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Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery was established in 1937, making it the oldest public art gallery in regional Queensland. It is owned and operated by Toowoomba Regional Council and is located in the heart of the city, surrounded by attractive inner-city parks, cafes and vibrant street art.
Keep reading below to find out what's on at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery or take a look at our September to December 2022 Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery booklet.
The health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our top priority. Wearing face masks is encouraged when visiting.
Please do not visit if you are unwell or have been in the past 72 hours.
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Thank you for your continued support for galleries in the Toowoomba Region and for helping to keep everyone in our community safe and well.
Gallery opening hours:
Open Monday 12 September and Tuesday 13 September during Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers.
Phone: (07) 4688 6652
Toowoomba Regional Art GalleryPO Box 3021Toowoomba QLD 4350
Bolton Reading Room (housing the Lionel Lindsay Library) - Open by appointment Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday.
Research enquiries via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (07) 4688 6693.
Location: 531 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, beside City Hall. Open in Google Maps.
Access: Parking is available on Ruthven Street and in nearby off-street car parks. Access for disabled persons 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.
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The gallery houses three permanent collections - The Fred and Lucy Gould Art Collection, the Toowoomba City Collection and The Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library.
The Fred and Lucy Gould Art Collection is an eclectic collection of approximately 350 works. The collection was donated to the people of Toowoomba in 1950 by Mr Fred Gould, in memory of his wife Lucy. 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:
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 Art Collection will be preserved for future generations, as an important element of the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.
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 couple, W.R.F (Bill) Bolton MBE and Marion Bolton, whose dedication has left the city with a remarkable legacy.
The art collection features over 400 artworks by members of the Lindsay family and many other significant Australian painters, including Frederick McCubbin, Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and Rupert Bunny.
The collection of print materials is of national importance and comprises:
The manuscripts include 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 Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection imparts another dimension to the other permanent collections in the gallery by focusing principally on 20th century Australian art.
Paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, ceramics, small-scale sculpture and jewellery are all represented, with an emphasis on works by artists of significance, consistent with the perceived developments in Australian contemporary art, Queensland artists and artists who have an important connection to the Toowoomba Region and its history. The Dr Irene Amos OAM Collection - Amos Bequest is a major acquisition and forms an important part of the overall catalogue of works.
Image: Installation view Multiple Originals: Prints from the Collection, 2020.
Free guided tours for groups can be arranged for groups visiting the Gallery. Bookings are essential for all group visits and organisers are encouraged to book at least two weeks ahead.
Contact the Gallery via email or phone to discuss your visit.
The Toowoomba Region is home to an incredible number of artists. The All In! Artists of the Toowoomba Region group exhibition celebrates the talent of artists who live here and showcases the diversity of their practice. The curated exhibition will be on display from Saturday 10 December 2022 – Sunday 22 January 2023.
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is calling for submissions from artists living in the Toowoomba Region to participate in the exhibition.
Each artist can submit up to 3 artworks which will be considered for selection. Submissions are free of charge, there is no entry fee.
Agree to the terms and conditions and key dates in the All In! Entry Form.
Refer to the Artwork Installation Instructions to make sure your artworks are compatible with the Gallery’s hanging system.
Email your completed Entry Form along with high resolution images for each artwork (no larger than 2MB at 300dpi) to email@example.com by 5pm Sunday 20 November 2022.
Contact the friendly team at the Gallery if you have any questions.
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.
The Gallery is not currently calling for applications. To receive information on future exhibition rounds and the call for applications, subscribe to the Cam Robertson Gallery mailing list.
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.
Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition is the focus of Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery's contribution to promoting excellence in contemporary adornment. The award was established in 1989, with the aid of the Toowoomba Gallery Society Inc., and is a forum for experimental and innovative contemporary jewellery and object practice.
Juried and judged by leading industry professionals, the Award showcases the work of Australia’s prominent and emerging contemporary makers. In addition, exhibited pieces are eligible for acquisition for the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery - Toowoomba City Collection. Acquisitions from the Award have made a significant contribution to building one Australia’s leading contemporary jewellery collections housed at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.
Contemporary Wearables is proudly supported by Toowoomba Regional Council.
The 2021 award winners were selected by Barbara Heath, one of Australia’s leading contemporary jewellers and the appointed judge for 2021.
