrace Gallery
Home of the RQAS, Brisbane Branch
🖈Map
Unit 3, 162 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane 4000.
(07) 3367-1977.
gallery@rqas.com.au
www.rqas.com.au
Entry is free, except for ticketed events.
Wed–Sun 10.00 to 3.30.
Welcomes membership from professional and hobby artists, open and members exhibitions, workshops, private gallery hire, corporate and event hire.

Philip Bacon Galleries
🖈Map
2 Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley 4006.
(07) 3358-3555.
info@philipbacongalleries.com.au
www.philipbacongalleries.com.au
Tues–Sat 10.00 to 5.00. Closed public hols.
To Feb 13 Summer Exhibition.

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)
🖈Map
Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane 4101.
(07) 3840-7303.
www.qagoma.qld.gov.au
Free entry, unless otherwise stated.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00. Closed Christmas, Boxing Day and Good Friday. Open from 12.00 Anzac Day.
QAG:
To Feb 11 Living Patterns: Contemporary Australian Abstraction.
To June 23 I can spin skies.
To Sept 29 North by North-West, and Small Figures.
GOMA:
To March 17 Hiraki Sawa: ‘O’.
To April 28 Fairy Tales.

Del Kathryn Barton (artist, director), Brendan Fletcher (director), The Nightingale and the Rose (still), 2015, single-channel video: 14:00 minutes, colour, sound / Animators: Chris Breeze, Simon Bronson, David Edwards, Liz Ellis, Richard Swan / Music: Sarah Blasko. Gift of Del Kathryn Barton through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation 2022. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. © Del Kathryn Barton. Courtesy the artist, RoslynOxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

To April 28 Jakkai Siributr The Legend of the Rainbow Stag.
To Sept 8 sis: Pacific Art 1980–2023.

QUT Art Museum and William Robinson Gallery
QUT Art Museum:
🖈Map
2 George Street, QUT Gardens Point Campus (next to the City Botanic Gardens), Brisbane 4000.
(07) 3138-5370.
artmuseum@qut.edu.au
www.artmuseum.qut.edu.au
Free entry.
Tues–Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sun 10.00 to 2.00. Closed Mon, Sat and public hols.
Visit website for programs and events.
To March 10 Helen Fuller: Bowerbird – like the bowerbird, Helen Fuller is compelled to mine the archaeology of the everyday to create something new. In a world often fixated on flawlessness, Fuller embraces the irregular, the imperfect, and the beautifully organic.

Helen Fuller, Untitled, 2022 (all three pieces), each work is terracotta with porcelain slip. QUT Art Collection. Donated by Helen Fuller, 2022. Courtesy the artist and QUT Art Museum

To March 10 This Mess We’re In: Pat Hoffie – through a visual anthology of failures, propositions and imagined futures, Pat Hoffie presents us with a series of mise en scènes where the borderlines between the factual and the fantastic disintegrate.

Pat Hoffie, FORCE MAJEURE (Underworld Bunny), 2019, watercolour and gouache on tracing paper. Private collection, Brisbane. Courtesy the artist and QUT Art Museum

William Robinson Gallery:
🖈Map
Old Government House, 2 George Street, QUT Gardens Point Campus (next to the City Botanic Gardens), Brisbane 4000.
(07) 3138-8005.
williamrobinsongallery@qut.edu.au
www.wrgallery.qut.edu.au
Visit website for programs and events.
To Sept 15 The Painter & the Printmaker – William Robinson is revered as one of the nation’s great contemporary painters, recognised for his multiperspective depictions of the Australian landscape. While he is most readily identifiable by his monumental paintings, his print works are scarcely understood or fully acknowledged for their aesthetic value and contribution to the artist’s remarkable creative vision. This exhibition provides rare insight into Robinson’s mastery as a colourist and mark-maker by showcasing four decades of printmaking, in particular his lithographs and etchings, alongside major paintings.

William Robinson, Twin Falls, 2000, colour lithograph. QUT Art Collection. Gift of the artist under the Cultural Gifts Program, 2002. Courtesy the artist and William Robinson Gallery

Redland Art Gallery
Capalaba

🖈Map
Capalaba Place, Noeleen Street, Capalaba 4157.
(07) 3829-8899.
gallery@redland.qld.gov.au
artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au
Free admission.
Mon–Fri 9.00 to 5.00, Sat 9.00 to 4.00.
To Feb 27 In Focus 2023.

