Wednesday, 20 June, 2018 to Friday, 2 April, 2021

Space Pixels is an interactive light installation, made of mirrored stainless steel and intelligent pixels. The shapes and patterns are formed through reflections, changes in light, colour and intensity.

The installation, created by Nathan Street, explores methods for creating volumetric displays, using techniques found in kaleidoscopes. Multiple three-sided mirror kaleidoscopes allow the image to be viewed from multiple angles, creating the illusion of transparency and volume.

Microphones capture transient sound near the work that influence the patterns and intensity of the light. This allows the work to respond to the environment and be explored in playful ways.

Space Pixels is inspired by Atari 2600 computer games. Games like Space Invaders and Asteroids use simple animation techniques to create staggered movement as objects move around the screen, with coloured pixel explosions when asteroids are destroyed.

Friday, 26 July, 2019 to Saturday, 14 December, 2019

Unlearning brings together new and recent artworks, commissions, collection exhibitions, artists and creative thinkers. Running for an extended duration, Unlearning considers the ways in which artists gain, shed and unravel internalised learning about bodies, memory, culture, art, and social interaction, by embracing the idea of ‘not knowing’ through empathy and curiosity. Unlearning is not about forgetting. It is about being comfortable with doubt and strangeness.

To ‘unlearn’ takes many forms: the refutation of ‘old’ or unwanted ideas, the development of new knowledge, altered rituals, different ways of being together or new vantage points. The projects in Unlearning consider labour, repose, memory, history, improvisation, play, and making as potential ways to unlearn. 

Unlearning is the first in a series of extended research inquiries that will investigate and articulate the role of the Art Museum in its broader university context and artistic ecology. Collectively titled An Art Museum in Several Acts, we aim to invert the temporal role of art museums by engaging in long-term conversations with artists, students, and our communities. We will speculate on possible futures of art institutions, collections, and artistic practice with generosity, care, and transparency. 

Lara Merrett
High Stakes

Temporary studio: April 29 – May 10
Exhibition: July 26 – December 14

Weaving the Way
Curated by Freja Carmichael
Exhibition: July 26 – December 14

Elizabeth Willing
Through the Mother

Front Window Commission: June 4 – December 14
Exhibition: September 10 – December 14

John Baldessari
Wall Painting

In progress: July 26 – August 31

Jacobus Capone
Dark Learning

Exhibition: July 26 – December 14

Opening celebrations for Unlearning: Friday July 26

Friday, 26 July, 2019 to Saturday, 14 December, 2019

Lara Merrett
Reproduced courtesy of the artist, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane and Tristian Koenig, Melbourne.
Photo: Hugh Stewart.

Sydney-based artist Lara Merrett presents High Stakes: a newly commissioned project in two parts. First, a temporary outdoor studio will inhabit the grounds in front of the UQ Art Museum. Over ten days the artist will host the UQ student community to make visible the practice of painting for the public. This will culminate in a large installation inside the Art Museum. Audiences can make physical contact with the paintings, altering assumptions about what painting can be, and how we can engage with it. 

Lara Merrett lives and works in Sydney. She studied painting at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain (1993) before completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (1996) and a Master of Arts (Painting) (1997) at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. In February 2019, Merrett will curate and exhibit in Things we do together as part of ARTBAR, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney. Recent solo exhibitions include: Lady luck, Tristian Koenig, Melbourne (2018); High-rise, COMA Gallery, Sydney (2018); and Paint me in, Bella Room, MCA, Sydney (2018). 

Temporary studio: April 29 – May 10, 2019

Curated by Freja Carmichael
Friday, 26 July, 2019 to Saturday, 14 December, 2019

Freja Carmichael and artworks.
Photo: Simon Woods.

Top left
Maria Ware
reclaimed fishing net (ghost net) 2012
image 46 x 33 x 33 cm
Collection of The University of Queensland, purchased with the assistance of Margaret Mittelheuser AM and Cathryn Mittelheuser AM, 2013.

Top right
Abe Muriata
Jawun 2016
twined lawyer vine (Calamus caryotoides)
overall 78 x 53 x 35 cm
Collection of The University of Queensland, purchased 2016.

Hersey Yungaporta
Basket 2005
cabbage palm fibre with natural dyes
overall 7.5 x 31 x 31 cm
Collection of The University of Queensland. Gift of an anonymous donor to commemorate the University's Centenary, 2010.

Lower right
Rita Wikmunea
Basket 2005
grasses with natural dyes
overall 5 x 25.5 x 25.5 cm
Collection of The University of Queensland, purchased 2006.

Guest curator Freja Carmichael presents Weaving the Way featuring works from the UQ Art Collection. This exhibition makes visible the layers of meaning and wisdom carried in contemporary fibre works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Honouring visual languages of the past through form, material and technique, the artists included in this exhibition weave together the spiritual, cultural and historical.

Artist list to be announced.

Freja Carmichael is a Ngugi woman belonging to the Quandamooka People of Moreton Bay. A graduate of UQ’s Master of Museum Studies program (2014), Carmichael is a curator working across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts and culture sector. Carmichael recently curated Around and within, Space Gallery, Sydney (2018), and was a co-curator of The Commute, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2018). Carmichael is also a member of Brisbane-based Indigenous curatorial trio, Blaklash Collective. In 2014, Carmichael received an Australia Council for the Arts Emerging Curator’s Fellowship with Redland Art Gallery and was awarded the National Gallery of Australia International Indigenous Arts Fellowship at Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, The Netherlands (2016).






Friday, 26 July, 2019 to Saturday, 14 December, 2019

Jacobus Capone
Dark Learning 2015 (detail)
7-channel video, high definition, colour, audio duration 0:22:21 mins
Collection of The University of Queensland, purchased 2017.
Reproduced courtesy of the artist.

Jacobus Capone’s Dark Learning (2015) is an immersive seven-channel film installation that unfolds in performative gestures within extreme locales. Dark Learning tests the body and asks questions about our relationship to the natural world and how we come to learn about it. Capone is invested in the Chinese philosophical concept Xuanxue, which literally translates as the learning of the mysterious and profound. Xuanxue encourages a distancing of intellectualisation from actions, instead placing faith in sensation to embrace a deliberate unknowing.

Dark Learning was acquired by UQ Art Museum in late 2017.

Western Australian artist Jacobus Capone is known for his ambitious performances that are often undertaken in remote landscapes without an audience. Capone uses his body to endure extreme conditions as a way of connecting to the environment he is in. He received a Bachelor of Visual Arts, Edith Cowan University, WA in 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include: Double enigma, Michael Bugelli Gallery at ‘the tunnel’, Old Mercury Building, Hobart (2018); Passage, Turner Galleries, Perth (2018); and Forgiving night for day, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art as part of Perth International Arts Festival, Perth (2017). Recent group exhibitions include: Hadleys Art Prize (finalist), Hadley’s Orient Hotel, Hobart (2017); Primavera, MCA (2017); and Ramsay Art Prize, Art Gallery of South Australia (2017).

Friday, 30 August, 2019 to Sunday, 19 April, 2020

Custard (2011). Photograph by Stephen Booth.

 Adult $12 | Concession $9 | Family $30 

High Rotation dives into the songs, stories and images of the Brisbane music scene, exploring a world of musicians, managers, labels, 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. 

From the people who made the local music industry what it is today, hear how Brisbane’s popular music has adapted and responded to dynamic influences ranging from the social and political to the technological. 

High Rotation will share the journey of international careers launched from a Brisbane beginning, to the thriving music identity of the artists who stayed local. Immerse yourself in the music, feel the energy and experience the diversity of what makes Brisbane’s popular music scene unique. 

2017 Award Winner Luke ABBOT / Mandible setting 2017 / articulated ring: titanium, 925 silver, gem / 2.8 x 2.1 x 0.7cm / Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery - Toowoomba City Collection 2207 / Acquired from Contemporary Wearables 2017 Biennial Jewellery Award & Exhibition / Reproduced by kind permission

Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition recognises and promotes experimentation, exploration and innovation in design and use of materials in the creation of contemporary jewellery. Inaugurated in 1989, the award continues to attract entries from prominent and emerging artists in Australia and New Zealand. The award exhibition brings together a diverse range of contemporary works created by jewellers, artisans and makers that are contemporary in both design and concept. Artists’ works selected for the exhibition are eligible for acquisition by Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery for the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection. Award winners will be announced along with selected acquisitions at the official opening and awards ceremony on Sunday 8 September 2019.


Opening & Award Ceremony 
Sunday 8 September @ 1.30pm


Twilight Tour 
Thursday 24 October @ 5.30pm


Free events | All welcome | RSVP (07) 4688 6652


Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition is proudly supported by Toowoomba Regional Council. 

Saturday, 7 September, 2019 to Saturday, 16 November, 2019

This exhibition will be showing from 7 September until 16 November 2019 at Redcliffe Art Gallery.

15 Artists is an annual acquisitive art prize that celebrates the best of contemporary art practice by Australian artists. In its 22nd year, the prize invites 14 artists and the winner of Redcliffe Art Society’s 2019 Exhibition of Excellence to participate.

This year’s exhibiting artists include Hayley Millar-Baker, Christopher Bassi, Eric Bridgeman, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Yoriko Fleming, Minka Gillian, Bridie Gillman, Shirley Macnamara, Archie Moore, Raquel Ormella, Ryan Presley, Brian Robinson, James Tylor, Shireen Taweel, and Yhonnie Scarce.

Exhibition opening

Saturday, 7 September 2019 | 5.30pm

Artist talk series

Artist talk with Minka Gillian

Artist talk with Eric Bridgeman

In conversation with Archie Moore

Artist workshops

Weaving workshop with Elisa Jane Carmichael

Paper sculpture with Shireen Taweel

For further information and to book, visit our website.

Sunday, 8 September, 2019 to Sunday, 27 October, 2019

Wetland Wander, Eighteen Mile Swamp close up(detail) 2017, photography. Courtesy of the artists.

Opening 6.30pm Friday 6 September

Wetlands are one of the most valuable ecosystems on Earth. They store three times more carbon than terrestrial forests, improve water quality, and are home to a diversity of species. Wetland Wander is an art-science collaboration that aims to inspire engagement and conservation of these critical ecosystems. Led by wetland ecologist Fernanda Adame, sound artist Leah Barclay, walking/media artist James Cunningham, and multimedia artist Suzon Fuks, Wetland Wander incorporates knowledge from current and traditional landowners within Quandamooka (Moreton Bay), and Nywaigi, Gulgnay and Girramay Countries (Queensland, Australia).

Sunday, 8 September, 2019 to Sunday, 27 October, 2019

Marion Gaemers, Belonging 2018, recycled net, beach rope and plastic crate. 81 x 64 x 76cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Opening 6.30pm Friday 6 September

Legacy: Reflections on Mabo celebrates the man behind the game-changing Native Title Act, Eddie Koiki Mabo. Co-curated by Gail Mabo, Dr Jonathan McBurnie and Kellie Williams (Director of Umbrella Studio), the exhibition brings together a selection of over 20 works by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in the spirit of reconciliation, twenty-five years after the historic achievement.

Friday, 13 September, 2019 to Sunday, 15 March, 2020

Anne Wallace, Assignation 1997. Oil on linen. City of Brisbane Collection, Museum of Brisbane.

 Free entry 

New Woman reveals the art, personal stories and enduring legacies of Brisbane’s most significant and ground-breaking female artists over the past 100 years. 

Fiercely independent, adventurous and often overlooked, Brisbane’s female artists have employed passion and determination to ensure art in Brisbane finds its voice. Each generation has produced artwork in response to the rapidly changing social, cultural and economic circumstances of the city. New Woman traces vast changes in ideas of gender, artistic styles, subject matter and ways of seeing the world through sculpture, painting and photography. 

Works from leading 1920s artists and advocates Daphne Mayo and Vida Lahey set the scene for the vital role women played in gaining respect and investment for the city’s arts. With Brisbane’s decreasing isolation in the following decades, new ideas of modernism and abstraction found unique interpretations in the works of female artists. 

While Brisbane artists such as Judy Watson, Fiona Foley, Tracey Moffatt and Davida Allen are contemporary leaders on the world stage, New Woman explores the influence of generations of women before them. 

New Woman will include 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.

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?

Saturday, 21 September, 2019 to Sunday, 17 November, 2019

Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2017 winner, Brian Robinson, Land, Sea, Sky, Charting our place in the universe 2016, linocut.

With prize money totalling $26,000, the biennial Hazelhurst Art on paper Award showcases outstanding art created with, on or about paper. Artists compete for the $15,000 major award, the Young & Early Career Artist and the Friends of Hazelhurst Local Artist Awards ($5,000 each); and the People’s Choice Award ($1,000).

Rhi Johnson
Saturday, 12 October, 2019 to Sunday, 10 November, 2019

Rhi JOHNSON / Dream diary series 2019 / mixed media / dimensions variable/ Reproduce by kind permission

The Passive Spectatoris part of an ongoing investigation about the formation of everyday narratives, and how these can be disrupted or subverted visually. The project investigates visual cues that can punctuate an environment, object or space of perceived meaning, alluding to subconscious methods of processing information.The artist’s books exhibited are a secondary revision of such experiences; a visual representation of dream experience, trauma recollection and errant thoughts.

The artist’s books exhibited are a secondary revision of such experiences; a visual representation of dream experience, trauma recollection and errant thoughts.

This exhibition is part of the Cam Robertson Gallery exhibition program that showcases the work of artists, curators and arts organisations in the Toowoomba Region

The 43rd Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards 2018, O'Connell Space, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, 2018. Photograph: E. Korotkaia.

Since inauguration in 1976, the Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards have become one of Queensland’s most prestigious regional art events. Eagerly anticipated each year, the Awards attract hundreds of entries from established, emerging and amateur artists across the country. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to take part in The QAL People’s Choice Awards by voting at the kiosks available within the Gallery & Museum until 28 November 2019.