Queensland College of Art

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Name: Queensland College of Art

Group: Peformance, Visual Art, and Music

Type: Institutional Location

Years at Location: 1898-1974

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In 1879, Joseph Augustine Clarke enlisted the School of Arts President to lobby the Queensland Colonial Government to offer formal drawing classes. In 1881, Clarke began conducting drawing classes from the Brisbane School of Arts. When Clarke died in 1890, the position of Art Master was awarded to Godfrey Rivers, a graduate of the Slade School in London. In 1898, the Technical School of Visual Art was incorporated into the newly established Brisbane Central Technical College, creating its biggest department. By 1916, the Central Technical College had the dual role of training students in applied art and teachers in art subjects, particularly drawing.

Impact on Brisbane Society

Further research is underway.


Morrell, Timothy; Cooke, Glenn R. Colonial to Contemporary: Queensland College of Art 125 Years, Griffith Artworks, Brisbane Qld, 2006.

Image Citations

Richards, Mick. (n.d.). Ray Bettie and Bob Mercer at Queensland College of Art, Seven Hills, 1993, Collection reference: 31520 Mick Richards portrait photographs of Queensland artists. State Library of Queensland

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