May/June 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.
Gallery open by appointment only and online.
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, Simon Gende, Donna Marcus, Michel Tuffery, Katarina Vesterberg and William Yang.
Michael Cook, Livin’ the dream. An Aboriginal nuclear family headed by “Joey Jones” is transplanted into a remote outback community. While they bring with them aspirational “white” accoutrements – the luxury EH Holden car (1963), a swimming pool, a boat, and smart clothes – their facial expressions and physical stillness betray bewilderment; their ability to identify themselves is threatened and distanced by their removal from the familiar.

Michael Cook, Livin’ the dream (Welcome home), 2020, inkjet print, 120 x 180cm edition of 6, or 80 x 120cm edition of 10. Courtesy the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer

Michael Cook, Livin the dream (For sale), 2020, inkjet print, 120 x 180cm edition 6, or 80 x 120cm edition 10. Courtesy the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer

Art from the Margins Gallery & Studios
136 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley 4006.
(07) 3151-6655.
Currently closed but open online.
To May 22 Lifting the Veil on the Unseen by Felicity Clarke, and Pandora’s Box by Katka & Sophie Adams. Exhibitions extended. Art from the Margins brings together two exhibitions featuring three female artists. The women behind these exhibitions have had their share of hardships which they have overcome with great strength and willpower. View the exhibition online only artfromthemargins.myshopify.com/
June 1 to July 17 Survival. Balance. Growth: 2020 AFTM Emerging Artists Exhibition. Five artists inspired by personal journeys to healing, including Clinton Barker, Janice Crosbie, Anne Parker, Crystal Parry and Michael Tichowitsch. Call Out: 2020 Queensland Outsider Art Awards – up to $4,000 in prizes. Entries open from June 1 to July 31. Check AFTM website for details.

Clinton Barker, Flowering Voice, 2019, oil on canvas. Courtesy the artist and Art from the Margins Gallery and Studios

Baboa Gallery
5 Denning Street, The Gap 4061.
By appt only until May 2020.
To May 30 The Sons and Daughters – new Tapa Art from Omie PNG.

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. Appointments are recommended.
May 9 to June 13 Black & White 2020, and Still in the Desert.

Graydon Gallery
29 Merthyr Road, New Farm 4005.
Two-week hire space, for all art practice and artisans.

Graydon Gallery

Graydon Gallery

Institute of Modern Art
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, 420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley 4006.
(07) 3252-5750.
Fax (07) 3252-5072.
Gallery closed until further notice.
Latest news: the finalists of ‘the churchie emerging art prize 2020’ have been announced – Nathan Beard, Tom Blake, Jessica Bradford, Marina Pumani Brown, Martin George, Yasbelle Kerkow, Guy Louden, Lachlan McKee, Georgia Morgan, Nabilah Nordin, James Nguyen, Emily Parsons-Lord and Athena Thebus.Thanks to generous sponsors ‘the churchie’ offers a prize pool of $25,000. The overall winner will receive a non-acquisitive $15,000 cash prize donated by long-standing sponsor, BSPN Architecture.

Jessica Bradford, Haw Par Villa #5 (Shepherd with goats), 2018, pastel and liquid pencil on primed aluminium sheet on top of underglazed porcelain, 9.5 x 19 x 8cm. Photograph: Garry Trinh. Courtesy the artist, Galerie pompom, Sydney and Institute of Modern Art

Jan Manton Art
Contemporary Australian + International Art
1/93 Fortescue Street, Spring Hill 4000.
(07) 3831-3060, 0419-657-768.
Director: Jan Manton.
Jan Manton Art has a changing program of leading and emerging contemporary artists.
UPDATE: Jan Manton Gallery is closed until further notice but will continue to operate online.

Jan Murphy Gallery
486 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley 4006.
(07) 3254-1855.
Director: Jan Murphy.
To May 23 Sylvia Ken, Tjungkara Ken & The Ken Sisters Collaborative.

Tjungkara Ken, Seven Sisters, 2019, acrylic on linen, 152 x 122cm

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 by appt.
To May 16 Defying Convention by Janelle Stockman Napaltjarri.

Janelle Stockman Napaltjarri, My Country, acrylic on linen, 93 x 122cm. 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.
UPDATE: M0B is closed until further notice. Follow them on the MoB Feed or their social media platforms.