Kathryn Christensen, Sun Shower on Wimborne Rd, 2023, watercolour on paper. Courtesy the artist and Redland Art Gallery Capalaba

Redland Art Gallery
Cleveland

🖈Map
Cnr Middle and Bloomfield streets, Cleveland 4163.
(07) 3829-8899.
gallery@redland.qld.gov.au
artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au
Free admission.
Mon–Fri 9.00 to 4.00, Sun 9.00 to 2.00.
Feb 4 to March 26 Shelf Life: Susan Gourley & Cosima Scales, and Rara Avis: Christina Lowry.

Cosima Scales, Candy Melon, 2023, oil on board, 26.5 × 40cm. Photograph: Louis Lim. Courtesy the artist and Redland Art Gallery Cleveland

Christina Lowry, Rara Avis (Rare Bird), 2023, giclée print. Courtesy the artist, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Queensland and Redland Art Gallery Cleveland

Redland Performing Arts Centre
Cleveland
🖈Map
2–16 Middle Street, Cleveland 4163.
(07) 3829-8899.
gallery@redland.qld.gov.au
artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au
Free admission.
Mon–Fri 9.00 to 4.00.
To March 31 Contemporary Botanicals.

Nicola Moss, On the ground – Identify, collect, propagate (Bushcare Seed Collection), 2010, synthetic polymer paint, pigment ink and laser print. Redland Art Gallery. Collection. Gift of the artist, 2010. Photograph: Carl Warner. Courtesy the artist and Redland Performing Arts Centre

UQ Art Museum
🖈Map
James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre (Building 11), University Drive, The University of Queensland, St Lucia 4067.
(07) 3365-3046.
artmuseum@uq.edu.au
www.art-museum.uq.edu.au
Tues–Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 11.00 to 3.00.
Feb 13 to June 15 How we remember tomorrow celebrates storytelling across generations, through oceans and waterways and transcending eras and perspectives. Artists: Cora-Allan, Brook Garru Andrew, Atong Atem, Sonja Carmichael and Elisa Jane Carmichael, Stephanie Comilang and Simon Speiser, Latent Community, Kim Kruger, Shivanjani Lal, Napolean Oui, Lisa Reihana, Teho Ropeyarn, Katerina Teaiwa, and Jasmine Togo-Brisby. Curated by Isabella Baker, Léuli Eshrāghi, Jocelyn Flynn, Peta Rake.

Teho Ropeyarn, Wintinganhu (sister-in-law), 2023, vinyl-cut prints on board, sound Installation view, The National 4: Australian Art Now, Carriageworks, Sydney, 2023. Photograph: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy the artist, Onespace Gallery, Brisbane and UQ Art Museum


Gold Coast

Anthea Polson Art
🖈Map
29 Tedder Avenue, Main Beach 4217.
(07) 5561-1166, 0417-707-326.
info@antheapolsonart.com.au
www.antheapolsonart.com.au
Director: Anthea Polson.
Mon–Sat 10.00 to 6.00, Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
Feb 24 to March 9 Birdsong by Zoe Ellenberg.

Gallery One
Shop 16.02 The Brickworks, 107 Ferry Road, Southport 4215.
Mon–Sat 9.00 to 5.00, Sun 10.30 to 4.00.

HOTA Gallery
🖈Map
135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise 4217.
(07) 5588-4000.
gallery@hota.com.au
www.hota.com.au
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
HOTA Gallery is filled with multiple ideas that present an unfolding experience of viewpoints and trails that challenge us to dig deeper and get lost in creative ideas. Go online to view the exhibitions and events calendar.
To Feb 18 Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street.
To April 28 Radiate by Donna Marcus.


Sunshine Coast

Caloundra Regional Gallery
22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra 4551.
Tues–Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat–Sun 10.00 to 2.00. Closed public hols and exhibition changeovers.

Montville Art Gallery
138 Main Street, Montville 4560.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.