Toowoomba Regional Council and Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery extend congratulations to the following award winners:
Award winner: Sarah Rayner & Sophie Carnell / Florilegium… traversing the poetry of plants 2020 (42 brooches - detail shown below) - Acquired
Sarah RAYNER and Sophie CARNELL / Florilegium… traversing the poetry of plants 2020 / 42 brooches: hand carved porcelain with terra sigillata, sterling and fine silver / 26 x 375 x 8cm / Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery - Toowoomba City Collection 2387 / Purchased from Contemporary Wearables ’21 with funds donated by Toowoomba Gallery Society 2018 / © Sarah Rayner and Sophie Carnell
Runner-up: Kyoko Hashimoto / Coal necklace 2020 (neckpiece) - Acquired
Kyoko HASHIMOTO / Coal necklace 2020 / coal, oxidised sterling silver / 2 x 15 x 20cm / Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery - Toowoomba City Collection 2388 / Photograph: Fred Kroh / © Kyoko Hashimoto
Student award: Kierra-Jay Power / Museum drawer series (Meloys rubicola) 2020
Kierra-Jay POWER / Museum drawer series (Meloys rubicola) 2020 / 1 ring: brass and recycled sterling silver / 5.5 x 2.8 x 3.5cm / © Kierra-Jay Power
Two awarded works have been acquired for the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery - Toowoomba City Collection.
The following works were also acquired for the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery - Toowoomba City Collection:
Awards and acquisitions for 2021 were announced Friday 3 September at 5.30pm via a live-stream. View the announcement on the Toowoomba Region Youtube channel or on our IGTV @trartgalleries.
The 2021 Award exhibition was juried by:
Dr Elizabeth Shaw, Contemporary Jeweller and Senior Lecturer, Head of Jewellery and Small Objects Department, Queensland College of Art, Griffith UniversityMarian Hosking, Contemporary Jeweller and former Head of Gold and Silversmithing Departments at both RMIT and Monash UniversityDr Nicholas Bastin, Contemporary Jeweller and Lecturer Gold and Silversmithing, School of Art, RMIT University
Contemporary Wearables '21 Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition is on display from 4 September to 31 October 2021 at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.
An exhibition catalogue is available from Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.
To view the entry details, download the Contemporary wearables 2021 entry form.
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The 2019 award exhibition was juried by:
The appointed judge for 2019 was Marian Hosking, Silversmith.
Two awarded works have been acquired for the Toowoomba City Collection.
The following works were also acquired for the Toowoomba City Collection:
Image: 2019 award winner Melissa CAMERON / Corporate entity / corporeal entity 2017 / Neckpiece: stainless steel, vitreous enamel titanium / 10.5 x 10.5 x 1.0cm; 76.0cm chain / Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery - City Collection 2339 / Acquired from Contemporary Wearables 2019 Biennial Jewellery Award & Exhibition / © Melissa Cameron
Contemporary Wearables '17 was juried by:
The appointed judge for 2017 was Mr Phill Mason, Gem-Cutter, Goldsmith and Studio-Jeweller.
The three awarded works were acquired for the Toowoomba City Collection.
Image: 2017 Award Winner Luke ABBOT / Mandible setting 2017 / articulated ring: titanium, 925 silver, gem / 2.8 x 2.1 x 0.7cm / Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery - Toowoomba City Collection 2207 / Acquired from Contemporary Wearables 2017 Biennial Jewellery Award & Exhibition / Reproduced by kind permission.
Contemporary Wearables '15 was juried by:
Sabine Pagan, contemporary jeweller and former Head of BA (Jewellery) at Charles Sturt University judged the award.
The following works were acquired for the Gallery’s Collection:
No student award was presented.
Image: 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 / Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery - Toowoomba City Collection 2121 / Acquired from Contemporary Wearables 2015 Biennial Jewellery Award & Exhibition / Reproduced by kind permission.
The Gallery offers free guided tours to schools and educators Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5pm. Bookings are essential and educators are encouraged to book at least two weeks ahead. We cater for students from kindergarten to tertiary level, home-schooled and school groups of any year level with a range of interests.
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 or wish to book a tour, contact the Gallery via email or phone 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 48 hours notice to make a request. Access to items is not guaranteed but will be provided if possible.
Providing access to The Bolton Reading Room for educational purposes is a key aspect of our Gallery service.
The holdings include rare, unique and out-of-print materials relating to:
Physical access to browse and read items is by appointment only.
To make an appointment or enquiry, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (07) 4688 6693.