Art Pal Postcard Project
During August 2020, at what was the beginning of the COVID-19 global pandemic, QAGOMA invited audiences to share their experience of this significant moment in time. Reflecting on the role that art and creativity plays in our lives during times of stress and change, over 300 people submitted a postcard to contribute to the Art Pal Postcard archive. Read more or, to access this collection, search the online database. Contact us for an appointment to view the physical archive.
Brisbane Art Prizes
Search this database to find out about artists and art prize exhibitions in Brisbane from 1950 to 1975, a period when art prizes flourished. The database was compiled by former QAGOMA curator, Glenn R. Cooke as research for his exhibition and publication A Time Remembered: Art in Brisbane 1950 to 1975 (QAG, 1995). Search the online database.
Dear Queensland is an online archive of letters and visual responses from Queensland’s LGBTIQA+ communities reflecting on their challenges and triumphs. The collection was gathered from February to July 2022, when QAGOMA and artist Shannon Novak opened their virtual letter box to LGBTIQA+ Queenslanders. The responses collected explore joy, heartbreak and hopes for the future, and document some important and often untold histories of Queensland. Read more or, to access this collection, visit the Dear Queensland website
Donated by the Estate of Marion Smith through the QAGOMA Foundation, this archive of letters and scrapbooks contains correspondence between Ian Fairweather and Marion Smith (1938–2008), a stenographer who worked at the University of Queensland in the early 1960s. She was one of several who assisted with typing Fairweather’s translations of Chinese tales published as The Drunken Buddha (1965). Read a selection of these letters in Ian Fairweather: A Life in Letters (2019), edited by Claire Roberts and John Thompson. To access this archive, contact us for an appointment. Read more.
Established by Andy Warhol in October 1969, Interview magazine gradually morphed from an underground newsletter to a large-format publication involving many talented photographers, editors and authors. The collection of almost 200 Interview magazines from 1973 to 1998 was donated in memory of Sophie Papas in 2009 under the Cultural Gifts Program. To access this collection, search the online catalogue or contact us for an appointment. Read more
James C. Sourris AM Collection
This rare book collection, purchased with funds from James C. Sourris AM through the QAGOMA Foundation in 2011, has two distinct areas of focus: Surrealist art and the work of Henri Matisse (1869–1954). The Surrealism collection includes original manifestos, books, magazines, and exhibition catalogues dating from 1920 to 1965. Minotaure, one of the most iconic of the surrealist periodicals with its impressive list of contributors, is a particular highlight. The Matisse holdings include rare and important books, journals and exhibition catalogues dating from 1936 to 1956. To access this collection, search the online catalogue or contact us for an appointment.
Acclaimed Australian artist Jon Molvig (1923–70) spent the greater part of his productive life in Brisbane, Queensland, where he dominated the art scene into the late 1960s. Search Molvig’s artworks using this database compiled by former QAGOMA curator, Glenn R. Cooke.
Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts Collection
Win Schubert AO (1938–2017) established Art Galleries Schubert in 1985 on the Gold Coast, Queensland that operated until 2009. An extensive collection of limited-edition Australian art books, exhibition catalogues and journals was a gift of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts through the QAGOMA Foundation in 2013, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. One of the many highlights is Charles Blackman’s original leather-bound sketchbook, Buderim Mt Sketchbook: Civilisation versus Eden (1984). Read more about the sketchbook. Search the online catalogue or contact us .
Patrick Corrigan AM Collection of Australian Art Exhibition Catalogues
This collection of Australian exhibition catalogues is a unique group of items accumulated over more than three decades and generously donated to the Library through the QAGOMA Foundation by the avid collector and philanthropist, Patrick Corrigan AM. Comprising some 800 catalogues, invitations and journals, the collection spans nearly 120 years, beginning with the famous 1898 exhibition of Australian art held at Grafton Galleries in London. Search the online catalogue or contact us.
Peter Tyndall and Robert MacPherson Correspondence Archive 1970–2014
This important archive is the result of 35 years of exchange between these two celebrated Australian artists. Donated to the QAGOMA Research Library in 2014 by Peter Tyndall, it consists of almost 13 000 items of correspondence from Robert MacPherson (1937–2021). Much of the collection comprises envelopes containing newspaper and magazine pages related to frogs, axes or other items of MacPherson’s thematic interest or the artists’ shared interests and annotated by MacPherson with text calligraphy. One of the highlights is MacPherson’s first gift to Tyndall, a masonic box that has a winged motif decorating the outside and inside is a string of feathers meant to be viewed at eye level as the strings arise. Search the online catalogue or contact us for an appointment. Read more
Queensland Visual Arts Online
Discover past regional exhibitions from 2000 to 2005 that showcase Queensland arts and culture created with regional Queensland partners and supported by an Arts Queensland Digital Media Grant. The online exhibitions feature Conrad Martens, the Lady Woodcarvers of Rockhampton, the restoration of the See Poy portraits, Ken Thaiday, William Robinson and contemporary artists in ‘Fortitude’.
Scott Redford Gift
Explore Australian contemporary artist and collector Scott Redford’s collection of vinyl records, music-related ephemera, posters, books, journals and artists’ multiples held in the Library as the result of generous gifts by the artist, that includes a significant donation in 2022. Born in 1962 and exhibiting since the 1980s, Redford’s career overlaps the golden age of the vinyl record, its history and its popular resurgence over the last two decades. The objects gifted by Redford capture and reflect on aspects of popular music, culture and graphic design. Search the online catalogue or contact us.
The Wallent Collection
The Oswald A Wallent Collection, assembled by Oswald Wallent during his years at the Hermannsburg Mission, near Alice Springs, offers a glimpse of the mid 1940s at the mission where the famous landscape painter Albert Namatjira (1902–59) spent most of his life. The various missionaries, who served at the Finke River Mission, as it was known, were active in recording and learning the languages of the Western Aranda (Arrernte) people. Examples in the Wallent Collection include a 1904 book of stories from the Bible and hymns and prayers translated into Arrernte by Carl Strehlow, mission superintendent from 1894 to 1922. The collection also includes correspondence, photographs, books, exhibition catalogues, children’s drawings and newspaper clippings.
Cultural Warning: This collection may include the names and images of deceased persons as well as content that may be culturally sensitive or considered inappropriate today. To access, contact us for an appointment.