Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery - Art Collector

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

Established in 1937, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery was the first public art gallery in regional Queensland.

The collection

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery comprises three permanent collections.

The Toowoomba City Collection focuses on 20th and 21st century Australian art. Painting, works on paper, photography, ceramics, small-scale sculpture and jewellery are all included. Since the late 1990s the Toowoomba City Collection has grown dramatically through three significant donations. The Amos Bequest comprises 144 works dating from 1963 to 1996 in a range of media. The Cay Gift includes illuminated and scientific manuscripts from the late 17th and 18th centuries, and 442 historic photographs from early British and colonial Australian portrait photography. A cultural gift from Patrick Corrigan AM comprises 318 bookplates, including bookplates by John Shirlow, George Perrottet, Lloyd Rees, Pixie O’Harris and Brett Whiteley.

The Gould Collection comprises around 350 works from the mid 1700s to the 1930s, and includes antique furniture, fine porcelain and glassware, carved ivory pieces and paintings and drawings primarily from Europe and Asia.

The Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection, also known as the Bolton Collection, comprises more than 400 works by artists including John Mather, Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and George Washington Lambert.

Art awards

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery holds two major acquisitive award exhibitions. The biennial Contemporary Wearables Jewellery Award invites prominent and emerging jewellers from Australia and New Zealand to show their work in Toowoomba and in other Australian galleries as part of a possible touring exhibition.

The Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists Award Exhibition involves emerging artists from South East Queensland. Artworks are selected for exhibition at the gallery, with select works then acquired to tour to regional schools and other venues as part of the
Crates on Wheels exhibition.


Established in 1987, The Toowoomba Gallery Society actively promotes and supports Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery. Its principal role is to operate the gallery shop. Members of the society staff the shop on a voluntary basis, with proceeds from sales directed towards gallery initiatives and acquisitions.

Visitor information

The gallery is conveniently located in the heart of the city, with free two-hour parking at the doorstep and many of Toowoomba’s best cafes just a short stroll away.

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery offers visitors the following facilities:
  • Gallery shop
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Elevator
  • Air conditioning
  • Workshop and classes
  • Venue hire
  • Guided tours

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
531 Ruthven Street
Toowoomba QLD 4350
Phone: 07 4688 6652
Fax: 07 4688 6895

Email: Web: Opening Hours: Tues to Sat 10am - 4pm | Sun 1pm - 4pm | Closed Mon & Public Hols | Free entry