First Artists: Cultural Experiences
Experience one of our exclusive experiences immersed in the unique art and culture of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). Experiences co-designed by QAGOMA and 100% Indigenous-owned 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
Feel enriched and awakened with 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 Australian First Nations art, music, native food, dance, culture and storytelling.
After a beautiful Welcome to Country, 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 ― brought to you by Koori Chef Chris Jordan 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
- Welcome to Country
- Private artwork tour with a First Australian storyteller, artist and curator
- Specially curated dinner inspired by Australia’s rich Indigenous cultural heritage
- Remarkable First Australian dinner guests
- A bespoke gift, courtesy of the QAGOMA Store and Aboriginal Art Co.
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
Celebrate and connect 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 Koori Chef Chris Jordan Three Little Birds in collaboration with QAGOMA Executive Chef Doug Innes-Will. 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 for reconnecting teams or rewarding 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 $465 per person, incl GST
Minimum pax: 30 | Booking & Payment required 30 days in advance
Bookings & Enquiries
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.