Petrie Terrace Gallery home of the RQAS
Unit 3, 162 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane 4000.
(07) 3367-1977.
Gallery hire bookings open for 2020/2021 – Petrie Terrace Gallery and Studio Gallery available for workshops, private hire, corporate and event hire. Competitive rates and great Brisbane city location.
UPDATE: Petrie Terrace Gallery is closed until Friday, June 12.

Philip Bacon Galleries
2 Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley 4006.
(07) 3358-3555.
Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00 by appt only due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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 July 18 Important Australian Paintings.

John Olsen, Frogs, 1993, watercolour and pastel, 100 x 94cm. Courtesy the artist and Philip Bacon Galleries

Jeffrey Smart, The bus depot (Study for ‘Portrait of David Malouf’), 1979, oil on canvas, 64 x 35cm. Courtesy Philip Bacon Galleries

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)
Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank Brisbane 4101.
(07) 3840-7303.
Fax 3844-8865.
Online walkthrough: Mavis Ngallametta: Show Me the Way to Go Home. Read more…
UPDATE: QAGOMA is temporarily closed to the public, until further notice. During this period, their website will be updated with relevant news.

QUT Art Museum
2 George Street, QUT Gardens Point Campus (next to the City Botanic Gardens), Brisbane 4000.
(07) 3138-5370.
Rite of Passage responds to the significance of the year 2020 – 250 years since James Cook first arrived on our shores – reframing the way that we perceive this year in our history. Curated by Shannon Brett, a descendant of the Wakka Wakka, Butchulla and Gurang Guran clans. Take an interactive virtual tour of the exhibition.
UPDATE: QUT Art Museum is closed and all public programs, including tours and school bookings, are cancelled until further notice.

Jenna Lee, un/bound passage (detail), 2019, hand-dyed and folded paper installation from pages of ‘The Voyages of Captain Cook’ Ladybird Book, with video projection. Courtesy the artist and QUT Art Museum

Nici Cumpston, Listening to the river, 2005, backlit transparent archival film (lightbox), edition of 5 + 2AP. Courtesy the artist, Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney and QUT Art Museum

Redland Art Gallery
Capalaba Place, Noeleen Street, Capalaba 4157.
(07) 3829-8899.
To May 19 The Family Home: Works from the Redland Art Gallery Collection.
May 23 to July 11 A Portrait of Australia: Stories through the lens of Australian Geographic.
UPDATE: Redland Art Gallery has closed until further notice.

Redland Art Gallery
Cnr Middle and Bloomfield Streets, Cleveland 4163.
(07) 3829-8899.
UPDATE: Redland Art Gallery has closed until further notice.

Suzanne O’Connell Gallery
93 James Street, New Farm 4005.
(07) 3358-5811, 0400-920-022.
Fax 3358-5813.
Member of ACGA.
Specialising in contemporary Australian Indigenous art. Representing leading Aboriginal artists; works include paintings, fibre and wood carvings.
UPDATE: Suzanne O’Connell Gallery is closed until further notice.

UQ Art Museum
James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre (Building 11), University Drive, The University of Queensland, St Lucia 4067.
(07) 3365-3046.
Currently closed but stay connected with us across our range of social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
To Jan 16, 2021, UQ Art Museum continues to share digital stories that we hope will inspire and connect – stories about artists, artwork and exhibitions, including:
Centre of the Centre by Mel O’Callaghan;

Mel O’Callaghan, Centre of the Centre, 2019, installation view UQ Art Museum. Courtesy the artist and KRONENBERG MAIS WRIGHT, Sydney, Galerie Allen, Paris and Belo-Galsterer, Lisbon. Photograph: Simon Woods

To Speak of Cities – exhibition and front window commission by Sam Cranstoun;
Music of Spheres – an exhibition featuring Lincoln Austin, Eugene Carchesio, Daniel Crooks, Michaela Gleave, Tjungkara Ken, Peter Kennedy, Lindy Lee, Dylan Martorell, Leonie Pootchemunka & Rosalind Atkins, Koji Ryui, Sandra Selig, David Stephenson and Guan Wei.

