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Gordon Hookey. Photo: Joe Ruckli. 

Artist in Residence: Gordon Hookey

Explore a visual cacophony of place and events as Gordon Hookey transports his poster collection to MoB.

“The poster collection – over 40 years – started in 1983 when I was a student at The University of Queensland. Unbeknownst to me, I collected a lot. It is only recently that I noticed the expanse of my collection. And all it is, is a representation that there is witness to my life.”  – Gordon Hookey

Spanning four decades of collecting, Gordon has recreated an installation of posters from his Yeronga studio in the Museum. With subject matter ranging from protest and social justice to global and local iconography, this collection of posters has acted as a source of inspiration for some of Gordon’s most recognised works.

We invite you to take front seat as Gordon transports his collection to the Adelaide Street Pavillion when he joins us as Artist in Residence from November 2022.

Come take a walk through 40 years of inspiration and perhaps have a yarn with Gordon while he is working in the Museum, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

MoB’s Artist in Residence program is supported by Tim Fairfax AC.

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About Gordon Hookey

Gordon Hookey is a Waanyi artist born in Cloncurry, Western Queensland, currently based in Brisbane. Known for his large-scale paintings and protest banners, his work offers a biting satire of Australian culture and politics. Distinctive in its vibrancy, Gordon’s work often combines figurative characters with iconic symbols and bold sections of text. Through his idiosyncratic visual language, Gordon explicitly attacks established hierarchies, while working to strengthen the position of those who have been marginalised. Gordon’s work is held in major collections across Australia, and he remains a proud member of Queensland’s leading Indigenous arts collective, proppaNOW.

Gordon’s touring exhibition A MURRIALITY, a three decade survey is touring Australia throughout 2023-24.

Find out more about Gordon’s residency by reading our Q&A with him.


Gordon Hookey at Museum of Brisbane 2022. Photo: Joe Ruckli.