Take a gallery art trail through The Valley
Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley is a haven for independent art spaces and public galleries.
Brisbane locals and visitors can experience unexpected delights and hidden gems on an easy-to-navigate art trail.
Fortitude Valley is home to various independent art spaces and public galleries and exploring them is a great way to spend an afternoon.
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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. The gallery space on Brunswick St is open from Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm to view the latest artwork collections, plus you can book online workshops to develop skills from photography to painting.
Institute of Modern Art
The Institute of Modern Art (IMA) is a free public art gallery housed within the Judith Wright Arts Centre on Brunswick St and includes the IMA Belltower. With an annual line-up of exhibitions and programs featuring Queensland, Australian and international artists, IMA is a leading independent art space for contemporary expression. Visit from Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm.
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 St, the rotating exhibitions of established and emerging artists never fail to capture the imagination of passers-by and art lovers alike. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm, or by appointment.
Mitchell Fine Art
Specialising in contemporary and Indigenous artworks, Mitchell Fine Art occupies an expansive space on Arthur St. It’s the perfect backdrop to showcase rotating exhibitions that alternate between Indigenous and contemporary Australian art. The gallery is open Monday-Friday from 10.30am-5pm and Saturdays from 10am-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 collaborating with contemporary artists. Look out for upcoming exhibitions in the JWAC gallery space, open Wednesday-Friday from noon-6pm and on Saturdays from noon-4pm when shows are staged.
Philip Bacon Galleries
One of Australia’s leading commercial art galleries, Philip Bacon Galleries, has a renowned stockroom of 19th and 20th century and contemporary, Australian art. It has exhibited established and emerging artists since opening in 1974 and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm.
QCA Galleries Griffith Unversity – POP Gallery
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 St. Recent works have included tactile works, glass sculpture and visual arts. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm.