First Artists: Cultural Experiences

The Gallery has recently co-designed a number of immersive experiences celebrating Australian First Nations art and culture, with 100% owned Indigenous business Blaklash Creative.

QAGOMA acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Gallery stands in Brisbane. We pay respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present and, in the spirit of reconciliation, acknowledge the immense creative contribution First Australians make to the art and culture of this country.

Option 1 | First Artists: Exceptional Indigenous Art & Dining Experience

Available 6.00–10.00pm | Mon–Sun | Subject to availability

Experience an exclusive and unique evening of Queensland's unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Find yourself immersed in memorable connections to First Nations art, music, native food, dance, culture and storytelling

After a beautiful Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, hear from an Australian First Nations storyteller, artist and curator as they join you on a private tour of magnificent artworks.

From 4 December 2021 until 26 April 2022, this experience will run during QAGOMA’s flagship exhibition series, ‘The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’. Major new works by Gordon Hookey (Waanyi people, Australia) and Grace Lillian Lee & Uncle Ken Thaiday Snr (Meriam Mir people, Australia), will be among the unmissable artwork highlights.

Following the tour, enjoy an unforgettable dinner - where art meets food -  inspired by our rich Indigenous heritage, brought to you by Koorie Chef, Chris Jordan from Three Little Birds in collaboration with QAGOMA’s Executive Chef, Doug Innes-Wills. Chris, a passionate advocate for native Australian ingredients, will share details of the delicious dishes being enjoyed.

Our First Nations storyteller, artist and curator will dine with you, continuing the conversation around art and culture throughout the evening, accompanied by live music and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance performances.

On departure guests receive a bespoke gift, courtesy of the QAGOMA Store and Aboriginal Art Co.

COST: $4,199 per person, inc GST

Minimum pax 10 | Maximum 25 guests capped to ensure intimate experience, dependent on venue space and current COVID restrictions on seating arrangements  | Booking & Payment required 30 days in advance.

Option 2 | First Artists: Evening Indigenous Experience for Groups

Available 5.30–8.30pm | Mon–Fri | Subject to availability

This experience, co-designed by QAGOMA and Blaklash Creative, celebrates and connects with Australian First Nations art and culture.

The evening commences with an exclusive tour of incredible artworks from QAGOMA's Indigenous Australian Art Collection and the important stories they tell.

An interactive, hands-on activity follows led by a local Indigenous artist who will share traditional insights while encouraging guests to express their creativity.

The bespoke event includes inspired culinary delights from QAGOMA’s Executive Chef, Doug Innes-Wills in collaboration with Koorie Chef, Chris Jordan from Three Little Birds. Chris, a passionate advocate for native Australian ingredients, will share details of the delicious refreshments and canapes being enjoyed throughout the event.

Ideal for groups of 30 to 50 people, this experience is perfect to re-connect teams or reward clients with a unique and memorable experience.

The evening runs as follows:
5.30–6.00pm | Arrival drinks & Indigenous Welcome
6.00–6.30pm | Tour of the latest Indigenous Australian Art Collection exhibition
6.30–8.30pm | Immersive creative activity accompanied by delicious canapes
8.30pm | Guests depart with fresh insights and new knowledge, along with a gift to extend their cultural journey

ONLY $505 per person, incl GST

Minimum pax: 30 | Booking & Payment required 30 days in advance

Bookings & Enquiries

Bronwyn Klepp
Head of Marketing
T: +61 7 3842 9255


Select Sundays | Free, bookings required

Engage with artworks and the stories they tell, and reflect on the history of this place.

QAGOMA is thrilled to have developed these experiences with Blaklash Creative — and through them a number of other Indigenous businesses – to create positive experiences that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Blacklash Creative’s involvement in these projects is supported through a Growing Indigenous Tourism in Queensland initiative, thanks to the support of the Queensland Government’s Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport.
Feature image detail: Daniel Boyd, Kudjla/Gangalu people, Australia b.1982 / Untitled (HNDFWMIAFN) 2017 / Oil, charcoal and archival glue on polyester / Purchased 2017 with funds from anonymous donors through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Daniel Boyd