Sam Cranstoun, Utopia, 2019, from the series ‘Between Dystopia and Utopia’, acrylic on cardboard, 150 x 120cm. Collection of The University of Queensland, purchased 2019. Photograph: Carl Warner. Courtesy the artist, Milani Gallery, Brisbane and UQ Art Museum

Gold Coast

Anthea Polson Art
Shop 120 Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, and 29 Tedder Avenue, Main Beach 4217.
(07) 5561-1166.
Director: Anthea Polson.
Daily 10.00 to 6.00.
June 20 to July 4 New Paintings by Martin Edge and New Works by Erica Gray. Highly collected Brisbane artist Martin paints that which delights him. In his new body of work, there are again the urban landscapes that express his fascination for a city’s constant motion. Erica is an award-winning artist with an interest in traditional sewing techniques, portrait painting and technology-based- infused methods, often merging both processes into her art pieces.

Martin Edge, Many Bridges of Brisbane, acrylic on canvas, 76 x 100cm. Courtesy the artist and Anthea Polson Art

Erica Gray, life.e.quatic 2.22, sealed acrylic on canvas, 61 x 51cm. Courtesy the artist and Anthea Polson Art

Lorraine Pilgrim Gallery
Studio 87, 87 Ridgeway Avenue, Southport 4215.
(07) 5532-7170, 0418-767-495.
UPDATE: Lorraine Pilgrim Gallery will be closed until further notice. Contact Lorraine to subscribe to her mailing list for email updates on the Gallery and artists.

Sunshine Coast

Montville Art Gallery
138 Main Street, Montville 4560.
(07) 5442-9211.
Operating with minimal opening hours or by appt.
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.
This is the latest work from Wayne Malkin, resident artist and owner at Montville Art Gallery. ‘Turbulence #52’ is a large scale oil on canvas, 90 x 200cm and was painted to show the anticipation of waves and raw power of water against immovable objects.
Our gallery, open since 1974, specialises in subject-based art and has a wide range of local and interstate artists on permanent display.

Wayne Malkin, Turbulence #52, oil on canvas, 90 x 200cm. Courtesy the artist and Montville Art Gallery

Noosa Regional Gallery
Level 1, 9 Pelican Street, Riverside, Tewantin 4565.
(07) 5329-6145.
UPDATE: Noosa Regional Gallery will remain closed until further notice. Exhibition walkthroughs and digital catalogues are available on their website.

South East Region

Gympie Regional Gallery
39 Nash Street, Gympie 4570.
(07) 5481-0733.
The gallery promotes the development of the arts as an integral part of the lives and industry of the local community.
UPDATE: Gympie Regional Gallery is closed until further notice.

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
531 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba 4350.
(07) 4688-6652.
Established in 1937, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery was the first public art gallery in regional Queensland. The Gallery is owned and operated by Toowoomba Regional Council and is dedicated to providing opportunities for creative expression, cultural exchange, access to life-long learning experiences and to commemorate our local heritage. The Gallery exhibits and acquires artworks by local and national practitioners. It houses three permanent Collections – The Toowoomba City Collection, Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection and the Fred and Lucy Gould Art Collection.

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery 2020. Reproduced by kind permission.

An interior view, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery. Reproduced by kind permission

The Gallery is currently closed but will reopen with Breaking News: Captain Cook in 2020, dates to be advised. Breaking News: Captain Cook in 2020 – Captain James Cook’s three historic voyages across the Pacific Ocean 1768-1780 are breaking news – especially in Australia this year. New information, interpretations and images about his voyages make them not simply past events but also currently occurring and developing stories. This exhibition showcases original engravings from the Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection’s extensive holdings of Cook literature as well as contemporary artworks that present alternative and Indigenous views of Cook’s voyages.

