QAGOMA is back – here’s how to plan your visit to avoid missing out
Whilst some of us may have already made tracks to Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) to bear witness to its breathtaking new and refreshed exhibitions, we have also been eagerly anticipating the reopening of the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). In great news for art lovers and adventure seekers, GOMA is now welcoming back visitors, so you can experience the full roster of works and distinct personalities of the two galleries. If you’re planning on visiting QAGOMA, we have a few tips so you can curate your day to make the most of your trip. Read on for a sneak peek of what’s on offer and how you can score free entry …
From exhibitions to special events and more, there’s plenty on across both GOMA and QAG to keep your itinerary busy with art-related activities. The first to tick off on your GOMA list is I, object, which looks at the many complex relationships Indigenous Australian artists have to objects including culturally significant works that celebrate the survival of traditions. Another one to check out is Kayili Car Bonnets, a colourful exhibition that focuses on the vibrant contemporary works of the the Kayili artists who breathe new life into old car bonnets in their small community at Patjarr, in the heartland of the Western Desert. These artists indulge their love of colour by revitalising car bonnets with shimmering maps of their country.
Fans of Andy Warhol will love Cut It, an exhibition that explores the creative art form of collaging and the influence that art history has on today’s visual culture. If you’ve got the kids in tow, visit the Children’s Art Centre so that they can become a part of Raquel Ormella’s newest environmentally driven exhibition, Now is the Time, where she invites children to speak up about climate change. As part of the exhibition, children can design a protest t-shirt and watch their message come to life in an animated protest scene. For all of your must-have art, books and cultural curios, GOMA Store is also open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily and GOMA Bistro Pop-Up Providore is open for snacks between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
At QAG, you’ll find Mavis Ngallametta: Show Me the Way to Go Home, the compelling major retrospective of the work of the prominent Indigenous artist, as well as Ai Weiwei’s towering crystal-light installation, Boomerang 2006. For more pretty things to look at, the gallery’s extensive Indigenous, Australian and International Collections are also be ready to explore. The QAG store is open so you can pick up a gift for a friend (or yourself) or stop off for a brew and a bite at the QAG Cafe, which is open for takeaway and limited seating.
So you don’t miss out on experiencing all this cultural goodness and more, QAGOMA is operating a free time-entry ticket system. To ensure the safety, health and wellbeing for visitors, staff and volunteers, there will be a limit on the number of people in the Gallery to ensure safe distancing, an increased frequency of cleaning, hand-washing and sanitiser facilities, and there will also be distance markers for queuing. QAG and GOMA are both currently open to a limited number of visitors from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. To book your free timed ticket to QAGOMA, head here – we suggest booking in advance so you don’t miss out!
Image one: Installation view of Mavis Ngallametta: Show Me the Way to Go Home, QAG, 2020.
Image two: Ai Weiwei / Boomerang (installation view) 2006, QAG / Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2007 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © Ai Weiwei.
Image three: Andy Warhol / (Untitled) (from ‘Ladies and gentlemen’ portfolio) 1975 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art /Purchased 1995 with funds from the 1994 International Exhibitions Program.
Image four: Installation view of the ‘Australian Collection’, QAG, 2020.
Image five: Installation view of I, Object, GOMA, 2019.
The article was created in partnership with our friends at QAGOMA.