31 May – 17 August 2014

Between 1950 and 1972, galleries run by Brian Johnstone were Brisbane’s foremost forums for contemporary Australian art; Marodian Gallery (1950–1952), and The Johnstone Gallery run with his wife Marjorie (1952–1972), represented an impressive range of Australian artists. The Johnstone Gallery was arguably Australia’s most famous commercial gallery at that time, exhibiting the works of Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, Ray Crooke, Lawrence Daws, Donald Friend, Sidney Nolan and Margaret Olley, among others. The exhibition comprises artworks shown at The Johnstone Gallery, along with scrapbooks, photographs and other gallery records drawn from The Johnstone Gallery Archive, one of the treasures of the State Library of Queensland’s Australian Library of Art collection. 

Curator: Dr Nancy Underhill 


Author: Dr Nancy Underhill
Additional author: Louise 
Title: Remembering Brian and Marjorie Johnstone’s Galleries / Dr Nancy Underhill.
ISBN: 9781742721101 (paperback)
148 pages​
Published by The University of Queensland Art Museum, 2014 
RRP: $30.00, including GST
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Live Music Performance

Sunday 10 August 11.00am - 12.00pm
The Tinalley String Quartet
In association with our exhibition Remembering Brian and Marjorie Johnstone’s Galleries, please join us for a performance by The Tinalley String Quartet, with Lerida Delbridge, Justin Williams, Michelle Wood, and Adam Chalabi at UQ Art Museum. Find out more here 


Saturday 31 May 3.15 for 3.30 pm
opened by
Dr David Dunstan
Senior Lecturer, Monash University (godson of Brian Johnstone)

Public Program

Wednesday 11 June 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Curator Tour

Please join curator Dr Nancy Underhill on a guided tour of the exhibition.
Free. All welcome.
Refreshments served after the talk.


  • Download images for news and review here
  • View UQ News story here
  • Watch 'Johnstone exhibition reminds Brisbane of artistic treasures' on ABC News here

Remembering Brian and Marjorie Johnstone’s Galleries is presented in partnership with the State Library of Queensland.


Supported by

Maurice Heiner Medical Pty Ltd
Dr Nancy Underhill

Photographer unknown
Brian and Marjorie Johnstone with Lindy, c.1960
RBHARC 7/1/4 13143, p.38, The Johnstone Gallery Archive,
Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland