Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

current exhibitions

Karri McPherson
Saturday, 13 October, 2018 to Sunday, 11 November, 2018

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

Saturday, 1 September, 2018 to Sunday, 28 October, 2018

Christine KO / There’s a place and time 2 2015 / digital inkjet print with cutouts and foamcore / 83 x 83 x 4cm (framed) / Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection 2154 / Reproduced by kind permission

The 2018 Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artist Award & Exhibition is an acquisitive biennial art award and exhibition that showcases the work of emerging artists from south east Queensland who are engaged in a contemporary art practice. The south east Queensland area is home to a diverse group of artists who are exploring new modes of practice, examining historical and cultural material, interrogating existing paradigms and viewing the world from a variety of perspectives. This exhibition brings together and celebrates artists in the region who have developed a clear area of interest in their art practice and body of work.

Since the year 2000 the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery has facilitated this designated project to support the creative talents of the next generation of artists.

Artists’ works selected for the exhibition are eligible for acquisition and awarded works from the exhibition will be included in the 2019 Crates on Wheels tour. Crates on Wheels is a Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery biennial touring initiative, connecting emerging artists from south east Queensland with students in the Toowoomba region through educational outcomes.

Toowoomba Regional Council proudly sponsors up to $15,000 for acquisitions.

Landscapes from the Lindsay Collection
Wednesday, 22 August, 2018 to Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Arthur STREETON 1867-1943 / Kosciusko n.d. / oil on canvas / 62.7 x 75.0cm / Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection 027

The painter Arthur Streeton, in the words of his friend and fellow artist Lionel Lindsay, ‘bent reality to a pictorial purpose.’ This exhibition showcases a painting by Streeton and oils by other Australian-based landscapists: Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, John Mather and Will Ashton. All works are held in the Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection.

Portraits from the Lindsay Collection
Wednesday, 22 August, 2018 to Sunday, 21 October, 2018

E. Phillips FOX 1865-1915 / Déjeuner [Mother and child no.1] c 1910-11 / oil on canvas / 151.6 x 112.6cm / Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection 006

Portraits by Australian artists, including Rupert Bunny, E. Phillips Fox, G.W. Lambert and the Lindsay siblings Lionel, Norman, Ruby and Daryl. Works from the Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection are complemented by a few from the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery - Toowoomba City Collection. The exhibition title refers to the poem "Madam Life’s a piece in bloom" by W.E. Henley, a writer greatly admired by Lionel Lindsay.

Join us for a Twilight Tour on Thursday 20 September @ 5.30pm. This is a free event and all are welcome | | Light refreshments will be served | RSVP to the Gallery by Tuesday 18 September.

An Unbroken String
Friday, 21 September, 2018 to Sunday, 4 November, 2018

Ashlee MURRAY / 2016 / king marina shells / Purchased TMAG Foundation 2016 / Courtesy Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

kanalaritja: An Unbroken String is a national touring exhibition presented by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG). The exhibition features a variety of beautiful, delicate and rare shell necklaces, created by Tasmanian Aboriginal Ancestors in the 1800s, acclaimed contemporary makers and a new wave of stringers who have learned the tradition through a cultural revitalisation project.
Since 2010, TMAG has worked with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community to facilitate a number of luna tunapri (women’s knowledge) workshops in which women in the Community – who had not had shell stringing passed down through their families – were guided through the intricate processes of collecting, cleaning and stringing. The women were encouraged to use their newfound knowledge and local beaches to develop their own distinctive shell stringing styles and new traditions. The women aspired to share their journey with the wider public, leading to the creation of kanalaritja: An Unbroken String.

Join us for the opening event on Thursday 20 September 2018 @ 1.30pm.
This is a free event and all are welcome. RSVP to the Gallery by Tuesday 18 September 2018.

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.