December 2021 | January 2022  Listings

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


45 King Street, Bowen Hills 4006.
(07) 3215-0800.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 4.00.
artisan is Queensland’s home of craft and design. Gallery, store and workshop space supporting and promoting contemporary craft and design practice for both makers and their audiences.
To Jan 29, 2022 NEW WEAVE presents an international collection of nine cutting-edge animators, responding to and reinterpreting ancient Southeast Asian traditions of weaving. At artisan, these videos are presented as an immersive experience, alongside finished products produced by the Maybank Women Eco-Weavers; traditional woven items from Laotian, Cambodian and Indonesian poverty alleviation projects, producing sustainable income through eco-friendly initiatives, preserving traditional cultural craft practices.

Tsao En Wei, Loom (still), 2019. Courtesy the artist and artisan

FireWorks Gallery
9/31 Thompson Street, Bowen Hills 4006.
(07) 3216-1250.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 6.00, Sat 10.00 to 5.00.
Dec 4 to Feb 5, 2022 Small Mercies: Group Exhibition, and Shorelines: Lockhart River Collaborations.
The Gallery is closed from Dec 24, reopening Jan 25, 2022.

Fiona Omeenyo & Michael Eather, Double Stone Creations, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 150 × 300cm. Courtesy the artists and FireWorks Gallery

Institute of Modern Art
Judith Wright Arts Centre, 420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley 4006.
(07) 3252-5750.
Free entry.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00.
To Dec 18 the churchie emerging art prize 2021 – ‘the churchie’ is one of Australia’s leading prizes for emerging artists. Presented at the IMA since 2019, the finalists’ exhibition provides a survey of the compelling and diverse work being produced by emerging artists today. Finalists: Akil Ahamat, Tiyan Baker, Christopher Bassi, Leon Russell (Cameron) Black, Ohni Blu, Riana Head-Toussaint, Visaya Hoffie, Kait James, Alexa Malizon, Kyra Mancktelow, Ivy Minniecon, Nina Sanadze, Jayanto Tan and Joanne Wheeler.

Joanne Wheeler, Olden Times, Ntaria, acrylic on linen, 92 × 151 × 2cm. Courtesy the artist and Institute of Modern Art

To Dec 18 Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan: See/Through – Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan create large-scale artworks that engage with ideas of home, family, memory, sustainability, migration, and Australia-Asia relations.
To Dec 18 Thao Nguyen Phan: Becoming Alluvium – the first exhibition in Australia by Ho Chi Minh City-based artist Thao Nguyen Phan. This single-channel colour film is her most recent work and continues her ongoing research into the Mekong River and the cultures that it nurtures. Through allegory it explores the environmental and social changes caused by the expansion of agriculture, overfishing and economic migration of farmers to urban areas.

Thao Nguyen Phan, Becoming Alluvium, 2019, single-channel colour video, 00:16:40. Courtesy the artist and Institute of Modern Art

Jan Murphy Gallery
486 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley 4006.
(07) 3254-1855.
Director: Jan Murphy.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00, or by appt.
To Dec 11 The Cubensis Head Butt by David Griggs.
Jan 27 to Feb 26, 2022 Summer hang.
The gallery is closed through Jan, re-opening Jan 27, 2022.

Mitchell Fine Art
86 Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley 4006.
(07) 3254-2297.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.30, Sat 10.00 to 5.00.
To Dec 22 Twenty – Female Group Show.

Museum of Brisbane
Level 3, Brisbane City Hall, Adelaide and Ann streets, King George Square, Brisbane 4000.
(07) 3339-0800.
Free entry.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.
To Feb 27, 2022 Gallery 2: City in the Sun – large-scale new contemporary artworks alongside historical imagery reveals how the city’s history of migration, tourism, climate, environment and geographic location has contributed to the images of a subtropical oasis of leisure and abundance.

