You can be among the first in Brisbane to get a taste of Gelato Messina as part of the Gallery of Modern Art’s birthday festival.
The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) will host an all-ages five-day festival of creative workshops, storytelling, film, talks and live music from Wednesday 18 January to Sunday 22 January.
As part of the festivities, you’ll be able to head to the GOMA Cafe Bistro on Wednesday 18 January to be one of the first in Brisbane to taste Gelato Messina.
The popular gelato shop — widely hailed as Australia’s best — will open its first permanent Brisbane store in Melbourne Street, South Brisbane, later this year, following a series of pop-ups like this one.
There’ll be four flavours on the bill — Robert Brownie Junior (milk chocolate gelato with chocolate brownie and chocolate fudge), Red Velvet (cream cheese gelato with red velvet cake), Salted Caramel and White Chocolate, and Salted Coconut Mango Sorbet.
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) director Chris Saines says the GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival will be a great opportunity for families, kids and adults alike to enjoy another rich program celebrating GOMA’s 10th anniversary.
The Summer Festival will feature tours of the Gallery with GOMA ambassadors Benjamin Law, Patience Hodgson and Alison Kubler; a free crash course in contemporary art offered daily at 2:30pm; and a ticketed evening workshop, Arts & Craft After Dark, with comedian Tim Ross and Queensland artist Sam Cranstoun at 5:30pm on Thursday 19 January.
A highlight of the GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival will be a live performance of American artist Nick Cave’s spectacular HEARD, in which 15 brightly coloured raffia horse costumes will be worn and brought to life by 30 dancers from 5pm on Sunday 22 January.
There’ll be plenty of fun for families, with kids’ tours, special performances and workshops by artists including Gordon Hookey, the Gabori sisters, Anne Wallace, Julie Blyfield, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Pip & Pop, and author Morris Gleitzman.
A free program of animated features that explore our relationship to animals and the natural world will screen daily during the festival; highlights include Irish animation Song of the Sea (2014), the award-winning Pixar film WALL-E (2008) and the Australian classic Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest.
The Up Late program will return on Friday 20 January with a free, extended session, kicking off at 3:30pm with a unique Kids’ Up Late set by Ben Ely and Family. The show will continue into the night with performances by Yucca, The Goon Sax, The Creases, Blank Realm and Regurgitator.
A second Up Late session on Saturday 21 January at 2:30pm will start with a kids’ set from The Grates; it’ll be followed by music from Emily Wurramurra, Luke Daniel Peacock, I Heart Hiroshima, Jeremy Neale, Cub Sport and a headline set by The Grates.
“The GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival celebrates GOMA’s 10th birthday and is a superb complement to the experience of more than 300 artworks currently on display in exhibitions A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift; Lucent; and Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything,” Mr Saines says.
Festivalgoers can visit the Yering Station Wine Bar in the GOMA Lounge from midday throughout the festival. A pop-up outdoor dining space at GOMA’s Bodhi Tree Terrace, and the GOMA Cafe Bistro, will be open every day, with extended opening times during the Summer Festival Up Late.
For more information and a full list of free programs and events, visit qagoma.qld.gov.au.