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Podcast: Johnstone Gallery (A night in the JOL)

By JOL Admin | 11 August 2014

The Johnstone Gallery operated in Brisbane from 1950–72, a seminal time in the development of an audience for contemporary art in Australia.

The gallery represented major Australian artists including Charles Blackman, Sidney Nolan, Donald Friend, Arthur Boyd, Ray Crooke and Margaret Olley.

Black and white photo of two women seated and a man standing in a gallery. Brian and Marjorie Johnstone with Margaret Olley at The Johnstone Gallery in the basement of the Brisbane Arcade.

Brian and Marjorie Johnstone with Margaret Olley. RBHARC-7 Johnstone Gallery Archive 1948-ca. 1992, Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland.


Gallery owners Brian and Marjorie Johnstone were well known for their friendliness, taste and fabulous exhibition openings. Marjorie bequeathed the records of the gallery to State Library of Queensland and they are among our most valuable resources on art in Queensland.

Listen to ABC Radio National journalist Ian Townsend as he leads a discussion with gallerist and former Assistant Director of the Johnstone Gallery Victor Mace, and Simon Elliott, Assistant Director Curatorial and Educational Services, National Gallery of Australia.

You can peruse the Johnstone Gallery Archives via our One Search catalogue.

A Night in the JOL: The Johnstone Gallery


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