We offer classes for all abilities in wonderful studios with ample parking, minutes from the CBD. We have a great choice of courses including Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Ceramics, Web design, Jewellery and Children’s Art, all of which are taught by expert tutors, specialist in their respective fields. Art classes at BiA are a relaxing way to explore your creativity. They are structured and instructive, but enjoyable and energizing at the same time. A wide range of subjects and skill levels are available. Numbers in classes are kept to a maximum of 12 so that the tutor has plenty of time to speak to each student individually, as well as teaching the group as a whole. There is a great sense of community at BiA so many students continue with their classes term after term, sometimes in the same class sometimes progressing in skill level or changing subject. Everyone is welcome.  

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The Institute provides a non-profit creative arts centre housing studios, workshops and galleries. The Institute supports contemporary creative arts practice in an environment open to variety and continual change.
As an incorporated association, it is governed by a Committee of Management and administered through the Arts Manager. The arts programs at the Institute are developed in close consultation and collaboration with contemporary artists.
Running costs are covered by participants fees, studio rental and exhibition income. Special projects have been supplemented by occasional local government and state government grants.
BIA plays an important role in providing access to low cost contemporary art space. The exhibition program showcases work by emerging, mid-career and established artists.
The studios are open access which means they are available to professional artists and the broader community when not being used for scheduled activities. All facilities including galleries, printmaking facilities, computer laboratory, photographic darkroom, workshops and studios are available for hire.
BIA welcomes and thrives on the diversity of people from all ages and cultural backgrounds.Arts programs include:

Courses and workshops

Painting, Experimental Darkroom Processes, Digital Photography, Contemporary Printmaking, Photo Silkscreen Printing, Post Modernism, Experimental Drawing, Abstraction, Cultural Productions, Gold & Silversmithing, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Contemporary Sculpture & Assemblage, Installation, Professional Arts Practice.
A quarterly workshop program includes - 9 week short courses; weekend workshops, summer school and winter school Exhibitions:
A varied program of exhibitions by emerging artists in the Metcalfe Gallery
Three annual Members' Exhibitions.
Annual Tutors and Staff Exhibition
Artist in Residence
Arts Groups
Individuals and Members

BIA Tutors

Robert Andrews, Berenice Anzellotti, Thierry Auriac, Linda Back, Jill Barker, Peter Biddulph, Donald Blue, Nancy Brown, Deborah Cavallaro, Mia Clark, Glenda Charles, Lizzie Connor, Sally Cox, Nameer Davis, Karl De Waal, Sally Duhig, Allin Dwyer, Renata Fojtikova, Carolyn Gardiner, Jennifer Hamilton, Liana Kabel, Karen Milder, Stephen Newton, David Nixon, Abramo Papp, David Paulson, Clare Poppi, Belinda Sinclair, Nicole Sylvestre, Gwenn Tasker, Svetlana Trefilova, Rod Turpin, Carolyn V Watson.

BIA Membership

BIA membership is open to anyone interested in the activities of the Institute and supportive of its aims and objectives.
Annual Membership is $25.00.

The intention of BIA membership is to encourage association, involvement with, and support for the aims of the Institute. The aim of membership is to develop a participatory group of members ie. interested ‘friends’ of the BIA who wish to contribute to the organization as well as participate in their own social/artistic functions.

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Benefits for BIA membership -

  • Annual opportunities to exhibit artworks
  • Priority bookings and discount rental for Gallery Nona
  • Voting rights at general meetings
  •  Studio usage outside class times
  • Discounts at arts organisations & businesses (see details below)

Present your BIA membership card at any of the following places and you will receive the indicated discount:


Gallery Store - Qld Art Gallery: South Bank, Brisbane, Ph 3840 7333 10% discount on books, cards & merchandise. Excludes QAG catalogues, magazines & jewellery


Art Shed Brisbane Discount Art Supplies: 274 Montague Rd, West End Ph: 38461330;


Chapman & Bailey Brisbane:14 Byres Street Newstead P. (07) 3666 0028 E. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 10% discount;


Folio Books: 80 Albert St, Brisbane, Ph 3221 1368 10% discount


Dendy Cinema Portside: Remora Rd Hamilton Ph: 31376001 10% discount


Eckersley's Art Supplies: 10% BIA members discount (excludes freight and specials). Eckersley's own Creative Rewards program offers great benefits to their members, including $25 reward every 500 points, birthday gift, exclusive offers & more
~  91-93 Edward Street (cnr Mary Street), Brisbane Ph 3221 4866 
~  546 Lutwyche Road, Lutwyche Ph 07 3858 2730
~  12 Douglas Street, Milton Ph 3858 2700
~  42 - 44 Compton Road, Woodridge Ph 3084 6222
~  2 / 142 Brisbane Road, Labrador (Gold Coast) Ph 5528 8388
~  shop 11, Corner Nicklin Way & Kensington Drive, Minyama (Sunshine Coast) Ph 5444 0311


Jubilee Framers: 109 Ashgrove Ave, Ashgrove, Ph 33665211. 10% discount


Priority Framing: 162 James St, New Farm Ph 3254233 10% discount on framing.


Institute of Modern Art: 420 Brunswick St (cnr Berwick St) Fortitude Valley. Ph 3252 5750 10% discount at bookshop.


Oxlades Paint and Art Centre Retail Art Supplies:136 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley (07) 3252 8238.  10% discount


Oxlades South Brisbane: 82 Merivale Street, South Brisbane  (07) 3846 0611  10% discount


Arthouse Northside: 140 Braun Street, Deagon (3869 2444);


Pottery Supplies: 51 Castlemaine St, Milton 3368 2877.


The BOOK bag - craft & books: Corner Sandgate & Station Rd Nundah Village P: 32567151 10% discount on books, cards & merchandise


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