Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

current exhibitions

A Recipe of War 1918-2018
Saturday, 27 October, 2018 to Sunday, 2 December, 2018

Norman LINDSAY 1879-1969 / Title-page of The Magic Pudding … / Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1918. / Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection / © H., C. and A. Glad

This exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of Norman Lindsay’s The Magic Pudding: Being the Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his friends Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff (1918).

As Sam’s surname suggests an ability to conceal weapons, as in sawn-off shotgun, so this classic Australian book is loaded with high-powered energy, aggressive language and violent imagery.

The exhibition looks at Lindsay’s cooking up of “the puddin’” during what turned out to be the last year of the Great War.

Saturday, 27 October, 2018 to Sunday, 2 December, 2018

Lionel LINDSAY 1874-1961 / The last sundowner 1909 / pencil, pen, wash and gouache / 41.2 x 26.6cm / reproduced in The Lone Hand magazine 1 October 1909 / Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection 411 / © National Library of Australia

“You'll never catch me alive,” said [the swagman], / And his ghost may be heard …

– from A.B. Paterson, Waltzing Matilda 1895

The Australian swag was born of Australia … The grave of many of the world’s tragedies and comedies …
– from Henry Lawson, The Romance of the Swag 1907

In 1939 Lionel Lindsay called Lawson’s The Romance of the Swag “a precious piece of Australian folk-lore,” especially “now that the last Sundowner has disappeared into the dust of the Sunset Track.” This exhibition visits the various moods and modes of Lindsay’s own representation of that legendary Australian figure, the swagman, also known as a sundowner.

Wednesday, 21 November, 2018 to Sunday, 16 December, 2018

David USHER / Take me There (or leave me here) (detail) 2018 / acrylic on board / 40 x 120cm / Reproduced by kind permission

This body of work directly references memories and recollections of gazing endlessly out of the passenger window on road trips throughout parts of Western Queensland and Australia which seemingly blur into one continuous panorama. Although central themes of the landscape do not appear to change significantly, it is my perception of place through a private lens which shifts, as well as the gradual change the landscape generates through the shifting environments concerned. Landscape remains my touchstone for conveying ideas of place. Experiencing the Australian landscape, through the act of painting, allows for a manifestation of new encounters and reconnection in the anticipation of a deeper understanding of the ever-changing world around me.

‘If the landscape changes, then I don’t know who I am either. The landscape is a refracted autobiography. As it disappears you lose your sense of self.’  (Iain Sinclair b.1943 )

David Usher, July 2018

Join us for the Opening & Artist Talk on Sunday 18 November starting at 1.30pm. This is a free event and all are welcome | RSVP to the Gallery by Wednesday 14 November 2018. 

Australian Printmaking from the Toowoomba City Collection 1960-1979
Saturday, 15 December, 2018 to Sunday, 10 March, 2019

George BALDESSIN / Final banquet for no eating III (final version) 1972 / etching and aquatint with colour stencils / 47 x 101cm / Toowoomba City Collection 368

Departing from its pre-war status as craft or an illustration for a book, printmaking in the 1960s and 70s became an important platform for communicating visual information to a mass audience and was for the first time placed alongside painting and sculpture as a main form of artistic expression. Displaying prints from prominent artists from this time such as Barbara Hanrahan, George Baldessin and John Olsen, this exhibition provides a glimpse of the artistic transformations that occurred throughout this pivotal era.

Peta Berghofer
Wednesday, 2 January, 2019 to Sunday, 3 February, 2019

Peta BERGHOFER / Baby vessel, Four handled mug & Lady Amphora 2018 / stained white raku & porcelain / dimensions variable / Photograph: Theresa Hall

Commonplace, by local artist Peta Berghofer, explores the synthesis of sculptural and functional ceramics. With traditional, domestic forms as a starting point, each object is made or installed to disrupt complete functionality. This body of work is designed to bounce between two sectors and discuss the dichotomy between 'art' and 'craft'.  Through informal techniques, each clay object is made to be about things as well as for things, placing an accent on facility and concept driven work.

