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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | August 12, 2022

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Small Brisbane Art Galleries Re-opening

Small Brisbane Art Galleries Re-opening
Emily Lowe

With Queensland venues now allowed up to 20 visitors as the state government eases Coronavirus safety restrictions, some art galleries are beginning to open their doors once again.

While the Queensland art Gallery and Gallery of Modern art remain closed, some smaller galleries are reopening to patrons.


Mitchell Fine Art Gallery in Fortitude Valley opened again last week, and with ample room to view exhibitions safely, the gallery’s staff are also practicing social distancing.

It is currently showcasing Janelle Stockman Napaltjarri’s ‘Defying convention exhibition’, a contemporary style inspired by the late artist’s grandfather.

My Country painting by Janelle Stockman Napaltjarri

Janelle Stockman Napaltjarri – ‘My Country’

The Exhibition runs until Friday 6 June, and the next exhibibition, the works of Kudditji Kame Kngwarreye and Idris Murphy.

Mitchell Fine Art Gallery is open 6 days a week, Monday to Friday from 10am-5:30pm, and Saturday from 10am-5pm.

The gallery is also offering virtual exhibition tours over FaceTime or Zoom, for those who would rather remain at home.

For more information or to book a virtual viewing, contact the Mitchell Fine Art Gallery.


Phillip Bacon Galleries in Fortitude Valley is also reopening this week, with hand sanitiser being supplied to patrons who are willing to social distance.

One of the biggest commercial galleries in Brisbane, it is currently showing the ‘Important Australian Paintings’ Exhibition, showcasing some of Australia’s most significant artworks.

Margret Olley – ‘Sunday Flowers’, 1977

The Exhibition runs until the Thursday 18 July.

The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm, contact Phillip Bacon Galleries for more information.


Ipswitch Art Gallery is set to reopen on Friday 12 June, with visitors to pre-book a 90 minute session with free entry.

It has a number of exhibitions currently running, including, their permanent collection, ‘Almost the Last Supper’ – new works by Merton Chambers, ‘Early Ipswich: Photographs and Prints’, and one for the kids: ‘Colour, see the world in a new light’ by Questacon.

Painting featured in ‘Almost the Last Supper’ exhibition by Merton Chambers at Ipswich Art Gallery

The Session times will be offered 7 days a week, between 9:30am – 11:00am, 11:30am – 1:00pm, 1:30pm – 3:00pm and 3:30pm – 5:00pm, and can be booked at EventBrite.


As for larger galleries such as QAGOMA, the Museum of Brisbane and the Brisbane Powerhouse, reopening dates have not been announced, but it is likely they will wait until the number of patrons allowed in venues is increased, and they can safely practice social distancing.