Canaletto & the Art of Venice

Canaletto & the Art of Venice is a new film shot in ultra HD 4K, based on the exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. Premiering in Brisbane, the film will be in cinemas across Australia from August 2, 2018.


No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. Despite Canaletto’s close relationship with the city in which he lived and died, the world’s largest collection of his works resides not in his native Italy, but in Britain as part of the Royal Collection. In 1762, George III purchased almost the entire collection amassed by Joseph Smith, British Consul in Venice and Canaletto’s principal agent.

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN’s latest release, in cinemas across Australia from August 2nd, will grant unique access to the Royal Collection’s exceptional holdings of Canaletto's work, much of which is on display as part of the exhibition Canaletto & the Art of Venice at The Queen’s Gallery. The remarkable group of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing. The film also offers the chance to step inside two official royal residences - Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle - to learn more about the artist, and Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain. The film is directed by David Bickerstaff, and co-written by David Bickerstaff and Phil Grabsky.


From London, Canaletto & the Art of Venice will travel to the great Italian city to explore the origins of Canaletto’s art. Whilst appearing to be faithful representations of the city, Canaletto's skill came from his manipulation of reality. He moved buildings around or opened up vistas to create the perfect composition, and his paintings of Venice were highly sought after by Grand Tourists. His playful imagination extended into a new genre in which he excelled. The 'capriccio' combined real and fantasy architecture into imagined views. In this sense, Canaletto is more than a topographical artist - he is a master storyteller.

Cinema-goers will embark on their very own 21st century Grand Tour, visiting the sites enjoyed by their 18th century counterparts and immortalised in Canaletto’s views - from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Guided by Royal Collection Trust curators and the world’s leading experts in Venetian history, the film is not only a wonderful way to see the exhibition, but an opportunity to get closer to Canaletto and the city that inspired him.



Working with the world’s leading international museums and galleries, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN creates films which offer a cinematic immersion into the world’s best loved art and artists, accompanied by insights from the world's leading historians and arts critics. Since launching in 2011, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN has released 19 films which have been shown in 61 countries worldwide. It is, UK’s Guardian writes, ‘a global phenomenon’. For further information and details of screenings, visit

'Life is a Marathon': Geoff Todd at Mitchell Fine Art

The common analogy ‘Life is a Marathon’ is explored by artist Geoff Todd in his new exhibition showing at Mitchell Fine Art in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane from 25th July.

'Cul de Sac',    122 x 122cm, acrylic, charcoal and cotton gauze on canvas

'Cul de Sac', 122 x 122cm, acrylic, charcoal and cotton gauze on canvas

Culminating thirty years of artistic observation, Todd presents a series of poignant, powerful and sometimes aggressive artworks of two young female muses besieged with the contest of life. 
Each muse whilst from different backgrounds, share remarkable similarities in the successes and failures they have persevered through in their lives. Todd’s paintings centre around intimate and personal connections with his subjects, whilst exploring the broader themes of life’s challenges.
With his recognisable figurative style, Todd presents the positive with the pain. This is an exhibition about life and its struggles. It is about running the gauntlet, running to win or even just running to participate”.
Marathon explores life’s hardships, its challenges, successes, failures and ultimately our ability to endure. The exhibition is showing from 25th July – 18th August 2018 at Mitchell Fine Art in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
Join Geoff Todd for the opening of his new show on Friday 27thJuly from 6 – 8pm. This is a free event.
On Saturday 28th July at 2pm, Geoff will also hold an Artist talk in the gallery discussing his work and inspiration.


OFFICIAL OPENING: Friday 27th July from 6pm – 8pm

ARTIST TALK: Saturday 28th July from 2pm

A great weekend to view art in Brisbane

Anthea Polson Gallery has a pop-up gallery this weekend at The Woolshed, Teneriffe, in Brisbane. With the Gerhard Richter exhibition at QAGOMA, and Yayoi Kusama opening Saturday, it's a great weekend for Brisbane art viewing. There's also Tim McMonagle at Edwina Corlette Gallery, Adam Lester at Jan Murphy Gallery, and plenty more!

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Gerhard Richter,  Ella

Gerhard Richter, Ella

Anthea Polson Woolshed Pop Up Gallery

November 2 - 5, 2017

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  Peter Smets , Convenience    2017, oil on canvas, 75 x 90 cm

 Peter Smets, Convenience 2017, oil on canvas, 75 x 90 cm

Thursday 2 November / 4-7pm
Drinks + Platters

Friday 3 November / 4-8pm
Drinks + Platters

Saturday 4 November / 11-5pm
Refreshments served

  Jodie Wells , Gentle Observation - Brown Horse    2017, oil on canvas, 80 x 53 cm

 Jodie Wells, Gentle Observation - Brown Horse 2017, oil on canvas, 80 x 53 cm

  Carolyn V Watson , pluck    2017, pastel primer, ink, willow charcoal and watercolour on linen, 49 x 55 cm

 Carolyn V Watson, pluck 2017, pastel primer, ink, willow charcoal and watercolour on linen, 49 x 55 cm

Tim McMonagle | Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk


Join us this Saturday, 28 October 2017 for the exhibition opening of Tim McMonagle - Recent Paintings - And In Conversation with curator Hamish Sawyer.




And In Conversation with curator Hamish Sawyer
at 2.30pm


555 Brunswick St  New Farm  Q  4005  Australia
+61 7 3358 6555

Exhibition open October 28- November 14.

Born in New Zealand, Tim McMonagle has spent the majority of his life working and studying in Melbourne. He was named a finalist in the 2012 Archibald Prize for his portrait of art collector Michael Buxton, and has twice been amongst the Wynne Prize finalists (2015/16) for his series of tree landscapes. A veteran of over forty solo and group exhibitions, his work is held in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria, University of Queensland Art Museum, Newcastle Regional Gallery, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Macquarie Bank Art Collection and Artbank.