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.


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.


First acquisition: Blandford Fletcher Evicted 1887


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


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


First full-time curator, James Watt, appointed


Gallery relocates to Exhibition Building Concert Hall at Gregory Terrace


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


Robert Campbell appointed first Director


Robert Haines appointed Director


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


Laurie Thomas appointed Director


James Wieneke appointed Director


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


Robin Gibson and Partners selected to design QAG building


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


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


Construction of QAG building begins


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


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


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


Doug Hall appointed Director


The First Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art is staged


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


Launch of the Gallery's first website


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


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


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


Construction commences on the Gallery of Modern Art


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


Tony Ellwood appointed Director


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


Free visitor WiFi access becomes available across both galleries


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


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


Chris Saines appointed Director


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


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


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


Refurbishment of Queensland Art Gallery Collection Store expands its storage space by 30%
The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Galleries at QAG are refurbished for a new reimagined presentation of the Australian Collection.


James Turrell’s architectural light installation Night Life illuminates GOMA from within from sunset to midnight daily.


Celebrates 40 years since the founding of the QAGOMA Foundation (originally Queensland Art Gallery Foundation)


125 years since the establishment of the Queensland National Art Gallery (later the Queensland Art Gallery, later QAGOMA)

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.