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Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey
Stories of this Land

15 November – 10 February '19

Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey: Stories of this Land is the first major retrospective exhibition celebrating the work and life of Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey, and is delivered in partnership with the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). The exhibition brings together seventy works from major institutions and private lenders including barks, paintings, ceremonial and historical objects, draft illustrations from the Rainbow Serpent children’s book and three story book films; The Rainbow Serpent (1975), The Giant Devil Dingo (1977) and The Quinkans (1982). MORE

Destination North
Contemporary Illustration

23 November – 13 January '19

For this exhibition, the Gallery has worked with and commissioned seven early career artists to design a series of illustrations that offer contemporary interpretations of Cairns as a lifestyle and holiday destination. At the turn of the twentieth century there was a global explosion of pleasure travel due to more accessible modes of transport, and a new genre of lithographic travel posters emerged. In the 1930s and 40s the Queensland Government Tourism Bureau produced destinations posters that promoted Far North Queensland as a tropical paradise. Destination North is a contemporary take on this advertising campaign. MORE

Physical Video

30 November – 3 February '19

Physical Video features key video works from the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), which focus on performance and theatricality in video art in Australia from the 1970s through to the present day. Through small gestures and modes of performance, the works in Physical Video invite audiences to think about the use of physicality to explore ideas beyond the action itself. MORE

Sean Rafferty
Cartonography: Fruit Cartons of Far North Queensland

30 November – 6 January '19

Cartonography (a combination of carton and cartography) is a project by Sydney-based artist Sean Rafferty, which involves the collection, mapping and cataloguing of Australian fruit and vegetable cartons. MORE

Melting Pot
2018 National Ceramics Exhibition

30 November – 6 January '19

Melting Pot 2018 showcases both functional and abstract artworks, formed with different types of clay bodies and using a range of techniques and materials. Works selected for the exhibition showcase innovations in glazing and firing techniques, particularly by ceramicists from the Far North Queensland region. MORE