TIMELINE

In the late 19th century, Queensland artists Isaac Walter Jenner and R. Godfrey Rivers successfully lobbied for the creation of a state art gallery, which opened as the Queensland National Art Gallery in 1895. It occupied a series of temporary premises prior to the opening of its permanent home at Brisbane's South Bank in 1982.

The establishment of the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) in 1993 forged a focus on artwork of the region, and as an ongoing exhibition series the APT created a case for a second building to display growing contemporary collections. The Gallery of Modern Art opened in 2006, creating a two-campus institution.


1895

29 March | Queensland National Art Gallery opened by the Queensland Governor, Sir Henry Wylie Norman, at temporary premises in old Town Hall on Queen Street. The inaugural display includes 38 pictures, one marble bust, and 70 engravings.

1896

First acquisition: Blandford Fletcher Evicted 1887

1898

First Australian acquisition: Josephine Muntz-Adams's Care c.1893

1905

Gallery relocates to Executive Building (Land Administration Building) in George Street

1915

First full-time curator, James Watt, appointed

1931

Gallery relocates to Exhibition Building Concert Hall at Gregory Terrace

1941

The Trustees' children's creative art class commence, with artist Vida Lahey as the first tutor

1949

Robert Campbell appointed first Director

1951

Robert Haines appointed Director

1953

First children's exhibition, comprising 150 pictures from children's classes

1961

Laurie Thomas appointed Director

1967

James Wieneke appointed Director

1969

South Brisbane site purchased for the development of the permanent Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) building

1973

Robin Gibson and Partners selected to design QAG building

1974

Raoul Mellish appointed Director
Gale force winds during Brisbane floods force closure of Exhibition Building at Gregory Terrace

1975

Gallery moves to temporary premises in M.I.M building, Ann Street

1977

Construction of QAG building begins

1979

Queensland Art Gallery Foundation established, acquiring The Master of Frankfurt Virgin and Child with Saint James the Pilgrim, Saint Catherine and the Donor with Saint Peter c.1496

1981

Training programs begin for volunteer guides in preparation for the opening of QAG in its new permanent home at South Bank.

1982

21 June | Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) opens in its new permanent home, which is awarded the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings.

1987

Doug Hall appointed Director

1993

The First Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art is staged

1995

Queensland Government dedicates the site to the north of the Cultural Centre for future Gallery expansion

1996

Launch of the Gallery's first website

2000

Queensland Government announces the Millennium Arts Project, which includes the design and construction of a second site for the Queensland Art Gallery

2001

First Children's Art Centre digital interactive features in the 'Play' exhibition 28 June

2002

Following an international competition, Queensland Government commissions Sydney-based company Architectus to design the Gallery of Modern Art

2004

Construction commences on the Gallery of Modern Art

2006

1 December | Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) opens, with The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art; a new Robin Gibson-designed entry from Stanley Place opens at QAG

2007

Tony Ellwood appointed Director

2009

Gallery's collection of contemporary Asian and Pacific artworks catalogued online (with the assistance of a Gordon Darling Foundation Grant)

2010

Free visitor WiFi access becomes available across both galleries

2011

Cultural Centre, including QAG and GOMA closes from 12 Jan – 15 Feb due to flooding. No artwork is damaged
All artworks in the Collection catalogued online
20 November | First QAGOMA Blog post

2012

The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art marks the APT's 20th anniversary as the only recurring exhibition of the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific
8 December | Launch of QAGOMA TV

2013

Chris Saines appointed Director

2014

Milestone of more than 10 million visitors to both sites since the opening of GOMA
QAGOMA is the official host for selected events for the G20 World Leaders' Summit

2015

Queensland Art Gallery, along with the other original Robin Gibson-designed buildings of South Bank's Cultural Precinct, listed as a State Heritage Place on the Queensland Heritage Register
Launch of the Gallery's new responsive website

2016

December | QAGOMA celebrates 10 years of the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)


Queen Elizabeth at the Queensland Art Gallery site, 11 March 1977 / Collection: QAGOMA Research Library

Queen Elizabeth at the Queensland Art Gallery site, 11 March 1977 / Collection: QAGOMA Research Library.

Site for the new Queensland Art Gallery, 16 March 1976 / Collection: QAGOMA Research Librarytimeline

Site for the new Queensland Art Gallery, 16 March 1976 / Collection: QAGOMA Research Library.

Architect’s drawing of Exhibition Building, Gregory Terrace, 1858-1922

G H M Addison, Australia 1858-1922 / (Architect’s drawing of Exhibition Building, Gregory Terrace) c.1890 / Pen, ink and gouache on light-brown heavy smooth paper / Gift of Herbert S. Macdonald 1958 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery.