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arts & culture — WORLD CLASS —

Gallery of Modern Art, South Bank*

Photograph: Mark Sherwood

One thing is certain – Brisbane is a hot bed of creative and cultural offerings. Exclusive blockbuster exhibitions and exciting and inspiring theatre productions sit alongside independent and emerging local performances and exhibitions. Brisbane’s cultural heart beats along the Brisbane River with large spaces including the Queensland Art Gallery, Australia’s largest Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Queensland Museum and the State Library, all of which attract exciting large-scale productions and exhibitions. The cultural artistic life of Brisbane can also be seen in the many independent galleries and performance spaces dotted around Brisbane in The City, Fortitude Valley, New Farm and Kelvin Grove. The Brisbane Powerhouse, a former power station is both a distinct landmark and a hub for creativity, theatre, music, comedy, visual art and festivals. *Visitor viewing ‘Across Country: Five Years of Indigenous Australian Art’ including: Kumanjayi Cherel (Kija/Gooniyandi people) works Untitled (Ngawaya – Mud mussel) 2007, Girndi (Bush plum) 2007, Tharloo (Bush plum) 2006 and Girndi (Bush plum) 2006, Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

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CHEERFUL CULTURE QUEENSLAND CULTURAL CENTRE, SOUTH BANK social and community heart

ABBEY MUSEUM OF ART AND ARCHEOLOGY, CABOOLTURE medieval history

QUEENSLAND MARITIME MUSEUM, SOUTH BANK on the water Lyric Theatre, QPAC, South Bank

BRISBANE ON STAGE

METRO ARTS, BRISBANE CITY emerging artists

STATE LIBRARY OF QUEENSLAND, SOUTH BANK

Live theatre is aplenty across the city with a stellar line up of innovative performances all year round which have cemented their reputation in the cultural life of the city. The cutting edge Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude Valley offers a unique blend of contemporary dance and music, visual arts, contemporary chamber circus, multimedia, Indigenous theatre, youth arts and screen culture.

kids’ corner

RYAN RENSHAW GALLERY, FORTITUDE VALLEY contemporary art

LA BOITE THEATRE COMPANY, KELVIN GROVE theatre-in-the-round

MUSEUM OF BRISBANE, BRISBANE CITY a social history

The La Boite Roundhouse Theatre in Kelvin Grove is Australia’s only purpose-built theatre-in-the-round

LIGHT BOXES

and is an icon of Brisbane’s creative heart, as is the Brisbane Powerhouse, known for world-class musicians, artists and performers.

LIVE ART Brisbane’s artistic appeal can be seen in the many independent creative spaces. Located in the vibrant hub of Fortitude Valley, some must visit spaces for art aficionados are Phillip Bacon Gallery, Heiser Gallery, Fire-works Gallery, Jan Murphy Gallery, Red Sea Gallery, and Phillip Bacon Gallery

Edwina Corlette Gallery.

Have you spotted the 900 gorgeously painted traffic light signal boxes at Brisbane’s intersections? W

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JUDITH WRIGHT CENTRE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS

Queensland Museum, South Bank

QUEENSLAND MUSEUM Fresh from refurbishment, the Queensland Museum will celebrate its 150th birthday in 2012 and continue to inspire generations of Queenslanders to discover, rejoice and value our distinctive natural and cultural environment. The refurb will provide better access to exhibitions, utilise bigger spaces and better services including a revamped Museum Café and entry to the roof terrace. The Museum and Sciencentre will be launching an exciting new schedule of events, exhibitions and visitor experiences in conjunction with the reopening, including the much anticipated and exclusive Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb, direct from the British Museum and on display from April to August 2012.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012, the centre is Australia’s first integrated art centre offering a mix of theatre, music, visual arts and screen culture in a range of contemporary shows. 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley T 07 3872 9018 W jwcoca.qld.gov.au

EXPRESSIONS DANCE COMPANY Expressions Dance Company has been widely acclaimed for its compelling brand of contemporary dance. Audiences privileged enough to witness a show by this extraordinary dance company are sure to leave with an everlasting impression of how dance can tell stories and connect with your heart. Founded in 1985, Expressions Dance Company is located in the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts where they present a variety of work that combines abstract with theatricality and extends the boundaries of dance and theatre with performances that blend speech, dance and visual media.

