The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, known colloquially as QAGOMA, is turning ten and is kicking off the celebrations with new artwork commissions and a program of major exhibitions commencing with A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift.

Opening June 11, A World View will be presented in two chapters: the first featuring visitor-favourite artworks by Timo Nasseri, Zilvinas Kempinas, Michael Sailstorfer and Candice Breitz. The second will feature Tomas Saraceno’s Biospheres and a new commission by leading international light artist Anthony McCall, dubbed Crossing 2016.

A World View is a designed to honour Tim Fairfax, one of the gallery’s most generous supporters, who had a hand in ensuring QAGOMA’s collection remained prominent on the international stage.

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines CZNM said the gallery’s tenth anniversary was an opportunity to celebrate GOMA’s impact on the cultural landscape and look toward its future, with a suite of exhibitions, programs and commissions.

“Since 2008, Tim Fairfax has kept QAGOMA at the forefront of contemporary international collection development, supporting the institution with the acquisition of more than 70 artworks from across the world, especially from Africa, South America, the Pacific and beyond.” Saines said.

“Artworks acquired for Queensland with Mr Fairfax’s support have ranged from vast installations to intimate sculptures all of which have enriched the experience of millions of local, regional, interstate and international visitors to the gallery.”

Also amongst the celebration plans are the opening of a free summer exhibition from 2 December, known as Sugar spin: you, me, art and everything, and a new public artwork commission by a Queensland Indigenous artist.

Sugar spin: you, me, art and everything will feature more than 200 contemporary works from the gallery’s collection, including both visitor favourites and new commissions.

To learn more about the upcoming celebrations, please visit the QAGOMA website here.

Words by Shannon Coward
Images supplied by QAGOMA