Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery was established in 1937, making it the oldest public art gallery in regional Queensland. In 1994, the gallery relocated from Toowoomba City Hall into its own purposely-refurbished, award-winning facility next door. Owned and operated by Toowoomba Regional Council, the gallery is located in the heart of the city and is surrounded by attractive inner-city parks with only a short stroll across the Civic green to Toowoomba's new City Library.
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery - Contact us
- Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
- Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm
- Carnival Monday: 10 am - 4 pm
- Closed all other Mondays and all public holidays
Bolton Reading Room opening hours* (housing the Lionel Lindsay Library)
- Tuesday to Thursday: 11 am - 3 pm
- Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm
- Closed Mondays and public holidays
531 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, beside City Hall.
Parking is available in Ruthven Street and in nearby off-street car parks.
Access for disabled is available at street level, with a lift leading to the upper floor. Toilet facilities cater for visitors using wheelchairs and guardians tending babies and young children.
We have four different mailing lists you may like to subscribe to:
- The TRAG mailing list updates subscribers about upcoming Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery events, exhibitions and opportunities. Emails are sent approximately monthly, however we may occasionally send additional updates.
- The Cam Robertson Gallery exhibitions mailing list updates subscribers about the exhibition application round/s.
- The Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artist Award & Exhibition mailing list updates subscribers about the exhibition application round/s.
- The Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award & Exhibition mailing list updates subscribers about the exhibition application round/s.
View the Toowoomba region's Events Register for all of our exhibitions and events.
The gallery houses three permanent collections - The Fred & Lucy Gould Collection, The Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library and the Toowoomba City Collection.
The Fred and Lucy Gould Collection
The Fred and Lucy Gould Collection is an eclectic collection of approximately 350 works which was donated by Mr Fred Gould to the people of Toowoomba in 1950. His wife Lucy enjoyed drawing and painting, while Fred Gould served for some years as a trustee of the Queensland Art Gallery. The result of their interests can be seen in this collection which includes antique furniture, fine porcelain and glassware, gold and silverware, bronzes, drawings and paintings, and many other items.
Mostly from Europe, Asia and Australia the pieces date from the early 1700s to the 1930s, and some of Lucy Gould's own works are included. The importance of this community asset is well realised by Toowoomba City Council which, since the late 1980s, has carried out a program of conservation to ensure that the Fred and Lucy Gould Collection will be preserved for future generations, as an important element of the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.
Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library
Named in honour of Sir Lionel Lindsay, this unique collection was opened by the then Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, in 1959. It was originally assembled by Toowoomba resident and friend of Sir Lionel, Mr William Bolton MBE, whose dedication has left the city with a remarkable legacy.
The art collection features over 400 art works by members of the Lindsay family and many other significant Australian painters, including Frederick McCubbin, Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and Rupert Bunny.
The library is of national importance and comprises rare print material including books, manuscripts and maps. The print collection holds records of voyages of discovery in the Pacific, the exploration and early history of Australia, and Australian art, literature and natural history.
The manuscripts embellish the print component of the Library. Included are such important documents such as letters written by explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, navigator La Perouse, and writer Henry Lawson as well as Lionel Lindsay's own papers.
The library (The Bolton Reading Room) is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am - 3pm and on Sundays from 1pm - 4pm.
The Toowoomba City Collection
The city collection imparts another dimension to the other permanent collections in the gallery by focusing principally on 20th century Australian art.
Paintings, drawings, prints, photograph, ceramics, small scale sculpture and jewellery are all represented, with an emphasis on works by regional artists and with regional themes. The Dr Irene Amos OAM Collection - Amos Bequest is a recent major acquisition and now forms an important part of the overall catalogue of works.
Artists and craftspeople can gain encouragement and recognition from the Toowoomba Biennial Acquisitive Fine Art Award and the biennial Contemporary Wearables Jewellery Award. These are important events for both art lovers and participants, and provide acquisition opportunities for the city collection.
Guided tours of the gallery are available. Both individuals and groups are welcome and are encouraged to book at least two weeks ahead if a guide is required. The gallery can cater for students from preschool to tertiary level as well as community groups with a range of interests. Enquiries from educators who would like to tailor their visit to suit their program are most welcome. For more information on visiting the gallery as a group, guided tours or if you have a special request please email or contact us and ask for the gallery.
Please visit the Art Gallery education program page for more information on other educational initiatives on offer at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.
