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. 


Picasso: The Vollard Suite 

2 December 2017 - 15 April 2018

One of 20th Century's most influential artists has come to GOMA. Pablo Picasso's Vollard Suite is a set of 100 etchings, engravings and aquatints created by the artist in the 1930s and named after Ambroise Vollard, his sometime art dealer and publisher.

Brisbane Powerhouse & City Hall 

Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm

Brisbane Comedy Festival

23 February - 25 March 

International and national headlining comedians will take over the Brisbane Powerhouse (and spill into Brisbane City Hall) for the 2018 festival. Expect more laughs than ever with over 65 comedians across the two venues.

Mitchell Fine Art 

Director's Choice 

31 January - 29 March 

Director Mike Mitchell has carefully selected artists from various artists to showcase some of the galleries finest works. See artworks from popular artists including Carlos Barrios, David Hayes, Jeff Makin, Kudditji Kame Kngwarreye, Steve Lopes, Euan Macleod, Peter Hudson and Lorna Fencer Napurrula

State Library of Queensland

State Library of Queensland

Magnificant Makers

9 December 2017 - 3 June 2018

Step back in time and take a trip from the 1800s to today, exploring the innovation and invention that has occured in Queensland during this time. Discover the Queenslanders who dared think outside the box and in turn made significant developments in the areas of education, sport, leisure, clothing, photography, medicine and scientific research. 

Queensland Museum and Sciencentre

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

16 March – 26 August 2018

Featuring more than 200 artefacts from the world famous Egyptian collections of the British Museum, this exhibition help at the Queensland Museum will let you gain insight into the life and death of six individuals who lived in Egypt between 3000 and 1800 years ago.

Museum of Brisbane

Mao's Last Dancer the exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin 

8 December 2017 - 30 April 2018

Tastes Like Sunshine: Flavours of Brisbane explores the delicious side of our city. Discover insights into the minds, and taste buds, of some of the River City’s most innovative contemporary chefs and indulge your other senses with new installations by Elizabeth Willing and Sean Rafferty. Experience food in a new light and savour this delicious taste of Brisbane. Pictured is the marshmallow wall - we know, right?

100% Brisbane

Until 30 June 2019

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.

For more art exhibitions across Brisbane, use our events calendar to see what else is on.

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