Scenes of our city

The Museum will showcase artworks from the Museum of Brisbane collection and City of Brisbane collection which is owned by the people of Brisbane through Brisbane City Council. Our Collection is an ongoing opportunity to display works by Brisbane artists which capture views and aspects of life in Brisbane.


Scenes of our city

Scenes of our city profiles selected works from Gadens Brisbane Collection. Gadens collection forms part of the law firm’s identity and provides a historical insight into Brisbane’s art history from 1980’s to the present.

Scenes of our city is presented as part of the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum.




Mel McRae, Carroll’s Corner 2009 oil on linen, City of Brisbane Collection, Museum of Brisbane


Story Bridge - 20 Aug 2016 - 19 Feb 2017

The inaugural presentation of Our Collection focused on the much loved Brisbane icon, the Story Bridge.

The heritage listed steel cantilever bridge spans the Brisbane River and carries thousands of vehicles between the northern and the southern suburbs of Brisbane each day – an iconic structure in both the physical and emotional landscape of Brisbane.

Story Bridge works included photographs from the 1930-40s examining the construction of the bridge, shown alongside works from the likes of Euan MacLeod, Charles Page, Ron McBurnie and Louise Forthun.

Story Bridge was inspired by a donated series of works by Brisbane based artist Carl Warner.

I will support you forever and ever is a series of 12 photographs which depict the Story Bridge in vivid detail. Warner donated this series to Museum of Brisbane through the Cultural Gifts Program.


Collection and donations


The City of Brisbane Collection is owned by the people of Brisbane through Brisbane City Council, and is cared for and managed by Museum of Brisbane.

Beginning in 1859 with the foundation of local government in Brisbane, the Collection’s holdings expanded in 1912 when a large number of works by local artist Richard Randall were donated by his father.

Since the launch of Museum of Brisbane in 2003, works by contemporary artists and a number of multimedia presentations have been commissioned as part of Museum exhibitions and added to Collection holdings, which now exceed 5000 items.


Museum of Brisbane is a participating recipient organisation of the Australian Federal Government’s Cultural Gifts Program which encourages gifts of cultural significance to public institutions, by offering donors a tax deduction for the market value of their gifts.

Gifts made under the Program are exempt from capital gains tax and the tax deduction may be spread over a period of up to five years.

If you are interested in submitting a significant piece of Brisbane’s history to the museum, please contact our Collections Manager, Kathryn King on 07 3339 0838 or

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