Rew Hanks, Cook’s curios, 2012, linocut, 51 x 42cm. Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection 2332. Reproduced by kind permission

Far North

Artspace Mackay
Civic Precinct, cnr Gordon and Macalister Streets, Mackay 4740.
(07) 4961-9722.
Currently closed until further notice.
The judging process has now commenced for the 2020 Libris Awards, Artspace Mackay’s national artists’ book prize. The awards play a significant role in showcasing the very latest in contemporary artists’ book practice in Australia. Due to the extraordinary developments that continue to unfold, exhibition dates and announcement of winners may be delayed. For the latest information, key date changes, and to view the illustrated Catalogue of Finalists, visit www.artspacemackay.com.au

Jenna Lee, A plant in the wrong place, 2016, copperplate etching, image transfer, 16.5 x 13cm. Photograph: Jim Cullen Photographer. Courtesy the artist and Artspace Mackay

Clyde McGill, Witness (detail), 2016, edition 3/6, etching, letterpress, gold leaf, ink and graphite on BFK 270gsm, 39 x 46 x 3cm. Mackay Regional Council Art Collection. Winner, National Artists’ Book Award, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Artspace Mackay

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
1 Barolin Street, Bundaberg 4670.
(07) 4130-4750.
UPDATE: Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery is temporarily closed to the public.

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 July 3 Melanie Smith: Fordlandia.
May 17 to July 11 Queen’s Land Blak Portraiture-Late 19th Century to the Present.
UPDATE: Cairns Art Gallery is closed to the public until further notice. Exhibitions are viewable online.

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2020
Cnr Wharf and Lake streets, Cairns City 4870.
CIAF 2020 is an online digital platform enabling everyone to experience and explore the vibrant and distinctive Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and cultures from their home.

Gab Titui Cultural Centre
Cnr Blackall Street and Victoria Parade, Thursday Island 4875.
(07) 4069-0888.
UPDATE: Gab Titui Cultural Centre is closed and their scheduled programme of events have now been postponed or cancelled until further notice.

NorthSite Contemporary Arts
96 Abbott Street, Cairns 4870.
(07) 4050-9494.
KickArts Contemporary Arts begins a new chapter in 2020 following the completion of the Centre of Contemporary Arts’ building redevelopment. The organisation returns with a new artistic vision, brand identity and a stimulating program of exhibitions and activities. UPDATE: NorthSite Contemporary Arts is closed until further notice. Visit the website for more information.

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Cnr Flinders and Denham Streets, Townsville 4810.
(07) 4727-9011.
Currently closed but open online.
Virtual exhibition: May 22 to July 19 The Percival Portrait Prize.
The biennial Percival Portrait Prize, the North Queensland’s own portrait competition, is an open competition for artists locally and internationally. The Percivals includes three categories of competition and exhibition, The Percival Portrait Painting Prize, the Percival Photographic Portrait Prize, and the Percival Animal Portrait Prize, totalling in $54,000 in prize money. Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is exhibiting all three prizes via a virtual tour on our website.

Zahra Marsous, Untitled, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 101 x 76cm. Finalist in the Percival Portrait Painting Prize 2020, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville. Courtesy the artist and Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Rockhampton Art Gallery
62 Victoria Parade, Rockhampton 4700.
(07) 4936-8248.
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To May 8 KAGI.
To May 15 Exposed.
To May 22 Inside Out.
To May 29 Reflected.
UPDATE: Rockhampton Art Gallery is closed until further notice.

Jo Grant, Urr, 2001 Donated by Queensland Centre for Photography, 2019. Courtesy the artist, M.33 Gallery, Melbourne and Rockhampton Art Gallery

Eduardo Paolozzi, the locus of C is thus (no 8 from the suite). Courtesy the artist and Rockhampton Art Gallery

Western District

Dogwood Crossing, Miles
81 Murilla Street, Miles 4415.
(07) 4628-5330.
To May 23 John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery: Unseen by donna davis – an exhibition of sculpture, installation and digital media exploring the unseen living networks that nurture and sustain our planet. Curved Wall: Vibrancy of life by Aleesha Sanewski – an exhibition of vibrant and positive paintings.
UPDATE: Dogwood Crossing is closed until further notice.

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

Aleesha Sanewski, Foxy Loxy, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60cm. Courtesy the artist and Dogwood Crossing, Miles

Outback Regional Gallery, Winton
Waltzing Matilda Centre, 50 Elderslie Street, Winton 4735.
(07) 4657-2625.
H Mon-Fri 9.00 to 5.oo, Sat & Sun 9.00 to 3.00
From June 15 A Portrait of Australia: Stories Through the Lens of Australian Geographic – a travelling exhibition from the National Museum of Australia, developed in collaboration with Australian Geographic.