Queensland art galleries and their MAY 2022 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 June 4 Con Ojos Y Dientes (With Eyes and Teeth) – Latin American born artist Paula Quintela explores displacement by an intermingling of poetic, literary and domestic references. This new body of work is a mélange of Quintela’s experiences of multiple cultural mythologies merging with those of the indigenous cultures of her home country. Mixed-media works and ceramics will be included in the shows installation, giving new form to the creatures and stories that inhabit her 2D print-based multimedia works.

Paula Quintela, WIP (detail), 2021. Courtesy the artist and artisan

The Ferryman’s Hut – Metro Arts
29 Macquarie Street, Teneriffe
May 29 to June 5, 11am–5pm (opening Sat June 4, 4pm–7pm) Ephemerality – rivers edge lands by Dennis McCart. This exhibition presents the artists ongoing investigations (past and present), interpreting landscapes edging the Brisbane river and their transitory nature.

Dennis McCart, The Sentinel, 2022, oil and ink on canvas, 76 × 101cm. Courtesy the artist

Dennis McCart, The Weird, 2017, oil on canvas, 91 × 1140cm. Courtesy the artist

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.
May 6 to June 11 Ian Waldron: The tower of blue horses.
Also, Walala Tjapaltjarri: Tingari Arrangements.

Ian Waldron, The tower of blue horses, 2022, acrylic on canvas, 230 × 160cm. Courtesy the artist and FireWorks Gallery

Walala Tjapaltjarri, Tingari field, 2001, ink on paper, 90 × 70cm. Courtesy the artist 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.
May 7 to July 9 An Alternative Economics – Five Mile Radius, Gunybi Ganambarr, Wanda Gillespie, Katie Paterson, Make or Break, Keg de Souza and Shevaun Wright. An Alternative Economics brings together a group of Australian and international artists who each use their artmaking to explore and expand on the creation of value. Guided by the idea of the circular economy and its compelling counter-narrative to the untenable model of eternal growth, each work in this exhibition offers a provocation to make us reconsider what is “counted” in our society and why. Curated by Tulleah Pearce.

Wanda Gillespie, A Counting Frame for Future Economies, 2021. Courtesy the artist and Institute of Modern Art

May 7 to July 9 REBIRTH IS NECESSARY by Jenn Nkiru – award-winning artist and director Nkiru’s first solo exhibition in Australia, REBIRTH IS NECESSARY explores the magic and dynamism of Blackness in a realm where time and space are altered. The now, the past, and the future are rethought and reordered to create something soulful and mind-bendingly visceral.

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 May 7 The delight of future eyes by Juz Kitson.
Also, No entry but through the sky by Lottie Consalvo.
May 10 to 28 The consolations by James Guppy.
May 31 to June 18 Guido Maestri.

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.
May 3 to 28 Monochrome.

Shirley Purdie, Violet Valley, 2011, ochre on canvas, 61 × 92cm. Courtesy the artist and Mitchell Fine Art

May 31 to June 18 Ngukurr – Artists of the Rock Country.

Angelina Ngale, Untitled, 2008, acrylic on linen, 149 × 235cm, A15025. Courtesy the artist and Mitchell Fine Art

Museum of Brisbane
Level 3, Brisbane City Hall, Adelaide and Ann streets, King George Square, Brisbane 4000.
(07) 3339-0800.
Free entry.
Mon–Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
To Oct 1 Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane – Judy Watson, Richard Randall, Noel McKenna, William Bustard, Vida Lahey, Jane Grealy, Danie Mellor, Kenneth Jack, Sam Fullbrook, Charles Lancaster, Robert Brownhall, Margaret Olley, Stephen Nothling, Margaret Cilento, Lloyd Rees, Paul Davies, Mia Boe and more. Place, in Brisbane, is not a static thing. With the city we know shifting so rapidly, this is the ideal moment to ask – what makes a place? Making Place presents more than 100 historical and contemporary depictions of the Brisbane region from our Collections. Explore our ever-changing city through new eyes: from the past, to the present and into the future.

Mia Boe, K’gari means Paradise in Butchulla, 2020, acrylic on stretched linen Commissioned with support from Jane and Michael Tynan Museum of Brisbane Collection. Photograph: Carl Warner. Courtesy the artist and Museum of Brisbane

From June 18 World of Wonder: Margot McKinney – with a lifetime dedicated to luxury, Australian jewellery designer Margot McKinney is one of the world’s boldest talents. From the coral reef in our own backyard to the rich palette of colours found on safari in Tanzania, this exhibition will be a mesmerising celebration of the complex and profoundly beautiful environments and materials that have inspired her designs.

