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.”
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.
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.