Creating a New Treasure House for our Old Masters

Artist Render of the Interior Cafe and Reception

Artist/Architect plan showing new Gallery and Museum expansion.

Artist rendering of the interior of the Gallery

In the Abbey Museum’s reserve collection are a number of rarely seen Old Master paintings, including a copy of Raphael’s ‘Bridgewater Madonna’, a Madonna and Child attributed to Carlo Marrata, an Adoration of the Shepherds after Gerrard Van Honthorst and a Crucifixion by Pierre-Paul Prud’hon. From 1994-2015, many major works were restored, reframed and displayed at the Queensland Art Gallery. The reserve collection also includes important late medieval icons dating from the 15th century, a rare fragment of medieval fresco from Milan Cathedral, a fine Baroque sketch by Peter Paul Rubens and a series of watercolours by the English School, including Birkett Foster and John Cotman.

Building Funds for the Art Gallery Project

Due to a lack of suitable exhibition space the Abbey Museum has not been able to display these wonderful works of art. We are committed to making them publicly accessible and improving our facilities including provision of toilets and a café to enhance the visitor experience. We have been working with our supporters to raise funds towards this significant project.

There are many demands on our limited resources and we need the publics support to complete our fundraising and successfully deliver this exciting new initiative at the Museum.

We have been extremely fortunate in securing support from the Queensland State Government towards the new gallery construction, but we need to raise additional funds to complete this project, secure the final gallery fit out and the conservation of paintings for display.

Please consider helping us by contributing to the project appeal on the link below. We thank you in advance for your support.

You can help bring this new Gallery to life! Please consider donating to this project so we can share our wonderful art collection with you and all our visitors

This project is supported by Creative Australia through Plus1



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