Event Urszula Szulakowska and the Brisbane Art Scene in the 1980s

Urszula Szulakowska and the Brisbane Art Scene in the 1980s

Panel Discussion

25 May 2024

Last year, art historian Urszula Szulakowska passed away. A key figure in the Meanjin/Brisbane art scene of the 1980s, she was an influential teacher, critic, curator, and mentor. Beloved local arts magazine Eyeline was named after her very own eyeliner.

Back then, Meanjin/Brisbane was a different place, still under the thumb of police-state premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen. It was culturally isolated, with little of the arts infrastructure we now take for granted. Along with two other key British-born, Brisbane-based academics—Graham Coulter-Smith and Nicholas Zurbrugg—Szulakowska was a catalyst for change.

Join friends Michele HelmrichJeanelle Hurst, Luke Roberts, and Nancy Underhill as they discuss Szulakowska’s influence and impact on the scene.


We are committed to making the IMA accessible to people of all abilities, their families, and carers, as well as visitors of different ages and different backgrounds.

The gallery entrance is on the ground floor of the Judith Wright Arts Centre, on Berwick Street. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities also located on the ground floor, and we welcome guide and support dogs.

If you plan to attend this event and have specific support needs we can accommodate, please contact engagement@ima.org.au, call (07) 3252 5750, or ask our friendly staff on-site. Read our access information for visitors here.

Urszula Szulakowska, courtesy ARI Remix Living Archives and Social Memory Project.

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