In many ways, what we see on stage is the tip of the iceberg, a fleeting moment that is the culmination of vast preparation, not only by performers, but by networks of writers, composers, directors, designers and costumiers, scenery builders, make-up artists, technicians, theatre managers, photographers and producers.
QPAC Collections began gathering the material evidence of those fleeting moments – the tangible stuff of live performance in Queensland - from the time the Centre opened in 1985. The collection now consists of over 80,000 items including costumes, photographs, set designs, costume designs and drawings, scripts, programs, posters, clippings, artefacts and ephemera.
We collect from across Queensland. Amateur and professional, big or small, established or emerging, our intention is to build a collection that paints a dynamic picture of live performance in Queensland in the broadest possible sense. Significance is not just about fame. Much of what the collection holds documents our extraordinary level of community participation in the arts, both as performers and audiences, as well as our changing social attitudes and tastes.
What's in an Object?
This novel and thought-provoking exhibition put the spotlight on seven performing arts heritage objects usually stored away in QPAC's museum collection.
Get caught in a Web of Love
Inspired by two love stories, Web of Love featured ten paintings that visualised Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Liang Shanbo and Zhou Yingtai.
In the Company of Actors
An exhibition that celebrated the life and work of exceptional Queensland theatre maker Bryan Nason AM.
Bass Viol donated to QPAC Museum
A handmade string instrument and bow are the latest additions to the QPAC Museum Collection.
Ask a Curator Day
QPAC Exhibition Manager Maria Cleary answers your questions on Ask a Curator Day.
Jarjums Life Museum
Jarjums Life Museum is a museum made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Jarjums.
Behind the Scenes at the QPAC Museum
The QPAC Museum Collections Store houses more than 70,000 items that all form part of the story of Queensland’s performing arts history.