Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

current exhibitions

Saturday, 14 September, 2019 to Sunday, 13 October, 2019

C.G.S. HIRST c1826-1890 / Part of the Botanical Gardens at Toowoomba 1879 / watercolour and ink / 52 x 82cm / Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection 218 / Reproduced by kind permission.

For millennia, artists have been inspired by nature. Over time they have sought to capture its wildness and beauty, to investigate the details of how it works and to bask in its wonder. From botanical illustrations and still lives to works that depict our inability to tame it, this exhibition showcases artworks from Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection by artists who reflect on the natural world.

 

Twilight Tour 
Thursday 19 September @ 5.30pm 
Free event | All welcome | RSVP (07) 4688 6652

Saturday, 14 September, 2019 to Sunday, 1 December, 2019

Doug SPOWART / The Old Court House 1996 / black and white photograph / Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection 352 / Reproduced by kind permission.

In 1996 photographer Doug Spowart undertook a project called “New sight-Same sites” which ‘re-imaged’ Downs landscapes and other regional sites depicted in selected works from the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery —Toowoomba City Collection. This exhibition revisits those images exploring ideas of visual recording: a painting may allude to its content but does a photograph really record its subject?

Saturday, 20 July, 2019 to Saturday, 7 September, 2019

Judy WATSON / Museum piece 1998 / etching / Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection 499 / Reproduced by kind permission

This exhibition features works from Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery’s Toowoomba City Collection that reference the marks of time on landscapes. From artworks that physically use earth in their construction to works that evoke forces of nature whether subtle or more obvious, these works encourage an awareness of time passing.

Saturday, 3 August, 2019 to Sunday, 1 September, 2019

London Heir / Seclusion 2019 / watercolour on paper / 30 x 39cm / Reproduced by kind permission.

Local artist London Heir’s latest body of work Unanchored explores femininity through ethereal watercolours. Over the past year, Heir has collected different species of pet fish and observed their movements to incorporate into her paintings. Heir has drawn connections between femininity, water, flora and fauna, whose graceful and interesting forms complement one another. The resulting images are intended to mimic the calming, elegant influence the fish seem to possess.

 

Opening & Artist Talk 
Saturday 3 August @ 1.30pm
Free event | All welcome | RSVP (07) 4688 6652

 

This exhibition is part of the Cam Robertson Gallery exhibition program that showcases the work of artists, curators and arts organisations in the Toowoomba Region.

2017 Award Winner Luke ABBOT / Mandible setting 2017 / articulated ring: titanium, 925 silver, gem / 2.8 x 2.1 x 0.7cm / Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery - Toowoomba City Collection 2207 / Acquired from Contemporary Wearables 2017 Biennial Jewellery Award & Exhibition / Reproduced by kind permission

Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition recognises and promotes experimentation, exploration and innovation in design and use of materials in the creation of contemporary jewellery. Inaugurated in 1989, the award continues to attract entries from prominent and emerging artists in Australia and New Zealand. The award exhibition brings together a diverse range of contemporary works created by jewellers, artisans and makers that are contemporary in both design and concept. Artists’ works selected for the exhibition are eligible for acquisition by Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery for the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection. Award winners will be announced along with selected acquisitions at the official opening and awards ceremony on Sunday 8 September 2019.

 

Opening & Award Ceremony 
Sunday 8 September @ 1.30pm

 

Twilight Tour 
Thursday 24 October @ 5.30pm

 

Free events | All welcome | RSVP (07) 4688 6652

 

Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition is proudly supported by Toowoomba Regional Council. 

Installation view Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art 2018 / Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery / Reproduced by kind permission

The Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art recognise and promote excellence in senior visual art education throughout Queensland’s state and non-state schools.

Now in its 29th year, the program has helped raise community awareness of the degree of sophistication in concepts, diversity of technical competence, and the high standard of visual art education in Queensland secondary schools. This regional exhibition displays the creative talents of senior high school visual art students from the Darling Downs and South-West Queensland region for 2019.

 

Award Ceremony
Sunday 25 August @ 1.30pm

 

The Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art is an initiative of the Department of Education, supported by Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.

Saturday, 7 September, 2019 to Sunday, 6 October, 2019

Di ELSDEN / Orchids in the glasshouse, Butchart Gardens (Vancouver Island) 2019 / watercolour on paper / 47 x 35cm / Reproduced by kind permission 

For more than twenty years, artist Di Elsden has been capturing the unique character of gardens both within Australia and internationally. Inspired by the gardens that she has designed and grown herself and those she has visited on her travels, such as Monet’s iconic waterlily ponds at Giverny, Elsden’s work opens a window to the many interpretations of a garden paradise. Anyone with a love of flowers and garden design will find pleasure in Elsden’s masterful, light-filled and sumptuous watercolour and acrylic paintings.

 

Opening & Artist Talk 
with Opening Speaker Brian Sams 
Sunday 15 September @ 1.30pm 
Free event | All welcome | RSVP (07) 4688 6652

 

This exhibition is part of the Cam Robertson Gallery exhibition program that showcases the work of artists, curators and arts organisations in the Toowoomba Region.

Saturday, 17 August, 2019 to Sunday, 1 September, 2019

Installation view View|Points Crates on Wheels 2019 / Wilsonton State High School / Reproduced by kind permission.

Every two years Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery facilitates the Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artist Award and Exhibition and supports the creative talents of some of south-east Queensland’s most promising emerging artists.

Selected works from this exhibition are then sent on tour to schools within the Toowoomba Region as part of the Crates on Wheels Travelling Schools’ Exhibition. This initiative nurtures the careers of emerging artists from south-east Queensland and provides students in the Toowoomba Region the opportunity to engage with contemporary art practice through their arts curriculum.

Point Taken showcases artworks made by participating students from Toowoomba Region that were inspired by works on display in the Crates on Wheels exhibition tour. 

Crates on Wheels is a Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery initiative, connecting emerging artists from south-east Queensland with students through educational visual arts outcomes.