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“How marvelous!”

Cairns Regional Gallery
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Ranked #24 of 121 things to do in Cairns
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Owner description: Housed in a landmark heritage building the Cairns Regional Gallery is the region's premier destination for exhibitions featuring historical and contemporary art by leading regional, national and international artists. The Gallery also presents exhibitions highlighting key works and themes from the permanent collection that focus on the unique cultural heritage of Far North Queensland. Throughout the year the Gallery presents a range of creative learning programs for audiences of diverse ages and backgrounds including art classes, talks and events that relate to exhibitions and the permanent collection.
Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
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“How marvelous!”
Reviewed 2 June 2013

Lovely art gallery with spectacular display rooms, a great way to spend a couple of hours on my last day of holiday.

Visited June 2013
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Melbourne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Don't miss it”
Reviewed 19 May 2013

If I read the brochures correctly, this gallery doesn't have a collection of its own but presents regularly changing exhibitions from multiple sources. What a great concept where, presumably, funds are pretty limited.
I was lucky enough to see ben Quilty's "After Afghanistan" paintings. Powerful and moving, all the more so if you know someone serving in Afghanistan. There were two other exhibitions there at the same time. One based on Feathers which was quirky, and the other .... weird, not to my taste at all. But then that's what galleries are about.
The building itself is a beautiful space.
The entry fee at $5 is a mere token.
There are some tempting pieces in the gallery shop, many very reasonably priced. If I were a local I'd be doing a lot of my gift shopping there.

Visited May 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Very Nice”
Reviewed 9 May 2013

An excellent gallery in the heart of Cairns. Fantastic exhibit while we were there and free! In the heart of town

Visited May 2013
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Magnetic Island
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“Renovations”
Reviewed 8 May 2013

The gallery is currently being renovated and the displays are limited.Quilty's Afghanistans exhibition worth a visit

Visited May 2013
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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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“Great openings, drag the kids”
Reviewed 6 May 2013

I have been to a few openings here and have dragged by kids along, and they have been so well done. It's really a top quality building and the exhibits are beautifully done. It's always great to hear from the artists and be there for the buzz of an opening night. And with kids in tow, they have really enjoyed it too (great to expose them at a young age). I can see why this is one of the top experiences for visitors and locals.

Visited January 2013
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