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
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.
Professor Ian O’Connor ac
Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees
REPORT OF THE QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
17 August 2018
4 Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
5 Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees
6 CHAIR'S OVERVIEW
8 Government objectives for the community
8 Strategic Plan 2017–21
9 Operational Plan 2017–18
9 Operating environment
11 Performance measures
12 Strategic objectives
39 Exhibitions, outgoing loans, publications and awards
52 2017–18 at a glance: Statistical summary
53 Management and structure
59 Risk management and accountability
60 Human resources
62 SUMMARY OF FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
64 COMPLIANCE CHECKLIST
65 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
04 Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees Annual Report 2017–18 INTRODUCTION
To be the leading institution for the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific
To engage people with art and artists through memorable and
• Access for all
• Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
• 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
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).
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
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
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