Wander Brisbane's Outdoor Gallery

Want to uncover some of Brisbane's talented local artists showcasing their work in some very quirky places? Take a stroll through the city streets and laneways to explore Brisbane's Outdoor Gallery.

With 12 Outdoor Gallery locations scattered across the city from Howard Smith Wharves to Fish Lane, there's every chance you've passed by artistic pieces already. From art installations to light boxes, banners, and projections, the displays are ever-changing, so there's always something new to discover.

Look up the next time you head to dinner in Fish Lane to see light boxes or pause to ponder the installations on Edward and Elizabeth streets while waiting for the green light.

Current exhibition - '<play/ground>'

<play/ground>, curated by @MRCT.Studio, is the Outdoor Gallery's latest exhibition with works by 11 artists from diverse art-making practices who have a connection to Brisbane. Their work celebrates Brisbane and explores our relationship with the city through the themes of being playful and grounded. The exhibition title is a play on the modern lives we lead and asks us to consider how we can find balance in our everyday.

The exhibition features artworks by artists including:

  • Arkie the Label in Giffin Lane, Brisbane City
  • Emily Devers at Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane City
  • Kirsten Baade in the Edward Street vitrines.

Explore <play/ground> across the Outdoor Gallery until 16 April 2023.

Search #BNEPublicArt for a look at previous exhibits.

Kirsten Baade, Big River Eyes (2022), <play/ground> exhibition in Outdoor Gallery, Edward Street and Elizabeth Street vitrine, Brisbane City

Local inspiration is all around

If you’re visiting any of our Outdoor Gallery locations there are plenty of opportunities to pair your art exploration with dinner, drinks, or a visit to a local boutique. In fact, the Outdoor Gallery includes unique corners of the city that are home to some of the best restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops. 

Exploring the 24/7 exhibition is a fun and accessible way you can support local artists, businesses and retailers, while also helping to spring the economy and culture of Brisbane back into action. With locations spread from Howard Smith Wharves to Fish Lane, there is plenty to see and do along the way.

Take some inspiration from our eat, drink and shop tips below.

Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane City

Book a table at the likes of Greca, Ciao Papi, or Yoko Dining who are quickly earning their stripes as best-of experiences in Brisbane. Prefer to keep it casual? Enjoy Weekends on the Lawn (every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) where even your canine pals are welcome.

Fish Lane, South Brisbane

The Fish Lane precinct is abundant with inspiration from the murals that adorn the walls to the burgeoning community of local businesses calling this South Brisbane address home. From market stall-to-cafe success story Lisboa Caffe and banh mi and dumplings in the open air at Kiki, to post-work drinks and finding tiny doors, there are so many reasons to pause and spend a while exploring this buzzing laneway.

Burnett Lane, Brisbane City

Brisbane’s original laneway comes to life amongst the hustle and bustle of Brisbane’s CBD. Watch the sun move across the muraled laneway from the open window at Felix for Goodness while dining on their locally sourced menu, or grab something to go from the cult-favourite Lune Croissanterie. If you're visiting after dark, share a few plates of scallop cerviche or steal tartare (perfect for warmer nights) at Alba Bar & Deli.

More ideas for Brisbetter days out

There's so much to see and do in Brisbane. Check our other Day Out articles, videos, and itineraries for more fabulous ideas.

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**This article was updated in September 2022.**

Editor's note: The featured content in Brisbane Explore is created to inspire residents and visitors to plan a day out exploring Brisbane and to buy local as part of the city's Economic Recovery Plan. Brisbane City Council disclaims any relationship with, or endorsement of, businesses featured in this video.

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