Travel | Queensland Gallery of Modern Art

So back in January we had two wonderful outings to one of my all time favourite places in Brisbane, GOMA, the Gallery of Modern Art. When you come to Brisbane post COVID19 be sure to put GOMA on your must do list. It’s mostly free, has great kids activities and is in the most delightfully modern riverside setting

I have been taking my boys here since they were babes in arms, now as teens they pretend it’s a chore, but I know they love it!

Experience Summary

  • Easy access buses + trains
  • Arrive by river via CityCats
  • Walk from the CBD
  • Photo opps+++
  • Allow 4 – 6 hours
  • Free wifi
  • Maps here
  • Child friendly
  • $0 to wander
  • Some exhibits $
  • Hours here
  • Ages 0 – 80+
  • Great cafes
  • Adds ons nearby
  • Low Risk
  • Reliable
  • Safe
  • Lovely locale
  • Accommodation $ – $$$
  • Impeccable toilets
  • Memento shop +++

There are several galleries and at least three floor to explore on any given day. We saw the Water Exhibition. There was a vast, rocky, indoor riverbed created by Olafur Eliasson, that reminded me of the braided rivers of New Zealand. The boys made balanced rock totems like we did when we lived in New Zealand.

We had seen Cai Guo-Qiang’s brilliant blue waterhole with all the amazing animals before. But it is such a treat we loved seeing it again. One of the things I love about GOMA is the expanse. Each time you turn a corner a new delight awaits.

Even though my boys are mid teens we always spend time in the kids maker space. Is that for them or me, hard to know, but matters not. This is a free, free, free space for littlies to biggies. This time the focus was on Pacifica weaving and Island Fashion. There are always three to four kids activities, from the hands on creative thru to more tech orientated learning experiences. It’s a five star attraction in it’s own right. Then there are the intermingled awareness raising art as a lesson installations. The fish and coral below are all made from ghost nets and there was an accompanying story on the destruction these discarded nets cause to our marine life. All excellent.

There is always one gallery dedicated to Australian Indigenous artists. We got to see the ‘I, object’ series that looks at the relationships Indigenous Australian artists have to objects. While sometimes the back story is lost on us we always love the colour, vibrancy and life these talented people bring to their work. There is a virtual tour of this exhibition here now.

Our second visit in January was for my birthday. The GOMA Bistro is my favourite. So while there are plenty of other choices we headed there for brunch. To get there you walk by ‘In The World Turns, by Michael Parekowhai. I love this piece just because. I don’t even need it put into a context, I just love it for what I see. I nearly love the bistro desserts as much. They always have a few stand out offerings like something beautiful with mandarin or rhubarb. They are little works of art.

So once we open the trans Tasman travel bubble be sure to pop across. I know GOMA will be up and ready to say g’day and share her wonders with you. Plan your visit here. Until then, enjoy my memories, cheers Le

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