A Performance to Save Sight

A partnership between the Queensland Eye Institute Foundation
and Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

On 21st April, this emotional and ground-breaking performance partnered ten influential artists and ten composers with vision impaired Australians to depict their last, most cherished memory before their sight deteriorated.

Presented by the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and featuring the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and Choir with the Voices of Birralee, The Last Seen Concert brought poignant and powerful stories to life through music, art and short film.

Conducted by Peter Morris, the repertoire debuted original and inspirational works from the following ten renowned Australian composers:

  • John Rotar
  • Lisa Cheney
  • Dr Ralph Hultgren AM
  • Tim Davies
  • Hudson Beck
  • Dr Jeff Usher
  • Steve Newcomb
  • Lorin Nicholson OAM
  • Paul Jarman
  • Dr Catherine Likhuta

An exciting collaboration with Griffith Film School also saw filmmakers Dean Chircop, Peter Hegedus, Aurora Scheelings, Herman Van Eyken and Nico Meissner premiere short films, documenting the Last Seen journey.


Friday 21st April 2023
7pm arrival for 7.30pm start


Queensland Conservatorium Theatre
140 Grey St, South Brisbane – Griffith University


Tickets are no longer on sale.


The venue is wheelchair accessible, and accessible for patrons who are blind/vision impaired, or deaf/hard-of-hearing. Sighted guides and braille exhibition guides are available.

“A painting is music you can see, and music is a painting you can hear” – Miles Davies.

Photo of Jeff Usher sitting down at a grand piano wearing a suit

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Proceeds from the performance help the Queensland Eye Institute continue its research to save sight and invest in new technology to improve the diagnosis of eye disease.