Margot McKinney in her Brisbane Store, 2022. Photograph: Georgia Wells. Courtesy the artist 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.
May 3 to 28 Vera Möller.
May 31 to June 25 Wendy Sharpe.

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. Open from 12.00 Anzac Day.
To May 22 Fine Lines.
To Nov 20 Get Up, Stand Up: Indigenous Australian Art Collection.
Also, Aurukun men’s contemporary ceremonial art.
May 28 to Aug 21 Creative Generation 2022: Excellence Awards In Visual Art.

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 4.00, Sun 10.00 to 2.00. Closed Mon, Sat and public hols.
Visit website for programs and events.
To June 19 Looking Glass: Judy Watson and Yhonnie Scarce – an important and timely exhibition, which brings together two of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists Judy Watson (Waanyi) and Yhonnie Scarce (Kokatha and Nukunu). At its heart, the exhibition is both a love song and a lament for Country; a fantastical alchemy of the elemental forces of earth, water, fire and air. Developed by TarraWarra Museum of Art and Ikon Gallery with Curator Hetti Perkins. Touring nationally with NETS Victoria.

Yhonnie Scarce, Only a mother could love them, 2016, hand blown glass, 25 × 15cm diameter each (variable sizes – approx.). Monash University Collection. Purchased by the Monash Business School 2017. Courtesy of Monash University Museum of Art. Courtesy of the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne

Judy Watson, standing stone, kangaroo grass, red and yellow ochre, 2020, acrylic and graphite on canvas, 250 × 181.5cm. Photograph: Carl Warner. Courtesy the artist, Milani Gallery, Brisbane 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.
To Sept 11 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, Untitled, c.1995, glazed stoneware bowl wheel thrown by Errol Barnes. Private collection, Brisbane

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 4.00.
May 23 to July 12 Mei Mei Liu: Impressions of Mangroves.

Mei Mei Liu, I can feel the beat (detail), 2021, ink and synthetic polymer paint 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.
May 15 to June 19 Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Julian Kingma, Tom at the drain (detail), 2020, digital image. Courtesy the artist 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.
Tues–Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 11.00 to 3.00.
To June 25 Oceanic Thinking featuring SUPERFLEX, Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Isha Ram Das, Elise Rasmussen, Léuli Eshraghi, Izabela Pluta, Monira Al Qadiri, Tabita Rezaire, Stephanie Comilang, Alicia Mersy, Birrmuyingathi Maali Netta Loogatha, Kuruwarriyingathi Bijarrb Paula Paul, Salote Tawale, Benjamin Armstrong and Charles Callins. Read more . . .

Salote Tawale, I don’t see colour (still), 2021, 5:45 minutes, HD video, colour and sound. Courtesy the artist and UQ Art Museum

SUPERFLEX, Dive-In, 2019, originally commissioned by Desert X in collaboration with TBA21–Academy, music composed by Dark Morph (Jónsi and Carl Michael von Hausswolff). Photograph: Lance Gerber. Courtesy the artists, Desert X, California 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. Visit the gallery website for exhibition program.
April 30 to May 14 Weaving The Borderlands by Melitta Perry.
May 28 to June 11 Hinterland by Cathy Quinn.

HOTA Gallery
135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise 4217.
(07) 5588-4000.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
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.
HOTA Collects: Permanent Collection – presents more than 100 works drawn from HOTA’s Collection delivering a snapshot of 50 years of Australian art.

Sunshine Coast

Boomerang Art
Gallery closing down
13 William Street, Coolum Beach 4573.
After almost 30 years, Boomerang Art is closing its doors. All paintings must be sold and are available at substantially discounted prices.

Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
166 Old Maryborough Road, Hervey Bay 4655.
(07) 4197-4206.
Tues–Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat–Sun and public hols 10.00 to 2.00. Closed Mon.
To May 29 Gallery 1: About being here by Angela Valamanesh.
Also, Wildflowering by Design (Wild/flower Women IV).

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.
April 30 to June 19 Paint – a group exhibition of young and emerging Sunshine Coast artists, including Ebony Busk, Evelyn Marina, June Sartracom, Lauren Jones, Mitchell Cheesman and Odessa Mahoney-de Vries.

Evelyn Marina, A Break In The Clouds (detail), acrylic, pastel oil stick on canvas, 45.72 × 45.72cm. Courtesy the artist and Noosa Regional Gallery

South East Region

Crows Nest Gallery
Cnr New England Highway and William Street, Crows Nest 4355.
(07) 4698-1687.
Instagram: @trartgalleries
Wed–Sun 10.30 to 3.30. Closed Mon, Tues and public hols.
May 4 to 29 (opening Sun May 8, 11am) . . . eat a lot of peaches a solo exhibition by Karee S Dahl.

