'Dok Rak Dance' (2021), Vipoo Srivilasa, Howard Smith Wharves

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 gallery walls. Recently, the Outdoor Gallery has grown to include art projections at Howard Smith Wharves.

APT10 Kids: Outdoors is currently exhibiting in the Outdoor Gallery followed by the Indigenous Art Program from May to August 2022.

Share your experience of the Outdoor Gallery exhibitions and public programs using #BNEPublicArt.

APT10 Kids: Outdoors 

Council in collaboration with the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) presents the latest Outdoor Gallery exhibition APT10 Kids: Outdoors displayed across the city from 4 December 2021 to 25 April 2022.

Featured artworks have been created by Australian and international artists (and in some instances in collaboration with young people) that celebrate love, inclusion, and diversity, acknowledging the importance of collaboration and community.

Start at QAGOMA's 'The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art' (APT10), then venture out from the gallery and into the city streets to explore the APT10 Kids exhibition.

Due to recent wet weather, installations at the following Outdoor Gallery locations have been postponed:

  • Cordelia Street banner
  • Edison Lane banner
  • Edward Street vitrines
  • Giffin Lane banner.

Join one of our Outdoor Gallery events - there are pop-up performances, storytelling and workshops.

View our map to help navigate your way around our Outdoor Gallery.

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Artist: Shannon Novak in collaboration with Matthias Butcher

ARTWORK: MAKE VISIBLE: BRISBANE — A PLACE FOR ALL (2021)
LOCATION: CORDELIA STREET, SOUTH BRISBANE

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Shannon Novak (Aotearoa New Zealand b. 1979) creates socially engaged artworks that aim to inspire positive change for the LGBTQI+ community. He is passionate about creating safe spaces that acknowledge, celebrate and support diversity.

Make Visible: Brisbane — A Place for All features illustrations of different LGBTQI+ family groups. The work reflects the artist's belief that we can work together to create a more loving and accepting world.

Instagram @shannon_novak_
www.shannonnovak.com

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Artist: Shannon Novak


artwork: Make visible: measure (queensland) (2021)
LOCATION: edison lane, brisbane city

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Shannon Novak (Aotearoa New Zealand b. 1979) creates socially engaged artworks that aim to inspire positive change for the LGBTQI+ community. He is passionate about creating safe spaces that acknowledge, celebrate and support diversity.

Novak's artwork, Make Visible: Measure (Queensland) is a visual representation of Queensland's LGBTQI+ community. The work features 217,146 coloured circles that reflect the estimated number of people who belong to this community (based on a report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics). The artwork aims to encourage kindness by making the size of the community more visible through data visualisation.

Instagram @shannon_novak_
www.shannonnovak.com

 

Artist: Phuong Ngo in collaboration with Junction Park State School students

artwork: pattern exchange (2021)
location: hutton lane, brisbane city
 

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Phuong Ngo (Australia b. 1983) is interested in the history of Vietnam and the ways in which the country has been shaped and changed by interactions with other peoples and cultures. He is also interested in the power of language and words.

Ngo's Pattern Exchange explores the cement tile as a colonial artefact found in Vietnam, using a colour palette drawn from an 'Oriental' colour range of a well-known paint brand. Ngo has chosen these 'oriental' colours as a way to start a conversation and highlight how some words can be hurtful to people from different cultural backgrounds in our community. This display features designs made by children using paper in the brand's 'true blue' colour.

Instagram: @pthngo
www.phuongngo.art

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Artist: Phuong Ngo

artwork: untitled no. 1 (racist paintings) (detail) (2020-ongoing)
location: giffin lane, brisbane city
 

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Phuong Ngo (Australia b. 1983) is interested in the history of Vietnam and the ways in which the country has been shaped and changed by interactions with other peoples and cultures. He is also interested in the power of language and words.

Ngo began work on the series 'Collaborative racist paintings' in March 2020 — a time when Asian hate crimes were on the rise across Australia and elsewhere. The featured artwork is a detail from this series using a colour palette drawn from the 'Oriental' colour range of a well-known paint brand, geometric patterns reminiscent of cement tiles that French colonists brought to Vietnam and a French colonial postcard with an image of the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon.

Instagram @pthngo
www.phuongngo.art

 

Artist: Jamilah Haji in collaboration with Nureesean Ka-meng and Sarah Carr

artwork: happiness and desire (select drawings) (2021)
location: eagle lane, brisbane city

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As a person with a hand difference, Haji (Thailand b. 1989) is passionate about providing creative opportunities for people with disabilities. In her work, she often collaborates with people of all abilities, incorporating their drawings into her large, densely layered embroidery pieces.

