8 reasons why you must visit GOMA's Sugar Spin

Wow-wee! Can you believe it? Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art – better known as GOMA – has reached double digits and is celebrating 10 years with a sweet exhibition called Sugar Spin.

Sugar Spin is a fun exhibition that headlines the 10-year celebrations and features more than 250 contemporary artworks. A couple of major new pieces are on show alongside highlights from GOMA's epic collection – yep, our favourites are back on the gallery floor.


GOMA 10 Ambassador Patience Hodgson visits Nervescape V 2016 by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA 

We dropped in to check it out (read: ride the slide) and came home having experienced joyful squeals, happy tears and pride for our city. Check out our highlights below.

Dance with a heard of raffia horses

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The best way to experience American sculptor and performance artist Nick Cave’s HEARD is live. To close GOMA's Summer Festival, 30 dancers will bring his horses to life wearing Cave’s "soundsuits" in the energetic performance. Catch the herd at 4pm on Sunday 22 January. Find out more about the Summer Festival here.

Stroke a furry wall

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Go on, stroke the furry wall. You know you want to. Taking over the main walls of the gallery foyer is Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir’s Nervescape V. The flourescent synthetic hair installation is bright, strange, immersive and even grotesque to view.

Meditate with finches

Honestly, hours could pass while you stand in the finch room. Filled with live birds, the sensory experience is the work of Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, who first trained as a musician and composer before turning his hand to the visual arts. Within the bright space, a soundscape plays, layered with the live sounds of the finches chirping and knocking the wire coat hangers about.

Sleep with giants

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Did she just blink? Artist Ron Mueck’s gigantic woman lying in bed is so life-like we swear if you look away for a second she’d come to life. I mean, maybe she does – we don’t know what happens after dark.

Ride the slippery slide

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What place does a slide have in a serious art museum? Artist Carsten Höller, a former biologist, creates works to make scientific and philosophical experiments with the aim for reshaping expectations about art. We’re in. Race you to the top.

Wander through space and time

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Or just a really dark room. Building sculptures with light is the game for artist Anthony McCall. He’s developed a spectacular new commission for GOMA’s 10th birthday – Crossing 2016. Overbearing sounds and haze lit by fine projected lights fill an otherwise pitch black room. It’s a sensory experience.

Stare into the depths

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Anish Kapoor’s big red piece is back on the gallery floor. With its own room on the upper level, the closer you get, the closer you will want to get.

Build Brisbane

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Artist Olafur Eliasson's highly interactive piece The cubic structural evolution project is set on a long table facing the Brisbane CBD skyline. On the table lies thousands of white lego bricks that the audience is invited to play with and build their own city. 

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