Karee S Dahl, Chocolate Melting Bowl – Paris 01, 2022, polyester thread, wash’n ware glue, 55 × 55cm. © the artist 2022. Courtesy the artist and Toowoomba Region Art Galleries – Crows Nest Gallery

Karee S Dahl, Chocolate Melting Bowl –Paris 03, 2022, polyester thread, wash’n ware glue, 55 × 55cm. © the artist 2022. Courtesy the artist and Toowoomba Region Art Galleries – Crows Nest Gallery

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.
Closed until further notice. Check website for updates.


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 June 19 Barbara Hanrahan: Focus on the Collection.
Also, The Art of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, and 2022 Libris Awards: The Australian Artists’ Book Prize.
To June 22 Undulations: Tamika Grant-Iramu.

Dianne Fogwell, Inferno, 2020, linocut, woodcut, and burnt wood drawings, 79.5 x 27.5 x 3cm. Winner, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal National Artists’ Book Award, 2020 Libris Awards. Mackay Regional Council Art Collection, acquired 2020. Photograph: Jim Cullen Photography

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
1 Barolin Street (cnr Quay Street), Bundaberg 4670.
(07) 4130-4750 .
Mon–Fri 9.30 to 5.00, Sat–Sun 10.00 to 2.00.
Visit gallery website for exhibition program.
To June 5 Australia: The Italian Experience.

Cairns Art Gallery
Cnr Abbott and Shields streets, Cairns 4870.
(07) 4046-4800.
Free entry.
Archie 100 extended hours: Mon–Sun 9.00 to 5.00.
To June 12 Archie 100: A Century of The Archibald Prize.

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 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.

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.
To July 3 The Percivals 2022 – having begun in 2007, The Percivals is an open competition for artists. While showcasing the outstanding and innovative work currently being produced by Australian artists, the competitions have also given many emerging artists an opportunity to engage with portraiture and share their expressions of themselves and those close to them.

Cutler Footway, Jack Betteridge Costumed as an Elf: Don’t F. with Me, Fellas! (detail), 2020, acrylic on canvas, 122 × 92cm. Winner of the acquisitive Percival Portrait Painting Prize 2020. Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, City of Townsville Art Collection. Courtesy the artist and Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Pinnacles Gallery
Riverway Art Centre, 20 Village Boulevard, Thuringowa 4817.
(07) 4727-9011.
Free entry.
Pinnacles Gallery will be closed from May to Dec due to renovations taking place at the Riverway Arts Centre.

UMI Arts Gallery & Gift Shop
Shop 4, 1 Jensen Street, Manoora 4870.
(07) 4041-6152.
Instagram: @umiarts
Mon–Thurs 10.00 to 4.00.
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.
Through May, Culture Through Our Eyes – a painting and photographic exhibition for First Nations students, showcasing young Indigenous creators.

Installation view You & Me exhibition 2022. Photograph: Lovegreen Photography. Courtesy the artists and UMI Arts Gallery & Gift Shop

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.
May 14 to Aug 20 John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery: 10 Artists: Chapter Two – Guy Breay, Megg Cullen, Kristen Flynn, Tracey Irvine, Kay Joyce, Sonia Miers, Leigh Nicholson, Bill Perry, Sharlene Smith and Meg Stevenson. An exhibition showcasing the stories of artists who live and work on the Western Downs. Curved Wall: Bury me in the Brigalow by Keith Murray – an exhibition celebrating life in the Western Downs through image, sound and original poetry.

Keith Murray, Kobble Gum Creek, 2021, photograph, 33 × 50.8cm. Courtesy the artist and Dogwood Crossing, Miles

Sonia Miers, Dalby. Photograph: Rachel Sieger. Courtesy the artist and Dogwood Crossing, Miles

Grassland Art Gallery
30 Arthur Street, Tambo 4478.
(07) 4621-6600.
Free admission.
Mon–Fri 8.30 to 4.45.
Through May Evolution of My Art by Donna Rivers from Jundah in western Queensland.

Donna Rivers, Changes through COVID. Courtesy the artist and Grassland Art Gallery

Outback Regional Gallery, Winton
Waltzing Matilda Centre, 50 Elderslie Street, Winton 4735.
(07) 4657-2625.
Mon–Fri 9.00 to 5.00, Sat–Sun 10.00 to 3.00.
To June 25 Beforehand: The Private Life of a Portrait – a touring exhibition and program from the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), Canberra. A new exhibition revealing the backstories behind iconic works from the NPG collection and the creative and social process of making a portrait.

David Rosetzky, Jessica Mauboy, 2018. Commissioned with funds provided by Sony Music Entertainment. Australia 2018. © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Outback Regional Gallery, Winton

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