‘City in the Sun’, 2021. Photograph: Toby Scott. Courtesy Museum of Brisbane

To Feb 27, 2022 Dome Gallery: Blak Superheroes by Yuwi, Torres Strait Islander and Australian-born South Sea Island man Dylan Mooney depicts First Nations characters in a dynamic comic-book style. Incorporating a combination of drawing, printmaking and street art, inspired by history, culture and community.
To Feb 27, 2022 Dome Gallery: carriers of memory – presents new acquisitions from the Museum of Brisbane Collection by First Nations artists – Kim Ah Sam, Sonja Carmichael and her daughter Elisa Jane Carmichael and Kyra Mancktelow.

Sonja Carmichael, Goompi Bangil (Dunwich Grass), 2018, Goompi grass, natural raffia, fishing line and synthetic rope. Museum of Brisbane Collection. Photograph: Carl Warner Courtesy the artist, Onespace Gallery, Queensland and Museum of Brisbane

Philip Bacon Galleries
2 Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley 4006.
(07) 3358-3555.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00.
Philip Bacon Galleries is the largest and most established dealing gallery in Brisbane. We have a large selection of important 19th century, 20th century and contemporary paintings and sculptures in stock.
To Dec 18 Peter Anderson. Dec 21 to 24 Summer Exhibition.

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)
Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane 4101.
(07) 3840-7303.
Fax (07) 3844-8865.
Free entry, unless otherwise stated.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00. Closed Good Friday, Christmas and Boxing Day.
Dec 4 to April 25, 2022 The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial Of Contemporary Art (APT10).
To April 25, 2022 APT10 Kids.
To Nov 20, 2022 Gallery 1: Aurukun men’s contemporary ceremonial art. Gallery 2: Get Up, Stand Up: Indigenous Australian Art Collection.
To May 22, 2022 Gallery 6: Fine Lines.

QUT Art Museum
2 George Street, QUT Gardens Point Campus (next to the City Botanic Gardens), Brisbane 4000.
(07) 3138-5370.
Free entry.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 12.00 to 4.00, Sun 10.00 to 3.00 (coincides with QUT Infusion Markets). Closed Mon and public hols. Visit website for programs and events.
To Feb 27, 2022 Thinking into Being: QUT Alumni Triennial – Kyle Bush, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Jessica Cheers, Emma Coulter, Benjamin Donnelly, Amy Grey, Anthony Hearsey, Wei Jien, Clare Kennedy, Jennifer Marchant and Dylan Sheppard. The exhibition brings together work by QUT alumni who have become leading creative practitioners both nationally and internationally.

Elisa Jane Carmichael, Dabiyil wunjayi (water today) (detail), 2020, cyanotype on cotton (technical assistance: Renata Buziak). Photograph: Louis Lim. Courtesy the artist, Onespace Gallery, Queensland and QUT Art Museum

William Robinson Gallery
Old Government House, 2 George Street, QUT Gardens Point Campus (next to the City Botanic Gardens), Brisbane 4000.
(07) 3138-8005.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sun 10.00 to 3.00 (coincides with QUT Infusion Markets). Closed Sat and public hols.
To Sept 11, 2022 William Robinson: Nocturne – this exhibition of nocturnal works illuminates Robinson’s fascination with the shimmering night sky and the sparkling landscape sprawling below, highlighting his signature multi-point perspective from the vantage point of the twilight hours.

William Robinson, Out of the dawn, 1987, oil on linen, 72 x 102cm. Private collection, Brisbane

Redland Art Gallery
Capalaba Place, Noeleen Street, Capalaba 4157.
(07) 3829-8899.
Free admission.
Mon-Fri 9.00 to 5.00, Sat 9.00 to 4.00.
To Jan 11, 2022 Wallum: Lesley Kendal.

Lesley Kendall, Wallum 30 (detail), 2020, watercolour and ink on paper. Courtesy the artist and Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba

Redland Art Gallery
Cnr Middle and Bloomfield streets, Cleveland 4163.
(07) 3829-8899.
Free admission.
Mon-Fri 9.00 to 4.00, Sun 9.00 to 2.00.
Dec 12 to Jan 23, 2022 Suzanne Danaher: Tide and Time.

Suzanne Danaher, Iron ocka, 2020, synthetic polymer paint on canvas. Courtesy the artist and Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

Dec 12 to Jan 23, 2022 Barbara Cleveland: Thinking Business.

