Union Bank Building Circa 1890 Flinders Street Townsville Photo Credit Wikipedia
Opened in 1885 as Union Bank North Queensland headquarters. Originally only one storey, the second was added in the 1930’s. The Union Bank eventually became the ANZ Bank and they remained in the building until 1980 when the Townsville City Council purchased the building.
Named the Perc Tucker Gallery after a well-known and loved Townsville politician. In 1960 Perc became the State Member for Townsville North and then in 1976 the Townsville Mayor, dying in office in 1980.
Opened in September 1981 has a permanent collection themed The Tropics comprising 2000+ items. The emphasis is on Contemporary and Historical North Queensland, Aboriginal and Papua New Guinean art. To complement this collection it also hosts touring exhibitions.
Exhibitions at the time of this post (4.2.2014)
Brick by Brick – Lego
Renegades: Outsider Art
Strand Ephemera – An outdoor sculpture exhibition hosted by the gallery to heighten appreciation of public arts. Exhibits are displayed along the 2km Strand promenade over a ten day period. Strand Ephemera is held every second year with the last exhibition being in September 2013.
Strand Ephemera 2013 – Come Play With Me – MJ Ryan Bennett
Entrance into the Gallery is free.