Brisbane City Council's Outdoor Gallery transforms Brisbane's laneways and city streets into imaginative, curious, and engaging spaces. Comprising light boxes, banners, vitrines, and evening projections, the Outdoor Gallery displays art outside in city streets, instead of inside on gallery walls. Recently, the Outdoor Gallery has grown to now include art projections at Howard Smith Wharves.

Sunny Side Up and APT9 Kids are currently exhibiting in the Outdoor Gallery.

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Sunny Side Up

From 30 November 2020 to 18 April 2021, experience Council's Outdoor Gallery Sunny Side Up exhibition curated by Sarah Thomson and Alex Holt, including a number of talks, tours and engagements.

Sunny Side Up is a collection of vibrant artworks by emerging Brisbane-based contemporary artists that explore Brisbane's subtropical identity, unique physical features, and cultural atmosphere. The exhibition brings to the fore the optimism, abundance, and playful spirit of the Sunshine State.

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.



Fish Lane - light boxes

Artwork created by Monica Rohan will be on display from 30 November to 18 April 2021.

Find out about Monica and her artwork

Artist: Monica Rohan

Monica Rohan graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 2011. She was selected as a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2016 and 2020. Her work is held in private and public collections including at Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Artbank and Museum of Brisbane.

Artwork: Rambling/Uncomfortable, 2016

Monica's paintings use intense patterning to create a disorienting visual effect. The patterns are drawn from everyday surroundings - clothing, blankets and foliage - to create exaggerated and surreal, yet familiar environments that her figures find themselves overwhelmed by.

Hutton Lane - light boxes

Artwork created by Holly Anderson will be on display from 30 November 2020 to 18 April 2021.

Find out about Holly and her artwork

Artist: Holly Anderson

Brisbane-based artist Holly Anderson completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours at the Queenland College of Art in 2017. She has exhibited across Australia and internationally including at Outer Space, Third Quarter Gallery and Innerspace Contemporary Art.

Artwork: The Oh No Sun, 2018-19

Holly's paintings investigate the turbulent bodily and psychic sensations of a climate-anxious era. Under a white-hot Queensland sun, her subjects are over overexposed. Subjects familiar to Australian painting often appear, charging beach bodies, idyllic landscapes and coastlines with an apocalyptic energy.

Eagle Lane - light boxes

Artwork created by Phoebe Paradise will be on display from 30 November 2020 to 18 April 2021.

Find out about Phoebe and her artwork

Artist: Phoebe Paradise

Phoebe is an artist, muralist, fashion designer and musician based in Brisbane. Inspired by subtropical punk and rock and roll, she has worked with Splendour in the Grass, BIGSOUND, 4ZZZ, Museum of Brisbane and countless venues and bands nationally.

Artwork: Beautiful One Day, Perfect the Next, 2020

Inspired by vintage illustrations, this work makes tongue-in-cheek commentary on the contrasts of urban life in Brisbane. Paradise addresses the challenge of dressing up despite the omnipresent heat and humidity: of sweating it out in the name of style.

King George Square - light boxes

Artwork created by Charlie Hillhouse will be on display from 30 November 2020 to 18 April 2021.

Find out about Charlie and his artwork

Artist: Charlie Hillhouse

Charlie Hillhouse works across mediums exploring poetic possibilities of the everyday. He established Small House Books and Romantic Press, producing publications and printed material showcasing the work of image-based artists. Hillhouse has shown his photographs and films nationally and internationally.

Artwork: Untitled (Roadside Trees), 2019

In Untitled (Roadside Trees), Hillhouse creates portraits of trees in urban and suburban Brisbane, drawing attention to their charming, stoic presence. This series highlights the friction between the natural world and built environment, and our clumsy attempts to mediate the two.

Irish Lane - banners

Artwork created by Julia Scott Green will be on display from 30 November 2020 to 18 April 2021.

Find out about Julia and her artwork

Artist: Julia Scott Green

Julia Scott Green is a Brisbane photo-media artist and arts educator. She completed a Bachelor of Photography with Honours in 2012, teaches tertiary photography and media courses, and is a co-founder of VERGE Collective. Her work responds to the role images play in shaping perception of the world. She uses digital technologies to question the nature of reality in a world saturated with hyperreal digital imagery.

Artwork: New Imagination, 2018

The New Imagination series depicts a digitally manipulated burst of weed growth in the artist's backyard. 

"I press the human, the weedy, and the algorithmic together in an open-ended narrative about accelerated ecological and technological change." — Julia Scott Green

Giffin Lane - banner

Artwork by Jordan Azcune will be on display from 30 November 2020 to 18 April 2021.