Cam Robertson Gallery
The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery offers a space dedicated to the exhibition of new work by local artists. The Cam Robertson Gallery, named in honour of long-serving Gallery Trustee A. C. (Cam) Robertson OAM, gives local artists as well as curators, arts workers and arts organisations a space where they can develop and exhibit their creative projects in the heart of the city.
We encourage applications from local artists, curators, arts workers and arts organisations in the Toowoomba Regional Council area. To be eligible for this space, applicants must reside in the Toowoomba Regional Council area or have studied an accredited course at a recognised local educational institution in the Toowoomba Regional Council area within the last 12 months. Exhibition proposals must be made for the exhibition of new work which has not been exhibited previously.
Exhibition proposals for 2019 are closed.
Download the PDF to view guidelines and previous application information: Art gallery - Cam Robertson entry information, guidelines & application form (PDF).
Other options if not eligible for the local artist space
Other gallery spaces at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery are dedicated to the display of our permanent collections, touring exhibitions and gallery projects. At this stage we are not seeking applications or proposals from artists for our other Gallery spaces. If you are an emerging artist residing in Queensland and are not eligible for the Cam Robertson Gallery you are welcome to subscribe to the Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artist Award & Exhibition mailing list.
Applications for the 2018 Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artist Award and Exhibition are closed.
2018 Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artist Award and exhibition 'view | points'
Since 2000 the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery has facilitated the Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artist Award and Exhibition. This project is an acquisitive award that supports the creative talents of some of south-east Queensland’s most promising emerging artists. We are proud to provide acquisition funds of up to $15,000.
The biennial exhibition is a highlight in the Gallery's calendar and focuses on contemporary art practice and concepts prevalent within an artist's practice. The exhibition brings together a diverse group of emerging, contemporary artists and celebrates those who have developed a clear area of interest in their art practice and body of work.
Successful artists have their work on display at the gallery and selected works from the exhibition will be acquired by the gallery for the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery - Toowoomba City Collection. The acquired works will tour the Toowoomba Region in 2019 as part of the Crates on Wheels travelling schools' exhibition. The tour is an important initiative that connects artists from south east Queensland with students in the Toowoomba Region.
Seventeen finalists were chosen out of over 150 entries for the 2018 Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artist Award and Exhibition:
Caroline Austin | Jordan Azcune | Peta Berghofer | Ute Braatz | Peter Breen | Murray Dowty | Samir Hamaiel | Narumi Ii | Christopher Inwood | Susan Lynch | Karri McPherson | Jocelyn Mitchell | Jeremy Plint | Danish Quapoor | Charlotte Tegan | Kaitlyn Wagner | Justine Wake
The exhibition was officially opened by Mayor Paul Antonio on Sunday 9 September 2018 and acquired works for the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery - Toowoomba City Collection were announced.
Congratulations are extended to the artists whose acquired works are now in the Toowoomba City Collection and will tour the Toowoomba Region in 2019.
Jordan Azcune | | Ute Braatz | Murray Dowty | Samir Hamaiel | Narumi Ii | Susan Lynch | Karri McPherson | Jeremy Plint | Charlotte Tegan | Justine Wake
Toowoomba Region school tour hosting
How to keep up to date
The Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists Award and Exhibition will occur again in 2020. Subscribe to the Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists Award Exhibition mailing list to keep up to date.
Image (top): Installation view / 2016 Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artist Award and Exhibition, September 2016
Image (bottom): Installation view / Crates on Wheels travelling schools exhibition, Centenary Heights State High School, February 2017
Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition recognises and promotes innovation in design and use of materials in the creation of contemporary jewellery and adornment.
The award was established in 1989 by Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery with the help of the Toowoomba Gallery Society Inc. The award exhibition is curated by Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery which is owned and managed by Toowoomba Regional Council. The award is open to prominent and emerging jewellers from Australia and New Zealand. Award prize money was sponsored by the Toowoomba Gallery Society Inc. up until 2017, while works are acquired for Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery's Toowoomba City Collection.
Contemporary Wearables '17
The award exhibition brings together a diverse range of contemporary works created by jewellers, artisans and makers that are contemporary both in design and social commentary. This year’s award exhibition was juried by Dr Sabine Pagan, contemporary jeweller and interdisciplinary practitioner and Mr Kevin Murray, independent writer, curator and managing editor for Garland Magazine. The appointed judge for 2017 was Mr Phill Mason, Gem-Cutter, Goldsmith and Studio-Jeweller.
