Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is located within one of Townsville's heritage buildings on the corner of Denham and Flinders Streets, in the city centre. The Gallery has a diverse program of local, national and international exhibitions. A public program including floor talks, lectures and performances complement these exhibitions.
Perc* Tucker Regional Gallery is named in honour of Alderman Perc Tucker, Mayor of Townsville from 1976 to 1980. The Gallery was officially opened by the Mayor of Townsville, Alderman M F Reynolds, on 25 September 1981.
The Gallery is housed in a historic building established by the Union Bank of Australia in 1885 as its northern headquarters. It was designed and built in 1885 by the then colonial architect F D G Stanley, whose niece, Gwendolyn, became a well-known artist in Brisbane in the first half of this century. Her first solo exhibition in Brisbane in 1906 featured works from her time in North Queensland. Later she married W G Grant whose watercolours of North Queensland are in the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Collection.
The upper level of the building was added in the early 1930's and the building served the people of North Queensland as a bank for nearly a century. In 1951 the Union Bank amalgamated with the Bank of Australasia and the building became the main office of the Australia and New Zealand Bank. It subsequently became the regional Office of North Queensland for the ANZ Banking Group, following the merger with the English Scottish and Australian Bank in 1970 and 10 years later, the Bank of Adelaide.
The ANZ was the last commercial owner. In 1980 the Townsville City Council acquired and developed this heritage building as a public gallery at a cost of $650,000. The Queensland Government contributed a third of the development cost. The Gallery's operating costs are funded by the Townsville City Council.
* - As the name Perc is a shortened form of Percival, the correct pronunciation is 'Purse'.
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Cnr Denham Street and Flinders Street, Townsville QLD 4810
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. PO Box 1268, Townsville QLD 4810
(07) 4727 9011 during opening hours
Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10am - 2pm
Closed Public Holidays
We encourage all local artists to sign up to our e-news. Information is sent out about opportunities, proposed exhibitions, professional development programs and expressions of interest for public art commissions.
Artists may also apply for an exhibition in one of our many Community Access Spaces, download the pack and form below for more information on these spaces and the requirements for your application:
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery has two floors which contain two main exhibition spaces and five Community Access Spaces. On display are works by North Queensland artists, national touring exhibitions and international touring exhibitions.
During this current drought and change in climate, Alison McDonald was forced to examine her daily water use in every minute aspect; instigating this response with the exhibition Immersed.
Immersed takes the viewers through her journey, reflecting our fundamental and essential daily need for water in various forms. It encompasses situations of life living in the dry tropics and will link drought, cooking, gardens, plastic in waterways, a Chinese residency, headaches, a movie and other daily interactions, which we can often take for granted.
To express this journey, McDonald will employ unexpected historical and contemporary water containers such as reused; copper hot water services, cooking implements, an artist book and single-use plastics. Each item will be imbued with intricate water patterns using light as a metaphor for water, another necessity that seeps into our everyday life.
Exhibition on display from 21 September to 18 November, 2018.
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63rd Townsville Art Awards 2018
The Townsville Art Society has held an annual or biannual Arts exhibition since the society’s inception, and The Townsville Art Awards is now a major exhibition in the cultural life of the city.
Held in Townsville’s Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, this exhibition provides an opportunity for North Queensland artists, who are affiliated with an art society, to display their work in a major gallery and compete for prizes.
Exhibition on display from 6 - 28 October 2018.
We have delivered many high calibre exhibitions over the years. Take a look at some of the previous exhibitions below.
- 2009 Previous Exhibitions (PDF 1.2MB)
- 2010 Previous Exhibitions (PDF 3.9MB)
- 2011 Previous Exhibitions (PDF 2.4MB)
- 2012 Previous Exhibitions (PDF 1.3MB)
- 2013 Previous Exhibitions (PDF 11.4MB)
- 2014 Previous Exhibitions (PDF 4.9MB)
- 2015 Previous Exhibitions Calendars- Galleries
- 2016 Previous Exhibitions Calendars- Galleries (Feb - Aug)
- 2016 Previous Exhibitions Calendars - Galleries (Aug - Dec)
- 2017 Previous Exhibitions Calendars - Galleries
Are you Interested in becoming a volunteer? Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is always seeking passionate volunteers to assist with a range of duties. To register your interest, fill in and return the form below:
The Vault Shop
We welcome you to The Vault Shop - Townsville’s most exciting retail space for all things arts and craft in Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. Each month we feature an exhibition of small works for sale by north Queensland artists alongside a shifting array of exclusive unique items.
We look forward to seeing you browse our shop, where we’re sure you’ll find something perfect for yourself or a loved one.
Bookings and enquiries
Group exhibition tours are available upon request and prior bookings are essential. For questions or further information about our programs, Friends of the Galleries membership, venue hire, or to place a booking, please contact Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.