Only 150 metres apart, the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern art are two vibrant architectural sites connecting art and people.
The Queensland Art Gallery building opened in 1982 as part of the first stage of South Bank's Cultural Precinct. In December 2006, a new Robin Gibson-designed entry was added at Stanley Place — a sweeping glass structure through which the public can see into the interior.
In July 2002, Sydney-based company Architectus was commissioned by the Queensland Government following an Architect Selection Competition, to design the Gallery's second site, the Gallery of Modern Art.
Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) Architect: Robin Gibson (1930–2014) Opened: 21 June 1982 Awards: Sir Zelman Cowan Award for Architecture
'It is not only a place for the collection and exhibition of our art works, it is a place where the walls and barriers of the Gallery are broken down, where there is a constant source of interchange between the art world and the public.' – Robin Gibson, architect's statement
Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) Architect: Kerry and Lindsay Clare, Architectus Opened: 1 December 2006 Awards: 2007 Royal Australian Institute of Architects National Award for Public Architecture
'The duality of the design approach [for GOMA] is that the architecture is impressive and monumental without losing its openness and freshness, and without being intimidating; international yet responsive to local conditions and the south-east Queensland context. By adopting this approach the architects
propose to realise one of the Gallery's most important aims – to place the institution in the public experience of the city.' – Lindsay and Kerry Clare, architect's statement