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RQAS Members Online Exhibition 2021

The Royal Queensland Art Society’s is proud to present this online exhibition, a collection of works by RQAS Members. If you would like to purchase a painting please contact the […]

Salon des Refuses – Petrie Terrace Gallery Award Winners

Congratulations to all the recipients of the Petrie Terrace Gallery Awards. Each Selector for the Salon des Refuses has chosen a work to receive this award. Click here to view […]

Salon des Refusés 2021 – Selections

Congratulations to all the artists selected in the 2021 Salon des Refusés, run in conjunction with the Brisbane Portrait Prize. Exhibition on show at Petrie Terrace Gallery from Thursday 7th […]

Winners – Art of Imagination

Congratulations to the winners from the Art of Imagination. Judged by Patrick Jones. Fellow Recognition Award judged by Greg de Silva. First Prize Undiscovered by Scott Breton Oil on Panel […]

Winners – 131st Members Annual 2021

The Royal Queensland Art Society would like to congratulate the winners of the 131st Members Annual, judged by Roger Clarke and Karl de Waal. Exhibition continues in Petrie Terrace Gallery […]

People’s Choice Winner Light and Dark

Congratulations to the winner of the People’s Choice award in the RQAS recent Light and Dark exhibition. This beautiful artwork was also sold during the exhibition. PEOPLES CHOICE: Winner There […]

Winners – Harold & Agnes Richardson Drawing Prize 2021

The Royal Queensland Art Society would like to congratulate the winners of the 2021 Harold & Agnes Richardson Drawing prize. Judged by Bill Platz. This prize celebrates the practice of […]

Winners – Different Dimensions 2021

The Royal Queensland Art Society would like to congratulate the winners of the 2021 Different Dimensions sculpture Exhibition, judged by Rhyl Hinwood. First Prize Sanctuary by Bill Gale Wood, Epoxy […]

Winners – Abstraction 2021

The Royal Queensland Art Society would like to congratulate the winners of the 2021 Abstraction Exhibition, judged by Cees Sleidrecht. First Prize You should Come Down And See This by […]


We are excited to announce the following exhibitions currently planned at the Petrie Terrace Gallery for 2021 and beyond. Click on the links below to view more exhibition information, the […]

The Gift of Art 2020

The Royal Queensland Art Society’s Christmas Exhibition, ‘The Gift of Art’ is on show now at Petrie Terrace Gallery until 17th December or online below. Come visit us and find […]


Unfortunately Petrie Terrace Gallery will be closed this Sunday, 13th December due to severe storm warnings predicted for South East Qld this weekend. We apologise for any inconvenience …stay safe…stay […]

Salon des Refuses – Winners 2020

The Royal Queensland Art Society is delighted to announce the recipients of the Petrie Terrace Gallery Awards for the Salon des Refusés from the Brisbane Portrait Prize Each of the three Selectors […]

Young Artist Award 2020 Finalists

The Royal Queensland Art Society would like to congratulate the finalists of the Young Artist Award 2020. The exhibition is on show in the Petrie Terrace Gallery until Sunday 4th […]

The Finalists of the Salon des Refuses 2020

Petrie Terrace Gallery is delighted to present the finalists in this years Salon de Refusés which run in conjunction with the Brisbane Portrait Prize. This exhibition will run from Friday […]

Winners – Biennial 2020

Announcing the Prize Winners for the RQAS Biennial Exhibitions 2020 – Queensland Figurative and Young Artist Award. Congratulations to all artists who entered these Exhibitions and a very special mention to those who were […]

Queensland Figurative 2020 Finalists

The Royal Queensland Art Society would like to congratulate the finalists of the Queensland Figurative 2020 on their selection. The panel endeavoured to assemble a strong collection of artworks from a very competitive field […]

Winners – Abstraction 2020

Untitled I (Deliberate Pictures Series) by Natalie Lavelle $2800 Acrylic and Thread on Canvas 105cm JUDGES COMMENTS: Above all other works in the exhibition, this painting connects directly with the […]

Elements 2020 Online

The Royal Queensland Art Society invites you to enjoy our Elements Exhibition. Artists were asked to respond to the title theme ‘Elements’. This exhibition features works in a variety of […]

Winners – Members Annual 2020

Best Artwork Still Life #368 by Laura Phillips Oil Painting $2000 101x91cm JUDGES COMMENTS: This is a successful elaboration of a simple yet engaging idea: an arrangement of rectangles as […]

Members Annual 2020

The Royal Queensland Art Society is pleased to present the 2020 Members Annual Exhibition. This exhibition features works in a variety of styles and media. View in person at the […]

Abstraction 2020

Welcome to Abstraction 2020: This year we are running this exhibition online and in the Petrie Terrace Gallery from Friday June the 12th when the Gallery will re-open. Abstraction was […]

What is Abstract Art?