Barbara Cleveland, Performance Art (15 Actions for the Face) (still), 2009, dual channel video, 15:35 minutes. Courtesy the artists, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney and Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland

UQ Art Museum
James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre (Building 11), University Drive, The University of Queensland, St Lucia 4067.
(07) 3365-3046.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 11.00 to 3.00.
To Jan 22, 2022 Conflict in My Outlook_Don’t Be Evil featuring Zach Blas & Jemima Wyman, Kate Crawford & Vladan Joler, Simon Denny, Xanthe Dobbie, Sean Dockray, Forensic Architecture, Kate Geck, Elisa Giardina Papa, Matthew Griffin, Eugenia Lim, Daniel McKewen, Angela Tiatia, Suzanne Treister and Katie Vida.
To March 1, 2022 Conflict in My Outlook_We Met Online featuring Zach Blas, Natalie Bookchin, Chicks on Speed, Xanthe Dobbie, Sean Dockray, Kate Geck, Elisa Giardina Papa, Matthew Griffin, Kenneth Macqueen, Daniel McKewen and Zach Blas & Jemima Wyman.

Eugenia Lim, ON DEMAND, 2019, installation view, ‘Don’t Be Evil’, UQ Art Museum, 2021. Photograph: Joe Ruckli. Courtesy the artist and UQ Art Museum

Kate Geck, rlx:tech – defrag🌸popup (detail), 2021. Installation view, ‘Don’t Be Evil’, UQ Art Museum, 2021. Photograph: Louis Lim. Courtesy the artist and UQ Art Museum

Gold Coast

Anthea Polson Art
29 Tedder Avenue, Main Beach 4217.
(07) 5561-1166, 0417-707-326.
Director: Anthea Polson.
Daily 10.00 to 6.00.
Dec 11 to Jan 1, 2022 Favourites by Melissa Egan.
Jan 29 to Feb 12, 2022 New Works by Elaine Green. Also, New Works by Di West.

HOTA Gallery
135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise 4217.
(07) 5588-4000.
Mon-Thurs 10.00 to 5.00, Fri 10.00 to 8.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
HOTA Gallery is filled with multiple ideas, an unfolding experience of viewpoints and trails that challenge us to dig deeper and get lost in creative ideas. Permanent Collection: HOTA Collects – features over 100 works drawn from HOTA’s Collection, delivering a snapshot of 50 years of contemporary Australian art.

Sunshine Coast

Noosa Regional Gallery
Level 1, 9 Pelican Street, Riverside, Tewantin 4565.
(07) 5329-6145.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 3.00. Closed Mon, public hols and during exhibition changeover.
Dec 10 to Feb 27, 2022 Asia Pacific Contemporary: Three Decades of APT – A Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art touring exhibition.

Guogu Zheng, Grand Visionary Transformation of Hevajra, 2016, oil on canvas, 197 × 134cm The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art, purchased 2017 with funds from Michael Sidney Myer through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation. Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA. © Guogu Zheng. Courtesy the artist and Noosa Regional Gallery

South East Region

Gympie Regional Gallery
39 Nash Street, Gympie 4570.
(07) 5481-0733.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 4.00.
The gallery promotes the development of the arts as an integral part of the lives and industry of the local community.

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
531 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba 4350.
(07) 4688-6652.
Free entry.
Tues-Sat 10.30 to 3.30, Sun 1.00 to 4.00. Closed Mon and public hols. Closed Fri Dec 24, reopening Tues Jan 4, 2022.
To Feb 27, 2022 Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection on TourPatricia Piccinini: Curious Affection on Tour invites audiences to think about their place in a world where advances in biotechnology and digital technologies blur the lines between human, nature and the artificial world. Patricia Piccinini’s lifelike hybrid creatures seamlessly blend human, animal and machine elements to reveal life forms that are extraordinarily familiar. Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection on Tour is a touring exhibition developed by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.