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ARTS & CULTURE BRISBANE CITY

QUT ART MUSEUM

OPERA QUEENSLAND

ABORIGINAL FINE ART

A haven for art lovers, with exhibitions ranging from contemporary prints to couture collections. U Block, 2 George St, QUT Gardens Point, Brisbane T 07 3138 5370 W artmuseum.qut.edu.au

Opera and theatre company of Queensland performing at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. T 0 7 3735 3030 W operaqld.org.au

Offers fine pieces of beautiful Aboriginal art. Shop 4, Albert St, Queen St Mall, Brisbane T 07 3012 7550 W aboriginal-fineart.com

BLEEDING HEART GALLERY Café, art gallery, gift shop, wireless internet hub and the perfect meeting place. 166 Ann St, Brisbane T 07 3229 0395 W bleedingheart.com.au

METRO ARTS A creative hub for independent artists, featuring galleries, rehearsal spaces and a popular underground restaurant. 109 Edward St, Brisbane T 07 3002 7100 W metroarts.com.au

MUSEUM OF BRISBANE A cultural space for social history and contemporary art. 157 Ann St, Brisbane T 07 3407 2822 W museumofbrisbane.com.au

QUT GARDENS THEATRE The premier city venue for performing arts, featuring professional theatre and student showcases. 2 George St, Brisbane T 07 3138 4455 W gardenstheatre.qut.edu.au

SOUTH BANK

GALLERY OF MODERN ART (GOMA) Australia’s largest gallery of modern art with world class exhibitions. Stanley Pl, South Bank T 07 3840 7303 W qag.qld.gov.au

QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY (QAG)

QUEENSLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE (QPAC) QPAC is the premier performing arts venue in Queensland. Cnr Grey & Melbourne Sts, South Bank T 07 3840 7444 W qpac.com.au

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Home to world class exclusive exhibitions. QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Diverse program of classical and modern Stanley Pl, South Bank T 07 3840 7303 compositions and performances W qag.qld.gov.au throughout Queensland. T 07 3833 5000 QUEENSLAND CONSERVATORIUM W qso.com.au

GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY

One of Australia’s leading tertiary music institutions. 16 Russell St, South Bank T 07 3735 6111 W griffith.edu.au/music

QUEENSLAND THEATRE COMPANY

QUEENSLAND MUSEUM SOUTH BANK

STATE LIBRARY OF QUEENSLAND

Hands on encounters for the young and young at heart. Cnr Grey & Melbourne Sts, South Bank T 07 3840 7555 W southbank.qm.qld.gov.au

Presents an exciting and diverse public program and almost everything is free! Stanley Pl, South Bank T 07 3840 7569 W slq.qld.gov.au

Leading company presenting a diverse season of plays. T 07 3010 7600 W qldtheatreco.com.au

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Street art in James Street, Fortitude Valley

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EXPRESSIONS DANCE COMPANY

INSTITUTE OF MODERN ART

QUEENSLAND BALLET

Award-winning Brisbane based dance company. Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley T 07 3257 4222 W expressionsdancecompany.org.au

Showcases exhibitions and events An artist-run initiative supporting featuring emerging and established local, emerging artists. national and international artists. 103 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley T 07 3252 2552 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley T 07 3252 5750 W jugglers.org.au W ima.org.au

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JAN MURPHY GALLERY

An exciting gallery of art in the James Street precinct. Shop 2A, 9 Doggett St, Fortitude Valley T 07 3254 1192 W gallery2120.com

High-calibre contemporary art in the heart of the gallery precinct. 486 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley T 07 3254 1855 W janmurphygallery.com.au

