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Special Events

Michael Parekowhai Opening

Michael Parekowhai / The Horn of Africa 2006 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

Members Lecture Lunch

José Da Silva, Senior Curator and Head of the Australian Cinémathèque speaks to Members / Photograph Mark Sherwood


Members exclusive breakfast in the GOMA restaurant / Photograph Brodie Standen


Friday 3 July | 1.00–4.00pm | QAG
Be one of the first to view this major survey of photography, organised by the Art Gallery of Modern Art New South Wales, telling the story of Australia through the art and technology of this medium. From the 1840s to the twenty-first century, the exhibition chronicles evolving photographic approaches to the people and the land of Australia. 

A valid exhibition ticket is required for this event / Members receive discounted entry — $9 day ticket or $27 for a season pass.

Premium Members receive unlimited entry to all ticketed QAGOMA exhibitions.


Wednesday 5 August | 5.00–9.30pm | GOMA
Join us for an intimate after-hours introduction to ‘GOMA Q: Contemporary Queensland Art’ from QAGOMA Director, Chris Saines. The first in a series of exhibitions that will profile the innovations and achievements of leading Queensland visual artists, ‘GOMA Q’ will present the work of over 30 emerging, mid-career and senior artists. After hearing about the exhibition from the Director, you’ll have a chance to explore the show – opened especially for this event – before moving through to the award-winning GOMA Restaurant for a seven-course degustation menu with matched premium wines. Taking inspiration from the exhibition, Executive Chef, Josue Lopez, has developed a menu to showcase the best of Queensland seasonal produce and flavours. Josue will introduce each dish, and the wines will be presented by a guest sommelier.

Bookings required / Seven-courses with matched premium wines $165 Members / $180 Non-Members / Food only $125 Members / $140 Non-Members / Book online or call (07) 3840 7278 to RSVP by 22 July


Saturday 22 August | 5.00–7.00pm | GOMA Restaurant
Enjoy a relaxed afternoon appreciating the art of matching food and wine as you are guided through six pairings inspired by the seasonal GOMA Restaurant menu. Hear more about the winemaking process from a guest host, and learn some of the secrets of good food with Executive Chef Josue Lopez. This event is fast becoming a favourite on the Members calendar, so we recommend booking early to secure your place.

Bookings required / $70 Members / $85 Members' guests / Includes six courses of food and wine pairings and a take-home booklet of wine-tasting notes / Book online or call (07) 3840 7278 to RSVP by 8 May


Saturday 5 September | 3.30pm | Karen Lamb | GOMA
Sunday 6 September | 10.30am | Kári Gíslason | GOMA
In partnership with Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) (2–6 September), we are delighted to invite you to attend exclusive discussions with two authors featured on our ‘GOMA Q’ reading list; Kári Gíslason, author of The Ash Burner (2015) and Karen Lamb, author of Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather (2015).  Both sessions will provide you with an opportunity to hear insights into their newly released works, as well as their writing practice more broadly. There will also be opportunities during BWF to hear from authors featured on our forthcoming APT8 reading list – visit bwf.org.au from July for details.

Bookings required / $15 Members / $20 Non-Members / Includes light refreshments / Book online or call (07) 3840 7278 to RSVP by 21 August


Sunday 6 September | 4.00–6.00pm | GOMA
Spend the afternoon enjoying a flight of four brews from Brisbane’s own Newstead Brewing Company, each paired with delicious seasonal fare from QAGOMA Executive Chef, Josue Lopez. Michael Conrad from Newstead Brewing Co, and Josue will talk through each of the pairings, and with a nod to the current exhibition ‘GOMA Q: Contemporary Queensland Art’, the hosts will expand on their food philosophies, which focus on making the most of local ingredients and working towards sustainable practices. 