Patricia Piccinini, Australia b.1965, Teenage Metamorphosis, 2017, silicone, fibreglass, human hair, found objects, 25 × 71 × 52cm. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, purchased 2018. © Patricia Piccinini

Jan 8 to 27 March, 2022 More than Half the Sky. Inspired by the unnamed maid who is portrayed in Emanuel Phillips Fox’s Déjeuner [Mother and child no. 1] (c.1910-11), but is not acknowledged in the painting’s title, this exhibition recognises that women hold up more than half the sky. All works are selected from the Gallery’s permanent collections; most are by women artists and makers.

Emanuel Phillips Fox, Déjeuner [Mother and child no. 1], n.d. c.1910-11, oil on canvas, 171 × 131cm frame. Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection 006


Artspace Mackay
Civic Precinct, cnr Gordon and Macalister streets, Mackay 4740.
(07) 4961-9722.
Free admission.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 3.00.
To Jan 9, 2022 Jenna Lee: Cont.ained.

Jenna Lee, Story carrier (detail), 2020, pages of ‘Aboriginal Words and Place Names,’ bookbinding thread, and varnish. Photograph: Lean Timms. Courtesy the artist and Artspace Mackay

To Jan 16, 2022 Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop, and Jonathan McBurnie: Birdland.

Jonathan McBurnie, A SEARCH FOR TRUTH (detail), 2020, ink and watercolour on paper, 29.7 × 42cm. Courtesy the artist and Artspace Mackay

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
1 Barolin Street (cnr Quay Street), Bundaberg 4670.
(07) 4130-4750 .
Mon-Fri 9.30 to 5.00, Sat-Sun and public hols 10.00 to 2.00.
To Feb 6, 2022 Florence.
Also, Dressing Glad, curated by Shelley Pisani.

Cairns Art Gallery
Cnr Abbott and Shields streets, Cairns 4870.
(07) 4046-4800.
Mon-Fri 9.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 5.00, Sun 10.00 to 2.00. Closed public hols.
To Feb 13, 2022 William T Cooper: Botanical art of the tropical rainforest.

William T Cooper, Palm Cockatoos (Probosciger aterrimus), undated (c.1986), synthetic polymer paint on canvas on board. Private collection, Victoria. Courtesy Cairns Art Gallery

Gab Titui Cultural Centre
Cnr Blackall Street and Victoria Parade, Thursday Island 4875.
(07) 4069-0888.
www.gabtitui.gov.au www facebook.com/GabTituiCulturalCentre
Admission fees.
Mon-Fri 9.00 to 4.30, Sat 9.30 to 1.00 (April-Oct), Mon-Fri 10.00 to 3.00, Sat 9.30 to 1.00 (Nov-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.

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Cnr Flinders and Denham streets, Townsville 4810.
(07) 4727-9011.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 1.00.
Dec 10 to Feb 6, 2022 Fresh Material: New Australian Textile Art – Troy-Anthony Baylis, Julie Bradley, Regi Cherini, Leah Emery, Marion Gaemers & Lynnette Griffiths, Emma Gardner, Hannah Garside, Julia Gutman, Vivienne Haley, Michelle Hamer, Talitha Kennedy, Sheree Kinlyside, Nicole O’Loughlan, Susan Peters Nampitjin, Kate Scardifield, Ema Shin, Hiromi Tango, Sonia Ward, Jenny Watson and Paul Yore. Curated by Jonathan McBurnie.

Jenny Watson, Sunshine of your love, 2020, acrylic on French cotton and tapestry template, 140 × 137cm; 39 × 31cm. Courtesy the artist, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Dec 10 to Feb 13, 2022, 66th Townsville Art Society Awards – the Townsville Art Society Inc proudly present the 66th Townsville Art Society Awards. The annual Awards have been held since 1955, after a group of enthusiastic artists, the Townsville Art Group, initiated a successful exhibition called As We See It. The Townsville Art Group was the genesis of the Townsville Art Society, which formed in 1962. The Townsville Art Awards exhibition has continued over the years, with many notable artist judges providing their expertise.

