collecting objects - Queensland Art Gallery

collecting objects - Queensland Art Gallery

collecting objects

Art works are the objects that are collected and displayed in an art gallery.

What do you collect at home?

How do you display your collection? Is it sorted into categories?

Think about the different types of art that a gallery collects.

Take a look around the Gallery and list some of the types of art that you can see

(e.g. portraits, sculpture, photographs).

Why is it important for galleries to collect and display art?

(e.g. to learn about different cultures)

objects in a gallery

Walk around this gallery space and answer these questions.

Exhibitions often tell a story or illustrate an idea through the objects that are included.

Does this exhibition — or this part of the Gallery — have its own name?

If so, what does the name say about the objects here?

Is there a sign at the entrance?

What clues does the sign give you about the exhibition?

objects focus

Choose one object that interests you and try to answer these questions about:

Why did you choose this object? Have you seen something like it before? Where?

my descriptions

List as many words as you can to describe your object.

This may include colours, shapes and sizes.


Curators choose objects for display in a gallery.

Together the objects tell a particular story.

What story can you see?

Why do you think the curator chose these objects?

What is similar about the objects? Think about theme, medium, size and colour.

What questions would you ask the curator about your object?


Curators also write labels to provide audiences with more information.

Read the label next to your chosen object and record these details:

Artist name:

Art work title:

Year created:

Materials used:

What did you learn from the label that you wouldn’t have known just by looking

at the object?

Cover illustration inspired by: Scott Redford and Michael Littler My beautiful pink polar bears 2005 / Gift of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts

through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2009. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program / Godfrey R Rivers Under the Jacaranda 1903 /

Purchased 1903 / Sofia Tekela-Smith Untitled (from ‘Lovely hula hands’ series) 2002 / Purchased 2002 / Craig Koomeeta, Wik-Alkan people Dingo 2002 / Purchased 2002.

Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant / Patricia Piccinini The stags 2008 / Fibreglass, auto paint, leather, steel, plastic, tyres / 224cm x 167cm x 196cm / Purchased 2009

with funds from the Estate of Lawrence F King in memory of the late Mr and Mrs SW King through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation and the Queensland Government’s

Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund / Original Photograph: Graham Boring / Gwyn Hanssen Pigott Drift 2005 / Purchased 2005. The Queensland Government’s Gallery

of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund / Ah Xian Metaphysica: Red Fish 2007 / Purchased 2009 with funds from Tim Fairfax, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation.

This educational resource was developed by the Gallery’s Access, Education and Regional Services department, 2011. © Queensland Art Gallery

Text: Melina Mallos and Caitlin Pijpers | Design: Alisha van Kimmenade


Try this: Turn away from your object and draw it from memory.

Then turn back and fill in the details you forgot.

Artist’s name:

Art work title:


Introduction (didactic) panels are sometimes included at the start of an

exhibition space. They provide a summary of the main ideas or themes.

Write your own introduction (didactic) panel to explain what the exhibition was about.

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