Museum of Brisbane

Harvest to Hearth

  • 21 July - 29 October 2017
  • Exhibition now closed

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.

Our Collection: Harvest to Hearth


Food and the domestic environment have long been a source of inspiration for local artists from still life to detailed interior scenes. Our Collection: Harvest to Hearth is a selection of artworks from the Museum of Brisbane Collection that celebrate the domestic origins of Brisbane’s food culture. The featured artists have been inspired by the production of food and its full lifecycle including growing, harvesting, preparing and cooking.

Artists featured include William Robinson, Marian Drew and Donna Marcus, alongside design works from Albion Pottery, Bristol Pottery and Easton Pearson.

Our Collection: Harvest to Hearth is the first Museum of Brisbane exhibition to feature pieces from our newly acquired Easton Pearson Archive.

Scenes of our city: 3 March - 16 July 2017

Architecture embraces natural, indigenous and cultural heritage to make a significant contribution to the urban life and development of contemporary Brisbane. This landscape has in turn provided an enduring source of stimulus for local and visiting artists.

Scenes of our city, includes a selection of works from the Museum of Brisbane Collection and Gadens Brisbane Collection.

It presents urban scenes inspired by Brisbane’s architectural history by 21 artists including Vida Lahey, Noel McKenna and Margaret Olley. These artists have observed the life of the city with fascination and inadvertently captured its physical changes.

This selection of artworks reveals the emergence of Brisbane as a confident new world city and honours the buildings and settings that have shaped it.

Special thanks to Cameron Bruhn, Editorial Director, Architecture Media for his contribution to Scenes of our city through the insightful narratives which accompany the artwork throughout the exhibition.

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