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Arts & Museums
Mowbraytown Museum and Photographic Gallery is housed in a Heritage listed church, constructed in 1885 on land donated by the widow of early Brisbane settler, Reverend Thomas Mowbray. The church was closed in 1994 and reopened to the public in 1998. The exhibitions reveal the local history of Brisbane, including the economic forces and environmental changes that have shaped the city over many years. Whilst the building itself needs some attention, the exhibitions are beautifully presented.
Queensland's Maritime Museum is situated at the end of the newly opened Goodwill Pedestrian Bridge at the southern entrance of the South Bank Parklands. The museum, founded in 1971, preserves Queensland's fascinating maritime heritage and memorabilia. One can find a vast range of historic sailing ship models and learn about some of the 1500 shipwrecks that have occurred along the Great Barrier Reef. Extensive Australian Naval records and memorabilia of World War II, presented on board the permanently displayed HMAS Diamantina, provide a fascinating insight. The museum also has a souvenir shop.
Situated in a heritage listed building constructed in 1887, Brilliant Facets provides exclusive and beautiful hand-made jewelry of superb craftsmanship. Local artists contribute to the collection that consists of modern styles, antique pieces and rare gems. The store is very elegant and has a relaxed atmosphere. Customers are encouraged to discuss the pieces with their creators. Brilliant Facets has a beautiful collection on display, each creation being exquisite and unique.
The Commissariat Store is one of the two oldest buildings in Brisbane, the other one being the Old Windmill. Steeped in history, the building was built by convicts in the 1820s. As new facets of the building come to light (like the recently excavated brick-made drains in the basement), the building becomes more and more intriguing for the common man. Used as an immigrant house in the past, the Store now functions as the headquarters of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland. A museum and the well-stocked library are also located in the building. The Commissariat Store is being used to host cultural events like book launches and music concerts too.
One of the most popular exhibition spaces in the city, Graydon Gallery displays a wide variety of artworks, both contemporary and traditional. Paintings, sculpture, jewelry, pottery and more are all found displayed by various artists. The space is available to artists, curators and art dealers on rent for a short time, so do contact them for details. The gallery is well suited for different kinds of artworks as it has high ceilings making the space open and airy, and has the capacity to display large pieces of art. Do get in touch for more details.
St Helena Island is located at Queensland, Australia, east of Brisbane in Moreton Bay. Long ago, this place originally was a prison. Currently, it is a national park. As you can probably already tell, the island is rich in history and has a fascinating and colorful past. Furthermore, one of the St Helena Theater Troupe's skilled performers can join you on a historic adventure. Also, the island has its own permanent water supply, which is a spring in the middle of the island. Call ahead for more details for tour times available.
As the name suggests, Aboriginal Fine Art focuses on Aboriginal art from the Central and Western Desert region in Queensland, the Kimberleys and Arnhem Land. The gallery works with more than fifty Aboriginal artists who present their collections of not only historical and traditional art but contemporary as well. Every art piece sold comes with an Aboriginal Fine Art Certificate of Authenticity, the biography of the artist and his story behind the artwork. If the artwork has been provided through N.T. Indigenous Art Supplies, then each art piece comes with photographic and video documentation of the artist creating it. Some of the artists represented by the gallery are Ada Bird Petyarre, Anna Price Petyarre, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltiarri who did Lake MacKay and Aaron Kingsley who created Tingari. Their works are on display on the website, so do visit for more details.
Queensland's diverse and acclaimed performing arts history is celebrated by means of foyer exhibits at the Queensland Performing Arts Complex. The diverse collection of over 65,000 items, of which only selected items are displayed at a time, reveals the strength of Queensland's performing arts industry in the areas of design, dance, theater, film, sound, video, music, opera and more. The collection includes theater programs, lavish costumes, artifacts, photographs, recordings, scripts and interesting profiles of past performers and performances. Research facilities are available.
Museum of Brisbane is a great place to explore the art, culture and history of the city. The museum aims to disseminate every aspect of the local flavors through its exhibitions. The museum showcases art works of various artists and is involved in many productions and collaborations. From beautiful paintings, ace photography displays to clippings, stories and more, the exhibitions have you hooked on to them. There is also a store here from where you can buy nifty merchandise. A great place for art and history connoisseurs!
Bleeding Heart Gallery, which was formerly known as Footsteps Gallery, displays and supports an exotic array of authentic contemporary artworks. Emerging artists and their works are all found gracing the walls and display areas of the gallery. The gallery has a different exhibition on display every month, so do call ahead to indulge in the artist you want. Reflections in Art by Shane Yondee and Dreams on Wheels are only two of the excitingly beautiful and exotic exhibitions that were once displayed at the gallery. Bags, vases, kitchen products, house-hold decor and more are produced by the artists at the gallery. The gallery also has a cafe where you can stop over and have a quick bite to eat while visiting the gallery.
Founded by the Department of Zoology at the University of Queensland, the Zoology Museum holds impressive collections of vertebrate and invertebrate animals. First started in 1911, the collection has grown to an incredible number of over 20,000 specimens. Students as well as the general public benefit from the collection, as the specimens are used in teaching, research, and public education programs. But remember, the collection was not intended for the faint-hearted! Guided tours are available by appointment.
Upon entering the Museum, Queensland's very own dinosaur--the 100 million-year-old Muttaburrasaurus--greets you. Further, an awesome humpback whale is majestically displayed overhead. The atmosphere is set for an environment of discovery, wonder and learning. The Queensland Museum resides at the Queensland Cultural Center at South Bank and presents absorbing exhibitions, including the best collection of dinosaurs in the country. Children and adults alike will find a whole day of fun as different times and places come to life.