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

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 »

mb02

Oct 2019

Construction zone

Amazing space for kids. Loved coming here today with our children for construction zone and then the ball run. This was an easy fee hours. Loved the artwork too had a sneak peak while dad had... more »

ashan43

Jul 2019

Come on in!

Been here every time they change the activities for the kids (about 9 times in the last 3 years) - great activities that are super entertaining for adults too! Really good to check out the changing... more »

steved709

Jun 2019

Arthur Boyd Exhibition

What a gem of an art gallery, for me it’s just the right size, big enough to spend an hour or so, not so big that you can’t see everything. Loved the Arthur Boyd exhibition, well worth the drive from... more »

HamishQLD

Nov 2018

A jewel in the heart of a lost city

The Ipswich Art gallery puts on great shows and most are at no cost. Our last visit the show/ collection was around Australia’s icon houses, but also included some of Ipswich’s Queenslanders. It was... more »