Remnants of The Demolition Show

The Demolition Show at the Observatory Gallery

The Demolition Show at the Observatory Gallery

The State Library has recently made available a fabulous collection of materials relating to an exhibition held at the "Observatory Gallery" in Brisbane. “The Demolition Show” was an exhibition curated by “John Stafford” in 1986 to mark the demise of the relatively short lived Observatory artist-run space and the area that surrounded it, in Little Roma Street. The show originally comprised of essays, political theatre, film, static installation and performance work.

The Demolition Show ~ A Documentation

The Demolition Show ~ A Documentation

The collaborative exhibition by artists associated with a vibrant artist culture flourishing in Brisbane at that time includes works that use mixed media, collage, paintings, videorecording and photography.


  • Penny Algar - Installation Artist
  • Michelle Andringa -  Performance Artist
  • Virginia Barratt -  Artist (New Media Artist), (Performance Artist), (Video Artist)
    Lindy Collins - Artist (Painter)
  • Jeanelle Hurst - Artist (Performance Artist), Artist (Painter), Artist (Video Artist),
  • Rose Mere - Artist (Video Artist)
  • Alan Owen -  Artist (Printmaker), Designer (Printmaker), Artist (Painter)
  • Wayne Smith - Also known as Jo Smith, Artist (Painter)
  • Mark Webb -  Artist
  • Jay Younger - Artist
  • The Observatory Collective (Lehan Ramsay, Anna Zsoldos, Robyn Gray and Jay Younger)
  • Peter Anderson Artist (Installation Artist), Curator
  • Bryan Law - Artist (Graphic Designer), Artist (Mixed Media Artist)

Essays by

  • Peter Anderson
  • Sarah Follent
  • Caroline Stalker


"Eclipse of Vision"

"Eclipse of Vision"

“ephemeral traces: Brisbane’s artist-run scene in the 1980s” is an exciting exhibition which includes material from the Demolition Show  and is currently showing at The University of Queensland Art Museum. Curated by Peter Anderson, the exhibition opened on the 2nd April and runs until 26th June 2016.

Anderson a past Siganto Foundation Research Fellow, studied the artist ephemera and archival materials held in State Library’s, Australian Library of Art collection, which provided a research basis for the ephemeral traces exhibition.

Click on the links to find more about the artists and the material held at the State Library.

Janette Garrad, Senior Technician, Published Content, State Library of Queensland.



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