Ten years ago the Gallery of Modern Art joined Brisbane’s cultural heavyweights, sitting alongside its older sibling, the Queensland Art Gallery, and other important venues for showcasing and celebrating the creative arts in 4101’s cultural hub. Now QAGOMA is celebrating and everyone is invited.

Since the opening of QAGOMA in December 2006, the two-site Gallery has established a wide-reaching reputation as a dynamic, artist-driven cultural institution. QAGOMA Director Chris Saines CNZM sees the 10-year milestone as an opportunity to reflect on GOMA’s impact locally and nationally, and to look toward its future. “GOMA has been a force for cultural change, stimulating our appetite for contemporary art and ideas. We can take pride in a decade of world class exhibitions and programs and celebrate wonderful additions to the state of the art collection,” Mr Saines said.

“Plans (for the 10 year celebrations) include a new public artwork commission by a Queensland Indigenous artist; a major free summer exhibition, ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’; and ‘A World View’, an exhibition honouring the far-reaching contribution of Tim Fairfax AC, one of the Gallery’s most generous supporters.”

On December 3, a series of birthday gifts to the Collection will be unveiled, among them the electrifying Heard by American sculptor and performance artist Nick Cave. ‘Sugar Spin’ will also open on December 3, the exhibition headlining the celebrations. It will include many acquisitions secured though the Gallery’s flagship Asia Pacific Triennial series. Major new commissions will also be showcased such as Nervescape 2016, a large-scale multi-coloured landscape of synthetic hair by Icelandic-born, New York-based artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, her first work in Australia and largest in the world to date.

For the little art lovers, from November 19, GOMA’s Children’s Art Centre will present ‘Mirror Mirror’, a free and interactive project developed collaboratively with Arnardóttir. The immersive installation inspired by the artists’ tactile practice invites young visitors to create their own extraordinary paper hairstyle and help style a wall of artificial hair-like material. The celebrations will continue with the GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival, an all ages festival from January 18 to 22. Artist talks, tours, creative workshops, storytelling and a crash course in contemporary art are just some of the items on the program.

Additionally, GOMA has launched a new Ambassador program of supporters to assist in advocating the Gallery as a space where people can connect to the relevance and transformative potential of contemporary art and ideas. Drawn from a diverse pool, ambassadors include lead singer of three-piece indie rock band The Grates, Patience Hodson; Sydney-based journalist, columnist and screenwriter Benjamin Law; and Brisbane-based fashion designer Lydia Pearson, who was until recently one half of fashion duo Easton Pearson.

Whether you are a seasoned art lover, part-time observer or new to the wold of modern art, the GOMA 10 year celebrations provide the perfect opportunity to explore and discover all that GOMA has to offer. Mr Saines looks forward to welcoming everyone. “It’s only fitting that in marking this milestone we offer visitors of all ages a multi-faceted, sensory and participatory art experience.”

See below for a sneak peak of the Sugar Spin exhibition.