• Tom Nicholson, 'Cartoons for Joseph Selleny', 2014, Wall drawing created through pouncing with cheesecloth full of ground charcoal, Dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane. Photograph: Christian Capurro

  • Installation view, Ross Manning, ‘Dissonant Rhythms’, Institute of Modern Art, 2017. Photography: Louis Lim. In view: Ross Manning, ‘Bricks and Blocks’, 2016.

  • 'The Commute' exhibition opening. Photo: Markus Ravik

  • First Thursdays, Eric Bridgeman. Photo: Savannah ven der Niet


About the IMA

Since 1975 the Institute of Modern Art has been the hub of Brisbane’s contemporary art scene, presenting an annual program of exhibitions, public programs, publications, and offsite programs by Queensland, Australian, and international artists.

As one of Australia’s leading independent contemporary art spaces, our vision is to become a truly inclusive, sustainable, and future focused organisation. Through our artistic programs, which include exhibitions, publications, offsite projects, and public programs, we invest in the local, shape the national, and impact the international.

The IMA is a registered charity and membership organisation supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Federal, State, and Territory Governments, and many private sponsors and donors. The IMA is a founding member of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia.


The IMA has a longstanding commitment to research and a rich history of publishing critical readers, exhibition catalogues, and artist monographs. We publish between three and five volumes a year, most of them in tandem with our exhibition program. Recent publications has been co-published with Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; The Power Institute, The University of Sydney; and Sternberg Press, Berlin.

Between 2007 and 2013, the IMA co-published the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, together with the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, Australasia’s professional organisation for art historians.

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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands where the IMA now stands. We pay our respect to Elders past, present, and emerging.