The Gallery of Modern Art is the first in a line of things to see or do on Southbank starting from Kurilpa Point (the William Jolly Bridge end)
The Queensland National Art Gallery was first established in 1895 and opened in a building in Queen Street on 29th March. It was relocated in 1905 to the new Executive Building and then to the former Exhibition Concert Hall at Gregory Terrace was remodelled to house the gallery. It reopened there in 1931.
The riverside site was approved in 1969. During construction the 1974 floods caused the gallery to be moved to its fourth temporary home in the MIM Building. Construction on the present site began in 1977 and the new Queensland Art Gallery was opened in 1982 as part of Stage 1 of the Cultural Centre.
The Gallery of Modern Art, fondly called GOMA, opened in December 2006 and complements the Queensland Art Gallery building. GOMA focuses on the art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
I found the exhibits inspiring, confusing but mesmerising. Make sure you leave plenty of time to visit GOMA.
One of the largest galleries galleries in Australasia, entry is free.
There are two galleries opposite each other and both are worth seeing. The QAG has a good selection of traditional Australian and Indigenous Australian art, as well as various art from the Asia Pacific region.
There are also numerous works by international artists however what makes this gallery truly unique is there are many works that are pieces in this gallery unique to this part of the world.
Anyone interested in getting an insight into Australian culture beyond Steve Irwin and kangaroos should have a look.
Opened just five years ago, GOMA is arguably the single most impressive gallery in Australia.
A stunning design by Architectus (Sydney), just 150 metres from the Queensland Art Gallery of which it officially makes one entity, GOMA provides a series of galleries spread over several floors which enables high profile exhibitions from around the world to be hosted in Brisbane - with many exclusive to Queensland and not incorporating Melbourne, Canberra or Sydney.
The reputation of the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art has increased exponentially as a result of the opening of GOMA. It claimed top spot as the most visited gallery in Australia in 2010 - 300,000 more than the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. In five years, attendance rose from 300,000 to 1.8 million.
Same hours as QAG -
Open daily, Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-5pm