Quiet: Contemplating the Collection

Embrace the Australian Collection as a place of quiet contemplation through poetry, drop-in drawing and calm living meditation.


Ongoing | Galleries 10 - 13 | Free
Discover a fresh perspective on the Australian Collection with Words & Pictures, an ongoing project that invites local artists and writers to respond to artworks in the Australian Collection. Take inspiration, and use the pencils and paper provided to create your own response through drawing or writing.

AUTUMN 2018 | This season’s Words & Pictures inspiration comes from poets Jarad Bruinstroop, Theresa Creed, M.T.C Cronin, Angela Gardner, Lionel Fogarty, Zenobia Frost, Nathan Shepherdson, and David Stavanger. Look for their responses throughout the Australian Collection galleries, or read their responses online below.

Look for their responses throughout the Australian Collection galleries, and then experience live readings from the poets at a Poetry walking tour on Saturday 14 April.

Jarad Bruinstroop | Bribie Island, 1965
Theresa Creed | Magical Baskets
M.T.C Cronin | Lorca’s Horse
Angela Gardner | Without Title
Lionel Fogarty | Make The Art Words
Zenobia Frost | Bathers
Nathan Shepherdson | The stained glass windows of the world are coming
David Stavanger | Bad Dad

Please note these poems have been developed by poets in response to artworks in the Australian Collection, and do not reflect the views of the artists or QAGOMA.