August 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
New location
29 Merthyr Road, New Farm 4005.
(07) 3252-2292, 0412-990-356.
Visit website for open times.
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, Stephen Hart, Donna Marcus, Michel Tuffery and Katarina Vesterberg.

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 Sept 4 Tension(s) 2020: Tamworth Textile Triennial.

Dianne Firth, Blown By The Wind #4, 2020, netting, material, stitching, triptych, 135 × 66cm each. Photograph: Miranda Heckenberg. Courtesy the artist and artisan

Yinarr Maramali, Weaving Warrabah (Short Neck Turtle), 2019, Lomandra, water vine. 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.
July 30 to Sept 4 Error of Parallax: Paul Bong.
Also, Days Like This: Yvonne Mills Stanley.

Paul Bong, 1770-2020 Chronicle historical events, 2021, hand-coloured intaglio etching on 300gsm paper, edition 1/10, 122 × 80cm. Courtesy the artist and FireWorks Gallery

Griffith University Art Museum
226 Grey Street, South Bank 4101.
(07) 3735-7414.
Refer to gallery website for opening details.

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 Sept 18 Yhonnie Scarce: Missile Park – features a major new commission and draws upon existing works over the past 15 years of Yhonnie Scarce’s practice. Scarce is known for her sculptural installations, which span architecturally-scaled public art projects to intimately-scaled assemblages replete with personal and cultural histories. Scarce is a master glass-blower, which she puts to the service of spectacular and spectral installations full of aesthetic, cultural, and political significance. Her work also engages the photographic archive and found objects to explore the impact and legacies of colonial and family histories and memory. Developed, and with a new co-commission, in partnership with Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.

Yhonnie Scarce, The cultivation of whiteness, 2013. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2014. Photo: Janelle Low. Courtesy the artist and This is No Fantasy, Melbourne

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.
Aug 3 to 21 Rabbit holes by Michael Muir.
Aug 24 to Sept 18 Ken Sisters Collaborative, Sylvia Kanytjupai Ken and Tjungkara Ken.

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 Aug 21 Topsy Peterson Napangardi.
Aug 25 to Oct 2 Picnic by Matthew Cheyne.

Topsy Peterson Napangardi, Tali, 2008, 120 × 120cm. Courtesy the artist and Mitchell Fine Art

Matthew Cheyne, Party Boat, 2021, oil on canvas, 210 × 270cm. 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.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
Now showing:
Gallery 2: City in the Sun – large-scale new contemporary artworks alongside historical imagery reveal 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’ installation view. Courtesy Museum of Brisbane

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.
Also, 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) (detail), 2018, Goompi grass, natural raffia, fishing line and synthetic rope Photograph: Carl Warner Museum of Brisbane Collection. 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.
Aug 3 to 28 Peter Churcher.
Also, Peter Boggs.
Aug 31 to Sept 25 John Young.

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 Sept 19 Reality & Invention.
To Aug 22 William Yang: Seeing and Being Seen.
To Nov 22, 2022 Get Up, Stand Up: Indigenous Australian Art Collection.
To Aug 8 Creative Generation 2021: Excellence Awards in Visual Art.
To Aug 29 I, Object.
To Oct 17 European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Ticketed).

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 Aug 29 Fiona Foley: Veiled Paradise – surveys three decades of Badtjala artist Fiona Foley’s practice. This leading contemporary Aboriginal artist’s work is informed by her ancestral connection to K’Gari/Fraser Island, drawing equally upon its serene beauty and the history of systemic violence and sexual exploitation perpetrated on its shores.

Fiona Foley, The Magna Carta Tree #2, 2021, Fujiflex digital print. Photograph: Mick Richards. Courtesy the artist, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane and QUT Art Museum

Fiona Foley, The Magna Carta Tree #16, 2021, Fujiflex digital print. Photograph: Mick Richards. Courtesy the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane and QUT Art Museum

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 Sept 7 In Focus 2021.

Sue Thomas, Coochie Art Group, Old and Older, 2021, watercolour 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.
To Aug 29 As still as life by Robyn Stacey – a Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) travelling exhibition.
Also, Wish You Were Here by Kellie O’Dempsey.

Robyn Stacey, Fontaine de Vaucluse (detail), 2009, from the series ‘Empire Line’, chromogenic print, 120 x 169.5cm. Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection. Courtesy the artist, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney and Jan Manton Gallery, Queensland

Kellie O’Dempsey, Wish You Were Here (detail), 2020-21, mixed media and projection installation. Courtesy the artist and Redland 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.
July 30 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.

Xanthe Dobbie, Cloud Copy (detail), 2020, virtual reality installation, 4:50 mins. Courtesy the artist

Aug 21 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.

Jake Appelbaum, Allegra Searle-LeBel, Melissa Logan (Chicks on Speed), Jeremie Zimmermann, Drone Hits, Vol 1, 2015, video (made with Datalove and Software Libre), 4.11 minutes. Courtesy of Jake Appelbaum, Allegra Searle-LeBel, Melissa E Logan (Chicks on Speed), Jeremie Zimmermann

Gold Coast

Anthea Polson Art
29 Tedder Avenue, Main Beach 4217.
Director: Anthea Polson.
Daily 10.00 to 6.00.
July 31 to Aug 14 An Island In The Sun by Steve Tyerman.
Aug 28 to Sept 11 I Found An Old Box Of Paint by Robert Ryan.

HOTA Gallery
135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise 4217.
(07) 5588-4000.
Sat-Thurs 10.00 to 5.00, Fri 10.00 to 8.00. Pre-bookings are strongly recommended.
July 31 to Oct 3 Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson, curated by Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO. The exhibition and accompanying program of events highlight Robinson’s spiritual connection to the natural world and deep fascination with the Queensland landscape.

