Q: When is the Gallery open?
A: We’re open daily from 10am – 5pm including weekends. We are closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day inclusive and are also closed for Good Friday. We are open public holidays, including from midday on ANZAC Day. The Gallery does close periodically to install major exhibitions.
Please note that during periods of high visitation, entry to the Gallery will be restricted. Once an exhibition has reached capacity, visitors are asked to queue and will be allowed to enter once existing patrons leave.
Any changes to our opening hours will be advertised on our website, Gallery e-Newsletters, Facebook or Instagram. You can also contact the Gallery on 07 3810 7222 or [email protected].
Q: What does it cost to visit the Gallery?
A: Admission is free unless stated otherwise. Major exhibitions may attract an entry fee, purchased either online or at the Gallery Information Desk upon arrival. The Gallery happily accepts Companion Cards upon purchase of tickets when required.
Q: Where can I park?
A: There are several parking options in the city. ‘Pay and Display’ parking meters can be found on Brisbane, Limestone and Nicholas Streets. You will need to pay for street parking on weekdays and Saturday mornings. You can also park in the Ipswich City Square car park which is accessible from Bremer Street. Charges apply for more than 3 hours on weekdays. If you are coming from out of town, you will find us with the help of these directions. Contact the Gallery if you have further questions.
Q: Can I bring food and drink into the Gallery?
A: Food and drinks are not allowed in the Gallery, however bottles of water are permitted. Cloaking is available for food and drink items while you explore our exhibitions. A water bubbler and grassy area is situated in d’Arcy Doyle Place if you wish to bring a picnic lunch.
Q: Do I need to cloak my bag?
A: For the safety of artworks, exhibits and other patrons, ALL bags, backpacks, food, umbrellas and bulky items larger than an A4 page MUST be cloaked at the Information Desk on entry. Small handbags are fine to carry through the Gallery. Please be aware that during peak periods cloaking facilities are limited and we advise leaving large items at home or in the car if possible.
Q: Is the Gallery pram and wheelchair accessible?
A: All public areas of the Gallery are wheelchair and pram accessible. There is lift access to upper and lower levels of the Gallery. Prams and strollers are permitted inside the Gallery spaces, however cloaking is available and recommended during busy periods. A basic parents’ room with baby changing facilities is also provided on the lower level.
Q: Can I leave my child at an activity or exhibit unattended?
A: No. Children require active supervision from a parent or trusted carer at all times. Please stay together for everyone’s enjoyment and safety.
Q: Is it OK to take photos or film in the Gallery?
A: Yes photography (no flash) is permitted in most circumstances. Please read our Message for Photographers for further information. If you have any photography or filming questions we recommend you speak with one of our Gallery staff upon arrival so you know what’s allowed.
Q: Are tours available?
A: Tours are not run at the Gallery. If you have a large group please contact the Gallery prior to your arrival so we can best accommodate you. If you are an educational group please see our Education Page for further information.
Q: Is there anywhere close by where I can get a coffee and something to eat?
A: There are plenty of fantastic cafes within walking distance of the Gallery. Find information on places to eat here. Please remember that on weekends many of the cafes in the central business district are closed by mid-afternoon.
Q: Can the Gallery value, frame or restore my artwork?
A: Unfortunately the Gallery does not provide valuation, framing or restoration services. Contact the Gallery for details of people who may be able to assist. Please don’t bring any artworks into the Gallery as we can’t assist with on-the-spot valuations.
Q: Can I sell or donate an item or artwork to the Gallery?
A: Request an Acquisition Proposal form at the Gallery Information Desk or access a copy online for the Gallery’s consideration.  Your completed proposal will be reviewed and you will be contacted.
Q: How can I keep up to date with what’s happening in the Ipswich arts community?
A: Join our eNewsletter or follow the Ipswich Art Gallery Facebook page to keep up to date with the Gallery’s exhibitions and events. If you are a local artist you could also consider joining the Ipswich Artist Register or follow the Ipswich Community Gallery’s Facebook page.
Q: Can I exhibit my work at the Gallery?
A: The Gallery’s exhibition program is planned several years in advance and there is strong competition for exhibition opportunities. Proposals are accepted and appraised on merit in regards to the aims of the exhibition policy, budgetary constraints and audience development objectives. Download an Exhibition Proposal form here. The Ipswich Community Gallery, located in an adjacent building also in d’Arcy Doyle Place is a Council-owned venue available to hire for use by local artists, and other individuals or groups with exhibitions of interest or relevance to the community. Find out more on the Ipswich Community Gallery page.
Q: Does the Gallery have a gift shop?
A: From toys that spark your child’s creativity to gifts you’ll want to keep for yourself, the Gallery Shop features an exciting range of quality products for all ages. You’ll also find the Gallery’s own publications, a varied range of art books, as well as postcards, greeting cards and prints featuring Ipswich Art Gallery collection artworks. The Gallery Shop is open daily from 10am until 5pm and is located near the Information Desk.
Q: Can I hire the Gallery for an event?
A: Unfortunately the Gallery isn’t available to hire for private functions. If you would like to discuss using the building as a backdrop for photography or filming, please contact the Gallery prior to discuss.