Brisbane Arts and Culture

One thing is certain - Brisbane is a hot bed of creative and cultural offerings.  Exclusive blockbuster exhibitions share the stage with inspiring theatre productions and independent and niche local performances and exhibitions. 

Art and exhibitions

Brisbane’s cultural heart comes alive in the city’s Cultural Precinct which is where you should head to catch an exciting large-scale production or exclusive exhibition. 

Sitting on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, is the Queensland Art Gallery, the must see Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Queensland Museum and the State Library of Queensland.

Both the Queensland Art Gallery and GoMA, which is the largest modern and purpose-built art museum in the southern hemisphere, have a strong reputation for staging Australian and international exclusive exhibitions. 

Brisbane has an inherent artistic culture and this is evident in the city’s many independent and innovative creative spaces.

For a survey of local, independent and national works try Phillip Bacon Gallery, Heiser Gallery, Jan Murphy Gallery, The Fort Arts Hub, Fireworks Gallery and REDSEA Gallery, Artisan which are all located in the hip hub of Fortitude Valley. 

Art and performance sit side by side at Metro Arts in Brisbane City, Australian contemporary art can be found at fireworksgallery in Newstead and Addition Gallery, the art scene’s newest member, is an artist run space dedicated to emerging local art.

On stage

Brisbane’s premier venue, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), gives Brisbane a platform to host a world class program of events all year.

The cutting edge Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, offers a unique blend of contemporary dance, music and multimedia, giving guests the opportunity to experience Brisbane’s grass-roots creative scene. 

The La Boite Roundhouse Theatre in Kelvin Grove is Australia’s only purpose-built theatre-in-the-round and is an icon of Brisbane’s creative heart. The space puts audiences up close to the drama and promises a feeling of intimacy and intensity.

Nestled on the banks of the beautiful Brisbane River in New Farm, the Brisbane Powerhouse provides guests with a sleek setting to enjoy the benefits of wining, dining and art. The former power station has become a distinct landmark, both as a stunning industrial creation and as a hub for all types of performance.

Museums and natural history

The Sciencentre in South Bank houses permanent and changing interactive exhibitions for the young and young at heart.

The Queensland Museum cares for more than a million items and specimens in collections that tell the changing story of Queensland. Marvel at everything from dinosaurs, dung beetles, fire engines, and artefacts – a must see.

Located on the banks of the Brisbane River the Queensland Maritime Museum contains extensive collections of historical maritime artefacts and guests can board and explore the Diamantina, a Royal Australian Navy frigate built in Queensland and commissioned in 1945.

Just 15 km from the CBD the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha features entertaining and informative programs for children and adults to learn more about our universe and can be accessed via a TransLink bus services.

Arts and culture spotlight

Get cultured – Brisbane’s range of cultural venues will excite even the most discerning culture vulture:

  • Interactive - Sciencentre
  • Innovative - Brisbane Powerhouse
  • Kids - Queensland Museum
  • Blockbuster internationals - Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)
  • Contemporary alternative - Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
  • Big Shows - Queensland Performing Arts Centre
  • Emerging Artists - Metro Arts
  • Round theatre; La Boite Theatre Company