December 2019-January 2020 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.


Andrew Baker Art Dealer
26 Brookes Street, Bowen Hills 4006.
(07) 3252-2292, 0412-990-356.
Wed-Sat 10.00 to 5.00, or by appt.
Paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures by leading contemporary Australian, Melanesian and Polynesian artists, including: Lincoln Austin, Leonard Brown, Michael Cook, Karla Dickens, Marian Drew, Ruki Famé, Fiona Foley, Donna Marcus, Michel Tuffery, Katarina Vesterberg and William Yang.
To Dec 21 Mother’s little helpers by Karla Dickens.

Art from the Margins Gallery & Studios
136 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley 4006.
(07) 3151-6655.
Mon-Sat 10.00 to 4.00.
To Jan 18, 2020 AFTM goes POP – Pop Art exploded onto the cultural scene in the 1950s and is widely regarded as one of the most significant styles of postmodern art. AFTM goes Pop showcases Pop Art themed visual art, presenting works with attitude by disadvantaged artists.
Gallery closed Dec 23 to Jan 5, 2020.

Sue Yule, Where is the spoon: My Ekka Sundae, 2017, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist and Art from the Margins Gallery & Studios

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.
Until 8 Feb, 2020 House of Shadow by Jumaadi.

Jumaadi, postcard #2, 2019, acrylic on metal, timber. © Cassandra Lehman
Courtesy the artist and artisan, Queensland

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 7 to Feb, 2020 Matches 8: Yvonne Mills-Stanley & Woven – a group show featuring Maningrida Arts Centre – Paul Bong, Evelyn McGreen, Barbara Weir, Dorothy Napangardi, Miles Allen, Regina Wilson and Helen Tyalmuty McCarthy.
Gallery closed from Dec 24 to Jan 28, 2020.

Yvonne Mills-Stanley, Frog Hollow, 2019, oil on linen, 50 x 60cm. Courtesy the artist and FireWorks Gallery

Graydon Gallery
29 Merthyr Road, New Farm 4005.
Two week hire space, for all art practice and artisans.
Now taking 2020 bookings.
To Dec 8 Tim Job.
Dec 10 to 22 Nicole dela Mar.
Gallery closed through Jan, 2020.

Institute of Modern Art
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, 420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley 4006.
(07) 3252-5750.
Fax 3252-5072.
Free entry.
Tues-Sat 11.00 to 6.00.
To Dec 21 Earwitness Theatre by Lawrence Abu Hamdan – the first solo exhibition in Australia by Beirut-based artist and ‘private ear’ Lawrence Abu Hamdan whose practice examines the politics of listening through installations acutely attuned to sound. Read more…

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Earwitness Theatre, 2018, installation view at Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Photograph: Carl Warner. Courtesy the artist and Institute of Modern Art

To Dec 21 the churchie national emerging art prize 2019. Since its inception in 1987, the churchie has sought to identify and profile the next generation of contemporary artists from across Australia.
To Feb 8, 2020 IMA Belltower: Courtney Coombs and Façade Projection: Daniel McKewen. After an open call for applications across Queensland, Courtney Coombs and Daniel McKewen have been selected to exhibit as part of the IMA Belltower program.

Jan Manton Art
Contemporary Australian + International Art
1/93 Fortescue Street, Spring Hill 4000.
(07) 3831-3060, 0419-657-768.
Director: Jan Manton.
Wed-Fri by appt, Sat 10.00 to 4.00 no appt required.
Jan Manton Art has a changing program of leading and emerging contemporary artists.

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 7 Paintings 2019 by Victoria Reichelt and Natasha Bieniek.
Gallery closed for summer break through Jan, 2020.

Natasha Bieniek holding Peak #2 (Hong Kong), 2019, oil on gold mirror Dibond, 14 x 19cm. Courtesy the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery

Natasha Bieniek, Peak #2 (Hong Kong), 2019, oil on gold mirror Dibond, 14 x 19cm. Courtesy the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery

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 21 Petite.

