An Art Lover’s Guide to Brisbane in 24 Hours

Queensland Gallery of Modern Art | © Tourism and Events Queensland
Queensland Gallery of Modern Art | © Tourism and Events Queensland
Photo of Kelly Hawke
9 May 2017

Brisbane is a city constantly evolving, and that includes its thriving arts scene, which is celebrated throughout Queensland’s capital at galleries, during festivals and at events. Join in our artistic journey of this creative city.

Edwina Corlette Gallery

This boutique gallery in New Farm specialises in contemporary Australian art and showcases a carefully curated selection from established and upcoming Australian and international artists. The gallery shows a variety of mediums, such as paintings, sculptures, digital art and photography. A few favourites include Judith Sinnamon and Julian Meagher, both represented by the gallery.

Discover contemporary Australian art at Edwina Corlette Gallery | Courtesy of Edwina Corlette Gallery

Philip Bacon Galleries

Known as one of Australia’s leading art galleries, Philip Bacon plays an essential role in Brisbane’s thriving art scene. The gallery has held exhibitions for some of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists since opening in 1974 and has become a true Brisbane icon.

Brisbane Powerhouse

Originally a power station in the 1920s, the Brisbane Powerhouse is now a cultural hub in New Farm. The gallery hosts 1,250 performances and events per year, including music acts, comedy, dance, film and digital arts. Powerhouse also organises the annual Brisbane Street Arts Festival, a citywide, outdoor festival held early in the year that showcases some of the best street art Brisbane has to offer.

(Tip: If you’re not in Brisbane for the festival, you can see some amazing street art on Constance Street in Fortitude Valley at Kerbside and the TRYP Hotel.)

Metro Arts Brisbane

Located in a heritage building in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, Metro Arts champions contemporary art in the city and offers a space for artists to create, collaborate and showcase their work. Whether you’re a creative at heart, or you’re looking for inspiration, Metro Arts is worth a visit.


Queensland’s famous Gallery of Modern Art is a must-visit that holds an evolving collection of more than 17,000 works of art. Get lost in the current exhibitions on offer and admire the stunning gallery design. For those with children, QAGOMA has a dedicated kids art centre that is sure to entertain the budding creatives, as well as Mom and Dad.

(Tip: If you’re looking for a night out after your gallery exploration, don’t miss QAGOMA’s after-hours Up Late events, which often include live musical performances.)

Red Hill Gallery

Set in an iconic Queenslander house, Red Hill Gallery has a range of art to suit all tastes and budgets. The gallery opened in 1986 and has continued to feature established and up-and-coming artists, giving them a platform to showcase their work to the public.

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