Home of the Arts (HOTA)

Due to some recent health complications and surgery, I haven’t been able to visit museums or galleries for quite some time. Now that I’m slowly on the mend, we took the opportunity to drive down to the Gold Coast for a mid-century getaway and to visit the new Home of the Arts (HOTA) Gallery. The new Gallery opened on May 8, 2021. As you can see in the image below, the exterior of the building looks like a giant mosaic. This was inspired by the artwork, The rainforest, by William Robinson.

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Northshore Sculpture by the River

Despite writing in my previous post that I was excited to start blogging again, it has been just over three months and I haven’t had much to write about! That is, until yesterday, when I had the opportunity to go to Northshore Sculpture by the River in Hamilton, Brisbane. The best way to describe it is by saying it’s essentially a sculpture garden, with 26 sculptures lining a segment of the Brisbane River. As always, I’ll start with a quick overview before delving into some personal highlights.

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Anne Wallace: Strange Ways

Unfortunately today was this exhibition’s final day at the Queensland University of Technology Art Museum (QUT Art Museum). It will travel to Art Gallery of Ballarat in Victoria (28 March – 21 June 2020) and the Samstag Museum of Art in Adelaide (3 July – 11 September 2020). If you are near either of these galleries I strongly encourage you to go and see the exhibition and explore these enticing and thought-provoking paintings. I will share with you some of my favourite works, but first, I want to introduce you to the artist and talk a little about my first impressions of the exhibition. Continue reading “Anne Wallace: Strange Ways”

GOMA: Water

I have been looking forward to this exhibition for quite some time. Especially considering it is an exhibition that opens discussions on climate change and the fragility of the environment, as well as commenting on our role and relationship to our surroundings. It could not have opened at a more poignant time, particularly in Australia where drought and fires have ravaged parts of the country. It was fascinating to see how artists have interacted with this vital element. Not only in a ‘traditional’ way, i.e. photographs and sculptures, but in a playful way as well. More on that later. Continue reading “GOMA: Water”

Spring Hill Reservoirs: The Underground Opera Company

Last night I had the most incredible opportunity to attend a show by the Underground Opera Company in the Spring Hill Reservoirs. It truly was one of the best performances I have ever seen and the way it activated the heritage place was remarkable. The following blog post will be roughly divided into two sections. One on the Reservoirs, and the other on the Underground Opera Company. Weaved throughout will be my review of the evening. This will include reflections on re-purposing heritage places and why I think that process is of great value. Continue reading “Spring Hill Reservoirs: The Underground Opera Company”

Brisbane Open House: Lytton Quarantine Station

Visiting Lytton Quarantine Station has been on my ‘must-do’ list for too long. Thankfully, this weekend was Brisbane Open House, an annual event that sees select buildings open to the public. It is also a wonderful opportunity for people to engage with Brisbane’s heritage through self-guided or guided tours. It will probably come as no surprise, but I am fascinated in the history of disease. I have been researching the Spanish Flu lately so to see a place that would have quarantined those who suffered from the disease was quite remarkable. Before delving into our visit, here is some more information on the Station.

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Museum of Brisbane: New Woman

In mid-September this year, the Museum of Brisbane unveiled their new exhibition, New Woman. It features just over 80 artists, with artworks displayed chronologically starting from the 1920s. The exhibition is a really significant look at the women who have been an integral part of the development and continuing strength of Brisbane’s arts and culture scene. It is certainly a bright and colourful exhibition, accentuated by the almost neon orange walls. When I first entered the space I certainly had to adjust my eyes. There are a few aspects of this exhibition I want to focus on for this post. Continue reading “Museum of Brisbane: New Woman”

Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference: Day Three

Thursday was the final day of sessions for the Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference. I would like to thank the organisers, sponsors and presenters for making the past couple of days truly memorable. Queensland is a huge state and this conference provided a great opportunity for cultural workers to gather together, network and share ideas. Read on for a brief summary of the talks I attended during the day and some key takeaway messages. Continue reading “Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference: Day Three”

Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference: Day Two

It has been a very long day filled with incredible talks containing so many new ideas and innovative programs. I forget how utterly exhausted I feel at the end of a full conference day! At least this time I came prepared with a portable charger so my phone battery could remain fully charged. At each conference I attend, I like to provide a summary of the day including the talks I attended and some of their key messages. That way, if you’re not here, you can still learn a little about what has been discussed. Continue reading “Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference: Day Two”

Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference: Day One

Last night was the welcome reception for the Museums & Galleries Queensland conference held at the Cairns Museum. I wanted to briefly write about the public art tour I went on prior to the reception and also a bit about the Museum.

Public Art Tour

We were very fortunate to have two representatives from Cairns Regional Council join us for a walking tour around Cairns CBD to explore some of the public art. To give you an idea, there are 180 pieces of public art in the wider Cairns region and Cairns CBD. This basically means that everywhere you go in Cairns, you’re going to see a few works of art along the way. Continue reading “Museums & Galleries Queensland Conference: Day One”