is a not–for–profit art organisation run exclusively by volunteers.

Established by a small group of artists in 1962, the Society is currently based in Thornlands, Redland City (about 40 kilometres South East of Brisbane Qld Australia).

The Group's purpose is to give encouragement to practicing artists and to stoke the fires of public interest in the Arts.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Dr Irene Amos - Tribute to a creative life

Tribute to Dr Irene Amos at GoMA
Dr Irene Amos OAM (photo by Rod Buchholtz)
A tribute to Dr Irene Amos OAM will be held on
Thursday 29th March 10.00 for 10.30am
Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
Dress; Colourful

For seating arrangements , could you please advise attendance

Below is an extract from Toowoomba Regional Council's website in tribute to Irene:

Toowoomba Regional Council has joined with the region's arts community in mourning last week's sad passing of prominent artist Dr Irene Amos OAM.

Dr Amos, aged 84, died last Friday, February 10, after a short battle with cancer.

Cultural, Heritage and Facilities Services portfolio leader Cr Ros Scotney said Dr Amos would be remembered not only for her rich and valuable contribution to the art world but also her generous gestures to this community.

Dr Amos was a foundation fellow of the Royal Queensland Art Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (London).

An artist for over 50 years, she was the first Australian female to qualify for the academic award of Doctor of Creative Arts.

In 1991 she was awarded an OAM for her contribution to the arts.

Cr Scotney acknowledged the huge legacy Dr Amos leaves to Toowoomba in her roles as a teacher, mentor and patron of the arts.

"Irene taught at the McGregor Summer and Winter schools at USQ for many years, becoming a patron in 2004.

"In fact, she tutored at the Winter School every year from its inception until 2006 when she retired," Cr Scotney said.

"Her art practice and her personality informed and inspired fellow artists."

In late 1996 Dr Irene Amos OAM began negotiations with Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery to donate her private collection. Early in 1997, she presented 69 works on paper to the Gallery.

This first stage of the Gift was marked by an exhibition that aimed to reveal the inter-relationships between Irene's work and works by artist friends acquired by Amos.

Over the next three years, Dr Amos magnanimously gifted her extensive collection of artworks to the Gallery.

A second exhibition opened in April 1999 marking the second stage of the bequest. It made reference to the multiplicity of meanings which the 46 ceramic pieces donated at this time held for Amos, by again exploring relationships between the collector/artist and the works acquired and their creators.
Then in 2000 the final group of artworks made Toowoomba their home and the enormity of her gift became apparent. Titled direct/conscious/re-flection/re-connection: The Amos Collection, this was the only time the whole collection was displayed together.

The Dr Irene Amos OAM Collection: Amos Bequest - a major focus of the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery's programs - will continue her contribution into the future.

Between 2002 and 2010 Dr Amos curated an exhibition from her gift every second year.

The five exhibitions in this Patron's Choice series gave viewers further insights into the visual life of this extraordinary artist and teacher.

"It is fitting that the Gallery currently has an exhibition from the Irene Amos collection on display," Cr Scotney said.

"It is fitting also that the curator of the original bequest project, Susan Lostroh, selects some Amos favourites for this exhibition titled From Irene.

"So, while we mourn the passing of such a significant arts figure, we will also continue to celebrate her talent and lasting influence."


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  2. I have eventually worked out how to use this. For about the x6 attempt - I enjoyed my time as a student at the DDIAE, Phoenix Summer School, under Moira O'Brien in 1973 and under Dr Irene Amos in 1974 - they were inspiring teachers. Rummaging through the computer, I was looking for Dr Gertrude Langer and must have had a parallel artistic idea as I didn't know that Irene had died. R.I.P.