Bookings required / $65 Members / $75 Non-Members / Includes four courses of food-and-beer pairings / Book online or call (07) 3840 7278 to RSVP by 7 August 

ARTIST-RUN WORKSHOP:The Language of Colour

Saturday 12–Sunday 13 September | 10.00am – 3.00pm | GOMA
We crave to learn all we can about colour and its relationships but often don’t know where to start. In this two-day workshop, award-winning visual artist and experienced tutor, Catherine Hamilton will guide you through the stages of colour mixing, so you can truly understand how colour works. Using a simple palette of just six colours, plus white; learn how you can create all the colours for your artistic needs. There will be a number of visual exercises addressing how to see and respond to colour, as well as opportunities to engage with various acrylic medium, creating washes, structure and translucency The workshop will be conducted in acrylic paint, is suitable for all skill levels, and the knowledge gained can be applied to any medium.

Bookings required / $295 Members / $375 Non-Members / Includes a light lunch on both days and a take-home set of premium grade art materials valued at over $200 / Book online or call (07) 3840 7278 to RSVP by 14 August  

SPAIN — CASTILE & MADRID: Great Galleries & Ancient Kingdoms

13 days | October 2015
QAGOMA Members is delighted to announce a new arrangement with Martin Randall Travel (MRT), one of the most respected specialist travel companies in the world.

You’re invited to take part in the first international art tour for QAGOMA Members to Spain in October 2015. Founded in 1988, MRT is committed to providing the best planned and most stimulating expert-led cultural holidays, and a small portion of every Member’s tour booking will be returned to QAGOMA, further supporting the Gallery in its ongoing aim to connect art and people.

From the ancient kingdom of Castile to the modernity of contemporary Madrid, this special pilgrimage will focus on some of the world’s greatest works of art. Included will be guided visits to the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, the Reina Sofia — currently home to Picasso’s Guernica — and a private collection in Segovia. The tour will showcase the Moorish, Jewish and Christian monuments of Toledo and the architectural magnificence of the Gothic cathedral of Burgos, as well as immersing participants in the enchanting history and exquisite cuisine of the region.

Leading the group will be Gijs van Hensbergen, an art historian and author with specialist knowledge on the region. His books include Guernica: The Biography of a Twentieth-Century Icon (2005), Antoni Gaudí (2001) and In the Kitchens of Castile (1992). He has also been published in the Wall Street Journal.

Contact Martin Randall Australasia for information and bookings.
T: 1300 559 595 | E: anz@martinrandall.com.au 

GENOA, TURIN, MILAN: Palaces & Galleries of Northwest Italy

Lecturer: Dr Luca Leoncini, Director, Museo di Palazzo Reale, Genoa
12 days | October 2016
We are delighted to announce the second Martin Randall Travel (MRT) international art tour for QAGOMA Members in October 2016. With MRT expertly taking care of your travel details, you start your journey in Genoa, where you’ll join the Director of the Museo di Palazzo Reale, Dr Luca Leonici, your guide for the next 12 days. Alongside a small group of like-minded culture and art lovers, you will explore Italy’s most prosperous region, the contrasting cities of Genoa and Turin; one a leading maritime republic of mediaeval Italy and birthplace of Columbus; the other on a river plateau, developed on a grand scale in the 17th and 18th Centuries. The tour will showcase magnificent palaces and churches, from mediaeval to Baroque, as well as opportunities to view some exceptional art collections, including fine examples from two QAGOMA collection favourites, Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641) and Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640). In Milan, you will visit the Brera, one of Italy’s finest art galleries; as well as the Castello Sforzesco, housing Michelangelo’s Pietà and Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. As with our inaugural MRT tour to Spain in 2015, a small portion of every Member’s tour booking will be returned to the Gallery, further supporting QAGOMA in its ongoing aim to connect art and people.

Contact Martin Randall Australasia for information and bookings.
T: 1300 559 595 | E: anz@martinrandall.com.au

Disclaimer: This Martin Randall Travel international tour is an exclusive offer to QAGOMA Members. However, QAGOMA has no involvement in the booking or conduct of the tours and we accept no responsibility for the actions of MRT or the accuracy of any tour information. Please visit their website for further information.