Noosa Regional Gallery
🖈Map
Level 1, 9 Pelican Street, Riverside, Tewantin 4565.
(07) 5329-6145.
gallery@noosa.qld.gov.au
www.noosaregionalgallery.com.au
Tues–Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat–Sun 10.00 to 3.00. Closed Mon, public hols and during exhibition changeover.
To Feb 18 The light fades but the gods remain by Bill Henson is a major exhibition commissioned by the Museum of Australian Photography (MAPh) showcasing two key series by Henson, one of Australia’s most eminent artists. Exploring the suburb of Glen Waverley where he grew up, Henson explores the notion of home, intensifying the everyday to a point of dramatic revelation and romantic beauty.
Also, She Does an exhibition of work by Kellie O’Dempsey.

Bill Henson, Untitled 3 (detail), 2018–19, from the series ‘Untitled’ 2018–19. Museum of Australian Photography, City of Monash Collection. Courtesy the artist, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Noosa Regional Gallery


South East Region

Gympie Regional Gallery
🖈Map
39 Nash Street, Gympie 4570.
(07) 5481-0733.
gallery@gympie.qld.gov.au
www.gympie.qld.gov.au/recreation-tourism/art-culture/gympie-regional-gallery
Tues–Sat 10.00 to 4.00. Closed public hols.
The Gallery showcases a changing program of emerging and established artists from the region, as well as touring exhibitions from around Australia.

Ipswich Art Gallery
d’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich 4305.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00 unless stated otherwise.

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
🖈Map
531 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba 4350.
(07) 4688-6652.
art@tr.qld.gov.au
tr.qld.gov.au/trag
Instagram: @trartgalleries
Free entry.
Wed–Sun 10.30 to 3.30. Closed Mon–Tues and public hols.
Established in 1937, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is the first public art gallery in regional Queensland. The Gallery is located in the downtown heart of Toowoomba, set amongst vibrant street art, green spaces, cafés and boutique shops. Home to the nationally significant Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection, the Fred and Lucy Gould Art Collection and the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection, the Gallery is owned and operated by Toowoomba Regional Council.

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, 531 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba. Courtesy Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery


North

Artspace Mackay
🖈Map
Civic Centre Precinct, cnr Gordon and Macalister streets, Mackay 4740.
(07) 4961-9722.
artspace@mackay.qld.gov.au
www.artspacemackay.com.au
Mackay’s regional art gallery is closed for renovations with public programs ongoing in various locations throughout the region. Visit our website for current information and events, to search the art collection, take virtual tours of past exhibitions, and more.

Cairns Art Gallery
🖈Map
Cnr Abbott and Shields streets, Cairns 4870.
(07) 4046-4800.
info@cairnsartgallery.com.au
www.cairnsartgallery.com.au
Free entry.
Mon–Fri 9.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 5.00, Sun 10.00 to 2.00.

Gab Titui Cultural Centre
🖈Map
Cnr Blackall Street and Victoria Parade, Thursday Island 4875.
(07) 4069-0888.
info@gabtitui.com.au
www.gabtitui.gov.au
www.facebook.com/GabTituiCulturalCentre
Admission fees.
Mon–Fri 9.00 to 4.30, Sat 9.30 to 1.00 (April to Oct), Mon–Fri 10.00 to 3.00, Sat 9.30 to 1.00 (Nov to March).
Gab Titui Cultural Centre is a contemporary art gallery and keeping place for cultural artefacts located on Thursday Island, Torres Strait. Our goal is to contribute to the preservation and revitalisation of our region’s rich cultures, and to the development and promotion of local Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal art.

NorthSite Contemporary Arts
🖈Map
Bulmba-ja Arts Centre, 96 Abbott Street, Cairns 4870.
(07) 4050-9494.
hello@northsite.org.au
northsite.org.au
Mon–Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 9.00 to 1.00. Closed Sun and public hols.