Continuing the intersection between clay and art object, alternative plinths referencing everyday furniture display the ceramics. At once, the plinths are reminiscent of domestic design, yet remain a device for raising an object as sculpture and bringing it into public view. Together, the ceramics and plinths create abstract still-life installations that slip in and out of gallery and domestic space.

Saturday, 2 February, 2019 to Sunday, 24 March, 2019

Janet PARKER SMITH / The Vanishing Point 2016 / screenprint / 76 x 56cm / Courtesy the artist

As far as the eye can see celebrates the contemporary topography of both landscape and printmaking. The exhibition challenges these doubly conventional themes through the work of twenty-two Australian artists whose work reflects the breadth and depth of print practice in Australia today. The artists express their individual relationships to the land through a variety of print media, describing both the vast scale and the intimate detail of our diverse natural environment and portraying Australia’s unique and varied geography.

Featuring Antonia Aitken (TAS), Raymond Arnold (TAS), G. W. Bot (ACT), Susanna Castleden (WA), Jan Davis (NSW), Gary Jolley (NSW), Locust Jones (NSW), Martin King (VIC), Judith Martinez (NSW), Clyde McGill (WA), Helen Mueller (NSW), Alice Nampitjinpa (NT), Dorothy Napangardi (NT), Daniel O’Shane (QLD), Janet Parker-Smith (NSW), Julie Paterson (NSW), Olga Sankey (SA), Gary Shinfield (NSW), Rochelle Summerfield (NSW), Chris Tobin (NSW), Judy Watson (QLD) and Freedom Wilson (NSW).

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery touring exhibition

The Tim Fairfax Gift
Saturday, 6 April, 2019 to Sunday, 19 May, 2019

Shirana SHAHBAZI Iran/Switzerland  b.1974 / [Voegel 08 2009] from Flowers, fruits & portraits series  2009 / Type C photograph on aluminium, ed. 3/5 (1 AP)  / Purchased 2010 with funds from Tim Fairfax, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift is the story of a deep commitment to contemporary art and to the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern (QAGOMA). Since 2002, Tim Fairfax AC, has supported the acquisition of some of the most remarkable works to have entered the Collection. Reflecting this generosity, the regional touring exhibition presents works by renowned and emerging artists, from monumentally scaled installations to intimate photographic works.

One of the distinguishing qualities of the Fairfax gift has been the donor’s willingness to venture into new collection-building territory, particularly Africa, South America and the Pacific, and this is evidenced in the great diversity of works on display.

‘A World View’ is a fitting tribute to Tim Fairfax AC, whose extraordinary commitment has helped to bring works by leading international artists into the QAGOMA Collection for Queenslanders to enjoy now, and into the future.

Wednesday, 21 November, 2018 to Sunday, 9 December, 2018

Photography and Design courtesy of USQ / Each student’s artwork that will appear in Graduart is visually represented in this design

The annual exhibition for University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Visual Arts Students who have completed their studio practice courses.

GraduArt will be on display at both Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery and the University of Southern Queensland from 9 November to 9 December 2018. USQ Arts Gallery and Red Door Gallery opening hours are 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Join us for the Opening Event held at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery on Friday 9 November starting at 5pm. This is a free event and all are welcome. RSVP to Artsworx via email artsworx@usq.edu.au or phone (07) 4631 1111. 

Wednesday, 21 November, 2018 to Sunday, 27 January, 2019

Koji RYUI / HAVE A NICE DAY 2014 / unfired clay, polyethylene bag, dimensions variable / Courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney

Soft Core presents artistic practices that explore the many facets of ‘softness’ - from large-scale inflatables to forms made from soft materials to materials that simply look soft. Soft Core investigates these practices by presenting existing works and newly commissioned works from 12 Australian and International artists who question the fluctuating meaning of what it means to be soft.

Join us for a Twilight Tour of this exhibition on Thursday 15 November starting at 5.30pm. This is a free event and all are welcome | RSVP to the Gallery by Tuesday 13 November.

Soft Core is curated by Micheal Do, in conjunction with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program.