The ground floor at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is open during usual gallery hours. 
Access to collection items remains restricted but may be possible by appointment. 

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Established in 1937, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is the first public art gallery in regional Queensland. Located in the heart of the city, surrounded by attractive inner-city parks, cafes and vibrant street art, the Gallery has been housed in its current award-winning recycled building since 1994. 

The Gallery contributes to the Region’s history of inclusion and diversity through an engaging annual program of exhibitions and events, curated from its Collections, in addition to presenting major state and national touring exhibitions and contemporary art projects that respond to the collections and resonate with local themes.

It is owned and operated by Toowoomba Regional Council.

 

 

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Gallery Hours

  • Wednesday - Sunday | 10:30am - 3:30pm
  • Closed Monday, Tuesday and public holidays

Admission is free.

Additional hours during Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

  • Wednesday 11 September - Sunday 29 September | Gallery open daily 10:30am – 3:30pm

Bolton Reading Room (housing the Lionel Lindsay Library): Open by appointment Tuesday - Thursday and Sunday. 

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 to babies and young children.

Contact Us

Phone: (07) 4688 6652

Email: art@tr.qld.gov.au

Instagram: @trartgalleries

Post:

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
PO Box 3021
Toowoomba QLD 4350

Research enquiries via email art@tr.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 4688 6652

Subscribe to receive updates on upcoming Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery events, exhibitions and opportunities. We have four different mailing lists you may like to subscribe to:

      1. The TRAG mailing list updates subscribers about upcoming Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery events, exhibitions and opportunities. Emails are usually sent monthly along with occasional additional updates.
      2. The Cam Robertson Gallery exhibitions mailing list updates subscribers about the exhibition application round/s.
      3. The Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award & Exhibition mailing list updates subscribers about the exhibition application round/s.
      4. The Opportunities for artists mailing list updates subscribers about opportunities, awards and residencies that may be of interest to artists.

Current Exhibitions

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Until 21 July 2024

I, Object considers the many complex relationships Indigenous Australian artists continue to have with objects – from the histories informing their creation to the social and cultural consequences of their collection. The exhibition demonstrates the great pride and inspiration of inherited cultural practices and historical Indigenous objects, and reveals the difficulties posed by their collection and estrangement.

I, Object features contemporary painting, sculpture, and installation by leading Queensland artists Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Michael Boiyool Anning, Fiona Foley, Danie Mellor, Christian Thompson, Warraba Weatherall and others alongside 20 historical shields, boomerangs and clubs.

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For more information about our exhibitions and events visit the Toowoomba Region Events Register 

Follow us on Instagram @trartgalleries

Art Gallery booklet

Take a look at our July to September 2023 Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery booklet.

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The Gallery is home to three permanent collections containing a unique mix of gallery and print materials, Our Collections offer diverse views, stories and ideas about the region and its connection to national and international contexts.

 

The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection

dsc 5010 multipleoriginals 2020 450The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection focuses principally on 20th-century Australian art, Queensland artists and artists who have an important connection to the Toowoomba Region and its history. 

The collection includes works by significant artists across painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, small-scale sculpture and jewellery, including: 

  • The Dr Irene Amos OAM Collection - Amos Bequest is a major acquisition and forms an important part of the overall catalogue of works.
  • Acquisitions from Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition have made an important contribution to building one of Australia’s leading contemporary jewellery collections at the Gallery.  

Image: Installation view Multiple Originals: Prints from the Collection, 2020.

 

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 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:

  • rare, unique and out-of-print materials relating to Australia's First Nations peoples
  • manuscripts, printed maps and first-edition accounts of maritime and overland journeys of discovery dating from the early 1600s
  • Australian literature and art books from the mid-1800s to mid-1900s. 

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 Fred and Lucy Gould Art Collection

dsc 9353 450The 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 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 artworks 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.

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We welcome visits by groups wishing to enjoy our exhibitions.

Booked groups may self-guide or enquire about a free 30 to 40 minute guided group tour with one of our knowledgeable team members. Guided tours are subject to capacity and availability.

How to book

  • Bookings are essential for all group visits.
  • We encourage organisers to book at least two weeks ahead.

Bookings can be made by completing our online booking form.

For school group bookings, please see our For Educators & Researchers section.

 

 

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. Please contact the gallery via email or phone if you have a project proposal you would like to discuss.

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is excited to announce a call out for submissions from local artists to participate in the Carnival Queens exhibition.

In celebration of Toowoomba Carnival of Flower’s (TCOF) 75th anniversary, this exhibition brings together artwork by local artists that respond to the theme 'Carnival Queens' and/or TCOF’s theme “It’s a Party’

Artists are invited to create new works in any medium that are inspired by any aspect or interpretation of these themes.

Successful artists will be paid NAVA rates for the loan of work in this non-selling exhibition.

Each artist can submit up to 3 artworks (maximum size 120 cm high x 120 cm wide) which will be considered for selection. Submissions are free of charge, there is no entry fee.

The curated exhibition will be on display from Saturday 24 August – Sunday 17 November 2024.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the Expression of Interest – Carnival Queens entry form by Sunday 30 June 2024.

Please refer to Carnival Queens Key Dates and Terms and Conditions (PDF) for details.

Further information

Having trouble with your entry? Contact Customer Service on 131 872.

To keep up to date with our opportunities and events, subscribe to the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery mailing list and follow us on Instagram @trartgalleries

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 of Australia’s leading contemporary jewellery collections housed at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.

Contemporary Wearables is proudly supported by Toowoomba Regional Council.

Contemporary Wearables '23

The 2023 Award exhibition was juried by:

  • Cassandra Lehman, Co-Director: Creative at Artisan
  • Christian Hall, Contemporary artist in object art and design, Non- Executive Director Guildhouse, South Australia and former Creative Director - Metal Design Studio Jam Factory Contemporary Craft & Design
  • Emily McCulloch Childs, Gallerist, curator, writer, art historian, researcher, publisher and fundraiser, Co-director of McCulloch & McCulloch and Everywhen Artspace, Founder The Indigenous Jewellery Project.

The appointed judge for 2023 was Chloë Powell, Co-Founder and Director of Radiant Pavilion, Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Biennial.

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  • Award winner: Zoë VenessWreath 2023 (neckpiece) - Acquired
  • Runner-up: Kirsten Haydon / Ice holds 2023 (9 neckpieces & 36 pendants) - Acquired
  • Student award: Beth Sanderson / Grating 2022 (4 brooches)

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:

  • Sarah Elson / Fuck cluster brooch 2021
  • Kath Inglis / Caulerpa with Epiphytes neckpiece 2023
  • Katheryn Leopoldseder / Vic’s Rosary 2022
  • Jason Moss / YES 2023
  • Melinda Young / The Intruders (Brickface & Coalface) 2022

Image: 2023 Award Winner / Zoë VENESSWreath 2023 / Neckpiece: archival paper, stainless-steel cable, sterling-silver tubing / 42 x 42 x 4cm / © Zoe Veness

 

Past awards

Contemporary Wearables '21

087_rayner_carnell_florilegiumtraversing_the_poetry_of_plants_800.jpgThe 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 University
  • Marian Hosking, Contemporary Jeweller and former Head of Gold and Silversmithing Departments at both RMIT and Monash University
  • Dr Nicholas Bastin, Contemporary Jeweller and Lecturer Gold and Silversmithing, School of Art, RMIT University.

The appointed judge for 2021 was Barbara Heath, one of Australia’s leading contemporary jewellers.

Award Winners:

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  • Award winner: Sarah Rayner & Sophie Carnell / Florilegium… traversing the poetry of plants 2020 (42 brooches - details shown above and right) - Acquired

  • Runner-up: Kyoko Hashimoto / Coal necklace 2020 (neckpiece) - Acquired

  • Student award: Kierra-Jay Power / Museum drawer series (Meloys rubicola) 2020          

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:

  • Maddison Bygrave - Ngarra brooch 1 and Ngarra brooch 2
  • Gretal Ferguson - Long Stitch (1 brooch)
  • Mari Hirata - Tidal (series of 3 brooches)
  • Anke Kindle - Order of the Kratzbürste (1 brooch)
  • Elfrun Lach - Superspreaders series (6 brooches)

Images: 2021 Award Winner Sarah RAYNER and Sophie CARNELL / Florilegium… traversing the poetry of plants 2020 (detail) / 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

 

Contemporary Wearables '19

The 2019 award exhibition was juried by:

  • Simon Cottrell - Lecturer / Researcher, Gold and Silversmithing Workshop, ANU School of Art & Design
  • Claire Sourgnes - CEO Artisan
  • Chloë Powell - Curator and Exhibitions Manager, Craft Victoria, Co-founder and Director, Radiant Pavilion: Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Biennial

The appointed judge for 2019 was Marian Hosking, Silversmith.

