Museum of Brisbane 2024 Program

Museum of Brisbane

New mediums, fresh collabs and novel ideas shape inventive views of Brisbane

Brisbane is the forever muse for Museum of Brisbane’s 2024 Program.

From behind-the-scenes studio tours to interactive AI experiments, the newly launched Museum of Brisbane (MoB) 2024 Program takes art to new places in our always-evolving city where classic artforms meet cutting-edge technology in bold, original and imaginative ways.

The 2024 Program of exhibitions, local artists-in-residence, inspired collaborations and even offsite experiences are expertly curated to share the diverse perspectives and layered stories of our city.

One of the innovative new experiences will break down the Museum’s walls and transport the public to the heart of the creative process on Artist’s Studio Bus Tours. Kicking off in July, these offsite tours will visit a number of Rearranged: Art of the Flower exhibition artists in their studios and offer a peak behind the scenes of renowned gallerist Jan Murphy.

New collaborations will also colour outside the gallery lines in partnerships with the likes of Brisbane queer arts and culture festival MELT Open presented by Brisbane Powerhouse later in the year and Troy Innocent, an AI experiment and display with the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), also in the works.

The popular MoB Artist in Residence program returns in 2024 with a fresh crop of established and emerging local creatives, thanks to the ongoing generous support of Tim Fairfax AC.

Design-led theatre company Dead Puppet Society will resume its residency in May, gathering crowd-sourced recollections for an intricate and interactive ‘emotional map’ as part of the Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane exhibition.

In partnership with Brisbane Festival and inspired by bestselling local author and journalist Trent Dalton’s Love Stories, audiences can share tales of love and loss in MoB’s pop-up Write your heart out experience in September.

Turning the lens on Brisbane, the New Light: Photography Now + Then exhibition, opening in August, highlights the spectrum of contemporary image making, inspired by the Alfred Elliott Collection, and juxtaposed with fresh takes from exciting local image-makers including Carl Warner, Joachim Froesse, Joanne Driessen and many more.

The final major exhibition, Precious, opens in November 2024 celebrating the complex and rich narratives of some of the most inspired public and private collections across the city. 

Hundreds of much coveted objects from more than 20 diverse and distinct collections will be on view ranging from textiles, ceramics and artisan-made dolls to vintage marine items, and pharmaceutical paraphernalia. Precious will also offer audiences the chance to get up close with artefacts from the City of Brisbane Collection alongside accessories and design objects from the Museum’s Easton Pearson Archive. 

At the recent 2024 Program launch, Museum of Brisbane CEO/Director Zoe Graham unveiled a glimpse of the program, which will be complemented by creative workshops, artist talks, hands-on crafty parties and NAIDOC Week celebrations, to name a few, with key supporters and friends of the Museum.

“As we embark on another year of dynamic exhibitions and programs at Museum of Brisbane, I am excited by the possibilities for our audiences and the many artists and creatives we collaborate with,” Ms Graham said.

“This year promises a renewed commitment to welcoming visitors of all ages and interests to the Museum, particularly our local audiences who we hope will be inspired and moved by the stories and perspectives of Brisbane presented through our 2024 program.”

“We are particularly thrilled to partner with creative colleagues, including Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane Festival, Dead Puppet Society and International Symposium of Electronic Art this year, who share our vision of a vibrant and connected city.”

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said this year’s program will feature collections that reflect Brisbane’s community of artists and art lovers alike.

“The Museum of Brisbane’s 2024 Program will celebrate Brisbane’s vibrant culture of creatives and artists, who draw inspiration from the natural beauty, urban landscapes and diversity of our city,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Audiences can expect a range of new experiences that connect the community with local creatives through the artist studio tours and interactive exhibits.”

“The year-round program of free exhibitions and ticketed events at Museum of Brisbane provides something for visitors of all ages and interests to enjoy.”


Image: Child’s dress, Collection of The Embroiderers’ Guild, Queensland Inc.