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  • Loops and Knots: a festival of weaving across waters. Photo: Louis Lim

  • Lu Forsberg accepting the 2017 Jeremy Hynes Award. Photo: Louis Lim.

  • Mandy Quadrio, 'The Country Within', IMA Belltower. Photo: Louis Lim.

  • Photo: Louis Lim


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Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

The IMA is looking for enthusiastic people to join our Volunteer Program for 2021!

Being a volunteer at Australia’s oldest, independent, contemporary art gallery is a rewarding role and a great introduction into the contemporary art world in Australia. You will have the chance to meet the IMA Staff, exhibiting artists and Brisbane’s arts community. IMA Volunteers receive many incentives, including; regular training and tours from curators and artists, complimentary IMA publications and a letter of referral.

If you would like to apply, please email our Front of House and Touring Co-ordinator, Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer, at

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  • Assistant Director – Development and Operations

    The IMA is looking for a highly motivated Assistant Director – Development and Operations to oversee IMA general management and to drive the organisation’s self-generated revenue strategy, which includes the IMA Annual Gala, tiered philanthropic program, foundations and trusts, venue hire and IMA Gallery Shop. Working alongside the Executive Director, and with the Assistant Director – Programs and Audiences, the Assistant Director – Development and Operations will form part of the executive team which will lead the IMA’s vision, goals and strategic priorities.

    Download the position description and find out how to apply here.
    Applications are due Thursday 3 June 2021.

Open Calls and Submissions

  • the churchie emerging art prize

    Entry is open to artists of all ages and disciplines who identify as early career and are Australian citizens or residents. Finalists will be selected based on the strength of their practice as a whole and have their work exhibited at the IMA. Thanks to generous supporters, ‘the churchie’ offers a prize pool of $25,000, with the overall winner receiving a non-acquisitive $15,000 cash prize donated by long-standing sponsor, BSPN Architecture.

    Entries open 10 May–20 June 2021. Apply here.

  • Art Enquirer

    Art Enquirer is an art immersion program for grade 11 and 12 students presented with Flying Arts Alliance. Participants visit exhibitions, meet artists and curators, discuss and pick apart artworks, and begin writing a piece about an exhibition or work encountered during the program.

    Students then receive support to draft and produce an industry-quality piece of writing. The program culminates in the publication of Art Enquirer, a collection of student’s writings published by the IMA.

    Applications for Art Enquirer 2021 are now open. Register here before 28 June 2021.

  • Jeremy Hynes Award

    Since 2009, the IMA has had the honour of presenting the $10,000 prize to an experimental Queensland artist in the earlier stages of their career, made possible by a bequest made by the family of Jeremy Hynes in his name.

    The Jeremy Hynes Award is now closed for submissions.

Annual Gala

In 2015, to celebrate its 40th Anniversary, the IMA launched its first black tie Gala and Benefit Auction. Now the event has become a national leader in contemporary art fundraising, and one of Brisbane’s most glamorous winter events. Each year the IMA’s Annual Gala is held in honour of a leading Australian artist, academic, or curator for their role in shaping the Australian contemporary art landscape as well as their connection to the organisation’s past.

Honourees have included Robert MacPherson, Nancy Underhill, Tracey Moffatt, Richard Stringer, Rex Butler, Judy Watson, Richard Bell, Madonna Staunton, Jenny Watson, and Laurie Nilsen.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2021 IMA Gala and Benefit Auction. Find out more here.

  • 2018 Annual Gala and Benefit Auction honouring Richard Bell

  • 2018 Annual Gala and Benefit Auction honouring Richard Bell

  • 2018 Annual Gala and Benefit Auction honouring Richard Bell

  • 2018 Annual Gala and Benefit Auction honouring Richard Bell


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