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, Fri 10.00 to 7.00.
To March 15, 2020 New Woman: Celebrating a century of women in Brisbane art reveals the art, personal stories and enduring legacies of Brisbane’s most significant and groundbreaking female artists over the past 100 years. It traces vast changes in ideas of gender, artistic styles, subject matter and ways of seeing the world through sculpture, painting and photography. New Woman features works from leading 1920s artists and advocates Daphne Mayo and Vida Lahey, as well as artists such as Judy Watson, Fiona Foley, Tracey Moffatt and Davida Allen and includes significant historical and contemporary works from the Museum of Brisbane and City of Brisbane Collections, as well as loans from various institutions and private lenders. Read more…

New Woman exhibition at Museum of Brisbane. Photograph: David Kelly. Courtesy Museum of Brisbane

To April 19, 2020 High Rotation dives into the songs, stories and images of the Brisbane music scene, exploring a world of musicians and managers, labels and producers and venues. Featuring highlights over the past 30 years, High Rotation will reveal a snapshot of how popular music in Brisbane exploded from the local scene onto national and international stages.

High Rotation exhibition at Museum of Brisbane. Photograph: Dylan Evans. Courtesy 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 7 Michael Zavros.
Dec 10 to 21 Summer exhibition.
Jan 21 to March 1, 2020 Summer Exhibition.

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)
Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank Brisbane 4101.
(07) 3840-7303.
Fax 3844-8865.
Free entry, unless otherwise stated.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.
Closed Good Friday, Christmas and Boxing Day.
To April 26, 2020 Water.

Olafur Eliasson, Riverbed (detail), 2014, site-specific installation pictured: The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark. Photograph: Iwan Baan. Courtesy the artist, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

to Feb 2, 2020 Jon Molvig: Maverick.
To March 1, 2020 Shirley Macnamara: Dyinala, Nganinya.

Jon Molvig (Australia, 1923-1970), Arrangement with leaves no.1, 1954, oil on hardboard, 62.5 x 44.5cm. Private collection, Brisbane

Shirley Macnamara, Spinifex guutu, 1997, Spinifex (Triodia pungens) runners, yellow ochre, waxed thread and synthetic polymer fixative, 68 x 41 x 41cm. Collection: Campbelltown City Council. © the artist and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne. Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

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-Sun 12.00 to 4.00.
Visit website for programs and events.
To Feb 23, 2020 Anne Wallace: Strange Ways – the most comprehensive survey of Wallace’s idiosyncratic practice to date, exploring her unique contribution to Australian painting over the last 30 years.

Redland Art Gallery
Capalaba Place, Noeleen Street, Capalaba 4157.
(07) 3829-8899.
Free admission.
Mon-Wed, Fri 8.30 to 5.00, Thurs 8.30 to 7.30, Sat 9.00 to 4.00.
To Jan 7, 2020 Broken Glass by Matthew Cheyne.

Matthew Cheyne, Copper thieves, 2018, oil on linen. Courtesy the artist and Redland Art Gallery

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 8 to Jan 26, 2020 Robert MacPherson: Boss Drovers.
Also, The In-Between: Papermakers and Artists Queensland.

Robert MacPherson, 1000 FROG POEMS: 1000 BOSS DROVERS (‘YELLOW LEAF FALLING’) FOR H.S. (detail, no. 1916), 1996­-2014, graphite, ink and stain on paper. Purchased 2014 with funds from the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation, Paul and Susan Taylor, and Donald and Christine McDonald. Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. © Robert MacPherson

Sandra Pearce, Crossing borders (detail), 2018, mixed media. Courtesy the artist and Redland Art Gallery

Suzanne O’Connell Gallery
93 James Street, New Farm 4005.
(07) 3358-5811, 0400-920-022.
Fax 3358-5813.
Member of ACGA.
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 4.00, or by appt.
Specialising in contemporary Australian Indigenous art. Representing leading Aboriginal artists; works include paintings, fibre and wood carvings.
To Dec 21 Shifting Sands by fibre artist, Anne Jillett.
Gallery closed Dec 22 to Feb 1, 2020.

UQ Art Museum
James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre (Building 11), University Drive, The University of Queensland, St Lucia 4067.
(07) 3365-3046.
Mon-Tues and Thurs-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Wed 10.00 to 8.00, closed Sun and public hols.
To Jan 18, 2020 Unlearning – brings together new artworks, commissions and collection exhibitions from artists and creative thinkers including Lara Merrett, Freja Carmichael, Elizabeth Willing, John Baldessari and Jacobus Capone.
To Jan 18, 2020 Workshop – interrogates institutional processes by making visible‘behind-the-scenes’ work within the UQ Art Museum.

