Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery was established in 1937, making it the oldest public art gallery in regional Queensland. The current facility was opened in March 1994. The Gallery houses three permanent collections - The Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library, The Fred & Lucy Gould Collection and the Toowoomba City Collection. Many of the pieces in these collections are listed in the online collections database.
In addition to our permanent collections, we work with the local community and touring organisations to mount an exhibition program that demonstrates the vitality and challenge of artistic expression in its many forms. View the 'Exhibitions and Events' section below for what's on at the Gallery.
To complement its exhibition program, the Gallery facilitates a range of education and public programs including lectures, forums, workshops, demonstrations, floor talks and tours. View the 'Education and Public Programs' section below for more information.
The gallery also offers artisans special incentive and recognition through two major acquisitive award exhibitions which are scheduled to occur in alternate years - the Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition and the Biennial Emerging Artists Award Exhibition. Entries are now open for the Biennial Emerging Artists Award Exhibition. Further information can be found below.
531 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, beside City Hall.
- Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 4pm
- Sunday: 1pm - 4pm
- Closed Mondays and all public holidays
Bolton Reading Room opening hours* (housing the Lionel Lindsay Library)
- Tuesday to Thursday: 11am - 3pm
- Sunday: 1pm - 4pm
- Closed Mondays and all public holidays
*Please contact us for closure times over the Christmas/New Year period.
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 parents and guardians tending babies and young children.
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.
Search available databases containing information about artworks from Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery's collections.
What's on at the Gallery
The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery regularly hosts numerous exciting exhibitions. To view current and upcoming exhibitions and events at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, please visit the Toowoomba region's Events Register and search "Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery" or contact us and ask for Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery for more information.
Applying for an exhibition
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.
Callouts for applications occur twice a year in March and September. If you would like to receive information about the next application round when it becomes available you can register your email address or postal address with the Gallery. Please contact us and ask for an exhibitions officer at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.
Please also contact us and ask for an exhibitions officer at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery if you are interested in exhibiting at the gallery and are not eligible for the local artist space.
Crates on Wheels travelling schools' exhibition
The biennial Crates on Wheels travelling schools’ exhibition will once again be held in 2017. For more information please visit Crates on Wheels travelling schools' exhibition.
The Gallery facilitates a range of education and public programs including lectures, forums, workshops, demonstrations and floor talks.
Guided tours are available. 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 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.
Visitors 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.
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.
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.
The Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition (staged since 1988) invites prominent and emerging jewellers from Australia and New Zealand to show their work in Toowoomba and, as part of a possible touring exhibition, other Australian galleries. The Toowoomba Gallery Society Inc. generously provide the prize money while the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery acquires works for the City Collection. 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.
To keep up to date with the biennial jewellery award, join the Contemporary Wearables email register. Entry conditions and details will be emailed to those on the register as soon as they are released in 2017. To join the register email or contact us and ask for Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.
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.
Applications are now open.
Showcasing artworks by emerging artists from the South East Queensland region, the Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists Award is an acquisitive prize and touring exhibition.
This year’s biennial will focus on contemporary art practice with artists encouraged to enter artworks that express the ideas and concerns that inform their work.
Successful artists will have their artwork exhibited at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery. Pieces will also be selected for acquisition by the Gallery and will form the basis for the Crates on Wheels tour of the Toowoomba region in 2017. The tour is an important initiative that connects artists from South East Queensland with students in the Toowoomba region through educational outcomes.
There is a total of $15,000 for acquisitions. 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. Participants must be 18 years and older.
Entries: now open
Entries close: close of business Thursday 31 March 2016
Selection of artists: Thursday 28 April 2016
Exhibition dates: 27 August – 23 October 2016
Official opening & announcement of award acquisitions: Sunday 18 September 2016
Image credit: 2014 entry [acquired] / Cassie ROATZ / SP#4321, 2014 / c-type print / Reproduced by kind permission.