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.
To Sept 5 Inhabit by Petalia Humphreys.
Also, Peter Phillips.

Petalia Humphreys, Inhabit, 2021. Courtesy the artist and Noosa Regional Gallery

Peter Phillips, Art-O-Matic Riding High, 1973-74, acrylic on canvas, 200 × 150cm. 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.
To Oct 17 Light Relief.
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is partly housed in the old Toowoomba Gas & Electric Light Co. building. Reconnecting with that history, this exhibition features collection works about the novelty and frisson of artificial lighting.

Lionel Lindsay, Ex libris F.R. Jordan, 1940, wood engraving, 10.1 × 6.3cm plate. Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection 140. © National Library of Australia

July 31 to Sept 26 Meewah: Changing views of Table Top Mountain.
This exhibition draws together artworks from the Gallery’s collections that represent Meewah, also known as Table Top Mountain, one of Toowoomba’s signal landmarks. Related landscapes of the Main Range escarpment are also featured.

Vincent Serico, Toowoomba I, 1994, acrylic on canvas, 91 × 123cm. Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection 286. © Vincent Serico. Courtesy the artist and FireWorks Gallery, Queensland


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 Oct 17 Void.

James Tylor, (Deleted Scenes) From an Untouched Landscape #7 Knocklofty Reserve, West Hobart, Palawa Land, 2013, inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper with hole removed to a black velvet void, 63 × 63cm framed. Courtesy the artist and UTS Art Collection, Sydney

July 30 to Oct 17 Rosella Namok & Fiona Omeenyo: Sandbeach People.
Also, Focus on the Collection: Collaged, and The Lichen Garden.

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 Aug 22 Forever Memories by Robert Brownhall.
Also, Throw by Sebastian Di Mauro, and The Trouble with Clouds by Susan Hutton.

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 9.00 to 2.00. Closed public hols.
To Aug 22 Ritual: The Past In The Present – Indigenous North Australia and Asia Pacific Art.
Also, Ritual: Beating Hearts – American Indian new media – Michelle Derosier, Jeffrey Gibson and Terrance Houle. Read more…

Simone Arnol Gunggandji born Cairns, Queensland, and Bernard Singleton Jnr Umpila/Djabugay/Yirrgay born Cairns, Queensland, Medicine clay, 2019-2020, digital print, 35.5 × 49cm (image); 41.5 x 55cm (sheet) (16 prints). Courtesy the artists and Cairns Art Gallery

CIAF: Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2021
Cnr Wharf and Lake streets, Cairns City 4870.
Aug 17 to 22 Australia’s premier Indigenous Art Fair, CIAF invites audiences to experience the vibrant and distinct Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures of Queensland. CIAF highlights include an art fair, art market, fashion performance, music in the park and a symposium.

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.
To Aug 22 Robert Preston, Inner Visions: Observation, Abstraction and Imagination, 1955-2021.
This exhibition is the first career-spanning retrospective of Townsville-based artist, Robert Preston, and the largest and most comprehensive selection of his work to date. The exhibition covers some 66 years of artistic practice and includes key works from every period of Preston’s vast oeuvre, including never-before exhibited student works, studies, commissions and commercial pieces, and the career-defining Communion to the Trees in its entirety, exhibited for the first time in two decades. This expansive exhibition is drawn from collections public and private, and features many works, journals and ephemera drawn from the artist’s own archives, offering new insights into one of North Queensland’s most beloved and influential artists.

Robert Preston, Morning Raga on Contemplating Pataya, 1978, gouache on Arches dessin paper, 36 × 33cm. Collection of City of Townsville. Courtesy the artist and Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

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.
To Aug 8 Graphic Tendencies: Works from the City of Townsville Art Collection.
Aug 30 to Oct 24 IN CAHOOTS: Artists Collaborate Across Country – Fremantle Arts Centre’s ground-breaking exhibition is set to tour the nation following an incredible reception from audiences and critics alike. The exhibition took two years to put together and initiated a number of new collaborations between artists in remote and regional Aboriginal art centres and independent Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists from across Australia. IN CAHOOTS exhibits large-scale woven installations, sculptures made from reclaimed tin, wooden objects, contemporary furniture, photographic works, paintings and much more, which speak to the distinctness not only of each community and the issues which affect them, but to each artist’s unique perspective and skills.

Tony Albert, Kieran Lawson and David C Collins, Warakurna Superhero #1, 2017, C-type print, 100 × 150cm. Courtesy the artists, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney, Warakurna Artists, Western Australia and Pinnacles Gallery

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 Sept 4 John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery: Unseen by donna davis – a touring exhibition that artistically and philosophically explores interspecies relationships: investigating the intricate web of unseen connections with reference to plants and fungi.

donna davis, Hidden Worlds (detail), 2017, pigment print on fine art rag. Courtesy the artist and Dogwood Crossing, Miles

To Sept 4 CURVED WALL: The Grace Lithgow Fungi Collection – a collection of botanical artwork documenting fungi in southern Queensland, by renowned Queensland naturalist M Grace Lithgow, on loan from Lapunyah Art Gallery, Chinchilla.

M Grace Lithgow, Aseroe rubra, 1998, pen, ink and watercolour on paper, 17.5 × 26.5cm. 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 Sept 5 The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition, presented in partnership with the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) and FilmArt Media. Celebrating the artistry of the sumptuous costume designs of the film ‘The Dressmaker’ (2015) and the transformational power of fashion. The 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.

Sarah Snook as Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Pratt. Photograph: Ben King. Courtesy FilmArt Media, NFSA and Outback Regional Gallery, Winton