Workshop, installation documentation. Photograph: Carl Warner

To Jan 18, 2020 High Stakes by Sydney-based artist Lara Merrett presents a newly commissioned participatory painting project that will culminate in a large installation.
To Jan 18, 2020 Weaving the Way features works of contemporary fibre works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from the UQ Art Collection.
To Jan 18, 2020 Elizabeth Willing: Through the Mother involves performance and participatory explorations of food as art material.
To Jan 18, 2020 Wall Painting from renowned American conceptual artist John Baldessari will be staged at UQ Art Museum in collaboration with students.
To Jan 18, 2020 Jacobus Capone: Dark Learning is an immersive seven-channel film installation that unfolds in performative gestures within extreme locales.
To Jan 18, 2020 Hoda Afshar: Remain is filmed on the infamous Manus Island, an immigration detention facility in Papua New Guinea, the work delivers a powerful depiction of the prolonged mistreatment of detainees.

Gold Coast

Anthea Polson Art
Shop 120 Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach 4217.
(07) 5561-1166.
Director: Anthea Polson.
Daily 10.00 to 6.00.
To Dec 14 Stories by Melissa Egan.
Dec 21 to Jan 5, 2020 Artist’s Choice – special Christmas exhibition.
Jan 18 to Feb 1, 2020 Thoughts Of Past Seen by Sophie Gralton.

Lorraine Pilgrim Gallery
Studio 87, 87 Ridgeway Avenue, Southport 4215.
(07) 5532-7170, 0418-767-495.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, weekends by appt.
Nov 30 to Feb 29, 2020 (opening Sat Nov 30, 4-6pm) The Summer Exhibition 2019 – a selection of works by artists in the stable. To be officially opened by Tracy Cooper-Lavery, Director-Gallery, HOTA Home of the Arts.

Sunshine Coast

Montville Art Gallery
138 Main Street, Montville 4560.
(07) 5442-9211.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.
Featuring the works of 45 regional and interstate artists on permanent display in our 100-year-old Queenslander.
All works can also be seen on our website.

Wayne Malkin, Turbulence #40, oil on canvas, 80 x 190cm. Courtesy the artist and Montville Art Gallery

Noosa Regional Gallery
Ground floor, 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 changeovers.
Dec 6 to Jan 26, 2020 Violent Salt – Abdul Abdullah, Vernon Ah Kee, Richard Bell, Daniel Boyd, Megan Cope, Karla Dickens, Sarah-Jane Norman, Yhonnie Scarce and Jemima Wyman.

Abdul Abdullah, For we are young and free, 2017, Manual embroidery, 126 x 108cm. Darebin Art Collection

Richard Bell, Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang Peoples, You Can Go Now, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 180 x 240cm. Courtesy the artist, Milani Gallery, Queensland 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 admission.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun 1.00 to 4.00, closed Mon and public hols.
Dec 7 to Feb 2, 2020 Safe Space contemporary sculpture brings together three-dimensional artworks by 12 Australian artists that explore psychological aspects of physical space. It features a range of figurative elements and narrative themes with social, and sometimes political, resonances. Many of the works in this exhibition take as their point of departure: the human body, its dimensions, the spaces it occupies, the narratives that contain it and the theatre or spectacle that unfolds around it.

Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, Downstairs dining room – Octopus, 2014, Lego, IKEA chair and plant with hanger, 96 x 100 x 72cm. Photograph: Ivan Bulijan. Courtesy the artists and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney. Reproduced by kind permission.

To Jan 26, 2020 Aftermath: The Lindsay Family after the Great War. While the world struggled to recover from the aftermath of World War I, art and books made by the Lindsay siblings Lionel, Norman, Ruby and Daryl, and Ruby’s husband Will Dyson, show traces of the personal shock and bereavement they suffered from the war. This exhibition is a pendant to the Centenary of ANZAC project Poppies for Reg and Ruby: Remembering the Great War through the Lindsay Family (2015).

Reginald Lindsay (1888-1916), Untitled, 1909, pen and ink drawing. Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection 2085. Reproduced by kind permission

To Jan 26, 2020 Race Relations. This exhibition explores representations of race relations through key works and publications held in the Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection, complimented by works from Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery’s permanent holdings.

