With an introspective bend of mind and few wandering thoughts, an art lover finds solace in the feeling that he or she has found a vent through a piece of art. Indeed, it is only after an inner turmoil, peace or understanding is identified in an item, that the item is deemed "a Piece of Art".
For the Brisbane art lover, such "Pieces of Art" can be found in GoMA and the Queensland Art Gallery, but also in the many less-known galleries at the city's heart.
The QUT Art Museum Brisbane is one such gallery, which houses the University's art collection and focuses on contemporary Australian art, paintings, ceramics and prints. The building is a 1930's neo-classical revivalist structure, and the QUT Art Museum, designed by Brisbane's Peddle Thorpe Architects, was opened in 2000.
Location and Accessibility
Coco Chanel exhibition, 2013
Queensland University of Technology's Art Museum is located at the university's Gardens Point campus, situated next to the City Botanic Gardens and in walking distance (about 15mins) from the centre of Brisbane and South Bank.
The Gardens Point campus sits at the edge of Brisbane's city centre, alongside the Queensland Parliament House and the Brisbane River.
QUT Art Museum is a nice, small non-commercial gallery filled with an ever-changing exhibition of great artworks. Entry to the art gallery is free, as are most of the contemporary exhibitions and other public events regularly held here. The gallery's central location means easy accessibility.
A heaven for Art Lovers
Over the years, QUT Art Museum has laid claim to being the custodian of the great art works the university has collected over the years. The collection contains more than 2000 pieces of art, with the majority of the works dating from the 1960's onwards.
The items include paintings, sculptures, decorative artworks, and works on paper, mostly by Australian artists. QUT Art Museum has one of the finest collections of contemporary ceramics in Australia. In addition, it houses the largest collection of works by William Robinson, arguably Australia's greatest living painter.
QUT Art Museum offering Educational Opportunities
For those wanting to refine their skills or gain more experience the field of art, QUT Art Museum provides career and study pathways, where panel discussions are held to aid students who want to pursue their careers in visual art and fashion.
The gallery also hosts the program "Still Life: by William Robinson" for children aged 5 to 12, to encourage young talents. Free, guided tours are organised by students to promote contemporary art.
The admission to QUT Art Museum is free and open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday. The museum remains closed on public holidays, Mondays and during the exhibition installation periods. I would advise checking the program and opening hours before you visit.
Other Cultural Attractions
During your visit to the QUT Art Museum, you can enjoy other cultural attractions at the Gardens Point campus. To top the list we have William Robinson Gallery, located in the Old Government House. It is only fitting that Robinson's lively, rainforest landscapes – possibly the best pieces of modern art I have ever seen – are housed in a historic building of equal magnificence.
If you're up for some entertainment, you can grab tickets and enjoy the acting and dance of student productions as well as professional productions at the Gardens Theatre. Join the theatre's subscription program to avail discounts in tickets, parking etc.
Last, but not the least, you can enjoy playing on the world's largest touch screen systems at "The Cube" in the university's Science and Engineering Centre.
State of the Art Venue at Hire
QUT Art Museum has a private landscape courtyard. This sophisticated, contemporary area can be hired for corporate or private functions.