The Australian Collection

The Australian Collection


An exciting reimagining of the Queensland Art Gallery’s Australian collection opened in the spring of 2017, presenting the Gallery’s Australian art holdings, collected for more than 120 years, in new and innovative ways. The reconfigured spaces capture major historical moments from first contact to colonisation, and exploration to immigration. Bringing the Indigenous and contemporary Australian collections together with the Gallery’s historical holdings, the display emphasises stories about Queensland and Brisbane from the region’s own perspective.

Major new contemporary works by Helen Johnson, Daniel Boyd, Dale Harding, Alick Tipoti and Sonja Carmichael feature among celebrated and iconic pieces by Gordon Bennett, Arthur Boyd, Rupert Bunny, William Dobell, Ian Fairweather, Ethel Carrick Fox, R Godfrey Rivers, Sam Fullbrook, Vida Lahey, Sidney Nolan and many more. The Queensland Art Gallery invites visitors to discover a fresh perspective on the Australian Collection with Words & Pictures, our ongoing drop-in drawing activity, inspired by writers and artists.

Bringing together art from different times and across cultures, the collection traces narratives of geography — as country, as landscape, as the place we live and work — and shares stories of traversal and encounter, of immigration, colonisation and the expatriate experience. After 120 years of building the Collection, there are many stories to tell – in doing so, the Gallery acknowledges that we live in a country with a complex history. And then they let the works speak for themselves.

Visit the Australian collection hub to delve into the stories and connections between the artists and artworks on display.

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