Water at GOMA

Step into Water at GOMA this summer

Want to spend a day by the water, but do something a little different?

We’ve got just the place.

Just steps from the shores of the Brisbane River, you’ll find another riverbed to explore – right in the city’s cultural beating heart.

The Gallery of Modern Art’s newest blockbuster exhibition, Water, is packed with interactive artworks and mind-bending conversation starters. And it’s a lot of fun.

Here’s why Water at GOMA is a must-see while you’re here in Brisbane.

Get immersed in art

Water at GOMA - The Fact of Matter

Water is out to prove that art is to be experienced, and not just looked at.

Walk across a vast, rocky riverbed created by Olafur Eliasson. Yes, it’s an actual riverbed made of 100 tonnes of sand, pebbles and rocks. Feel the crunch underfoot as you step through the riverbed, and hear only the trickle of the stream that runs through it.

Traverse a cloud of suspended gymnastic rings in participatory artwork The Fact of Matter by William Forsythe. Stand among the life-size animals at Cai Guo-Qiang’s Watering Hole, where predator and prey from around the world come together to drink.

It sparks conversations

From these major immersive experiences to smaller-scale pieces, Water aims to spark conversations about the environmental and social challenges we face today.

Curator Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow hopes visitors will be inspired and energised to think differently about water and what it means to us as the resource that sustains all forms of life.

There’s plenty for the kids

Riverbed by Olafur Eliasson | Water at GOMA

Water is sure to kickstart your kids’ excitement and imagination. Especially the sight of Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s Snowman, frozen in Brisbane’s summer heat.

But budding scientists and marine biologists should venture to Below the Tideline in the Children’s Art Centre for a hands-on opportunity learn about cleaner waterways and impact of human activity on our ocean environments.

Kids can make their own piece of coral, learn all about ocean conservation, and check out some impressive Ghost Net sculptures – an indigenous project that transforms abandoned fishing nets into art to raise awareness of ocean pollution.

You can stay Up Late

Cai Guo Qiang's Heritage | Water at GOMA

Night owl? GOMA comes alive after dark on March 20 and 21 for the next installment of Up Late. Presented as a part of Curiocity Brisbane 2020, this your chance to explore Water with a side of live DJs, drinks and dining, karaoke and good times.

Water at GOMA is on until 26 April 2020. Get your tickets here.