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  • QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY BOARD OF TRUSTEES ANNUAL REPORT 2017–18

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  • ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COUNTRY

    The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) acknowledges the Turrbal and Yugara (Jagera) peoples who are the traditional custodians of the land upon which the Gallery stands in Brisbane. We pay respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders past and present and, in the spirit of reconciliation, acknowledge the immense creative contribution Indigenous people make to the art and culture of this country.

  • The Honourable Leeanne Enoch mp Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts GPO BOX 5078 BRISBANE QLD 4001

    Dear Minister

    I am pleased to submit for presentation to the Queensland Parliament the Annual Report 2017–18 and financial statements for the Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees.

    I certify that this annual report complies with:

    • the prescribed requirements of the Financial Accountability Act 2009 and the Financial and Performance Management Standard 2009, and

    • the detailed requirements set out in the Annual report requirements for Queensland Government agencies.

    A checklist outlining the annual reporting requirements can be found on page 64 of this annual report.

    Yours sincerely

    Professor Ian O’Connor ac Chair Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees

    REPORT OF THE QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

    17 August 2018

  • PART A

    4 INTRODUCTION 4 Vision 4 Mission 4 Principles 4 Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art 5 Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees

    6 CHAIR'S OVERVIEW

    8 BACKGROUND 8 Government objectives for the community 8 Strategic Plan 2017–21 9 Operational Plan 2017–18 9 Operating environment

    11 OUTCOMES 11 Performance measures 12 Strategic objectives 22 Acquisitions 39 Exhibitions, outgoing loans, publications and awards 52 2017–18 at a glance: Statistical summary

    53 GOVERNANCE 53 Management and structure 59 Risk management and accountability 60 Human resources

    61 GLOSSARY

    62 SUMMARY OF FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

    64 COMPLIANCE CHECKLIST

    PART B

    65 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

    CONTENTS

  • 04 Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees Annual Report 2017–18 INTRODUCTION

    INTRODUCTION

    Vision

    To be the leading institution for the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific

    Mission To engage people with art and artists through memorable and transformative experiences

    Principles • Access for all

    • Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

    • Leadership through research, learning and innovation

    • Commitment to a sustainable, collaborative and inclusive culture

    Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Queensland's premier visual arts institution, the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA, or the Gallery) connects people with art through dynamic Australian and international exhibitions and programs that showcase works from diverse historical and contemporary artists.

    Two vibrant and accessible buildings in the Queensland Cultural Centre at South Bank, the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) offer complementary experiences that enrich the state’s cultural life.

    Established in 1895 as the Queensland National Art Gallery, the institution was housed in temporary premises until the opening of the QAG building at South Bank in 1982. GOMA opened in December 2006.

    The Gallery’s Collection (the Collection) comprises more than 18 000 historical and contemporary Australian, Indigenous Australian, Asian, Pacific and international works of art.

    Since 1993, the Gallery’s flagship project has been the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT), the only major recurring international exhibition series to focus exclusively on the contemporary art of Asia, the Pacific and Australia. Through the APT series, the Gallery has cultivated an internationally significant collection of art from the region.

    QAGOMA curates regional touring exhibitions and programs, giving people across the state access to the Collection.

    The Gallery is committed to profiling Queensland artists and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through a dedicated acquisition focus, an exhibition program and public engagement.

    QAGOMA is the only art museum in Australia with purpose- built facilities dedicated to film and the moving image. The Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque presents retrospective and thematic film programs and exhibitions to showcase the work of influential filmmakers and artists.

    The Gallery’s Children’s Art Centre offers interactive art projects for children and families, and publishes books for children in collaboration with leading Australian and international artists.

    QAGOMA also publishes research and scholarship on the Collection, exhibitions and artists, in exhibition catalogues, monographs, books, brochures and on the web.

    The development of a public collection, exhibitions, publications, public and regional touring programs make art more accessible to Queenslanders. Wide-ranging education and public programs highlight the visual arts as an interconnected part of broader culture, relevant to the lives of diverse audiences of all ages.

    The Queensland Art Gallery is governed by the Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees (the Board).

    PART A

  • INTRODUCTION Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees Annual Report 2017–18 05

    Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees The Board is a statutory body. Its existence, functions and powers are set out in the Queensland Art Gallery Act 1987 (the Act).

    Under the Act, the Board’s functions include:

    (a) to control, manage and maintain the Queensland Art Gallery and each branch thereof and all property in the possession of the Board

    (b) to develop the Queensland Art Gallery’s collection of works of art

    (c) to minister to the needs of the community in any or all branches of the visual arts, including by displaying works of art; promoting artistic taste and achievement through the illustration of the history and development of the visual arts; promoting and providing lectures, films, broadcasts, telecasts, publications and other educational or cultural instruction or material; and promoting research

    (d) to control and manage all land and premises vested in or placed under the control of the Board

    (e) to restore and repair works of art in the possession of the Board

    (f) to frame and package, and manufacture display materials for works of art in the possession of the Board

    (g) to encourage artistic achievement by artists resident in Queensland.

    For performing its functions, the Board has all the powers of an individual and may, for example: enter into arrangements, agreements, contracts and deeds; acquire, hold, deal with and dispose of property; engage consultants; appoint agents and attorneys; charge, and fix terms, for goods, services, facilities and information supplied by it; and do anything else necessary or desirable to be done in performing its functions.

  • 06 Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees Annual Report 2017–18 CHAIR'S OVERVIEW

    CHAIR'S OVERVIEW

    Professor Ian O’Connor AC Chair, Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees

    On behalf of the Board, I am pleased to present the Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees Annual Report 2017–18. The report describes a year of great achievements for the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), with reference to the Board's strategic plan, and shows how the Gallery provides memorable cultural experiences that engage its audience with art and artists.

    The Gallery attracted its second consecutive record-breaking attendance onsite for a financial year, with 1.88 million visits to QAG and GOMA. A further 44 000 visits were recorded at regional and remote venues for exhibitions, workshops and programs across Queensland. The current international tour of the exhibition ‘Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of the Rainbow’ to Jakarta, which had received in excess of 91 000 visits at 30 June, continues until 9 September. The calendar year 2017 was another milestone, with a record 2.17 million visits.

    The 2017–18 year opened with the continuation of ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ at GOMA. This blockbuster went on to be the Gallery’s most popular ticketed exhibition to date with almost 270 000 visitors. The Gallery also staged a groundbreaking presentation of the Australian collection at QAG, achieved in tandem with a project that increased art storage capacity in the building by 30 per cent.

    Also at QAG, ‘Sung Into Being: Aboriginal Masterworks 1984–94 from The Janet Holmes à Court Collection’ drew together 100 works by major artists at the forefront of a critical period of art-making in Maningrida, NT and the Kimberley, WA. On loan from the National Gallery of Australia, ‘Picass