HEISER GALLERY

JUDITH WRIGHT CENTRE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS

One of only three full-time professional ballet companies in Australia supporting Queensland Arts culture scene. T 07 3013 6666 W queenslandballet.com.au

FORTITUDE VALLEY

ARTISAN GALLERY A space dedicated to Queensland’s craft and design industry. 381 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley T 07 3215 0800 W artisan.org.au

Representing the work of leading Australian artists. 90B Arthur St, Fortitude Valley T 07 3254 2849 W heisergallery.com.au

An intimate arts venue creating innovative experiences. 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley T 07 3872 9000 W judithwrightcentre.com

JUGGLERS ART SPACE

NEO GALLERY

Specialising in Modern Australian and Indigenous Art. Shop 1, 758 Ann St, Fortitude Valley T 07 3852 4944 W neogallery.net

PHILIP BACON GALLERIES This is one of Australia’s leading art galleries. 2 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley T 07 3358 3555 W philipbacongalleries.com.au

Visit Queensland’s Most Important Heritage Building, Old Government House

2 George St, Brisbane | Admission Free | Opening Hours 10am - 4pm, Sun - Fri | P (+617) 3138 8005 | W www.ogh.qut.edu.au

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Performance at QPAC, South Bank

RED SEA GALLERY Exhibits a range of original paintings, drawings and prints. Centro 2, 27 James St, Fortitude Valley T 07 3162 2230 W redseagallery.com

RYAN RENSHAW GALLERY Contemporary Australian and international art. 137 Warry St, Fortitude Valley T 07 3666 0350 W ryanrenshaw.com.au

TWELFTH NIGHT THEATRE A popular venue for small-scale theatre productions. 4 Cintra Rd, Bowen Hills T 07 3252 5122 W twelfthnighttheatre.com.au

NEW FARM & TENERIFFE

CAXTON STREET & THE BARRACKS

KELVIN GROVE

BRISBANE POWERHOUSE

BRISBANE ARTS THEATRE

An innovative contemporary venue for the performing arts. 119 Lamington St, New Farm T 07 3358 8600 W brisbanepowerhouse.org

Dynamic, live theatre since 1936. 210 Petrie Tce, Brisbane T 07 3369 2344 W artstheatre.com.au

Australia’s only purpose-built theatre in the round. Lvl 5, The Works, 34 Parer Pl, Kelvin Grove T 07 3007 8600 W laboite.com.au

PADDINGTON & ROSALIE

RED HILL GALLERY

EDWINA CORLETTE GALLERY Featuring works from emerging and mid-career artists. 2/555 Brunswick St, New Farm T 07 3358 6555 W edwinacorlette.com

LETHBRIDGE GALLERY Specialising in highly detailed and technical paintings. 36 Latrobe Tce, Paddington T 07 3369 4790 W lethbridgegallery.com

FIRE-WORKS GALLERY Collection of works from Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists. 52A Doggett St, Newstead T 07 3216 1250 W fireworksgallery.com.au

ROBYN BAUER STUDIO GALLERY & SCULPTURE GARDEN

SUZANNE O’CONNELL GALLERY Specialising in Australian Indigenous art. 93 James St, New Farm T 07 3358 5811 W suzanneoconnell.com

Presenting original contemporary artworks by Queensland artists, with a particular focus on sculpture. 54 Latrobe Tce, Paddington T 07 3511 6380 W robynbauergallery.com.au

LA BOITE THEATRE COMPANY

A collection of fine art, sculpture and ceramics. 61 Musgrave Rd, Red Hill T 07 3368 1442 W redhillgallery.com.au

WOOLLOONGABBA & EAST BRISBANE

WOOLLOONGABBA ART GALLERY Contemporary Australian art space. 613 Stanley St, Woolloongabba T 07 3891 5551 W wag.com.au

Be entertained COMEDY • OPERA • DANCE • DRAMA • MUSIC

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