'Today and Tomorrow' (2021), Katie Benn, Giffin Lane

Brisbane City Council's Outdoor Gallery transforms Brisbane's laneways and city streets into imaginative, curious, and engaging spaces. We invite you to explore this trail through the Outdoor Gallery's exhibition artworks found on light boxes, banners, vitrines, and evening projections. Recently, the Outdoor Gallery has grown to now include art projections at Howard Smith Wharves.

APT9 Kids is currently exhibiting in the Outdoor Gallery and Springfinity will be exhibiting from 28 August 2021. Future exhibitions include APT10 Kids presented by QAGOMA opening in December 2021 and the Indigenous Art Program curated by Blaklash Projects opening in May 2022.

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Beautiful, bold, and witty, Springfinity is an endless loop of goodness that begins where it ends and ends where it begins.

With elements of beauty, warmth, and wit, explore Council's newest exhibition, Springfinity, from 28 August until 21 November 2021. Curated by Haline Ly, it features artworks that burst with blooming flowers, bright colours, and candid humour from local, national, and international artists, to celebrate and welcome Brisbane's spring through the city. 

"Together we seek out infinitesimal joys; - the smell of jasmine, a burst of colour, quiet reflection, simple lines and good times. We start conversations with strangers to remind ourselves that we're not alone. We see light in the ridiculous and reflect on our past and our future. Springfinity is a lingering spring. It's an endless loop of goodness that begins where it ends and ends where it begins."

Haline Ly, Curator

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Artist: Beth Mitchell


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Born in Toowoomba, Beth Mitchell is an underwater photographic artist who has spent the majority of her career in Brisbane. Her contemporary underwater photographs showcase diverse femininity in a captivating world under the surface. Often incorporating constructed whimsical scenes in a pool, her work explores modern womanhood through environmental, social and cultural stories and experiences.

Instagram @bmphotoblog

Artist: Emma Hack


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Emma Hack has received great acclaim for her refined body paint camouflage technique. Through a combination of painting on canvas, body painting, and studio-based photography, her work evokes a rich array of visual narratives and magical realism. Emma is best known for her Wallpaper series in which she painstakingly camouflaged the human form by hand-painting models into the designs of Florence Broadhurst. Her diverse artwork collections draw inspiration from the unique Australian flora and fauna, as well as oriental influences and expanding to fine embroidered portraits.

Instagram @emmahackartist

Artist: Jasmine Dowling

location: museum of brisbane foyer
image credit: downpour (2021) 


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Jasmine Dowling is a creative from Brisbane. Her eye for light, colour and form drives her multidisciplinary practice with attention to process. Jasmine spends days visually storytelling through graphic design, illustration, styling and photography. Since 2021, she has turned her passion into her career while creating for clients including IMG Models, Nike Australia, David Jones, Mecca Beauty, and Hallmark.

Instagram: @jasminedowling

Artist: Mogu Takahashi

location: hutton lane
image credit: joy (2021)

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Mogu Takahashi is a self-taught Japanese artist and lives and works in Tokyo. Her art is humorous, spontaneous and playful. She has had solo exhibitions in Melbourne and Stockholm and she has collaborated with various brands such as Gucci and Shiseido. In summer 2021, her first children's book will be published in Sweden.

Instagram @mogutakahashi

Artist: Katie Benn

Location: giffin lane
image credit: today and tomorrow (2021)

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Katie Benn is a multidisciplinary artist from San Franciso. Inspired by a vintage packaging design, dreams, and old films in technicolour, she explores themes relating to the human condition and her inner world. She is a painter, muralist, illustrator, and textile designer. Katie has shown work in galleries thorughout the United States, London, Berlin and Seoul, and has created work for the likes of Facebook, Google, Slack, Conde Nast Traveler, Wired Japan, Los Angeles Magazine, Bon Appetit, and MasterClass.

Instragram @katie_benn_

Artist: Cecile Gariepy

location: eagle lane
image credit: pearl earring (2017)

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Originally from Montreal, Cecile Gariepy is an illustrator based in Adelaide. Cecile's work is bold and playful with an emphasis on colour, composition, and character design. By day, Cecile conceives illustrations for media and corporate clients and by night, she is afraid of finding monsters under her bed.

Instagram @cecile.gariepy

Artist: Carla McRae


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Carla McRae works as both an artist and illustrator across multiple mediums such as drawing, digital illustration, sculpture, installation, murals and publications. With her signature blend of both detail and minimalism, she creates bright, colourful work with bold forms and fine lines. McRae is influenced by cartoons, popular culture and everyday observation. Thematically her work often explores the realm of emotions, evoking hope, happiness and optimism through dynamic and playful visuual narratives.

Instagram @carla_mcrae


Artist: Sophie Beer

location: irish lane
image credit: dogs of brisbane (2021)

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Sophie Beer (nee Blackhall-Cain) is an award-winning illustrator and author living in Brisbane. She completed a dual degree in Law and Creative Industries with distinction at Queensland University of Technology, but found the whole 'law thing' unutterably dull and now works primarily in children's and editorial illustration. Revelling in colour, shape and texture, she lives by one simple rule: art should never be boring.

Instagram @sophiebeerdraws

Artist: James Paterson

location: howard smith wharves
image credit: behind your avatar (2021)

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James Paterson is a Montreal-based creative director, animator and technologist. He has the magical combination of being incredibly creative, amazingly adept at the technical aspect of getting things built, and an infectiously positive person who is an absolute delight to work with. In his spare time, James can be found flying paper airplanes and crafting art products for his online shop.

Instagram @presstube

Artist: Sebastian Moody 

location: fish lane & king george square car park
image credit: not every breath becomes a sentence (2021)

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Sebstian Moody is a Brisbane-based conceptual artist whose characteristic text works speak to the general public as messages in communal transitory spaces. Memorable as mantras or philosophical propositions, they offer moments of pause and contemplation in busy, urban environments.

Instagram @sebastian_moody

APT9 Kids

As part of 'The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art' (APT9), APT9 Kids was an exhibition in collaboration with the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and Council's Outdoor Gallery. APT9 Kids provided children and families with meaningful insights into the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific. The following artwork was part of the APT9 Kids exhibition.

Cordelia Street - banner

Sadik Kwaish Alfraji's exhibition design elements for A Boat to Carry your Dreams (2018) will be on display from November 2018 to November 2021.

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Last updated: 7 September 2021
Topics: public art