Public art and creative outcomes in Village Precinct Projects

Public art and creative outcomes provide a platform for expressing local values, innovation, memory, meaning, creativity and beauty in each neighbourhood. Public art and creative outcomes in Village Precinct Projects improve the centres’ identity, provides a community focal point and celebrates local history and character. 

Public art and creative outcomes can take many forms ranging from sculptures and gateway signage to mural artworks and creative lighting. The approaches and types of artworks vary from precinct to precinct. 

Community art is a collaborative and participatory process and often includes workshops with the local community. Commissioned art is the direct engagement of the artist who provides distinctive and innovative artwork for the centre. Integrated artwork can be functional as well as aesthetic, for example, street furniture may be embellished or hand crafted. 

Featured artworks 

Paddington

Projected artworks feature on the walls of two state heritage listed buildings, the Paddington Antiques Centre (163–169 Latrobe Terrace) and the Paddington Substation (150 Enoggera Terrace) in Paddington. These artwork projections are an outcome of the Paddington Terraces Precinct Grant Project.

The lighting projections provide increased night-time amenity and identity for the local neighbourhood centre with a programme of changing artworks, produced by local Paddington gallery artists, which celebrate the local character of the Paddington Terraces. 

Jan Jorgensen, Winter Lunch on Latrobe (2020)

Well known for her iconic and charming paintings, Jan Jorgensen’s artwork feature familiar and sometimes surprising landscapes. 

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Woven into the architecture and the history is the story of the places and the people who have lived there. This particular work features locals being social and enjoying the beautiful bars and restaurants on Latrobe Terrace.

Cam Power, The Main Drag (2020)

Hearken back to a time when the tram was king and Holdens ruled the road, snaking their way along the street and hills of Paddington. A glimpse into the past on a street gone by.

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“Jump in and we will get up to 88mph to go back in time.”

Cam believes that just like the Holden has become an icon of Australia, Paddington has become one for Brisbane. Whilst the suburb continues to evolve with modern society, its character formed by its history should not and will not be forgotten.

Jade Thompson, View from Red Hill (2019)

In 2019, Jade completed an entire collection dedicated to his love of Paddington and the 4064 area. 

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It was inspired by the suburbs’ character and beauty, which was also the driving force behind his relocation from Melbourne over twelve months prior.

The work aims to capture what Jade feels is integral to the Paddington Area – the hills, the terraces, the history, the light and the composition (of both places and people).

Beth Mitchell, Ascension - Amy Shepherd (2019)

“Look closely at this woman of strength, talent and unique beauty. She’s cold, her skin has goosebumps and yet she is poised in goddess-like levitation. At first glance you light think she’s similar to other figures we adore and falsely glorify. 

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Look again…she embodies her influential stance with humility and ease…In a strange society where Followers are currency, I firmly believe that we need to continually re-assess how we ‘influence’. Let’s ‘follow’ and visually absorb those that thrive on individuality, talent and speaking truth….Although the truth isn’t ‘perfect’, a world where diversity and acceptance reign will allow us to bask in freedom of a new kind of perfection…” 

Robyn Bauer, Alma and Long Street from Latrobe Terrace Paddington (2017)

Drawn on location, the cars, the overhead wires, signage and other street furniture were included to provide a response that has the integrity of immediacy and a recognisable accuracy, unsanitised and with a touch of humour.

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Robyn Bauer explains: "I am a keen walker, with my subject matter discovered on foot, finding shady spots on which to perch and draw. I really wanted to achieve the illusion of a third dimension. Even though they are black and white, I have tried to employ every gradation of grey in between so that the colours of Brisbane can still be felt even though the colour has been removed."

Nagaki Yukari, Paddington 4064 Terraces Paddington (2020)

This work is intentionally made to be a splash of colour and incorporates themes of architectural heritage, nature, relaxation and shopping, obviously including coffee and dining as part of the attraction of Paddington.

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The road in the centre of the work could be one of the many terraces - shown here with the substation as the main reference point.

Zoe Porter, Paddington (2020)

A circular composition depicting an abstracted drawing of the natural environment of Paddington and features vines, vegetation and repetitive circular form.

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This artwork is inspired by the local area and signifies the rolling, hilly, green landscape that is unique to Latrobe Terrace and the suburb.

Steven Falco, Tram

Local Brisbane artist, Steven Falco, works as a mural artist, canvas painter, illustrator and digital artist. Steven's work is diverse, ranging from realism to abstract.

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His work is painted from a place of positivity using his artwork to uplift. He draws inspiration from life in general, experimenting in techniques and ideas. Movement and a vibrant colour palette are a key focus of his work with an aim to beautify his community. Tram references Paddington’s tramway history, with the Paddington Substation built in 1929-30 to support the expansion of the tramways into the western suburbs.

Sharka Bosakova, Paddington in the Rain (2020)

Sharka Bosakova's work, Paddington in the Rain, freeze frames the cultural and natural heritage of this artistic precinct as if seen through a glass darkly.

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The water tower overlooks the streetscape, its gaze constant through the passing of time.

Karen Bessell, Pink Galah (2020)

Karen Bessell is a Brisbane based artist with a focus on community arts projects and education.

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Pink Galah (2020) is part of the Birds of Brisbane exhibition and workshop fostering creative conversations about local birdlife and conservation.

Wilston

Elysha Rei's Journey Ever Onward (2020) explores patterns based on symmetry and harmony found in both nature and the architectural details from the local area. This series of work includes creative balustrade designs, ‘tessellated’ ground plane elements for exploration and projected motif patterns for evening enhancement. The combination of historical style and native flora creates artwork that is uniquely Wilston Village. These artwork projections are an outcome of the Wilston Village Precinct Grant Project.

The three colourful projected motif artworks, created by artist Elysha Rei, feature on the footpath along 87-95 Kedron Brook Road in Wilston Village. The projections expand on the local flora motif patterns enhancing the night time experience and identity of the Wilston Village neighbourhood centre. The colour palette takes cues from Federation inspired architectural features, with blue, green, maroon and gold features.

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Elysha Rei, Wattle (2020)

Gobo projected ‘wattle’ design motif.

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Elysha Rei, Eucalyptus (2020)

Gobo projected ‘eucalyptus’ design motif.

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Elysha Rei, Lanoline (2020)

Gobo projected ‘lanolin’ design motif.

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Windows into Wilston

Project artist Elysha Rei worked with local traders to deliver a festive window display during December 2020 to celebrate the project and the Wilston Village neighbourhood centre.

Other artworks

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Last updated: 16 February 2021