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Daphne Mayo: Let There Be Sculpture

bris city hall

Daphne Mayo carving the Brisbane City Hall tympanum, 1930 | Courtesy: Daphne Mayo Papers, UQFL119, Fryer Library, University of Queensland | Photograph: Berenice Lahey (Cribb)

4 November 2011 − 15 January 2012 | Xstrata Coal Queensland Artists' Gallery (Gallery 14), Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) | Free admission

QAG Opening Hours
10.00am — 5.00pm Monday to Friday

9.00am — 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday
Closed Christmas Day
9.00am — 5.00pm Public Holidays

Daphne Mayo (1895–1982) is one of Queensland's most significant twentieth century artists. Mayo was an outstanding sculptor and creator of some of Brisbane's grandest monuments, as well as a passionate advocate for the arts.

The exhibition, guest-curated by Dr Judith McKay, comprises over 50 works from public and private collections around Australia. The works range from portrait busts to architectural monuments; official commissions to creative, modernist experiments; and include ceramics, paintings and drawings, as well as sculptures. It is the first retrospective of this remarkable artist's work to be exhibited by a state gallery.


Daphne Mayo: Let There Be Sculpture is the first substantial publication on the artist in 30 years and includes a selected bibliography and list of public commissions. Available from the Gallery Store and online

Sculpture Trail

Daphne Mayo’s works can also be found in public places in Brisbane and Ipswich, so why not follow up your visit to the exhibition with a tour of her works still on view today. Print out the Brisbane City precinct Sculpture Trail or the Brisbane suburbs and Ipswich Sculpture Trail and start your tour.

Exhibition documentaries

Watch Daphne Mayo Speaks and A Monumental Career


Volunteer Guided Tour For Hearing-Impaired Visitors
Friday 25 November 2011 | 10.00am
Assistive listening devices (FM system) are available for visitors with a hearing impairment. As the number of devices is limited, bookings are essential. To book, telephone the Education Bookings Office on (07) 3840 7255 between 8.30am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday or email educationbookings@qag.qld.gov.au.

Auslan-Interpreted Tour For Deaf Visitors
Sunday 27 November 2011 | 3.00pm
Meet your volunteer guide and interpreter at the Melbourne Street information desk, QAG. No bookings required.

Volunteer Guided Tours
1.00pm daily (excluding 24 December 2011 to 1 January 2012)
Meet your volunteer guide at the Melbourne Street information desk, QAG.

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