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19th and 20th Century Works

Ipswich Area
Free Entry
18 March 2017 – 14 October 2018
View some of the finest pieces from the Ipswich Art Gallery’s collection of 19th and early 20th century fine art and folk art, as well as contemporary works reflecting Ipswich’s heritage. Visit the upper level to see exceptional works such as the mid-19th century cedar sideboard crafted by George Dowden for the Cribb family’s historic Ipswich residence ‘Gooloowan’, Australian paintings such as Frosty morning by key Australian landscape painter Elioth Gruner, and the exquisite Australian wildflower tea service designed by renowned Australian botanical artist Ellis Rowan.

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
From AU$12 - 55
23 June 2017 – 28 January 2018
In an Australian exclusive, Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum is an international touring exhibition that will only be appearing at Queensland Museum. The exhibition features more than 120 artefacts, interactive games and displays to reveal who gladiators were, where they lived and how they trained.

This is my Heritage

North Ipswich, Ipswich Area
12 September 2017 – 21 January 2018
Viewing a photograph from the past, or holding an object of historical significance, can spark interest, emotion and dialogue. But, when a unique personal connection is established between an object and an individual, it has the power to stir poignant memories and promote a deeper understanding and knowledge of times gone by.

Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
From AU$8 - 18
14 October 2017 – 4 February 2018
‘Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images' is the first substantial Australian exhibition of works by the German artist, widely recognised as one the world's greatest living painter. With over 90 works spanning five decades of Richter's practice, it will include some of the most compelling and enigmatic pictures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and reveal the unparalleled influence of the artist on contemporary art.

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
4 November 2017 – 11 February 2018
Co-curated with the National Gallery Singapore, this vibrant exhibition surveys the work of leading contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. A wild and wonderful journey through significant moments in Kusama’s career, the exhibition explores over seven decades of the artist’s practice through more than 70 works.

River 949 Christmas Lights Competition

Ipswich Area
Free Entry
24 November – 26 December 2017
Take a tour and share in the magic of the River 949 Christmas Lights displays around Ipswich. Every Christmas houses are lit up with glowing lights and tastefully decorated with Christmas trees, santas, snowmen and reindeer.

Built For Speed

Ipswich Area
From AU$5 - 5
Weekly from 28 November – 23 December 2017
Start your engines Built for Speed is back! Thrills, spills and awesome crashes are guaranteed! Design, build and race your Lego hot rod, dragster or supercar down rad ramps and slick tracks. Modify your ride for extra speed then re-race your turbocharged wheels for ultimate victory!

The Kite Wishes Project

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
1 December 2017 – 29 April 2018
Mao’s Last Dancer Li Cunxin has a life-long love of kites, creating and flying them as a child in rare and precious moments with his father. Kites became a metaphor for Li’s life, as his career soared beyond the impoverished commune of his childhood to the ballet stages of the world.

Mao's Last Dancer the exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
From AU$9 - 12
1 December 2017 – 29 April 2018
Discover one man’s incredible journey from poverty to world-famous artist in this exclusive Museum of Brisbane exhibition. Features never-before-seen interviews, performance footage and personal artefacts in an intimate portrait of a contemporary Australian icon.

Insectarium

North Ipswich, Ipswich Area
From AU$44.50 - 44.50
11 – 15 December 2017
Explore the microscopic world of insects in a fantastic photographic exhibition of Queensland Museum specimens. Come face to face with colourful insects with hands on insect activities.
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