Award winners:

  • Award winner: Melissa Cameron Corporate entity / corporeal entity  2017 (neckpiece)
  • Runner-up: Jennifer Fahey Uncanny encounters 2017 (26 pins)
  • Student award: Kristina Neuman Sill in Cylinder 2019 (neckpiece)

Two awarded works have been acquired for the Toowoomba City Collection.

The following works were also acquired for the Toowoomba City Collection:

Two neckpieces crafted by 2019 Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award winner Melissa Cameron. Neckpieces feature a stainless steel chain with a shiny rectangular shape hanging off the chain.

  • Sue Buchanan Urban Garland (neckpiece)
  • Kayannie Denigan Ngathu Bubu (2 x brooch)
  • Pennie Jagiello The crown-of-thorns has nothing over the Anthropocene  (neckpiece)
  • Cara Johnson Unearth (neckpiece)
  • Sultana Shamshi The Phoenix Tree (brooch)
  • Bic Tieu Kangaroo Paws (brooches)
  • Nina van Duijnhoven A Collaboration (neckpieces)
  • Leonie Westbrook Yellow Rectangle Pendant (neckpiece)
  • Melinda Young Future Relic Neckpiece (neckpiece)

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

Contemporary Wearables '17 was juried by:

  • Dr Sabine Pagan - contemporary jeweller and interdisciplinary practitioner
  • 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.

Award winners:

  • Award winner: Luke Abbot Mandible Setting 2017 (articulated ring)
  • Runner-up: Anja Jagsch Symbiosis 2017 (four rings)
  • Student award: Michaela Pegum Quale II 2016 (neckpiece)

The three awarded works were acquired for the Toowoomba City Collection.

The following works were also acquired for the Toowoomba City Collection:

Titanium and silver ring crafted by 2017 Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award winner Luke Abbot. Ring is very unique in design with two prongs extending from the top of the ring out each side.

  • 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)

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

Contemporary Wearables '15 was juried by:

  • Dr Dorothy Erickson - historian and artist-jeweller
  • Melanie Pitkin - Assistant Curator, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences
  • 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.

Award winners:

  • Award winner: Christel Van Der Laan Eureka 2014 (brooch)
  • Runner-up: Kate Wischusen Manhole #1 2014 (brooch)

The following works were acquired for the Gallery’s Collection:Brooch crafted by 2015 Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award winner Christel Van Der Laan. Brooch is made from ceramic honeycomb, oxidised silver, gold, onyx, mirror and paint.

  • Catrine Berlatier Double Link (necklace)
  • Susan Buchanan The new jewels – Safety Pin, I See You #1 & #2 (three brooches)
  • Michelle Cangiano The Healer (neckpiece)
  • Elfrun Lach  Frangia (necklace)
  • Carly Lay Oppression | Suppression (two neckpieces)
  • Larah Nott Flight #10 (brooch)
  • Christel Van Der Laan Eureka (brooch)
  • Janice Vitkovsky Frequency & Transparent threads (two brooches)
  • Kate Wischusen Manhole #1 (brooch)
  • Alister Yiap Fault-Line (ring)

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.

Guided tours

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Thinking of visiting? We offer free guided or self-guided general Gallery tours for school groups 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 pre-prep to tertiary level, home-schooled and school groups of any year level with a range of interests, providing opportunities to engage with our exhibitions and diverse collection holdings.

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, please let us know your excursion requirements.

How to Book

Complete our online booking form and a Gallery team member will be in touch to discuss your visit.

 

Viewing artwork

The Gallery offers special access to artworks not currently on display for research and educational purposes. If you wish to view Collection items that are not on display as part of your visit should contact the Gallery at art@tr.qld.gov.au with at least 48 hours notice to make a request. Access to items is not guaranteed but will be provided if possible.

 

The Bolton Reading Room

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In addition to the exhibitions on display, groups and researchers can explore The Bolton Reading Room.

The holdings include rare, unique and out-of-print materials relating to:

  • Australia’s First Nations peoples
  • manuscripts, printed maps and first-edition accounts of maritime and overland journeys of discovery dating from the early 1600s
  • Australian literature and art books from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s.

Physical access to browse and read items is by appointment, Tuesday - Thursday and Sunday.

To make an appointment to see this unique collection, please complete a booking form.

 

Virtual exhibition tours

Missed seeing some of our recent exhibitions? You can view the following exhibitions via an interactive virtual tour: