A strong community focus takes art to new places in Brisbane

Ten months into her role as Director of Museum of Brisbane, Zoe Graham is driving an innovative program that places local artists and artworks front and centre.
Old time black and white image of four men lying in the forest, one has a pipe, another has leaves around his hat. Museum of Brisbane.

Museum of Brisbane (MoB), Director Zoe Graham recently launched the 2024 program, her first for the organisation. In addition to two major exhibitions opening in August and November respectively, this year’s diverse and multifaceted range of activities has a distinct outward-looking focus. It includes many off-site experiences, a number of which have been created through exciting new partnerships and collaborations.

Many major projects and exhibitions were already well into the planning stages for 2024 and beyond when Graham joined MoB some 10 months ago. ‘My role is not so much about changing direction but about building on the critical areas of our program we want to keep, but maybe push in a different direction,’ she tells ArtsHub.

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Suzannah Conway is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She is a freelance arts writer and has been writing reviews and articles for over 20 years, regularly reviewing classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals. Most recently she was Arts Hub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer.