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Emerging Creatives


Emerging Creatives offers a range of programs and events, including workshops, for emerging artists, writers and curators.


Emerging Creatives workshop

Emerging Creatives offers a range of events that explore contemporary art and ideas, for tertiary students and emerging artists, designers, writers and curators. Keep up to date with local, national and international arts issues through exhibition previews, forums, artist talks, and other events that explore the Gallery's Collection and current exhibitions.

The Gallery also develops a range of programs and events for teenagers – QAGOMA Teens.


To register your interest in Emerging Creatives program, join the mailing list via email to start to recieving regular updates on upcoming programs, events and opportunities at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.



A day devoted to performance, with a range of events and talks taking place in and around GOMA, featuring Australian artists who explore site-specific, performative and ephemeral practices. All events are free, no bookings required.


  • 10.00am | Artist talk | Seminar Room
    Join Agatha Gothe-Snape for an introduction to the history of visual scores, and the intersections between dance and visual art, with particular reference to her work Three Ways to Enter and Exit.

  • 11.00am | Keynote artist talk | Cinema A
    Australian artist Mike Parr reflects on his long history of making performance works since the 1970s. Parr will also present an excerpt of a new performance during the event.

  • 1.00pm | Curator’s tour | Exhibition space
    Join Bree Richards, Assistant Curator, Contemporary Australian Art, for a discussion of key works and ideas in the 'Trace: Performance and its Documents' exhibition.

  • 1.30pm | Artist talk | Maiwar Green
    Hear Kerrie Poliness speak about the large-scale drawing Field Drawing #1.

  • 2.30pm | Artist talk | Exhibition space
    Join members of Brown Council as they reflect on the life and work of fictional Australian performance artist Barbara Cleveland.


  • All day | Kerrie Poliness | Maiwar Green
    Over the weekend Kerrie Poliness will use sports field marker to make Field Drawing #1, a large scale drawing on the Maiwar Green outside GOMA.

  • 12.30 – 4.30pm | Michaela Gleave: Waiting For Time (7 Hour Confetti Work) | Cinema B and online
    Streamed live from her studio in New York throughout the day, Michaela Gleave will undertake a simple endurance action entitled, Waiting For Time (7 Hour Confetti Work).

  • 3.00pm |Agatha Gothe-Snape | exhibition space
    Agatha Gothe-Snape will collaborate with QUT dance students to create a one-off dance piece, Other Ways to Enter and Exit.


  • 3.30pm | Emerging Creatives networking | GOMA Lounge
    Are you an emerging arts practitioner? Join us at this exclusive event offering an opportunity to meet ‘Trace Live’ artists in the surrounds of the ‘Trace Live’ pop up cash bar

Students receive a 10% discount at the Gallery’s food and beverage venues during ‘Trace Live’ on Saturday 10 May*.
* Valid student ID card required 

News | Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship

Designed to promote, encourage and advance the development of visual arts in Queensland, the Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship is offered annually to artists and art students aged 25 years or under.

Applications for the 2014 Melville Haysom Scholarship are now open. For further enquiries, please email emergingcreatives@qagoma.qld.gov.au.


Past programs

Discussion: The sustainable marketplace
July 2013

Emerging artists, designers, writers and curators were invited to join a panel as they revealed the tricks of the trade in building a business and career from sustainable art, craft and fashion. Guest speakers included Kylie Johnson (Paper Boat Press), Tess Curran (Deputy Editor, Peppermint magazine) and Daniele Constance (co-founder, Suitcase Rummage). Held in conjunction with 'Quilts 1700 - 1945'.
Critical session
June 2012

In conjunction with 'Contemporary Australia: Women', New Wave Emerging artists joined, artist Natalya Hughes as she shared the development of her work, The After Party 2012, and led a hands-on workshop on making artwork models.
The Fashion of drawing: Drawing session with fashion designer Paul Hunt
February 2012

Just as costume inspired Henri Matisse's work, drawing continues to be integral to contemporary fashion design. Emerging artists and designers were invited to a special after-hours event, combining a tour of 'Matisse: Drawing Life' and a drawing workshop program led by fashion designer and couturier, Paul Hunt.
GOMA Turns 5 celebrations
New Wave Emerging artist talk and presentation with Tim Woodward

December 2012
Emerging artists, writers and curators were invited to join Tim Woodward, local emerging artist and recipient of the 2011 Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship, as he shared the results of his art project.