Brisbane Art Design 2021 Programme

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Brisbane Art Design (BAD) 2021 is where art, design and Brisbane collide.


It’s a month-long programme of dynamic exhibitions, open-studios, outdoor interventions, talks, tours, workshops and more, led by Museum Of Brisbane (MOB).

Brisbane and surrounds will be activated across four jam-packed weekends featuring more than 60 venues, spotlighting the best of Brisbane’s art and design.

BAD is the brainchild of Museum Of Brisbane Director Renai Grace.

“BAD is a city-wide place making programme allowing us to tell the stories of the city and we are delighted to see that it has gone from 27 to over 60 venues in its second iteration, allowing the community to celebrate the incredible talent within our city,” Renai says. “BAD is emerging as an important platform for the creative arts sector in Brisbane that has thrived for decades.”

The first weekend invites audiences to explore the inner city, starting on the ground level of the CBD’s Brisbane Quarter where emerging talent Kirralee Robinson will stage a large-scale kinetic installation, Move Together. Then, head to City Hall to witness MOB’s live improvisational drawing environment RMXTV.

QUT Kelvin Grove will be explorable in weekend two as they display their creative output. Radical Localism on King Street aims to highlight Brisbane’s local independent fashion community, and audiences are invited to browse and view the latest wares of skilled makers and designers.

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It’s time to get a bit dirty in weekend three – get some sawdust in your hair, clay under your nails and chocolate in your belly in Teneriffe, Newstead and Albion. Luxxbox plays host to a Friday afternoon and evening of design with an in-depth look back at the legacy of Queensland’s Quench Collective. On Saturday, you can move along the river and take in Brisbane Powerhouse’s MELT photographic exhibition, and on Sunday, whittle away an hour on Pedder Street (Albion) in the uniquely green Botanick, with wood carver Carol Rusell, fine leather artisans Blue and Grae, and pop into the creative co-working space Colab 4010.

The final weekend cuts two paths through the south side. Take an old school Friday night gallery crawl along Montague Road, West End, and see exhibition and conversations on Saturday with Five Mile Radius, Griffith University Art Museum, Queensland College Of Art, TAFE Queensland and the State Library Of Queensland all hosting.

It all wraps up with music, projections and performances by all-Indigenous artists in a block party at Fish Lane.

Brisbane Art Design 2021 runs from 7-30 May.

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