Museum of Brisbane

current exhibitions

Walking Tour of City Hall and Roma Street Parkland
Friday, 18 May, 2018 to Monday, 31 December, 2018

Illustration by Sean Dowling

Learn the history, architecture and garden design of these two iconic Brisbane destinations in a winter walking tour of Brisbane City Hall and Roma Street Parkland.

Built between 1920 and 1930, the heritage-listed Brisbane City Hall is seen as the heart of Brisbane and has been the backdrop to many cultural, social and civic events. City Hall is the civic seat of the city and is home to the Lord Mayor and Deputy Mayor. It also plays host to community and corporate events each day. Accompanied by a professional guide, these tours provide a unique insight into City Hall.

  • Daily
  • 10.30am - 12.30pm
  • Free, bookings require one weeks notice

Roma Street Parkland offers a distinctly different experience, with designer gardens and sprawling lawns that wind around 16 hectares of stunning parklands. Well known by garden and plant enthusiasts for its exceptional horticultural standards, it is also a popular visitor destination, housing free barbeques, playgrounds and a year-round calendar of events.

Easton Pearson Archive
Friday, 23 November, 2018 to Monday, 22 April, 2019

The storytellers of Australian fashion, Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson’s unique approach referenced art, travel, film, literature, music and emotions to create a bold aesthetic characterised by daring patterns, innovative materials, meticulous techniques and a sustainable ethos.

For the first major exhibition from Museum of Brisbane’s Easton Pearson Archive, we worked together with 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: the design process, techniques, collaborations, experimentation’s, successes and set-backs.

The garments will be showcased on more than 60 forms in Gallery One, alongside accessories, look books, sketches and range plans.

Slow fashion, sustainability, design practice and experimental future fashion will also form the basis of the exhibition’s public programs to begin in December.

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Michelle Eskola
Friday, 14 September, 2018 to Sunday, 18 November, 2018

In progress image of Michelle Eskola’s Quasi Things taken during her residency. Photo Michelle Xen

Michelle Eskola was Artist-in-Residence at the Museum from 15 August to 6 September, and under the watchful and curious eyes of our visitors she created her new artwork series Quasi Things.

Michelle sees Quasi Things as a series of paintings that consciously attempt to resist definition.  The works respond to the architecture of the Museum without representing it, attempting instead to articulate its atmosphere.

The influence of the building’s classical formalism is clear in the works, yet the forms are reduced and abstracted in idiosyncratic and intuitive ways to unfold a kind of mental landscape. Quasi Things delves into ideas of duality such as light and depth, structure and silence as a metaphor for representing the mind as a kind of space that also has architecture.

Michelle is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice traverses painting, textile, and installation, often incorporating repetitious iconography and labour intensive techniques. She completed an Honours Degree in Fine Arts, Visual Arts Practice at the Queensland University of Technology (2008) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts (2014).  She has exhibited extensively both locally and nationally, and her works feature in many private, corporate and public collections throughout Australia.

Sam Cranstoun
Wednesday, 10 October, 2018 to Sunday, 31 March, 2019

Sam Cranstoun Impossible Conversations series 2018, watercolour.  Artwork courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery.

Inspired by Vanity Fair’s bitingly satirical 1930s series ‘Impossible Interviews’, nine Brisbane residents shared the conversations they would like to have with their chosen figure from Italian history.

Sam has interpreted these conversations through a series of watercolour paintings.

Because the historical figures are unable to take part in the conversations, Sam’s paintings hover in the space between question and answer. He offers glimpses of the conversations through imagery and text, inviting us to weave our own narratives.

Tuesday, 30 October, 2018 to Friday, 23 November, 2018

Gerwyn Davies, Prawn (detail) 2016. Archival inkjet print. Image courtesy the artist.

Combining photography and costume making, Gerwyn Davies’ work is an ever-expanding inventory of characters that are assembled, worn and staged for the camera.

Through the layering act of dress, Gerwyn utilises his own body as a platform for reinvention, slowly concealing himself through disparate materials to gradually reveal an ‘Other’.

Often reanimating popular iconography and myth, Gerwyn’s artworks explore photography’s potential as a highly plastic performance, a pliable fabrication and narrative enacted then sealed tight.

Gerwyn will be Artist-in-Residence from 30 Oct – 23 Nov 2018 and his self-portraits will be part of the Museum’s exciting summer exhibition Dress Code in Gallery One. Visitors are encouraged to come in and say hi during his residency.

Saturday, 3 November, 2018 to Monday, 28 January, 2019

Lisa Hilli, Value Systems 2018 and Material Histories #3 2015. Mixed media installation, HD video and audio. Image courtesy the artist.

Dress Code merges art, design, craft and fashion to investigate the diversity of cultural approaches to making, wearing and buying across the Asia Pacific, and how performing these acts frames our communal and individual identities.

Dress Code features newly commissioned work by Hannah Gartside, Emily McGuire and Grace Lillian Lee. The new works extend each of the artists’ ongoing investigations of collaboration, consumerism and identity within the context of fashion through artwork, installation and photography.

The exhibition will also showcase signature works from Gerwyn Davies’ decade-long career, alongside an installation by Lisa Hilli.

Gerwyn will be Artist-in-Residence at the Museum from 29 October – 23 November 2018. During his residency he will create a series of costume and still-life photographic works in response to the Museum of Brisbane Collection. Visitors are encouraged to engage with Gerwyn, to debate and discuss the social and cultural dimensions of fashion and identity.

Dress Code is part of the Museum’s celebration of art / fashion / culture this summer, complementing our major exhibition The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive by revealing how contemporary designers and artists are responding to topics of slow fashion, ethical collaboration and sustainability.