Carole Howlett, Saunders Swagger (detail), 2020, oil on canvas, 52 × 62cm. Winner of the Townsville City Council Acquisitive Award, 65th Townsville Art Awards 2020, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville. City of Townsville Art Collection. Photograph: Townsville City Galleries

Pinnacles Gallery
Riverway Art Centre, 20 Village Boulevard, Thuringowa 4817.
(07) 4727-9011.
Free entry.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 1.00.
Nov 26 to Jan 22, 2022 Arryn Snowball: Slack WaterSlack Water brings together several strands of Arryn Snowball’s studio practice, which respond to a series of poems by Nathan Shepherdson. The Slack Water project is an ongoing meditation on the splendour and vastness of the Pacific Ocean. The comparatively accessible Fisherman’s Bible, Ern Grant’s ‘Guide to Fishes’ (1924), used as a conceptual starting point for Sheperdson’s 77 poems. Snowball initially responded through fragments, cutting them up, taking poetic images, and transforming them into paintings, eventually developing the work into a vast series encompassing drawing, sound and performance. Slack Water is a poetic and introspective exhibition about the act of fishing, abstract poetry, physics, light and water, sky and horizon, surface and depths, and the meaning and dissolution of being.

Arryn Snowball, Steadily expanding editions of time, 2021, tempera and oil on linen, 190 × 190cm. Courtesy the artist and Pinnacles Gallery

UMI Arts
Shop 4, 1 Jensen Street, Manoora, Cairns 4870.
(07) 4041-6152.
Instagram: @umiarts
UMI Arts is the peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural organisation for Far North Queensland; it extends north of Cairns to include the Torres Strait Islands, south to Cardwell, west to Camooweal and includes the Gulf of Carpentaria and Mt Isa regions. UMI Arts’ goal is to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices, including visual arts and crafts, dance, ceremony, story telling and music.
From Dec 10 The Summer Show.

Moreton Bay & Islands

Tawny Trails
Last Sun of every month from Nov 28.
Tawny Trails presents a crafted journey mixing the beauty of nature and the magic of creativity into an art and lifestyle trail that shares the culture of creative living. Studio trail: Moreton Bay Hinterland region, Queensland. Woodford, Mount Mee, Ocean View, Dayboro, Clear Mountain and Samford.

Western District

Dogwood Crossing, Miles
81 Murilla Street, Miles 4415.
(07) 4628-5330.
Free entry.
Mon-Fri 9.00 to 5.00, Sat 9.00 to 12.00. Closed Sun.
To Jan 15, 2022 John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery: Response to the Bunyas – Damon Miri Anderson, Jennifer Baker, Jane Bridle, Ken Chapman, Lizzie Connor, Helen Dennis, Amanda Digweed, Donna Glass, Cindy Grimes, Margaret Rose Howick, Kay Joyce, Niketa Law, Christine Leader, Carol McCormack, Mary Mahoney, Meg Noack, Carmel Nott, Peter Roodveldt, Sharlene Smith, Sarah Sculley + Arts on Top Community, Rosanne Steele, Meg Stevenson, Carol Weekes, Jemma White and Ruth Wright. An exhibition showcasing regional artist responses to the unique environment of the Bunya Mountains.

Sharlene Smith, Bunya Mountain, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 60 × 76cm. Courtesy the artist and Dogwood Crossing, Miles

To Jan 15, 2022 Curved Wall: Works on paper: The poetry of line and tone by Bill Perry – an exhibition that explores the spectrum of drawing using digital tools.

Bill Perry, Power pole, 2019, pen and ink on paper with digital colour wash, 29.7 × 21cm. Courtesy the artist and Dogwood Crossing, Miles

Outback Regional Gallery, Winton
Waltzing Matilda Centre, 50 Elderslie Street, Winton 4735.
(07) 4657-2625.
Mon-Fri 9.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 9.00 to 3.00.
To Feb 2, 2022 Outback Regional Gallery Collection Exhibition – featuring works by Ken Done, Margaret Campbell, Kathy Ellem, Lucy Culliton, Elisabeth Cummings, Idris Murphy, Sally Ogg, Joe Furlonger, Lyn Laver-Ahmat, Hugh Sawrey, Bailey Donovan, Christopher Trotter and Eddie Hackman.

Lucy Culliton, CJ, 2015, oil on board, 40 × 40cm. Courtesy the artist and Outback Regional Gallery, Winton