Institute of Modern Art

A: Ground Floor, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, 420 Brunswick St, Meeanjin/Fortitude Valley QLD

P: +61 7 3252 5750



Since 1975, the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) 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, IMA’s vision is to become an inclusive, sustainable, and future-focused organisation. Through its artistic programs, which include exhibitions, publications, offsite projects, and public programs, it invests in the local, shape the national, and impact the international.

“The IMA has been at the centre of Queensland’s contemporary art scene for over 45 years. We exist to amplify the voices of those that often go unheard, to ignite curiosity in all who come our way, and to inspire change, both within and outside of our community. It is a place where artists, thinkers, writers and arts lovers can come together to speculate, share radical ideas and experience visual art by some of Australia’s— and the world’s— leading practitioners.” —Liz Nowell, executive director of the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Since 2019, the IMA has been home to the churchie emerging art prize, showcasing the best rising talents in contemporary art and offering a $25,000 prize pool. The exhibition provides a survey of the compelling and diverse work being produced by emerging artists today.


  • Free guided tours
  • Gallery shop
  • Theatre & screening room
  • Wheelchair access
  • Workshops and classes

Featured image: Khadim Ali, Sermon on the Mount, 2020. Linen, cotton, nylon, ink, natural dye, synthetic dye, acrylic paint; painting, hand and machine embroidery. Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2021. Photo: Marc Pricop. Courtesy: the artist and the Institute of Modern Art, Fortitude Valley. 


Daniel Boyd: Rainbow Serpent (Version)

The Institute of Modern Art presents a major new commission by Daniel Boyd.

Group Exhibition: Now You’re Speakin’ My Language

The Institute of Modern Art presents a group exhibition.

Sebastian Henry-Jones Selects Churchie Finalists

Preeminent emerging art prize to show at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Countdown Begins for IMA Auction Night

Works go under the hammer for the Institute of Modern Art’s Benefit Auction.

Group Exhibition: The Churchie Emerging Art Prize 2023

The Institute of Modern Art presents the churchie emerging art prize 2023.

Group Exhibition: You’ll Know It When You Feel It

The Institute of Modern Art presents a multi-authored archive project, fifteen years in the making.

Megan Cope to be guest of honour at Institute of Modern Art gala

Quandamooka artist selected for the IMA Annual Gala and Benefit Auction.

Group Exhibition: Maluw Adhil Urngu Padanu Mamuy Moesik (Legends from the deep sitting peacefully on the waters)

The Institute of Modern Art presents a group exhibition in collaboration with the Biennale of Sydney.

Gordon Hookey: A MURRIALITY

The Institute of Modern Art presents work by Gordon Hookey.

the churchie 2022 prize recipients announced

Winners announced for the churchie Emerging Art Prize, 2022.

Natalya Hughes: The Interior

Natalya Hughes: ‘The Interior’ at the Institute of Modern Art


The Institute of Modern Art Returns Home With a Performance-Filled Gala and Benefit Auction for their 7th Annual Event.

Natalya Hughes wins Michela and Adrian Fini Artist Fellowship

Brisbane-based artist awarded $20,000 Fellowship supporting women in visual art.

Australia’s oldest independent gallery vamps up for annual gala and benefit auction

Brisbane’s hot-bed for contemporary art set to celebrate 46 years of art in style.