Find out about Jordan and his artwork

Artist: Jordan Azcune

Jordan Azcune graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2016 and has exhibited nationally. He has received many awards, including the Toowoomba Emerging Art Prize (2018) and the People's Choice Award at the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize (2019).

Artwork: Surrender (White Caps), 2020

Surrender (White Caps) evokes waves activated by wind instead of swell. The scene turns the concept of white flags of surrender on its head, suggesting that one can swim with, not against the current when faced with challenges.

Edison Lane - banner

Artwork created by Parallel Park will be on display from 30 November 2020 to 18 April 2021.
 

Parallel Park and their artwork

Artist: Parallel Park

Parallel Park is the collaborative practice of artists Holly Bates and Tay Haggarty. Their collaboration explores queer sexuality and the intricacies of the artists' personal relationship. Their playful, humorous works span assemblage, performance, video, and installation.

Artwork: Tandem, 2016

Tandem examines the dynamics of relationships and collaboration. Riding a stationary exercise bike, the artists share handlebars and pedals, each steering and pushing. While the bike cannot move, the scene evokes optimism and determination about working together to move forward.

Edward Street and Elizabeth Street - vitrine

Artwork created by Hailey Atkins will be on display from 30 November 2020 to 18 April 2021.

Find out about Hailey and her artwork

Artist: Hailey Atkins

Hailey Atkins is a Brisbane-based sculptural artist. A graduate of the Queensland College of Art, Atkins has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Atkins was a finalist for the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize (2018) and co-founded Wreckers Artspace.

Artwork: Good, easy, 2020

Atkins' assemblages bring together playful forms and bright colours to communicate her fondness of Brisbane. Atkins references blooming jacarandas and a watchful water tower, in a collection of handmade objects that blue inside and outside in the subtropics.

Edward Street and Queen Street - vitrine

Artwork created by Hailey Atkins will be on display from 30 November 2020 to 18 April 2021.

Find out about Hailey and her artwork

Artist: Hailey Atkins

Hailey Atkins is a Brisbane-based sculptural artist. A graduate of the Queensland College of Art, Atkins has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Atkins was a finalist for the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize (2108) and co-founded Wreckers Artspace.

Artwork: Staying so I can go somewhere, 2020

Atkins' assemblages bring together playful forms and bright colours to communicate her fondness of Brisbane. Atkins references blooming jacarandas and a watchful water tower, in a collection of handmade objects that blue inside and outside in the subtropics.

Howard Smith Wharves - projector & Museum of Brisbane (video)

Artwork created by Amelia Hine will be on display from 30 November 2020 to 18 April 2021.

Find out about Amelia and her artwork

Artist: Amelia Hine

Amelia is an artist and researcher who creates works that centre non-human life to comment on human-oriented systems. Hine completed her doctorate at the University of Queensland in 2019 and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Queensland University of Technology.

Artwork: Metamorphosis, 2020

Metamorphosis considers how insect populations have declined at the same time as urban development has increased. This work plays out a sci-fi scenario in which bugs take over the city, reclaiming and reshaping the urban environment.

Howard Smith Wharves - projector & Museum of Brisbane (video)

Artwork created by Kinly Grey will be on display from 30 November 2020 to 18 April 2021.

Find out about Kinly's artwork

Artist: Kinly Grey

Kinly engages sensory experience and 'expanded poetics' to explore the emotional power of art. They use the thresholds of perception as spaces to engage in alternative ways of feeling, understanding and being in the world.

Artwork: Untitled (slow burn), 2018

Untitled (slow burn) is a meditative scene exploring our relationship to the horizon - both literal and metaphoric - as something that is always out of reach. The viewer takes on the perspective of the artist, asking us to consider bodily and cosmic scale.

Acknowledgements: This work was filmed on Quandamooka country on Minjerribah.

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.

Other exhibits in the Outdoor Gallery

From time to time, Council displays stand-alone artworks in the Outdoor Gallery that are not part of a current exhibition. The following artwork is currently on display in Burnett Lane. It was originally part of Maiwar from 1-31 May 2017 which focused on the diversity of Indigenous culture and how artists are bringing their traditional country to an urban audience.

Burnett Lane - lantern light shades

Lisa Sorbie's Woven History (2017) has been on display since May 2017.

Future Outdoor Gallery exhibitions

The Indigenous Art Program 2021 will be on display in the Outdoor Gallery from May to July 2021.

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Last updated: 8 December 2020
Topics: public art