Spring has sprung and our new free outdoor art exhibition – Springfinity – is inviting people back into the city and outdoors to celebrate.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said as the city bounced back to life post-lockdown, the new Outdoor Gallery, launching on 28 August, would light up streets and laneways with exciting new artworks.
“Springfinity is the 3rd exhibition to be featured across Brisbane City Council’s Outdoor Gallery in 2021, a permanent network of light boxes, banners, vitrines, and evening projections across the city,” Cr Schrinner said.
“It captures the essence and beauty of spring with bright, bold artworks by local, national and international artists.
“These unique corners of the city are also home to some of the best restaurants, bars, cafes and shops that have been doing it tough during the latest round of restrictions.
“While you’re exploring the 24/7 Outdoor Gallery, why not stop for a shop, drink or meal and help support local artists, businesses and retailers and keep our economy kicking and culture alive.”
Cr Vicki Howard Chair of Brisbane’s Community , Arts and Nighttime Economy Committee said the Outdoor Gallery was part of the city’s growing public art platforms helping artists share their work with the world.
“This year, we were delighted to see one of our most recent Outdoor Gallery artists, Phoebe Paradise, secure a partnership with Apple in their latest campaign,” she said.
Phoebe Paradise said the profiles of young artists are being nurtured and uplifted by programs like the Outdoor Gallery.
“Public art is such an important part of carving Brisbane’s cultural identity and helps us connect with thousands of people who may not have access to the world of traditional exhibitions and galleries. Programs like these have impact, particularly for young artists,” Ms Paradise said.
“My involvement in the Outdoor Gallery program caught the attention of the creative team at Apple technologies, which directly led to my involvement in the massive, international Behind the Mac campaign – Billboards, TV ads & Digital Content, celebrating my illustrated vision of subtropical Brisbane.
“The Outdoor Gallery has a direct and positive impact on the local arts community, but also brings commercial attention to our beautiful city’s visual identity.”
Brisbane-based Curator Haline Ly described the exhibition as ‘music for your eyes’.
“Bask in Brisbane’s springtime glow and feast your eyes on fun, bold and intricate artworks by local and international artists. Meander through city laneways to discover Springfinity: an endless loop of goodness that begins where it ends and ends where it begins,” she said.
“To me, this show is about sharing tiny joys. I have a personal connection to many of the artists involved and my spirit is always lifted by their colours, candour, humour and the sheer, mesmerising beauty of their works.
“I hope that people come out to see the works and feel inclined to like, follow, tag and share what they see – it’s the greatest compliment for an artist.”
Springfinity will be on display until 21 November 2021 and follows Indigenous Art Program 2021: Hyperlocal, the exhibition that took over the Outdoor Gallery from 1 May until now.
Hutton Lane / King George Car Park / Fish Lane / Eagle Lane/ Griffin Lane / Edison Lane / Irish Lane / Edward Street (cnr Hermes / Apple stores) / Howard Smith Wharves (night projections) / Museum of Brisbane (digital screen)
Visitors are recommended to start on Edward Street and make their way down to Hermès, city laneways and up to Howard Smith Wharves for night-time projections.