This display features artwork created by children from Thailand and Brisbane during several drawing workshops where children were asked to create a picture of something that makes them happy or something they wish for.

www.jamilahhaji.com

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Artist: Jamilah Haji

artwork: test and beauty of life no. 3 (detail) (2020–21)
location: eagle lane, brisbane city
 

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As a person with a hand difference, Haji (Thailand b. 1989) is passionate about providing creative opportunities for people with disabilities. In her work, she often collaborates with people of all abilities, incorporating their drawings into her large, densely layered embroidery pieces.

The featured artwork is a detail of Haji's embroidery artwork, Test and beauty of life no. 3, which is an expressive and deeply personal reflection of the artist's life in southern Thailand.

www.jamilahhaji.com

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Artist: Gordon Hookey

artwork: the sacred hill (detail) (2013)
location: irish lane, brisbane city


 

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First Nations artist Gordon Hookey (Waanyi people, Australia b. 1961) creates artworks inspired by Australian history and everyday life. Through his work, Hookey tells stories with words, vibrant colours, and a cast of amazing characters.

The artworks featured in this location are from Gordon Hookey's children's storybook The Sacred Hill, which follows four brave kangaroos on a quest to reclaim their homeland: Blue the plains kangaroo; Potsy the potoroo; Treez the tree kangaroo; and Rocko the rock wallaby.

www.millanigallery.com.au/artist/gordon-hookey

 
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Artist: Vipoo Srivilasa in collaboration with workshop participants

artwork: territorium of love (2021)
location: edward street vitrines, brisbane city
 

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In his artwork, Vipoo Srivilasa (Thailand/Australia b. 1969) playfully blends European historical figurines, Asian decorative practices, and contemporary culture to create intricate ceramic pieces. In Srivilasa's art practice, flowers are a recurring motif although their meaning changes depending on the project.

Inspired by Srivilasa's ceramic sculptures, Territorium of Love features a 'flower bear' character named Dok Rak (which translates to 'Flower of Love' in Thai). Blooming in Dok Rak's garden are flowers customised by children, with drawings and messages inspired by the people they love and have missed the most in 2020-21.

Instagram @vipooart
vipoo.com

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Artist: Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts in collaboration with workshop participants

artwork: animal designs for where stortles roam (2021)
location: king george square car park

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Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts was founded in 2011 by Kamruzzaman Shadhin (Bangladesh b. 1974), as a non-profit and multidisciplinary organisation. Situated in Bangladesh's far north-western state of Thakurgaon district, Gidree Bawlee facilitates cultural and artistic exchange programs. Through these residencies, the foundation seeks to be a catalyst for social inclusivity, directly engaging with the district's marginalised communities.

Where Stortles Roam is a collaboration between the foundation, children from the village of Balia in Bangladesh. Together they have developed a puppet-making activity inspired by the poem 'Khichuri' by Bengali poet, Sukumar Ray. This display features imaginary creatures hidden in the jungle foliage made by children from Balia and Brisbane.

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Artist: Syagini Ratna Wulan 

artwork: ida (2021)
location: fish lane, south brisbane
 

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Syagini Ratna Wulan (Indonesia b. 1979) is fascinated by the unique way we perceive and experience colour. In her art practice, she explores abstraction and colour through a variety of mediums including painting, installation and participatory projects.

Ratna Wulan's artwork, Ida, explores colour, shape and pattern through mandala designs. A mandala is a circular artwork used in some spiritual and religious practices to create a sense of wellness.

Instagram @syagini

Artist: Vipoo Srivilasa 

artwork: dok rak dance (2021)
location: howard smith whares, brisbane city
dates: 4 December 2021-31 january 2022

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From December 2021 to April 2022, Howard Smith Wharves will be home to three fun animations that explore colour, pattern, and movement.

Follow along with Dok Rak and friends - imaginative 'flower bears' characters created by artist Vipoo Srivilasa (Thailand/ Australia b. 1979) as they dance across the cliff face.

Instagram @vipooart
vipoo.com

Artist: Syagini Ratna Wulan

artwork: pingala (2021)
location: howard smith whares, brisbane city
dates: 1 February-13 March 2022

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From December 2021 to April 2022, Howard Smith Wharves will be home to three fun animations that explore colour, pattern, and movement.

Be mesmerised as large mandala designs by artist Syagini Ratna Wulan (Indonesia b. 1969) twist and change, creating spectacular optical illusions.

Instagram @syagini​​​​

Artist: Phuong Ngo

artwork: pattern exchange (2021)
location: howard smith whares, brisbane city
dates: 14 march-25 april 2022

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From December 2021 to April 2022, Howard Smith Wharves will be home to three fun animations that explore colour, pattern, and movement.

Watch as geometric tile designs (reminiscent of cement tiles brought to Vietnam by French colonists) arrange and rearrange in connection to Pattern Exchange, a project by Phuong Ngo (Australia b. 1983).

www.phuongngo.art

Future Outdoor Gallery exhibitions

Council's Outdoor Gallery exhibition Indigenous Art Program 2022 will be on display from May to August 2022.

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Last updated: 8 December 2021
Topics: public art