Everyone’s familiar with the Valley’s eclectic street art, but did you know the precinct is also full of thriving spaces waiting to be uncovered by curious art buffs? From works by rising local artists to pieces by national and international talent, there’s something for every connoisseur of the art world in the Valley.
Hidden behind Brunswick Street lies Greaser Gallery, a visually unique yet professional exhibition space for local artists, illustrators, street artists and fine artists. The gallery is located within the popular Greaser Bar, which means a visit is also the perfect excuse to indulge in a late-night bite.
A leading Queensland gallery dedicated to the exhibition and sale of contemporary art of the highest calibre, Jan Murphy Gallery is a mecca for all Brisbane art enthusiasts. With three exhibition spaces and a history of more than twenty years, the gallery features a varied collection of Australian art by both established, emerging, and highly-awarded artists.
Showcasing a range of Australia's best contemporary and Aboriginal art, this modern gallery space is devoted to representing both emerging and established artits from across the country. Thought-provoking pieces grace the walls telling stories of new and old, while the exhibitions and artist talks draw crowds of appreciative art-lovers.
Admiring art can be thirsty work. Thankfully, the team behind Slingshot recognised this and successfully combined local art with drinks – a masterstroke, if you ask us! Tucked into the facade of the Judith Wright Centre, the space is fitted out with work from local artists every month (which are available for purchase), as well as a bar offering a range of beer, wine and cocktails to enjoy while taking in the works.
Opened in 1975, the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) was one of the first contemporary art venues to appear in Australia and has long been a leading venue for the production, presentation and circulation of contemporary art. Offering free entry, the IMA has museum-grade, climate-controlled gallery spaces play host to a wide array of exhibitions and events, targeted educational initiatives, and development opportunities for arts professionals.
Dedicated to fans of hip-hop and urban culture, Bakery Lane’s Urban Gallery is a contemporary showcase of pop-art – and it’s all available to purchase! Housing striking pieces featuring the likes of Jay Z, Tupac, and The Notorious B.I.G., Urban Gallery celebrates urban and contemporary pop culture in a bold, colourful style. For a unique stopover while visiting the Valley, or to deck out your walls with a hand-painted creation, Urban Gallery is a must-visit.
Philip Bacon Galleries is a prestigious private gallery, regarded nationally and internationally as one of Australia’s best, playing a pivotal commercial and educational role in the thriving Brisbane art scene. The gallery is particularly renowned for the depth of its stockroom and for exhibiting many of the country’s most celebrated, established and contemporary artists.
Where will you get your art fix?