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.

RAZZLE DAZZLE and APT9 Kids are currently exhibiting in the Outdoor Gallery.


From 10 August to 22 November 2020, experience Council's Outdoor Gallery exhibition RAZZLE DAZZLE curated by McCarthy-Swann Projects curators Amy-Clare McCarthy and Kieran Swann, including a number of talks, tours, and engagements.

RAZZLE DAZZLE considers the nature of public space and individuals within it – particularly people who for different reasons, may feel hyper-visible or invisible. Considering ideas of identity, spectacle, and camouflage, the artists including use patterning, colour, or adornment to either hide, exaggerate or transform.

Join a tour of this Outdoor Gallery exhibition between August-November 2020. Bookings are required. Find a tour to suit you.

Fish Lane - light boxes

Artwork created by Eric Bridgeman will be from 10 August to 22 November 2020.

Find out about Eric and his artwork

Artists: Eric Bridgeman

Eric Bridgeman is a multi-disciplinary artist based between Brisbane and Papua New Guinea. Bridgeman has developed a series of collaborative projects which are carried out with and amongst Haus Yuriyal;  a group of his people in Papua New Guinea's Chimbu province.

Artwork: Style Flawa series of shield paintings, 2019

Since 2009, Haus Yuriyal have been reconsidering the shield (kuman), commonly know as the Wahgi Shield. Bridgeman has created these shields in honour of individuals, personalised with signifiers, markings, colour codes and shapes; while others reference rugby league team jerseys.

Hutton Lane - light boxes

Artwork created by Rachael Haynes and Natalya Hughes will be on display from 10 August to 22 November 2020.

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Artist: Rachael Haynes

Rachael Haynes is a contemporary artist and academic. Her art practice engages with feminist ethics, care, archives, and activism by examining the social and personal constructs of language and gender.

Artist: Natalya Hughes

Natalya Hughes' works are concerned with decorative and ornamental traditions and their associations with the feminine, the body, and excess. Recent bodies of work look at the relationship between Modernist painters and their anonymous women subjects.

Artwork: Let's Take Back Our Space, 2020

Haynes wants us to think about the ways in which bodies take up social space, and how we can change this. The text is based on a 1979 project by the same name by feminist artist Marianne Wex.

Artwork: Works from Maybe I was Painting the Woman in Me, 2019-20

Haynes and Hughes' works clatter and clash - not content with receding or staying silent. Hughes reclaims space for the identities of unknown women painted by abstract expressionist Willem DeKooning, repainting them in her own visual style after women she knows.

Eagle Lane - light boxes

Artwork created by Chantal Fraser and Sancintya Mohini Simpson will be on display from 10 August to 22 November 2020.

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Artist: Chantal Fraser

Chantal Fraser's interdisciplinary practice includes installation, performances and digital media works, to investigate cross-cultural representations and neo-colonialism within the form of cultural adornment. Her work explores ornamentation as an aesthetic resolution to itentity and individuality.

Artist: Sancintya Mohini Simpson

Sancintya Mohini Simpson's work addresses the impact of colonialism on the historical and lived experiences of her family. She draws on the archive to explore the complexities of migration, memory, and trauma.

Artwork: Maiden Voyage series, 2013

In these two series of works, Fraser and Simpson play with our assumptions of bodies. Fraser's figures are wrapped and anonymous in flamboyant camouflage in tropical landscapes from tourist photos, teasing the line between danger and seduction.

Artwork: Oriental Women series, 2016

Featuring herself and friends posing as 'Oriental beauties' complete with cheap Oriental flavoured noodles, Simpson's images are a tongue in cheek critique of the stereotypes of Asian women as the 'exotic other'. The images look like early ethnographic hand-coloured photographs.

King George Square - light boxes

Artwork created by Jemima Wyman will be on display from 10 August to 22 November 2020.

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Artist: Jemima Wyman

Jemima Wyman's art practice incorporates installation, video, photography, collage, and painting. Her most recent work focuses on patterns and masking used by marginalised groups to gain power, and explores the formal and psychological potential of camouflage in forming a collective identity.

Artwork: Flourish series and Hazard Signs

In this series, Wyman explores aposematism (a form of camouflage in which an animal's colour and pattern function as a siren to warn off predators), showing how this optical strategy has also been used by people around the world.

Irish Lane - banners

Artwork created by Gerwyn Davies will be on display from 10 August to 22 November 2020.

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Artist: Gerwyn Davies

Gerwyn Davies is a photographic artist who explores the expanded potential for self-representation emerging from the digital image. Bodies are strategically adorned and choreographed for the lens, their glistening, textured surfaces allure and entice while the heft of their costumes distort and conceal.