A View of the Hawkesbury, and the Blue Mountains. New South Wales. 1821 W. Preston scalp. [Walter PRESTON 1777-?] from an Original Drawing by Capt. J. Wallis. 46th Reg.t [James WALLIS 1785?-1858] London. Pub.d Sept.r 2. 1820 at R. Ackermann¹s 101 Strand. Plate I, An Historical Account of The Colony of New South Wales and its Dependent Settlements; In Illustration of Twelve Views, Engraved by W. Preston, A Convict; from Drawings taken on the Spot, by Captain Wallis, of the Forty-Sixth Regiment [James WALLIS 1785?-1858] … London … 1821. Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection. Reproduced by kind permission

Far North

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 19, 2020 Reasonable and Necessary prints and artist books by Artel Artists.
To Feb 16, 2020 Sacred Ink: Connecting to culture.
Nov 29 to Feb 23, 2020 Losing Home, Finding Home by Mika Nakamura-Mather.
Jan 24 to April 5, 2020 Disquiet by Barbara Dover and Robyn Glade Wright.

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
1 Barolin 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 9, 2020 Tradelines.

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 Dec 8 Life Clings Closest by Patricia Piccinini.
To Jan 12, 2020 CONCRETE: art design architecture.
Dec 13 to Feb 2, 2020ARTNOW FNQ 2019.

Gab Titui Cultural Centre
Cnr Blackall Street and Victoria Parade, Thursday Island 4875.
(07) 4069-0888.
Mon-Fri 9.00 to 4.30, Sat 9.30 to 1.30 (until Oct).

KickArts Contemporary Arts
School of Arts, 93-105 Lake Street, Cairns 4870.
(07) 4050-9496.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 1.00.
KickArts is regional Queensland’s leading contemporary visual arts organisation and presents a program of local, national and international artists. In 2018-19, the Centre of Contemporary Arts (CoCA) Cairns where KickArts is located is undergoing refurbishment. Visit the gallery at the School of Arts during this time.

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Cnr Flinders and Denham Streets, Townsville 4810.
(07) 4727-9011.
Free entry.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 2.00.
Dec 2 to Feb 9, 2020 Ken Done, Paintings You Probably Haven’t Seen: Selected Works 2000-2017. This major exhibition of 21st-century paintings by Ken Done brings together a selection of mostly unseen works from one of Australia’s best-known artists. Featuring dozens of works, Paintings You Probably Haven’t Seen: Selected Works 2000-2017 is a brilliant survey of an artist at the peak of his lifelong practice.

Ken Done, Yellow Beach II, 2016, oil and acrylic on linen, 152 x 122cm. Courtesy the Ken Done Gallery, Sydney

Dec 2 to Feb 9, 2020 Glen O’Malley: What is a Dream? Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is proud to present the first major retrospective of Glen O’Malley. A long-time resident of North Queensland, O’Malley has consistently offered an esoteric viewpoint on Queensland and the world, from otherworldly landscapes and the surrealism of the everyday to the eccentric and the erotic. What is a Dream? assembles work spanning O’Malley’s decades-long career from the artist’s own archives and several collections, as well as a selection of his books, documents and ephemera for an expanded view of the artist’s practice.

Glen O’Malley, What is a dream? – You’re asking me too much, 1995, silver gelatin print 1995, 34 x 51cm. Collection of the artist

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.
Dec 14 to Feb 1, 2020 John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery: TRE360 an exhibition of mosaics by Kylie Bourne. Curved Wall: Bits and Bobs an exhibition of photographs by Sophie Bourne.

Kylie Bourne, Bottle Brush White, 2019, 47.5 x 46.5cm. Courtesy the artist and Dogwood Crossing, Miles

Sophie Bourne, Yumoo, 2019, photograph, 26 x 31cm. 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, 2020 Winton Through the Lens – a photographic exhibition.
To Feb 28, 2020 Life on the Line and I’ve Been Working on the Railway – a touring exhibition by The Workshops Rail Museum.

Courtesy Russell Watkins Crew Change. A Toogoolawah-based crew and an Ipswich-based crew chat at Borallon while changing trains to return them to their home depots, 1966