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 City Library.

Keep reading below to find out what's on at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery and gallery details or take a look at our April to June 2021 Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery Booklet.

 

Your gallery experience may be different from what you are used to, but your safety is our main priority. As we all adjust to a new way of sharing art, we ask for your patience and understanding. 

  • Please consider what you bring with you to the gallery, as cloaking facilities will not be available.
  • Bags or objects over 40cm x 40cm are not permitted in galleries in the Toowoomba Region.
  • Group visits to the Gallery are available on a restricted basis. Bookings are essential.
  • Sales of artworks will not be conducted 'on premises'. Artist details for sales will be available on request.

If you do not feel well, please do not visit the gallery. 

Contact tracing information 

It is a condition of entry to the gallery that you provide your contact information. To comply with the COVID-19 requirements of the State Government, contact tracing in gallery venues is now in an electronic format. Each gallery has venue-specific QR codes that link to the SafeVisit website and enable visitors to check-in and out of the facility using a smart device. Please screenshot or keep the page open as proof of check-in must be provided on entry. You must remember to check out so the time of your visit is accurate for tracing purposes. If you require assistance or don't have access to a personal device, our friendly reception team will be happy to assist you.

Collection notice: Toowoomba Regional Council may use your personal data provided in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) for the purpose of contact tracing as required by the Queensland Government Health Directive. The information provided will be accessed by authorised members of Toowoomba Regional Council and provided to public health officers, if required. Electronic data will be managed in accordance with the Public Records Act 2020 (QLD) and in accordance with the Queensland Health Public Directive.

Safety measures

To ensure the health and well-being of our visitors and our team, we are putting in place additional safety measures.

These safety measures include:

  • limited capacity in galleries - please follow signage recommendations for each gallery space
  • gallery team members are available to assist visitors and monitor the flow of people through the gallery
  • sanitiser stations are positioned at entries to each facility. Please sanitize your hands on entry
  • additional cleaning of the gallery including high-traffic areas and high-touch items is in place.

Protect our community

Please help us protect our community by:

  • providing accurate contact information so you can be contacted quickly if you are affected
  • complying with current physical distancing guidelines of 1.5 metres
  • observing room limits 
  • washing your hands frequently with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub
  • cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing and sneezing
  • disposing of used tissues in the covered pedal bins provided
  • downloading the COVIDSafe app.

If you do not feel well, please do not visit our gallery facilities.

Thank you for your continued support for galleries in the Toowoomba Region and for helping to keep everyone in our community safe and well.

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery front facade of renovated historical building. Brown brick building with cream coloured features. Gallery opening hours:

  • Tuesday to Saturday 10.30 am to 3.30pm
  • Sunday 1pm to 4pm

Closed Mondays and Public Holidays. 

Closed Anzac Day Sunday 25 April and Anzac Day Public Holiday Monday 26 April 2021.

Phone: 07 4688 6652 (during gallery opening hours)

Email: art@tr.qld.gov.au 

Post:

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
PO Box 3021
Toowoomba QLD 4350

Bolton Reading Room (housing the Lionel Lindsay Library) - closed until further notice 

Research enquiries via email art@tr.qld.gov.au or telephone 07 4688 6652 during gallery open hours, otherwise Contact us.

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.

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.

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View the Toowoomba Region Events Register for exhibitions and events.

The gallery houses three permanent collections - The Fred and Lucy Gould Art Collection, the Toowoomba City Collection and The Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library.

 

Fred and Lucy Gould Art Collection. Room featuring antique timber furniture, fine porcelain and glassware housed in a timber and glass cabinet and three paintings hanging on the wall in golden frames.The Fred and Lucy Gould Art Collection

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 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 Art 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 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.

 

Art installation in a room at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery. Two bench seats positioned apart in the middle of a large space. Various artworks hanging on surrounding walls.

The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection

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.

Group visits to the Gallery have resumed on a restricted basis. Free guided tours for groups can be arranged Monday to Friday between 8.30am – 10.30am and 3.30pm – 5pm. Bookings are essential for all group visits and organisers are encouraged to book at least two weeks ahead. Please contact the Gallery via email art@tr.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 4688 6652 to discuss your visit.

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. 

 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 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, 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. Established in 1989, with the aid of the Toowoomba Gallery Society Inc., the Award is a forum for experimental and innovative contemporary jewellery and object practice.

Juried and judged by leading industry professionals, the non-acquisitive Awards showcase 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.

The Award is proudly supported by Toowoomba Regional Council.

 

Decorative graphic to promote that entries are open for the Contemporary Wearables '21 Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition

Contemporary Wearables '21 Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition is open to prominent and emerging contemporary makers who are permanent residents of Australia.

Entries must be made in the past two years (including student entries) and must be the sole work in design and craftmanship of the artist or collaborating artists. The entry must adhere to the full terms and conditions specified on the entry form.

Up to $15,000 is available for acquisitions.

2021 awards:

  • Award winner $6000
  • Runner-up $3500
  • Student award $1500

Entries close: Friday 28 May 2021

To enter or view entry details, download the Contemporary wearables 2021 entry form.

 

How to stay up to date

Contemporary Wearables '21 Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition will be on display from 4 September to 31 October 2021 at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.

To keep up to date with the awards, subscribe to the Contemporary Wearables Biennial Jewellery Award and Exhibition Mailing List

 

Past awards

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.

St Stephens Catholic Primary school students standing in a group in the art gallery. Photo of legs and feet only.Guided tours

The Gallery offers free guided tours to schools and educators Monday to Friday between 8.30am – 10.30am and 3.30pm – 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 to discuss your needs.

 

Viewing artwork

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.

 

The Bolton Reading Room

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:

  • 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 only.

To make an appointment or enquiry, email art@tr.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 4688 6693 during the Gallery’s open hours.