Queensland Art Gallery

The Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) is an art museum located in the South Bank precinct of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The gallery is part of the Queensland Cultural Centre.[4] It complements the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) building, situated only 150 metres (490 ft) away.

Queensland Art Gallery
Stanley Place entrance to the Queensland Art Gallery.
Established1895 (1895)[1]
LocationStanley Place, South Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Coordinates27.472733°S 153.018453°E / -27.472733; 153.018453
TypeArt museum
Visitors572,762 (2016)[2]
DirectorChris Saines[3]
OwnerGovernment of Queensland
Public transit accessBus: Cultural Centre station
Train: South Brisbane station

The Queensland Art Gallery is owned and operated by the Government of Queensland,[5] which created the institution in 1895 as the Queensland National Art Gallery.[1]


The gallery was established in 1895 as the Queensland National Art Gallery. Throughout its early history the gallery was housed in a series of temporary premises, and did not have a permanent home until the opening of its current architecturally-acclaimed building on Brisbane's South Bank in 1982, the first stage of the monumental Robin Gibson-designed Queensland Cultural Centre. The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) was established in 2006 which lead to the creation of a two-campus institution. In 2014, over 10 million people had visited both the sites since the establishment of GOMA. The Queensland Art Gallery was listed as a State Heritage Place in 2015.[6]


The Queensland Art Gallery was considered to be a building of its time for it incorporated the best techniques and materials available within the economic limits of the project. It was also the first major building to be built on the south side of the river adjacent to the new Victoria Bridge, which established a benchmark of scale and quality for future buildings.

The Queensland Art Gallery is a 4700 square metre display space broken down with walls and barriers that interchange between the art world and the public. The walls have been placed purposely to create flow and change of course of the viewer’s journey. The primary orientation element of the Gallery’s design is the Watermall that separates the tranquil environment of the exhibition galleries from the proactive environments of the administration, public programs and education areas. The varying ceilings heights and floor levels, colour and textured surfaces enhance variety and define the sequence of display areas. The entrance foyer efficiently acts as a hub for the public circulation and main access point for arrivals and departures for all visitors where they are able to select which collections they plan to visit. The buildings use of light coloured and maintenance free materials such as cement reflect and adapt to the Mediterranean- like quality of Brisbane’s sub tropical climate.


The gallery's collection includes a number of significant artworks, including the popular:

Indigenous art

The Gallery is committed to profiling Indigenous Australian art and strengthening relationships with Queensland's Indigenous communities.[9]


  • California Design 1930-1965: Living in a Modern World (2 November 2013 – 9 February 2014)
  • Quilts 1700-1945 (15 June – 22 September 2013)
  • Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado (21 July - 4 November 2012).[10]
  • Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones (27 March – 27 June 2010)
  • American Impressionism and Realism: A Landmark Exhibition from the Met (30 May - 20 September 2009)

Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

The Gallery's flagship project is the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art series of exhibitions, now a major event on the national and international arts calendar. The expertise developed since APT1 in 1993 in staging the Triennial has led to the establishment of the Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art (ACAPA), to foster alliances, scholarship and publishing, and the formation of an internationally significant collection of art from the Asia Pacific region.

  • The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9) (24 November 2018 – 28 April 2019)
  • The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) (November 2015 to May 2016)
  • The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) (8 December 2012 – 14 April 2013)
  • The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT6) (5 December 2009 – 5 April 2010)
  • The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT5) (2 December 2006 – 27 May 2007)

The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art featured Ressort, a giant snake skeleton sculpture by Huang Yong Ping at the gallery's watermall.[11] This work was acquired by the Queensland Art Gallery in 2012.

Art for children

The Gallery is also recognised as an international leader in presenting innovative museum-based learning programs for children. These programs are coordinated through the Children's Art Centre. Developing youth audiences for visual art is another priority for the Gallery.

Regional Queensland

To ensure all Queenslanders have access to the collection, travelling exhibitions tour to regional centres and remote parts of the state.


The Gallery's governing body is a Board of Trustees appointed by the Queensland Government, and it is managed by an Executive Management Team. The current director is Chris Saines.[12]

Opening hours

Open daily 10.00am to 5.00pm. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. Open from 12 noon ANZAC day.


  1. Queensland Art Gallery. "History". Archived from the original on 3 May 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  2. "Visitor Figures 2016" (PDF). The Art Newspaper Review. April 2017. p. 14. Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 May 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  3. Queensland Art Gallery. "Trustees & Executive Management Team". Archived from the original on 6 June 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  4. Government of Queensland. "Cultural Precinct Strategy" (PDF). Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (Queensland). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  5. Government of Queensland. "Queensland Art Gallery Act 1987" (PDF). Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 May 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  6. "TIMELINE". Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.
  7. "Pablo Picasso - Queensland Art Gallery". Queensland Art Gallery. Archived from the original on 21 February 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  8. "R. Godfrey Rivers". Queensland Art Gallery. Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  9. "Cultural Precinct - Indigenous significance". Queensland Government. Archived from the original on 17 June 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  10. QAGOMA. "Exhibitions". qagoma.qld.gov.au. Archived from the original on 18 June 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  11. About Huang Yong Ping's giant snake skeleton sculpture Archived 2 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  12. "Our Team - Board Of Trustees & Executive Management Staff". QAGOMA. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
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