Brisbane's must-see art exhibitions

Brisbane’s art scene is flourishing and offers a year-round calendar of exhibitions. Whether you’re looking to reflect and browse through the work of an established local artist, or be inspired by some of the cutting-edge international contemporary art, you’ve come to the right place. 

Kate Beynon: Friendly Beasts

Kate Beynon When the dance began 2015 / Courtesy the artist, Milani Gallery, Brisbane & Sutton Gallery, Melbourne / © The artist

Image: Kate Beynon When the dance began 2015 / Courtesy the artist, Milani Gallery, Brisbane & Sutton Gallery, Melbourne / © The artist

1 April – 30 September 2017

Children and families can engage with the Friendly Beasts through interactive activities, which include creating a new "beast" identity by combining character features as part of a mask-making activity, dancing with the beasts in the artist's video installation Visions from a Ghost Tale / Friendly Beasts edit 2017, and contributing to the beasts' magical world in the collaborative drawing activity The Lotus Garden.

Michael Muir's Disappearing Act

20 June - 15 July 2017
Jan Murphy Gallery

Inspired by the coastal landscapes, regional towns and rolling hills of the Sunshine Coast, Michael Muir's latest exhibition, Disappearing Act, is an amalgamation of various landscapes observed during his recent travels through the towns of Montville, Maleny and Noosa Heads. Muir's unique take on a picturesque region oozes a holiday vibe. 

World Press Photo Exhibition

30 June - 23 July 2017
Brisbane Powerhouse

See the world's most compelling, controversial and intimate moments as captured by award-winning photojournalists from around the globe. This annual exhibition profiles the planet's top press photographers who captured an event or issue of great importance in the last year. In its 60th year, the contest saw 80,408 images submitted by 5034 photographers from 125 countries.

Digital Futures Lab

21 April – 6 November 2017
State Library of Queensland

At Digital Futures Lab, discover smart cities and digital bodies, real-life robots and risky algorithms. Check out the latest techie gadgets, have a virtual reality experience or control a computer with your mind.

Freedom Then, Freedom Now

5 May – 2 October 2017
State Library of Queensland

Freedom Then, Freedom Now is an intriguing journey into our recent past, exploring the freedoms enjoyed and restricted in Queensland and examining what happens when collective good intersects with individual rights.

Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe 

Adi Granov / Keyframe for Marvel's The Avengers 2012 / © 2012 MARVEL

Image: Adi Granov/Keyframe for Marvel's The Avengers 2012/Copyright 2012 Marvel

27 May – 4 September 2017

The exhibition will bring to life the interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe with characters including Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Black Panther, to name a few. The exhibition will follow Marvel heroes from comic book page to cinema screen.

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum 

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum

23 June 2017 – 7 January 2018
Queensland Museum and Sciencentre 

The exhibition features more than 120 artefacts, interactive games and displays to reveal who gladiators were, where they lived and how they trained. View archaeological treasures, including actual pieces of the Colosseum, elaborately decorated bronze gladiator helmets and original arms and armour preserved in the ashes of Pompeii.

100% Brisbane

Until 30 June 2019
Museum of Brisbane

We are pulling back the layers of our city, going beneath the surface of high rises and the jacaranda trees to discover the very real heart of Brisbane’s story. You. Me. And everyone in between. 

This landmark exhibition also invites you to have your say and contribute to this incredible self-portrait of the city. 100% Brisbane will not only change the way you think about museums, it will change the way you think about Brisbane.

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