About Us

The Royal Queensland Art Society Inc.


Members exhibit their paintings each month in a purpose-built gallery in a lovely park location facing the beach at Broadbeach.  The Society welcomes visitors to browse and encourages artists to become members.  Every month many paintings are sold to local and overseas buyers. 

The pride and prestige of belonging to a dedicated art society is as strong today as it ever was.

Our Team


RQAS Broadbeach Executive Committee 2022-2023

Ruth McPhail – President
Bill Rees – Vice President
Effi Mouzakitis – Treasurer
Angela McClavey – Secretary
Leanne Manns – Artistic Director
General Committee Members
Shirley Ballinger
Alison Fielding-Price
Michael Hooper
Jacques Meunier
Johanna Sampson
Mary-May Simpson
Elizabeth Swan
Peter Thompson

Our Constitution:
To view click on the following link: Constitution-RQASGoldCoast

Some benefits of membership:
*  A first class gallery to display members’ work.
*  Sales are actively pursued with a low 20% commission.
*  Artists Co-op provides advertising to help painting sales
*  An informative newsletter which highlights art activities
*  A great venue for ‘leading-artists’ workshops.
*  Art lessons in the gallery studio for a variety of mediums.
*  Social gatherings with other artists on a regular basis.

Regular Activities:
*  Plein Air Painting once a month to Gold Coast Scenic Vistas.
*  “Catswingers Club” upstairs every Friday. For $5 you can enjoy a day of painting with other members, where everybody helps each other.
*  Member Exhibitions change monthly. All paintings, cards, ceramics, etc are FOR SALE at very reasonable prices.
*  Gallery Hire  – at times the Gallery space is available for hire.
*  Gallery is open every day. FREE ADMISSION


Under the Jacaranda” 1903. R. Godfrey Rivers. Early RQAS member. One of Queensland’s most famous paintings. Sold for 100 guineas.

It all started in 1888. A handful of dedicated Brisbane artists got together to display their paintings. Those five or six artists were the leading artists of the day. They were called the ‘Queensland Art Society’ and in those days, it wasn’t easy to even find a space to hang their work. Times were tough! But membership grew.

Prestige came in the 1890’s, Sir Samuel Griffith became the QAS President; he also became the Premier of Queensland. His name lives on in Griffith University.

Royal recognition came in 1926. The ‘Royal’ prefix was bestowed by King GeorgeV.

King George V



It was the Society’s 38th year when the secretary received the letter stating, “….His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the use of this prefix by the Society.” The ‘Royal’ Queensland Art Society was born. The RQAS went on to form the backbone of the Queensland art community and started the impetus for what eventually became the State Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane.


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