Ipswich Art Gallery, Darcy Doyle Place Ipswich

Comprised entirely of works selected from the National Gallery of Australia collection, this exhibition provides superb examples of the diverse expressions of Art Deco.

From around the 1920s, Australian artists responded to the international movement towards modernism and Art Deco. Shaking off the austerity of World War I they created images of an abundant nation filled with strong, youthful figures, capturing the vitalism of a nation reborn. Technological advancements and urbanisation influenced the emergence of Art Deco: a new aesthetic in art, architecture, design and fashion.

With its bold, simplified shapes and emphasis on geometry and line, Art Deco provided the right aesthetic for the times. Buildings lost their decorative embellishments, fashion became less structured and corseted, and women were enjoying greater freedoms, such as the right to vote and to travel unchaperoned. The image of the stylish independent woman became popular in portraiture and graphic design. The art also encapsulated the excitement for many people around the potential to travel across continents and internationally.

A National Gallery of Australia Exhibition.

This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

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Recent Reviews

Colleen B

Feb 2020

Construction and tape tunnels.

What a fun morning for my grandson. Activities were interactive and challenging. The tape tunnel was extremely well thought out and constructed. So many places to explore. Pity it’s closing soon but... more »

Malcolm G

Feb 2020

Regional Gallery gives Big Gallery experience in a more personal space

second visit to gallery and love their clever use of space and the friendly helpful staff. 1st visit last year was the Arthur BOYD exhibition 2nd visit today was the construction exhibition Both... more »

Vicki B

Jan 2020

Highly recommend

We often visit the Ipswich Art Gallery during the Dec/Jan school holidays as they have fantastic exhibitions for children. But Tapescape would have to be the best exhibition yet! My daughter... more »

Jennafa R

Jan 2020

Exceeded expectations tenfold

We went to the gallery to check out the TapeScape exhibition and we were not disappointed. It was a stunning exhibition and not only was that the only amazing exhibition and activity but there was... more »

OnAir332681

Oct 2019

Well worth a visit

The gallery is a good example of how a gracious heritage building, constructed originally as the School of Arts back in the 1860s, can be adapted for a modern purpose. The collection is small but... more »