Art and Culture

South Bank is Brisbane’s cultural epicentre with a thriving precinct of dedicated, world-class theatre, arts and educational institutions. Whether you’re looking for an internationally acclaimed performance or an avant-garde exhibition, you’ll find it at South Bank.

 

Queensland Maritime Museum on show

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC)

The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is a world-class, purpose-built venue that is renowned for its operational and service excellence. Conveniently located on South Bank’s Grey Street, the BCEC covers 171,000 m2 of space and can host up to 1300 events each year. It also has a range of spectacular in-house dining and catering facilities. Accessing the BCEC is easy – it is only a stone’s throw away from South Bank’s bus and train stations, and it also has plenty of onsite parking. For more information on the BCEC and its upcoming events, head to their website.

Queensland Maritime Museum

The Queensland Maritime Museum is one of South Bank’s finest historical gems. Founded in 1971, the Museum is located at the heritage-listed South Brisbane Dry Dock and features an extensive collection of artefacts, books, documents and photographs. Some of the Museum’s highlights include the World War II naval vessel, HMAS Diamantina, which forms the centrepiece of the Museum, and Ella’s Pink Lady, the boat that Queenslander Jessica Watson chartered when she became the youngest person to sail solo around the world in 2009/10. Other features of the museum include exhibits of shipping, boating, lighthouses, wrecks, maritime exploration, immigration and maritime adventure. For more information on the Museum, head to their website. 

Arts and Culture

QAGOMA

Opera Queensland

Established in 1981, Opera Queensland has become renowned for its bold, diverse and artistic productions. The venue draws some of the world's most talented and innovative performers, musicians, creative teams and conductors, and is a must- visit for anybody seeking cultural enrichment. It’s also affordable – subscription packs to Opera Queensland start at just $93. Full ticket and show information can be found on the company’s website.

Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art

Queensland's premier visual arts institution, the Queensland Art Gallery /Gallery of Modern Art (also known as QAGOMA) showcases a range of exciting art exhibitions from historical and contemporary artists. Art enthusiasts can freely wonder through either of the vibrant and accessible galleries and take in their distinct, yet complementary experiences. For more information on upcoming events, head to their website.

QPAC


Queensland Conservatorium

Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Immerse yourself in the world of theatre, music and artistic expression at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). Located on the banks of the Brisbane River, QPAC hosts an array of performances by local, national and international companies and artists. QPAC is one of Brisbane’s premier cultural attractions and regularly welcomes visiting performing arts companies from around the country including the Australian Ballet, the Sydney Dance Company, Brandenburg Orchestra, Opera Australia, Bell Shakespeare, Bangarra Dance Theatre, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and many more. For more information on what’s on and ticketing, head to their website.

Queensland Conservatorium

You can’t produce world-class musicians without world-class facilities and the Queensland Conservatorium (known by locals as ‘The Con’) is one of the largest and finest conservatoriums in the country. From classical instrumental, vocal performance and opera to composition, jazz, new music, world music, popular music, musical theatre, multimedia and audio engineering; Queensland Conservatorium helps aspiring musicians to find their places on the world stage. If you would like information on upcoming events or have any enrolment inquiries head to their website. 

Queensland College of Art


Queensland Museum and Sciencentre

Queensland College of Art

Established in 1881, the famous Queensland College of Art (QCA) is one of Australia’s longest running and most prestigious art colleges. QCA has produced some of Australia’s finest practitioners and academics in the fields of art and design who have helped shape the culture of Queensland and Australia. Aspiring art students need look no further as the new multi-million dollar education facilities at the South Bank campus boast outstanding teaching studios, performance and art exhibition spaces, libraries and lecture rooms. Head to their website for more information.

Queensland Museum and Sciencentre

Queensland Museum is home to millions of objects, specimens and artefacts that tell the changing story of Queensland. The Museum houses a range of permanent and changing exhibitions which aim to connect visitors to Queensland, its people and Queensland’s place in the world. Queensland Museum is suitable for all ages and hosts a range of activities including in-depth education experiences; innovative public programs; early childhood activities and entertaining holiday activities. Meanwhile, the Sciencentre (located on level one of the Queensland Museum) houses interactive science exhibitions, in-depth education experiences and innovative science theatre shows that the whole family can enjoy. For more information on Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, head to their website. 


Queensland Symphony Orchestra

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra is famous for its high quality, breath-taking performances of both classical and modern compositions that engage audiences of all musical tastes and ages. As the largest performing arts company in Queensland, Queensland Symphony Orchestra plays a vital role in Queensland’s cultural community, giving more than 100 live performances across 47 weeks each year to more than 100,000 people. In addition to its own program, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra performs for major arts festivals, direct broadcasts and recordings, and supports state and national opera and ballet companies. For more information or to buy tickets, head to their website.

Queensland Theatre Company

Transcend to worlds of mystery, love, and laughter at Queensland’s leading professional theatre company. Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) present an annual season of plays every year featuring comedies, classics and new Australian work. QTC strives to inspire and educate young people through school performances, workshops, and teacher training. They also support the industry by creating new work, and providing early-career artists with paid opportunities to develop their talents. For more information and to see what’s on, head to their website.

State Library of Queensland


The Courier-Mail Plaza

State Library of Queensland

One of Brisbane’s proudest institutions, the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) has thrived on its commitment to provide easy information access for all Queenslanders. SLQ plays a leading role in serving all Queenslanders through its state-wide library services and partnerships with over 340 public libraries, including 22 Indigenous Knowledge Centres. SLQ is a vital community resource, as much a physical as well as a virtual place for sharing, learning, collaborating, and creation. As a community hub for democracy in action, SLQ encourages everyone to have a voice. For more information and to see what’s on, head to their website.

The Courier-Mail Piazza

The Courier-Mail Piazza is South Bank’s entertainment hub, hosting myriad events and performances all year round.  A wonderfully versatile open-air venue, the Piazza encapsulates Brisbane’s effervescent lifestyle. Whether you’re swinging by to catch an event or holding one there yourself, the Piazza will impress with its amphitheatre that seats more than 2000 people and a floor dimension of over 500 square metres.