Artwork: Prawn & Poodle, 2016

Everyday materials become lush and vibrant costumes for Gerwyn Davies, who sets them in the centre of technicolour landscapes in Prawn & Poodle. The wry combination of the familiar and bizarre extends to the central character; a shape-shifting tourist in camp Australian suburbia; both glamourous and inscrutable.

Giffin Lane - banner

Artwork by Luke Roberts will be on display from 10 August to 22 November 2020.

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Artist: Luke Roberts

Her Divine Holiness Pope Alice, first 'encountered' the artist Luke Roberts in the 1970s and recurs throughout his work. As a visitor outside of time, gender and history, she opens up questions around all of these areas.

Artwork: Pope Alice (Pre-History), 2018

"At the dawn of the future Her Divine Holiness falls through a Black Hole and lands in a remnant of Gondwana...Sponging the primeval slime from Her frock She sits down to scribe the only known personal account of pre-history..."

Edward Street and Elizabeth Street - vitrine

Artwork created by Luke Roberts will be on display from 10 August to 22 November 2020.

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Artist: Luke Roberts

Since childhood in the Australian outback, Luke has wondered why the world is the way it is and has dedicated his life to finding answers. In the early 1970s, Luke established the extra-terristrial art persona, Her Divine Holiness Pope Alice.

Artwork: Palice Athena, 2018

Displayed are objects from one of the mythological Grecian experiences of Her Divine Holiness Pope Alice, an intergalactic emissary who asks up to 'question everything'. This year Pope Alice is celebrating a 40-year connection to Brisbane.

Edward Street and Queen Street - vitrine

Artwork created by Chantal Fraser will be on display from 10 August to 22 November 2020.

Find out about Chantal and her artwork

Artist: Chantal Fraser

Fraser's practice includes installation, performances, and digital media works. She explores cross-cultural representations by using forms of cultural adornment and is interested in how this ornamentation relates to a person's identity and individuality.

Artwork: Gentle Loud, 2020

Gentle Loud oscillates between power and vulnerability through public spectacle and contradiction of silhouette. It raises questions around what a mask object means or represents outside of its use.

Edison Lane - banner

Artwork created by Richard Bell will be on display from 10 August to 22 November 2020.

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Artist: Richard Bell

Richard Bell is a member of the Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang communities. Bell grew out of a generation of Aboriginal activists and has remained committed to the politics of Aboriginal emancipation and self-determination.

Artwork: Life on a Mission

This work, made onsite at a former mission north-west of Sydney, combines iconic Aboriginal painting motifs with abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock’s splatter traditions. Bell shows a clear refusal of outdated perceptions and stereotypes that continue today.


Howard Smith Wharves - projection

Artwork created by Rachael Haynes will be on display from 19 August to 20 September 2020.

Find out about Rachael and her artwork

Artist: Rachael Haynes

Rachael is a contemporary artist and academic. Her art practice engages with feminist ethics, care, archives and activism by looking at the social and personal constructs of language and gender.

Artwork: Together, 2020

Drawing on the patterns of quilting (a ‘feminine handicraft’), banner-making, and optical art, this work targets the affirmative potential of working together to create positive change. The animations highlight the power of words as the colour bands reverberate and create ripple effects.

Howard Smith Wharves - projection

Artwork created by Hannah Gartside will be on display from 21 September to 25 October 2020.

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Artist: Hannah Gartside

Looking back in order to look forward, Hannah Gartside uses found textiles (including worn clothing and fabrics) to create installations, sculptures and costumes. Gartside uses dress-making processes as well as methods of patchwork quilting, wet-felting, and fabric dyeing.

Artwork: Illusion Quilt, 2020

The Illusion Quilt holds the form of whatever is underneath it. The stripes emphasise each undulating surface. In this way, the pattern becomes both a way of masking movement, and of making it more visible.


Howard Smith Wharves - projection

Artwork created by Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra will be on display from 26 October to 22 November 2020.

Find out about Justin and Bhenji and their artwork

Artist: Club Ate

Club Ate is a collective formed in 2014 by multi-form artists Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra. Their practice traverses video, performance and club events with an emphasis on community activation. Collaborating with members of the queer Asia Pacific diaspora in Australia and the Philippines, the collective is invested in creating their own Future Folklore.

Artwork: Deep Alamat, 2014

In this film, two striking figures inhabit starkly different landscapes. A fungi-amphibian-coral-hybrid awakens among rocky crags and ebbing tides - drawn across the landscape to a concrete warehouse for a moment of connection between distinct bodies. 

Deep Alamat, 2014 was commissioned by Artbank for the series 'Performutations' curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham.

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

Council's Outdoor Gallery exhibition Sunny Side Up, curated by Holt Thomson Projects, will be on display from December 2020 until April 2021.

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

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Last updated:20 October 2020
Topics: public art