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Public programs

Darren Sylvester

Darren Sylvester
I was the last in the Carpenters Garden 2008
Video still from 2 channel DVD installation
Camera: Rob Buckell
Courtesy the artist, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, and Johnston Gallery, Perth

Public programs

Exhibition overview

2.00pm Friday 14 November 2008, Cinema A GoMA

Join Queensland Art Gallery Director Tony Ellwood and Julie Ewington (Curatorial Manager, Australian Art) for an overview of the exhibition, including discussion of the exhibition themes and included artists. Free. To book email 

Opening weekend public programs

From 11.00am Saturday 15 November and Sunday 16 November 2008

Artists give insight into their works in the ‘Optimism’ exhibition. All talks held in Gallery spaces. For locations, please see signage on the day.

Saturday 15 November
11.00am:  Arlene TextaQueen 
12.00noon: Tim Maguire 
1.00pm: Emily Floyd 
2.00pm: Michael Leunig 
3.00pm: Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy

Sunday 16 November
11.00am: ‘The Salon Project’ by Francis Parker (Curator, Contemporary Australian Art)
12.00noon: Scott Redford
2.00pm: George Nona artist talk

Talking about contemporary Australian art

2.00pm selected Saturdays during January and February Cinema B, GoMA 

The ‘Talking about contemporary Australian art’ series introduces visitors to ideas about art that emerged internationally and in Australia in the mid twentieth century through to the exciting work being produced by contemporary artists today. Led by Dr Mark Pennings (Senior Lecturer, Visual Arts, Queensland University of Technology) and featuring artists in the exhibition. 

31 January: Abstract Expressionism and Pop
7 February: 1960s Abstraction, Minimalism and conceptual art
8 February: Artist in-conversation
14 February: Post-Modernism and Post-Colonialism
15 February: Artist in-conversation
21 February:
The global art world.

Guided tours

Meet your guide at the GoMA Information Desk in the main foyer at 1.00pm Monday to Friday and 11.00am Saturday and Sunday. 

Auslan tour

3.00pm Sunday 30 November 2008 

An Auslan-interpreted tour for Deaf visitors. Meet your guide at the GoMA Information Desk.