All art forms and processes involve abstraction of some kind, even when the aim is representation of recognisable forms. But in modern parlance, abstract art is that which uses the [...]

Online Exhibition

  RQAS is proud to present our first online exhibition, created to allow our Artists a chance to exhibit their artworks created in isolation.     Artists To find out […]

Remembering Ruby Eaves (1943-2019)

There are very few people who make a noticeable mark on the art world, but Ruby Eaves was one of the very dedicated and talented few, who did just that. […]

En Plein Air Exhibition 2019

Chris Huber, Sultry Mood and Jacaranda, 1990, oil, 99cm x 70cm $1990 Tony Walker, At Double Island Point, Watercolour, 76 x 57cm, $900 The world around us serves as one […]

Drawing: the fortifying element in any artist’s work

The importance of drawing lies in the fact that it embodies a genuine and independent way of thinking. It is the most fundamental and direct of the visual arts in […]

Tom Petrie’s Diaries and other Gems

Throw back Thursday! You might all enjoy some little historical tip-bits that John Kane shared in his opening speech, that he gave a last year at out Members Annual. I […]

Volunteer Positions Available

Volunteer Gallery Assistant Positions Available – INTAKE EVERY JAN, APRIL, JULY & OCTOBER .   The Royal Queensland Art Society, Brisbane Branch are looking for passionate, proactive people to join […]

129th Members Annual Opening Night and Awards

Graham Quirk officially opened the 129th Members Annual Exhibition Catherine Hamilton-Jones received 2nd Prize in works on canvas and board. Marg Thomas and Vashti Sita with formal proceedings. Carel Thysse [...]

Winners from Elegant Chaos: A Celebration of Still Life

Judged by Guest Artist Frances McKennariery, Her comments listed below First Place The energy of chaos is beautifully demonstrated and held in shallow space through expert use of a high key […]

Brisbane City Council supports Paint Out in Roma Street Parkland

The final event in the Brisbane Landscapes exhibition was the Paint Out in Roma Street Parkland and the closing event back at Petrie Terrace Gallery. This event was sponsored by […]

Call for Nominations for the Brisbane Branch Committee

Make a difference in your local art scene!! We are seeking expressions of interest from people who are able to attend committee meetings monthly, support the objectives of the RQAS, […]

Abstraction 2019 Winners

Officially opened by Marg Thomas Brisbane Branch President at 2pm on Saturday the 18th May 2019 Comments by Guest Artist & Judge Leigh Camilleri Winner #5 Helen Creed for ‘Summer Haze’ […]

Happy Easter!

The year is rolling on by, it’s Easter already! The RQAS wishes everyone a very Happy Easter with lots of yummy treats and family time. Please note that Petrie Terrace […]

Brisbane: Landscapes, Landmarks and Personalities

Our Brisbane Landscapes, Landmarks, and Personalities exhibition and competition opened to a packed house at Petrie Terrace Gallery last Saturday 6th April. Now in its second year, the BLLP is […]

Women’s Work: Celebrating the Female Contribution To The Arts

This year to celebrate the RQAS’s legacy of strong female artists we are holding our augural Women’s Work Exhibition and fundraiser! Dates: 27thFebruary till 17thMarch 2019   Gala Opening Event:  […]

The Royal Queensland Art Society “Fellows” – a potted history

The history of the Royal Queensland Art Society “Fellows” began in the late 1960’s when grading of membership was discussed by council, however it was put on the continual backburner […]

Final Member’s Exhibition and Holiday Closing Times

Christmas time is here and at Petrie Terrace Gallery we have the perfect picture, print or painting for you. Come by the gallery until Friday 14th December to see our […]

The River City Shares It’s Secrets

Opening event: Wednesday 21st November 7pm Exhibition Dates: 20th November till 2nd Dec Petrie Terrace Gallery is thrilled to be hosting “Brisbane Secrets” a solo exhibition of paintings and drawings […]

“Honouring Tradition” Kay Kane’s Solo Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: 7th – 17th November 2018 Opening event: Thursday 8th November 7pm for a 7:30 start. Floor Talk: Saturday 10th November 2pm. Celebrated Australian Artist Kay Kane mounted her […]

The Young Artist Award 2018

The Young Artist Award 2018 opened to a receptive crowd at our own Petrie Terrace Gallery last Wednesday 17th October. The award was officially opened by CEO of Artisan Claire […]

The Harold and Agnes Richardson Drawing Prize 2018

The Harold and Agnes Richardson Drawing Prize 2018 opened on Wednesday 26th September to a receptive crowd of artists and art lovers alike at our own Petrie Terrace Gallery. This […]

RQAS Biennial 2018

The RQAS Biennial opened with a splash at our own Petrie Terrace Gallery last Wednesday 5th September. With over 150 people in attendance for the gala opening and awards night […]

The Queensland Figurative 2018

The Queensland Figurative opened last Wednesday night to a packed house of over 150 patrons. Now in its third year, this unique and prestigious prize celebrates the wealth of artistic […]

The Modernism Awards Night

Exhibition dates: 7th August till 31st August   Our first ever Modernism exhibition opened last Wednesday evening to a packed house at our own Petrie Terrace Gallery. This open exhibition […]

Modernism: Fast not Fleeting

Image: “Adelaide Nightscape” By Mike White to be featured in the RQAS Modernism Exhibition Opening on Wednesday 8th August 7pm.   We often say now that life moves fast, our […]

“Cutting Both Sides of The Line”

Pictured: Wayne Singleton works in his studio. Exhibition Dates: 17th July til 29th July Official Opening: Sunday 22nd July 12pm – 4pm Artist Demonstration and Q and A: Saturday 28th […]

The 128th Members Annual

  Exhibition dates: 26th June til 13th July 2018 Now in its 128th year the RQAS Members Annual is our longest running exhibition, this year’s show comprises of one hundred […]

The Verlie Just Collection

  Exhibition dates: 14th – 23rd June 2018 Please email for a copy of the catalogue or follow this link to a facebook page with the catalogue. Opening hours:  […]

Brisbane: Landmarks, Landscapes and Personalities

From Noosa to Brisbane and down to the border and back what does south-east Queensland mean to you? That is the question our artists asked themselves for this exhibition. RQAS […]

Chiaroscuro : Beauty in Contrast

Chiaroscuro: Beauty in Contrast This RQAS sponsored Exhibition and Fundraiser opened last Wednesday 14th March showing a collection of contemporary Queensland artists who have engaged with the contrast of light and […]

Abstract Exhibition 2018

The RQAS Abstract Exhibition opened last night with over 40 artists exhibiting over 70 works, we have been overwhelmed by the talent and variations with which the artists responded to […]

Christmas Art Markets

This December 10th Petrie Terrace Gallery and Aspire Gallery have joined forces to bring you the best artist and artisan markets for Christmas, pop by the two locations to pick […]

RQAS 2017 Watercolour Exhibition

Top image: Judges Natasha Hodgson & Di Taylor congratulate 1st Prize winner Jacki Archibald, photo by Joanne Heath. Bottom image: Maria Field opens The RQAS 2017 Watercolour Exhibition Photo by Joanne […]

RQAS 127th Member’s Annual Exhibition 2017

Judged by Scott Maxwell Section 1 Works on Canvas and Board First Prize ROBIN FINLAY “Bunty” oil on board What a wonderful use of colour! It gels well. The gold […]

Prize Winners for the Agnes and Harold Richardson Drawing Award.

1st Prize – Scott Breton – An Echo of Space# 2 2nd Prize – Mark Feiler – Reclining Girl (Mara) # 11 3rd Prize – Frances McKennariey – Study of […]

Winners from Diversity in Print Exhibition

Highly Commended for Etching Kay Watnabe’s etching ” Thrust” This etching contains an effortless motion, it reminds me of how music can move through opposing directions in it’s own sonic […]

The Agnes & Harold Richardson Memorial Drawing Prize-A Brief History

The Harold Richardson Drawing Award was instigated in 1984 by the Royal Queensland Art Society, shortly after his Passing. Richardson himself wasn’t an artist, but had a passion for the […]

