An art lover’s guide to the Brisbane

Brisbane attracts all types of visitors, from nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and art lovers to shopaholics, party-goers and foodies. But of all the different types of visitors we attract, art lovers seem to be increasing in number lately. This comes as no surprise of course, given that our city offers plenty for art lovers. And, here at Bridgewater Terraces, many of the guests visit the city just for its arts.

GOMA Foyer

GOMA Foyer. Credit: Kgbo

Today, I will compile a brief guide to help art lovers find the best in Brisbane. Continue reading to discover how you can explore the best of Brisbane as an art lover. You’ll find everything that you need to know right here, so make sure to read through to the end!

  1. For contemporary artwork by upcoming and established artists from all over the world, head over to the Edwina Corlette Gallery. Located in New Farm, this boutique gallery is an absolute haven for all art lovers. From photography to digital art, paintings and sculptures, you’ll be treated to spectacular artwork while you’re there.
  2. Drop by GOMA and the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) at South Bank to witness exclusive art exhibitions. Arguably the premier art galleries of Brisbane (and Queensland), these galleries are renowned for showcasing modern art. From thriving private galleries showcasing different types of artwork, these art galleries often host global exhibitions as well.
  3. Depending on your dates of travel, you can also be a part of the Brisbane Festival to witness great live art performances. Held across several locations, this festival will showcase various plays, musicals, theatrical performances and much more! This year’s festival is happening from September 9-30, so try and plan your holiday for then. And, locals have absolutely no excuse for missing out on this grand festival!
  4. For a casual experience, drop by the Burrow Art Gallery in West End. This unique art gallery and workshop space also includes a library, café and a bar. You’ll witness fantastic photography, paintings and drawings, sculptures, murals and contemporary jewellery and craft while you’re there. Local art lovers swear by this place, so you’re sure to love it too!
  5. Part of Brisbane’s thriving art scene is the Philip Bacon Gallery – one of the leading art galleries in Australia. This iconic gallery has hosted some of Australia’s biggest exhibitions since 1974. If you’re in luck, you can catch an art exhibition at this lovely gallery on your Brisbane holiday.
  6. Head over to the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm – one of our city’s most celebrated cultural hubs. This art gallery hosts more than 1,250 events and performances every year, covering arts, music, dance, film, comedy and digital arts. The gallery also hosts the Brisbane Street Arts Festival every year. Make sure to add this epic gallery to your holiday itinerary.
  7. Brisbane CBD may be known as a lively shopping destination, but it is also home to Metro Arts Brisbane. This contemporary art gallery is located in a heritage building and works as a space where artists create and collaborate as well as showcase their work. You’re sure to find some great inspiration at this wonderful art gallery.
  8. Make your way to Red Hill Gallery – one of the most esteemed commercial art galleries in our city. This landmark gallery hosts exhibitions regularly and you can also purchase great art while you’re there. From paintings to sculptures, glass and ceramic wares to wearable art, you’ll find everything at this art gallery.
  9. Mitchell Fine Arts also contributes to Brisbane’s vibrant art scene. Located in Fortitude Valley, this private art gallery showcases exciting artwork by contemporary Australian artists. The place is finely furnished with great interiors and it offers a lively experience to art lovers.


Brisbane is well-known for its vibrant and thriving art scene. If you’re an art lover visiting our city, you must visit some of our best art galleries. These include the Edwina Corlette Gallery, GOMA and QAG, Brisbane Festival, Burrow Art Gallery, Philip Bacon Gallery, Brisbane Powerhouse, Metro Arts, Red Hill Gallery and Mitchell Fine Arts.

Should you be visiting Brisbane from out of town, consider booking your Brisbane accommodation with us at Bridgewater Terraces. We’re located in Kangaroo Point, nice and close to QAG and GOMA – where else would you want to be?

So, take a look at our holiday apartments and make a booking today!

About Denis Goodman

Denis is the manager of Bridgewater Terraces and has a long history with accommodation and property management rights. He brings his knowledge and experiences into his writer to help holiday makers have a wonderful holiday.

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