Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

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.

Christmas/New Year operating hours

Open Friday 22 December: 10am - 4pm

Closed Saturday 23 December until Monday 1 January 2018

Normal hours resume Tueday 2 January: 10am - 4pm

Gallery Details

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Opening hours*

  • 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

*Please contact us for closure times over the Christmas/New Year period.

Location:

531 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, beside City Hall.

Access

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.

View the Toowoomba region's Events Register for all of our exhibitions and events.

To keep up to date with our exhibitions and events join the Gallery's mailing list - email us or contact us and ask for the Gallery.

The Gallery houses three permanent collections - The Fred & Lucy Gould Collection, The Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library and the Toowoomba City Collection. Many of the pieces in these collections are listed in the online collections database.

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 2018 are closed. 

If you would like to automatically receive information about the application round for 2019 you can register your email address or postal address with the gallery. To do this, please email or contact us and ask for Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.

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 and touring exhibitions however we also accept proposals from professional artists and groups who are not eligible for the local artist space. If you are a professional artist or group and are not eligible for the local artist space please email or contact us and ask for an exhibitions officer at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery. 

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Since 2000 the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery has facilitated the Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists Award Exhibition. This project is an acquisitive award and touring exhibition that supports the creative talents of some of south-east Queensland’s most promising emerging artists. Toowoomba Regional Council proudly provides up to $15,000 for acquisitions.

This year’s biennial focused on contemporary art practice and artists were invited to express the concepts prevalent within their practice.

2016 finalists

The eighteen finalists for 2016 are:

  • Olga Bakhtina
  • Peta Berghofer
  • Jean Cameron
  • Tina Cherry
  • Carley Cornelissen
  • Dan Elborne
  • Cindy Giles
  • Kailum Graves
  • Jayne Hodge
  • Christine Ko
  • Louis Lim
  • Tarn McLean
  • Leisl Mott
  • Vincent Parisi
  • Kate Stewart
  • Brodie Taylor
  • Alice Weinthal
  • Gary Winfield

These artists work across a range of mediums including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramics. While diverse in their practice, these artists all exhibit a consistent and dedicated approach within their respective fields and their work is on display in the 2016 exhibition.

Touring exhibition

A further selection of works from this exhibition has been acquired and will form the touring exhibition Artist-Led: Crates on Wheels Exhibition. This touring exhibition is a Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery initiative, connecting emerging artists from south-east Queensland with students through educational visual arts outcomes.

We are pleased to announce that artworks by the following artists have been selected and will tour to schools in the Toowoomba Region in 2017:

  • Jean Cameron
  • Tina Cherry
  • Carley Cornelissen
  • Dan Elborne
  • Kailum Graves
  • Jayne Hodge
  • Christine Ko
  • Tarn McLean
  • Leisl Mott
  • Kate Stewart
  • Vincent Parisi
  • Brodie Taylor

The Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists Award Exhibition will occur again in 2018. To automatically receive the 2018 entry conditions and guidelines join the Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists Award Exhibition email register. To join the register email or contact us and ask for Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.

Image: Installation detail / 2016 Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists Award

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 is sponsored by the Toowoomba Gallery Society Inc. while Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery acquires works for the 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)

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Luke ABBOT / Mandible setting 2017 / Articulated ring: titanium, 925 silver, gem / 2.8 x 2.1 x 0.7cm / Reproduced by kind permission

Tour hosting

Galleries interested in hosting a tour of Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition please contact Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.

Entry conditions

To view entry conditions (including exhibition and award details for selected artists) download the Contemporary Wearables '17 entry form (PDF).

How to keep up to date

To keep up to date with future biennial jewellery awards, join the Contemporary Wearables email register. Entry conditions and details for future awards will be emailed to those on the register. 

For more information about the award, to join the email register or to express interest in hosting the tour please email or contact us and ask for Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.

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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.

Winners

  • 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.

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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.

galleryshop webversionVisitors to The Gallery Shop will find an ever changing array of gift ideas and art works at reasonable prices. Unique paintings, textiles, pottery, glassware, jewellery, timbercraft, leathercraft, Indigenous art, prints, art books, hand made cards are just some examples of what we have available. Popular greeting cards and postcards with artwork from the gallery's collections are also readily available. The Gallery Shop supports local and interstate Australian artists by selling authentic Australian handcrafted works. 

Proceeds from sales are directed towards gallery initiatives and acquisitions. In particular, the award money for the biennial jewellery award and exhibition Contemporary Wearables. 

Location

The Gallery Shop is located at the front of the Gallery with street access from Ruthven Street. Disabled access is best through the gallery's front doors, then turn left to enter the shop.

Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday: 10am - 3.45pm

Saturday: 11am - 3pm.

Sunday: 1pm - 3.45pm

Please note: The Gallery Shop is operated and staffed by Toowoomba Gallery Society volunteers. The times indicated are optimum opening hours. Please contact us and ask for the gallery shop on the day of your visit to confirm access.

If you would like to join the society or volunteer in The Gallery Shop, membership forms are available by phoning or visiting us.

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