News 2011



26 February – 24 April 2011
Your Move: Australian artists play chess

UQ Art Museum
The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane
A Bendigo Art Gallery Travelling Exhibition

Inspired by the international exhibition The Art of Chess, Bendigo Art Gallery commissioned thirteen of Australia’s leading artists to respond to the notion of the game of chess.

Your Move: Australian Artists Play Chess curated by Tracey Cooper-Lavery and Tansy Curtin, includes Benjamin Armstrong’s A turn of concentration 2010 and Caroline Rothwell’s Chess 2010 along with work from eleven of Australia’s leading contemporary artists.



Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2011


Tim Johnson is the winner of the $50,000 Arthur Guy Paintung Prize. Selected from a shortlist of 37 artists, Johnson’s winning work, Community Base depicts western desert artists living, creating artworks and being in community.

Tim Johnson describes the painting as showing ‘Western Desert artists such as Clifford Possum and Charlie Tarawa at camp sites with their paintings at Papunya and Kintore. The painting is an acknowledgement of them and their place in art. It puts forward a model of what art can be; a community based model where art is created about a community, by the people who live there. It is presenting ideas and imagery that come from real events and artists who became important in Australian art yet lived in remote communities. Because of my background in conceptual art I am influenced by what these artists have done, and have tried to take on board some of their ideas. I believe they show a way of reaching out beyond your own environment.’



18 December 2010 – 26 April 2011

21st Century: Art in the First Decade


Queensland Art Gallery

Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane


Over summer 2010-11 the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery presents 21st Century: Art in the First Decade, an ambitious and ground-breaking exhibition that will occupy the entire Gallery of Modern Art and focus exclusively on works created between 2000 and 2010. Showcasing more than 200 works, and featuring over 140 artists and artist collaborative groups – senior, mid-career and emerging – from more than 40 countries, included a new work commissioned by GOMA by Brook Andrew,  Bill Henson and Anastasia Klose’s Film for My Nanna .