Congratulations to the following award winners:
- Award winner: $5,000 - Luke Abbot Mandible Setting (articulated ring)
- Runner up: $3,000 - Anja Jagsch Symbiosis (four rings)
- Student award: $1,500 - Michaela Pegum Quale II (neckpiece)
The three awarded works have been acquired for the Toowoomba City Collection.
The following works were also acquired for the Toowoomba City Collection:
- Leonie Westbrook Yellow Rectangle (bangle)
- Inari Kiuru Night falls over Brunswick (two brooches)
- Sandie Lee For Love (two neckpieces)
- Sophie Carnell Papers for thoughtful girls (neckpiece)
- Bin Dixon-Ward Red Squares #1 (neckpiece)
- Katheryn Leopoldseder Household Idols (three rings)
- Tatjana Panyockzi In the picture (neckpiece)
- Bic Tieu Connected Landscapes (brooch)
- Blanche Tilden Flow 03 (neckpiece)
- Nina Van Duynhoven "What is to give light must endure burning." - Viktor Frankl (five brooches)
Luke ABBOT / Mandible setting 2017 / Articulated ring: titanium, 925 silver, gem / 2.8 x 2.1 x 0.7cm / Reproduced by kind permission
Galleries interested in hosting a tour of Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition please contact Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.
How to keep up to date
To keep up to date with future biennial jewellery awards, subscribe to the Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition mailing list.
Contemporary Wearables '15
Contemporary Wearables '15 was juried by historian and artist-jeweller, Dr Dorothy Erickson and Assistant Curator, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Melanie Pitkin. 48 jewellers were selected from Australia and New Zealand. Sabine Pagan, contemporary jeweller and former Head of BA (Jewellery) at Charles Sturt University judged the award.
- Christel Van Der Laan was the winner of Contemporary Wearables '15 with her entry Eureka [pictured below].
- The runner up was Kate Wischusen with her entry Manhole #1.
- The following works were acquired for the Gallery’s Collection:
- Catrine Berlatier Double Link
- Susan Buchanan The new jewels – Safety Pin, I See You #1 & #2
- Michelle Cangiano The Healer
- Elfrun Lach Frangia
- Carly Lay Oppression | Suppression
- Larah Nott Flight #10
- Christel Van Der Laan Eureka
- Janice Vitkovsky Frequency & Transparent threads
- Kate Wischusen Manhole #1
- Alister Yiap Fault-Line
No student award was presented.
Congratulations to the awardees and the acquired artists.
Image credit details: 2015 Award Winner Christel VAN DER LAAN / Eureka 2014 / brooch – ceramic honeycomb, oxidised silver, gold, onyx, mirror, paint / 9.0 x 10.0 x 2.5cm / Reproduced by kind permission.
Free guided tours of the gallery are available and we cater for students from kindergarten to tertiary level with a range of interests. Home-schooled and school groups of any year are welcome and are encouraged to book at least two weeks ahead if a guide is required. We encourage enquiries from educators who would like a tailored visit to suit their program.
Delivery can be flexible so if you have an idea, contact us to discuss your needs.
The gallery offers special access to artworks not currently on display for research and educational purposes. Schools wishing to view collection items that are not on display as part of their gallery visit should contact the gallery with at least a 48 hour notice to make a request. Access to items is not guaranteed but will be provided if possible.
The Bolton Reading Room
Providing public access to the Bolton Reading Room for educational purposes is a key aspect of our service. We cater for a wide range of users from casual browsers to professional researchers. Gloves-on access is required and is by appointment only. To make an appointment or for further information, please contact the Bolton Reading Room on 07 4688 6693 during the gallery’s open hours.
Travelling Schools' Exhibition Crates on Wheels
Every two years we facilitate the Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists Award and Exhibition and support the creative talents of some of south-east Queensland’s most promising emerging artists. The award exhibition was on display at the gallery until 28 October 2018. Selected works from this exhibition will tour to schools in 2019 within the Toowoomba Region as part of the Crates on Wheels Travelling Schools’ Exhibition.
This initiative nurtures the careers of emerging artists in Queensland and provides students in the Toowoomba Region with the opportunity to engage with contemporary art practice through educational outcomes. In addition, participating schools are invited to exhibit their students’ artworks made in response to the exhibition at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery later in 2019.
Hosting bookings now open for 2019!
A touring itinerary is now being compiled. For more information about the program or to register interest in hosting the Crates on Wheels Travelling Schools’ Exhibition at your school please email or contact us and ask for the gallery.
Image: Installation view / Crates on Wheels travelling schools exhibition, Centenary Heights State High School, February 2017