From playing weekend sport, going to the beach with friends or cooking a meal for loved ones – explore how Queenslanders live and play across the state through an exhibition of SLQ’s rare and restricted collection items.
Celebrate some of Queensland’s unsung Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heroes from the sporting world in this inspiring showcase of images, memorabilia and digital stories.
16 March – 26 August 2018
Featuring more than 200 artefacts from the world-famous Egyptian collections of the British Museum, this exhibition 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.
Until 28 October 2018 | Free
Back in 1824, life was unrelentingly harsh for the 3000 men and women imprisoned as convicts here until the penal colony’s closure in 1839. This also irrevocably changed the life of the Aboriginal peoples on whose country the colony was built. This exhibition offers a rare chance to view some of the few remaining official documents from the Brisbane penal colony.
Until 30 June 2019 | Free
We are pulling back the layers of our city, going beneath the surface of high rises and 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.
23 November 2018 - 22 April 2019
Australia’s fashion storytellers, Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson, took a unique approach to fashion, referencing art, travel, film, literature, music and emotions to design and craft a bold aesthetic with daring patterns, innovative materials, meticulous techniques and a sustainable ethos. For the first major exhibition from the Easton Pearson Archive (donated in 2017 by Dr Paul Eliadis, a Brisbane-based philanthropist and arts patron), Museum of Brisbane asked Pam and Lydia to select the designs they felt highlighted the greatest innovations of their design practice and to share the stories behind the evolution of each garment. Expect to see the garments displayed on more than 60 forms along with lookbooks, sketches and more.
Until 30 August 2018 | Free
The Karrabing Film Collective is a grassroots initiative bringing together more than 30 people from different Indigenous groups from the Northern Territory and their non-Indigenous colleagues. Its films use inventive artistic language to challenge historical and contemporary structures of settler power.
Until 30 August 2018 | Free
This exhibition brings together more than a decade of Yang’s practice, displaying contradicting pieces – industrial production versus handmade, and conception art against material-driven. Yang participated in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial (2015–2016) and the recent 21st Biennale of Sydney.
22 September–22 December 2018
Five Indigenous curators have been invited to collaborate with nine Indigenous artists to create and develop projects asserting complex, expansive contemporary Indigenous experiences including deep ancestral knowledges and global connections.
4 August – 15 September | Free
Seven craftspeople weave their work in with stunning traditional embroideries. Historical items on loan from The Embroiderers Guild of Queensland will sit alongside innovative works by practitioners who are sewing a name for themselves as part of the new craft movement.
21 September – 2 November | Free
Unleashed is back after a seven-year break. The idea is to capture some of the buzz being created by emerging craft practitioners and designers, as each pushes the limit of their field – be it cutting-edge ceramics, fashion or jewellery design.
2 November – 16 February | Free
Free from constraint, Australian artist Mona Ryder has challenged us with a dynamic and explorative body of work looking at relationships, memory and gendered rituals. Every element is of her hand: from the mussel shells preserved from meals shared with friends, to scarlet stockings borne of Mona’s backyard dye pot, to the furniture and objects she fashions, each piece shares a deeply personal story.
Until 21 July 2018
View significant artworks by some of Australia’s most recognisable female Aboriginal artists from the Utopia region in Central Australia. Utopia is the traditional land of the Alyawarre and Anmatyerre people, located about 230km north-east of Alice Springs in Central Australia.
For more art exhibitions across Brisbane, use our events calendar to see what else is on.