Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

current exhibitions

Saturday, 14 September, 2019 to Sunday, 1 December, 2019

Doug SPOWART / The Old Court House 1996 / black and white photograph / Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection 352 / Reproduced by kind permission.

In 1996 photographer Doug Spowart undertook a project called “New sight-Same sites” which ‘re-imaged’ Downs landscapes and other regional sites depicted in selected works from the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery —Toowoomba City Collection. This exhibition revisits those images exploring ideas of visual recording: a painting may allude to its content but does a photograph really record its subject?

Robert Macpherson
Saturday, 19 October, 2019 to Sunday, 1 December, 2019

MACPHERSON ROBERT / Australia b. 1937 / 1000 FROG POEMS: 1000 BOSS DROVERS ("YELLOW LEAF FALLING") FOR H.S. (detail, no. 2400) 1996-2014 / graphite, ink and stain on paper / 2400 sheets / 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 / Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA. ©The artist

This touring installation of 200 drawings is only a fragment of the 2400 individual sheets Robert MacPherson made over two decades that together form the single huge work ‘BOSS DROVERS’ 1996–2014. The Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art is delighted to make this work from its Collection available for audiences throughout the state, along with a digital interactive that allows viewers to investigate ‘BOSS DROVERS’ in its entirety.

Friday, 8 November, 2019 to Sunday, 1 December, 2019

GraduArt is the annual exhibition for University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Visual Arts Students who have completed their studio practice courses. The artworks are a result of studio development across the disciplines –Ceramics, Printmaking, Sculpture, Paintingand Drawing.

Each of the emerging artists (undergraduates and postgraduates) has rigorously researched their ideas and their projects are the result of their investigations.GraduArtwill also be on display at the University of Southern Queensland from Friday 8 November to Saturday 30 November 2019. USQ Arts Gallery and Red Door Gallery opening hours are 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Saturday, 26 October, 2019 to Sunday, 26 January, 2020

Reginald LINDSAY 1888-1916 / Untitled 1909 / pen and ink drawing /Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery –Toowoomba City Collection 2085/ Reproduced by kind permission

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 (Large Lindsay 7 Mar-28 Jun 2015).

Saturday, 26 October, 2019 to Sunday, 26 January, 2020

A View of the Hawkesbury, and the Blue Mountains. New South Wales.1821 / W. Preston sculp. [Walter PRESTON 1777-?] from an Original Drawing by Capt. J. Wallis. 46thReg.t[James WALLIS 1785?-1858] / London. Pub.dSept.r2. 1820 at R. Ackermann’s 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 theSpot, by Captain Wallis, of the Forty-Sixth Regiment[James WALLIS 1785?-1858] ... London ... 1821. / Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection/ Reproduced by kind permission

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.

Ute Braatz
Saturday, 16 November, 2019 to Sunday, 15 December, 2019

Ute BRAATZ / Pissing in a river–Berlin series2019/ work onpaper / Reproduced by kind permission

The Berlinseries reflects an imagination let loose onBerlin the city. Snap shots of experiences metaphorically transform the cultural nuances.Imagination uniquely interprets an experience, travellingwith the ‘being’. While abroad, the environmental context may change culturally but the imagination isever-present. The mind explores physically impossible imagery regardless oflocationand where, like the real world, it can either make sense or not. The cultural conflicts and challenges presented physically in the world add to the vibrant collective collision of city and imagination. Left on its own, imagination takes from its surrounds to create a new symbolic utopia. Meanwhile, Berlin creates its own serendipitous experiences on all beings.

Saturday, 7 December, 2019 to Sunday, 2 February, 2020

Safe Space contemporary sculpture brings together three-dimensional art works by twelve Australian artists that explore psychological aspects of physical space. It featuresa 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.

Saturday, 1 February, 2020 to Sunday, 26 April, 2020

Image: Lionel LINDSAY 1874-1961 / John Preece ex libris n.d. [1928] / wood engraving (proof) / 6.7 x 5.6cm / Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection 132 / © National Library of Australia / Reproduced by kind permission 

The Lionel Lindsay Art Gallery and Library was established by W.R.F. (Bill) and Marion Bolton in Toowoomba in 1959. Writing to Lionel Lindsay himself in 1957, Bill Bolton had justly predicted that the library collection ‘will be something absolutely out of the box’ – meaning something excellent and outstanding. This exhibition uncovers some of the treasure hunts that made and still make the Lionel Lindsay Library outstanding. It showcases treasured items and tells stories about bibliophiles, collectors and dealers who assisted the Boltons to bring them together. 

Saturday, 8 February, 2020 to Sunday, 22 March, 2020

Jemima WYMAN / Pairabeenee People / Aggregate Icon (from centre to periphery: Free-Gaza protester, Palestine, 5th May 2012 (Che Guevara t-shirt), Anti-government protester, Milan, 14th December 2010 (screaming skull), Union member protester against labour and fiscal reform, Madrid, 31st March 2012 (striped t-shirt), Indigenous land rights protester, Caledonia, 28th February 2006 (camo hoodie)…)  2016 / hand-cut digital photographs, collage / 173 cm diameter / Mackay Regional Council Art Collection / Reproduced by kind permission.

Violent Salt brings together contemporary artists from across Australia representing diverse cultural heritage. Co-curated by Yhonnie Scarce and Claire Watson, the exhibition reflects on the experiences of the marginalised, the underrepresented and the silenced. The exhibition discusses issues surrounding racism and discrimination against First Nations peoples and minority groups as well as the lack of respect for, and desecration of culture and the natural environment. Violent Salt invites artists to speak their truths about these experiences and offers an opportunity for understanding and connection, whilst seeking to celebrate and honour Australia’s unique multiculturalism and landscape. 

Violent Salt is an Artspace Mackay Touring Exhibition co-curated by Yhonnie Scarce and Claire Watson. 


Image: Lionel LINDSAY 1874-1961 / Balconies, Venice n.d. / watercolour and pencil / 38.8 x 26.8cm sheet / Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection 044 / © National Library of Australia / Reproduced by kind permission 

This exhibition pays tribute to Marion Bolton (1908-1994) and her vital role, alongside her husband W.R.F. Bolton (1905-1973), to establish and maintain the Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection. The Lindsay Collection was officially opened to the public in 1959 and has been housed at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery since 1994.