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
🖈Map
Cnr Flinders and Denham streets, Townsville 4810.
(07) 4727-9011.
galleries@townsville.qld.gov.au
www.townsville.qld.gov.au/ptrg
Tues–Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat–Sun 10.00 to 1.00.
Feb 2 to April 14 Eastern Threads – an exhibition of Torres Strait Islander textiles, prints, and paintings from the City of Townsville Art Collection, guest curated by Gail Mabo. We are pleased to present Eastern Threads, an exhibition showcasing cultural practices from the Eastern Torres Strait and islands east of Mer Island. Mabo has selected works for inclusion in the show, focusing on pieces originally sourced by Dianne Moon as part of the exhibition Carried Lightly at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in 1988 and more recent acquisitions. The artwork on display celebrates Erub, Mer Fibrecraft, and Tongan Tapa. The exhibition features works by artists from the permanent collection, including Ais Bero, Jenny Mye, Lucy Thaiday, Ken Thaiday, Alice Hunai, Andrew Passi, George Sambo, Aicey Zaro, and Tommy Pau.

Tommy Pau, Sia (Carina Nebula) (detail), 2015, linocut print on paper, 54.5 × 90.5cm (plate mark), 71 × 107cm (sheet). City of Townsville Art Collection. Purchased from Umbrella Studio of Contemporary Arts, 2019. Courtesy the artist and Townsville City Galleries

Pinnacles Gallery
🖈Map
Riverway Arts Centre, 20 Village Boulevard, Thuringowa 4817.
(07) 4727-9011.
galleries@townsville.qld.gov.au
www.townsville.qld.gov.au
Free entry.
Pinnacles Gallery is a dynamic art space committed to community engagement, artistic development, and contemporary practice.
To March 3 Mariw Minaral (Spiritual Patterns) brings together some of the finest examples of Zendah Kes (Torres Strait Islands) artist Alick Tipoti’s unique and intricate linocut printmaking practice. The exhibition also contains his award-winning sculptural works, contemporary masks and film. A cultural and environmental artist, Tipoti is highly respected for his work in regenerating cultural knowledge and language. Guided by the traditional cultural practices of his people, Tipoti’s storytelling encompasses traditional cosmology, marine environments and ocean conservation – focusing on what it means to be a sea person. This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Alick Tipoti, Kisay Dhangal, 2016, bronze with mother-of-pearl inlay, overall: 194 × 202 × 102cm, 280kg. ANMM Collection. Purchased with funds from the Sid Faithfull and Christine Sadler program supporting Contemporary Indigenous Maritime Heritage in Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait Islands through the ANM Foundation. Courtesy the artist and Pinnacles Gallery

Rockhampton Museum of Art
220 Quay Street, Rockhampton 4700.
Daily 9.00 to 4.00. Closed Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day.

Tableland Regional Gallery
16 Robert Street, Atherton 4883.
Tues–Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 9.00 to 12.00. Closed Sun–Mon.

Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts
408 Flinders Street, Gurambilbarra /Townsville 4810.
Tues–Fri 9.00 to 5.00, Sat–Sun 9.00 to 1.00. Gallery closed Mon, public hols and during exhibition install weeks.

UMI Arts Gallery & Gift Shop
🖈Map
4/1 Jensen Street, Manoora 4870.
(07) 4041-6152.
exhibitions@umiarts.com.au
umiarts.com.au
www.facebook.com/umi.arts
Instagram: @umiarts
Mon–Fri 9.00 to 4.00.
UMI Arts is the incubator Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural organisation for Far North Queensland, an area that extends north of Cairns to include the Torres Strait Islands, south to Cardwell, west to Camooweal and includes the Gulf and Mt Isa regions. UMI Arts is a not-for-profit company governed and managed by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Board and has been operating since 2005. Our mission is to operate a cultural organisation that assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to participate in the maintenance, preservation, and protection of culture.

UMI Arts Gallery & Gift Shop, Manoora, Cairns. Courtesy Lovegreen Photography

The UMI Arts Gallery and Gift Shop in Cairns showcases the fine art and crafts created by our member artists, assisting them to continue preserving and protecting the culture and stories of the region. UMI is a Creole word that means “You and Me” – for UMI Arts, this is significant as we believe that we need to work together to keep our culture strong.

