Gallery closures and support as floods devastate Queensland and New South Wales


As flood waters devastate south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales, a number of galleries, museums and cultural hubs are currently closed. As flood levels peak in northern New South Wales, galleries such as Lismore Regional Gallery is inundated with water, while nearby spaces like Arts Northern Rivers and The Northern Rivers Conservatorium have been severely flooded.

Meanwhile in south-east Queensland, which received a month’s worth of rainfall in a couple of days, galleries like QAGOMA, placed along the Brisbane River, have closed. And a number of other galleries have temporarily closed doors due to the extreme weather.

Our thoughts are with those affected, especially as these recent floods compound the previous 2017 floods, the 2019 fires, and of course the pandemic. Below we have a rolling update of closures, alongside ways those in need can be supported at this time.


Queensland Arts Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Queensland Theatre

State Library of Queensland

Institute of Modern Art

Jan Manton Gallery

Metro Arts

QUT Art Museum

Griffith University Art Museum

New South Wales

Lismore Regional Gallery

Arts Northern Rivers

Spaghetti Circus

The Northern Rivers Conservatorium

Lismore City Hall (NORPA)

M-Arts (Murwillumbah)


While various fundraising plans from galleries and arts bodies are set to be announced in the coming weeks, here’s some ways you can support those affected now.

Donate to the Red Cross QLD and NSW Floods Appeal

The Queensland Government is offering one-off support assistance payments

Donate via a third-party platform like Good2Give

Support animal shelters for displaced animals through the RSPCA

And The Conversation has this very handy advice: Want to help people affected by floods? Here’s what to do – and what not to

If you live in a flood-affected area in NSW or QLD, contact the SES on 132 500 for emergency assistance. Call 000 for life threatening emergencies.

News Words by Art Guide Australia