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 Bolton Reading Room opening hours* (housing the Lionel Lindsay Library) *Please contact us for closure times over the Christmas/New Year period. Location: 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.
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery - Contact us
Bolton Reading Room opening hours* (housing the Lionel Lindsay Library)
*Please contact us for closure times over the Christmas/New Year period.
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.
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 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.
2018 applications closed
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.
The biennial focuses on contemporary art practice and artists are invited to express the concepts prevalent within their practice.
The award is open to artists, with or without specialised training in their field, who identify themselves as emerging and who live and work in the south east Queensland region from the New South Wales border to Bundaberg and west to Roma. Participants must be 18 years and older.
Successful artists will have their work exhibited at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery. Selected works may also be acquired by the Gallery to form the basis for the Crates on Wheels tour of the Toowoomba Region in 2019. The tour is an important initiative that connects artists from south east Queensland with students in the Toowoomba Region through educational outcomes.
- Entries close: Thursday 24 May 2018, 5pm
- Selected artists notified: Friday 8 June 2018
- Artist’s acceptance due: Friday 22 June 2018
- Exhibition period: Saturday 1 September to Sunday 28 October 2018
- Award announcement: Sunday 9 September 2018
- Crates on Wheels tour: February to November 2019
Application form & entry conditions
To apply and/or view entry conditions (including exhibition and award details for selected artists) download the 2018 Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artist Award & Exhibition entry form (PDF).
Toowoomba Region school tour hosting
Schools in the Toowoomba Region interested in hosting a tour of Crates on Wheels in 2019 please contact us and ask for Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.
How to keep up to date
The Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists Award Exhibition will occur again in 2020. To keep up to date with future biennial awards, join the Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists Award email register. Entry conditions and details for future awards will be emailed to those on the register.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Gallery Shop closed permanently in June 2018.