1 Dec 2017 –
18 Feb 2018

ARTNOW FNQ is a biennial initiative of the Gallery that aims to explore and reflect the inspiring range of activities that drive contemporary art and creative practice in Far North Queensland.

The exhibition brings together emerging and established, Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in a dialogue about ideas relating to nature, place, environments, identity, politics and history.

Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director of Art Space Sydney selected twenty-eight of the most inspiring and outstanding artists in the region to participate in the ARTNOW FNQ 2017 exhibition.

Most of the artists created new works of art specifically for the exhibition. Together the artists present a breadth of work that demonstrates a range of influences drawn from the local context and further afield.

ARTNOW FNQ provides the opportunity for the Gallery to acquire outstanding works by leading artists from the region for its permanent Collection and is an important way that the Gallery can further its support for and commitment to local contemporary artists.


Collection works acquired
Vincent Babia
Grace Lillian Lee
Michael Marzik
Daniel O’Shane



Artists represented

Vernon Ah Kee   
Michael Anning 
Vincent Babia  
Paul Bong 
Andrew Bonneau   
Shannon Brett 
Gertrude Davis 
Jeanie Holroyd 
Andrea Huelin 
Elizabeth Hunter

Heather Koowootha 
Serena Kuring 
Grace Lillian Lee  
Glen Mackie 
Michael Marzik 
Arone Meeks 
Danie Mellor 
Mark Misic 
Rosella Namok
Daniel O’Shane 

Julie Poulsen
Francesca Rosa
Rose Rigley 
Yixuan Ruan
Bernard Lee Singleton
Kristin Tennyson 
Ian Waldron
Delissa Walker


Selected works


Installation images

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