Royal Queensland Art Society Biennial at Petrie Terrace Gallery

A New Initiative from the Royal Queensland Art Society RQAS Biennial comprises three feature competitions: RQAS Members Annual Exhibition (from 16th August) is a long-standing event on the RQAS calendar […]

State President’s Report

by Sue Gleeson, President RQAS Inc At the recent RQAS Inc AGM, I was delighted to welcome Marion and Philip Ham as Honorary Members.  Philip has been coming to RQAS for […]

Members Donate Prize to New Watercolour Exhibition

3 Long standing RQAS members of the Brisbane Branch have donated the Prizes to this months Watercolour show, Ruby Eaves, Glen Gillard and Gallery Director Peter Hubbard. The Official opening […]


This was a marvellous opportunity for RQAS members as we have deep connections with artists who have their portrait painting exhibited in the Supreme Court. There was a good role […]

Winners of the 125th RQAS Annual exhibition

RQAS ANNUAL MEMBERS SHOW 2015 JUDGE: Dr Rhyl Hinwood AM SECTION 1 PAINTING (ACRYLIC AND OIL) 1st PRIZE: (103) “ELEPHANT ROCK” OIL David Ladley Excellent draughtsmanship and representation of a […]

Open Day & Art Market-July 2015

As part of the RQAS Annual members Exhibition, The Petrie Terrace Gallery will be open on Sunday 26 July, from 8:30am to 2:00pm, for our bi-annual Art Market. There will […]

Royal Queensland Art Society “Fellows” − a potted history

The history of the Royal Queensland Art Society “Fellows” began in the late 1960s when grading of membership was discussed by council, although it was put on the continual backburner […]

125th RQAS Annual Exhibition and Artist Entry Form

Governor of Queensland opens The 125th Annual Art Prize RQAS Exhibition Opening Wednesday 15th July, 7 for 7.30pm. Longest standing Queensland Art Society Royal Queensland Art Society (RQAS) at Petrie […]

Diversity in Print 2015

First Prize # 21 “Seed” Relief etching by David Nixon Congratulations on a beautifully resolved work of great visual clarity. This simple and timeless subject – the seed – has […]

Peoples choice from the RQAS members show Nature Morte

Our Peoples Choice prize produced 3 winners on Sunday 15th February 2015! Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations to Nick Leavey for his painting Nature Morte, Brian Deagon for […]

Life Drawing Times these Holidays

Hi Life Drawers! An update on the Life Drawing Sessions times: Tuesdays 4 to 6pm sessions will be on 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd December, then restarting on the 20th […]

Winners of the Queensland Figurative 2014

The Judges Comments -from Wendy Sharpe It was an honour to be asked to judge the inaugural Queensland Figurative Art Prize. It was wonderful to see such a range of […]

Finalists for the Queensland Figurative 2014

Congratulations!! to all all our Finalists for the Queensland Figurative 2014 Pauline Adair Embrace Pauline Adair Play of Light Hadieh Afshani Sibou Chase Archer She looked as real as me […]

Winners from the RQAS Annual 2014

Congratulations to our Winners from Wednesday night Opening of the RQAS 124th Annual Exhibition! OPEN Section 1, 1st Prize, Don Hamilton ‘Hill Country, Tamborine Valley’ #128 Section 1, 2nd Prize, […]

Entry Date to Queensland Figurative EXTENDED by popular demand to 8th September.

Non Acquisitive Prize of $10,000 People’s Choice Prize $1,000 Terms and Conditions Email in your image and entry form for The Queensland Figurative 2014-Art Competition * clarification: entry is […]

Entry form with T&C’s for the Queensland Figurative 2014

The Entry form for the Queensland Figurative 2014 Prize in September are now available here!! If you have any questions please contact the Gallery. $10,000 non-acquisitive award open to Queensland artists […]

Exciting New Figurative Prize

Watch this space… RQAS will be hosting the Queensland Figurative Prize this year!! more details to come soon.    

Print Winners 2014

Our Diversity in Print Winners!!! The Awards were presented on Wednesday, Congratulations to… 1st Prize – David Nixon’s Conundrum 2nd Prize – Frances Luke’s Mangrove Dream Both of these works […]

Diversity in Print

Print making competition. $700 First Prize, $200 Second Prize, $100 Peoples Choice. Opening & Awards Tonight 7 for 7.30pm on Wednesday 14th May 2014 Exhibition continues until 3pm Saturday 31st […]