Join the culture club – meet your mates for coffee and then make your way around the Valley’s independent art spaces and public galleries, which are open for viewing. With the current restrictions, exhibition viewings are either available for walk-ins or by appointment only, so book ahead and support local artists and spaces.
Art from the Margins Gallery & Studios
This gorgeous non-profit creative program champions artists living with challenges of adversity, homelessness, mental illness, social isolation and disabilities. Located on Brunswick Street, the gallery space is open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm to view the latest artwork collections, plus you can book in for online workshops to develop skills from photography to painting.
The Institute of Modern Art (IMA) is a free public art gallery currently housed within the Judith Wright Arts Centre on Brunswick Street and includes the IMA Belltower. With an annual lineup of exhibitions and programs featuring Queensland, Australian and international artists, IMA is a leading independent arts space for contemporary expression. Visit Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm to view the latest shows.
Jan Murphy Gallery
Jan Murphy Gallery has showcased and sold contemporary works by local and Australian artists for more than 25 years. Located in the heart of the Valley with large gallery windows flanking Brunswick Street, the rotating exhibitions of established and emerging artists never fail to capture the imagination of passers-by and art lovers alike. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, or by appointment.
Mitchell Fine Art
Specialising in contemporary and Indigenous artworks, Mitchell Fine Art occupies an expansive space on Arthur Street. It’s the perfect backdrop to showcase rotating exhibitions that alternate between Indigenous and contemporary Australian art. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10:30am to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm with plenty of space to move around and view the artworks at your leisure.
Another one of the creative tenants within Judith Wright Arts Centre (JWAC), Outer Space curates a program of exhibitions, events and programs in collaboration with contemporary artists. Look out for upcoming exhibitions in the JWAC gallery space, open Wednesday to Friday from 12 noon to 6pm and on Saturdays from 12 noon to 4pm when shows are staged.
One of Australia’s leading commercial art galleries, Philip Bacon Galleries has a renowned stockroom of 19th- and 20th century as well as contemporary Australian art. It has exhibited a wealth of established and emerging artists since opening in 1974 and is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.
The POP Gallery opened in 2011 as a research-based contemporary arts space, showcasing the work of Queensland College of Art, Griffith University post-graduate researchers on Brunswick Street. Recent works have included tactile works, glass sculpture and visual arts. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
Unleash your inner artist
Prefer to DIY? Crafty types can get arty in the Valley with a class. Visit Studio on Brunswick for craft workshops from wreath making to collage creation and clay play. There's also Montana Art Project on Wickham Street where you can sign up for acrylic free-flow pouring sessions to create two canvases accompanied by drinks and food available from the Hotel Carrington next door.
Find out what’s showing now in the Valley’s art spaces and galleries via our Events Guide.
— September 2021