UMI Arts Gift Shop, Manoora, Cairns; open Mon–Fri, 10am–4pm. Photograph: Lovegreen Photography. Courtesy UMI Arts Gallery & Gift Shop


Western District

Dogwood Crossing, Miles
🖈Map
81 Murilla Street, Miles 4415.
(07) 4628-5330.
dogwood.crossing@wdrc.qld.gov.au
www.dogwoodcrossing.com
Free entry.
Mon–Fri 9.00 to 12.30 and 1.30 to 5.00, Sat 9.00 to 12.00. Closed Sun.
Feb 10 to March 16 John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery: Persona: 50 Years of Photography – Amy Carkeek, Joachim Froese, Joe Ruckli, Marian Drew, Renata Buziak, Russell Shakespeare, and Swade Ferguson. An exploration of half a century of photographic teaching and learning at the Queensland College of Art and Design, Griffith University.
Feb 10 to March 16 Curved Wall: Untitled by the Marburg and District Art Society – a diverse exhibition of artworks created by the members of the Art Group in 2023 and 2024.

Swade Ferguson, Self Portrait, 2020, silver gelatin on pearl, 46 × 46cm. Courtesy the artist and Dogwood Crossing, Miles

Grassland Art Gallery
🖈Map
30 Arthur Street, Tambo 4478.
(07) 4621-6600.
admin@grasslandgallery.com.au
www.grasslandgallery.com.au
Free admission.
Mon–Fri 8.30 to 4.45.

Longreach Arts & Crafts Centre Gallery
111 Ibis Street, Longreach 4730.
Mon, Wed–Fri 1.00 to 4.00.

Outback Regional Gallery, Winton
🖈Map
Waltzing Matilda Centre, 50 Elderslie Street, Winton 4735.
(07) 4657-2625.
karens@matildacentre.com.au
www.matildacentre.com.au
Mon–Fri 9.00 to 5.00, Sat–Sun 9.00 to 3.00.
To March 17 Outback Now an interpretation of place fusing local talent and the Outback Regional Gallery collection.


Bundaberg, Hervey Bay

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
🖈Map
1 Barolin Street (cnr Quay Street), Bundaberg 4670.
(07) 4130-4750.
bragadmin@bundaberg.qld.gov.au
artsbundaberg.com.au/galleries
Mon–Fri 9.30 to 5.00, Sat–Sun and public hols 10.00 to 2.00.
Visit the gallery website for exhibition program.

Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
🖈Map
166 Old Maryborough Road, Hervey Bay 4655.
(07) 4197-4206.
regionalgallery@frasercoast.qld.gov.au
hbrg.ourfrasercoast.com.au
Tues–Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat–Sun and public hols 10.00 to 2.00. Closed Mon.
Feb 23 to April 21 Wilhelmus Breikers: Eat the Moon (This is not a dystopian parable) – Wilhelmus Breikers presents a selection of works drawing upon reflective examinations of self, questions of reception and perception and the interior dimensions of landscape. Lead by a desire to respond literally to his surroundings, Breikers’ work invariably moves in the direction of metaphor. There is a discernible element of introspection in the work, an enquiry of content as well as form – Art for its own sake and Art for the sake of something else. Born in Holland, Breikers arrived in Australia at the age of seven, completing a visual art degree in Brisbane in his early twenties. A long-term resident of Hervey Bay, Wilhelmus has continued to develop his art practice and has been keenly involved in the cultural life of the Fraser Coast community. With rough-hewn figures and scenery that is often contestable, Eat the Moon (This is not a dystopian parable) destabilises our viewpoint, opening a window to unexpected narratives and identifications.

Wilhelmus Breikers, I am optimistic sometimes, 2020, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist and Hervey Bay Regional Gallery

Feb 23 to April 21 Cane – explores the history of indentured South Sea Islander workers in the Queensland sugarcane industry. This exhibition brings together historical objects and personal accounts with contemporary artworks from local, national and international artists, including Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Dylan Mooney, Shari O’Dywer, Jasmine Togo-Brisby, Luis Vasquez La Roche, and Shivanjani Lal. Bringing local stories into dialogue with international perspectives, this exhibition makes connections between agricultural and labour practices across colonies of the British Empire in the 19th century. Through a process of truth-telling and creative exchange, Cane celebrates the enduring spirit and cultural legacy of Australian South Sea Islanders in the Fraser Coast region.

Leo Favell, Polson Cemetery South Sea Islander Memorial, 1972, Point Vernon. Courtesy the artist and Hervey Bay Regional Gallery

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