Good news, art lovers – QAGOMA is reopening this week
When the Southeast Queensland weather emergency wreaked havoc on our city, some of our favourite cafes, restaurants and cultural institutions were forced to temporarily shutter. Thankfully, the sun is now out and Brisbane is slowly but surely recovering – and we’re ready to once again spend our free time exploring! It’s pretty great timing too, as South Brisbane’s beloved art space QAGOMA is reopening its doors to the public this Friday March 18.
Yep, by the end of this week you’ll once again be able to make tracks to Brisbane’s favourite art mecca, which has been temporarily closed due to the recent floods, to get your fill of culture. You can treat your peepers to QAGOMA’s latest exhibition, The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10), which features a whopping 69 projects by emerging and established artists and collectives from across the Asia-Pacific region. The expansive onsite exhibition experience is spread across both QAG and GOMA, and features everything from large-scale installations and immersive multimedia artworks to sculpture, textiles, paintings, photography and video. There’s even a kid-friendly component of the exhibition, where children and their families can enjoy hands-on making and multimedia activities, artwork displays and large-scale installations. Those seeking a more chill experience can check out the APT10 Cinema, which is hosting a popcorn-worthy movie program of feel-good flicks, daring documentaries and excellent animation from around the world.
Also gracing this week’s calendar is the much-anticipated Up Late event, an outdoor celebration featuring sets by leading local and interstate musicians, art-making workshops, flavoursome fare and much more. On Friday March 18 and Saturday March 19, Up Late will feature live tunes from the likes of Sydney hip-hop artist L-FRESH The LION, Malyangapa and Barkindji rapper BARKAA, Sydney-based Korean rap crew 1300 and Indian-Australian electronic-pop singer-songwriter Ashwarya. Visitors can also channel their creative energy with drop-in art-making workshops designed by APT10 artists.
Please note that all of Queensland Cultural Centre’s carparks are currently closed. If you do plan on driving, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Carpark 1 and 2 are available for parking or consider taking public transport or ride share.
Image credit: Installation view, ‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’, GOMA, 2021/ Photographer: Joe Ruckli, QAGOMA