Top 5 art and cultural things to do in Brisbane this January

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Looking to amplify your cultural credentials? There’s no need to head interstate. With Brisbane’s melting pot of art, music and cultural events and exhibitions on offer, there’s more to see and do to make any outing the envy of friends and add to your creative kudos.

Culture corner

Brisbane is brimming with outdoor galleries, more than you may realise – from colourful street side traffic signal boxes to public art installations scattered around our city, and light box projections and sculptures in our popular laneways. Take a roam through our self-guided public art trails showcasing a range of heritage, cultural, contemporary and architectural masterpieces. Don’t miss the Lord Mayor’s Green Heart Photography Competition’s roaming gallery at Richard Randall Art Gallery in Mt Coot-tha from 15-24 January, placing an environmental lens around the theme, ‘Colours of Brisbane’, it's sure to inspire.

Event: Lord Mayor's Green Heart Photography Competition roaming gallery

Where: various locations

When: throughout January

Fancy a trip to Asia but don’t have the budget? QAGOMA is your destination of choice, with more than 400 Asian-inspired artworks on display to celebrate the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. It’s bursting at the seams with colour and culture, and the hands-on activities for kids make this a day out for the whole family. This event is the perfect appetiser for BrisAsia Festival, Brisbane’s biggest celebration of Asian culture, kicking off next month!

Exhibition: 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

Where: QAGOMA, South Brisbane

When: until 28 April

The art of fashion

Fashionistas of all ages will be drawn to the Museum of Brisbane (MoB) this month, with The Designer’s Guide: Easton Pearson exhibition and related events featuring 200 garments celebrating Australian fashion designers Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson. Also on show is Dress Code, exploring the cultural impacts on fashion across the Asia Pacific. For budding designers, MoB Kids is hosting costume and headband making, as well as screen printing workshops. Update your wardrobe on the way out too, with bright accessories by Brisbane-based designers from the MoB shop!

Event: The Designer’s Guide: Easton Pearson and Dress Code

Where: Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City

When: The Designer's Guide: Easton Pearson - until 22 April, Dress Code - until 28 January

Look who’s talking

Inspired by Vanity Fair’s bitingly satirical 1930s series, ‘Impossible Interviews’, Brisbane artist Sam Cranstoun has turned imaginary conversations into art. Impossible Conversations is a collection of watercolour paintings depicting the imagined dialogues between nine Italian-Australian Brisbane residents and celebrated figures from Italian history. What would you say to Galileo Galilei?

Event: Impossible Conversations

Where: Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City

When: until 31 March

Lions and tigers and bears – oh my!

Follow the yellow brick road to SunPAC and get involved in an interactive performance of The Wizard of Oz taking the stage by storm. Theatre etiquette is out the window, and forget about the ‘fourth wall’, with audience participation strongly encouraged in this whirlwind performance of a family favourite!

Event: The Wizard of Oz

Where: SunPAC, 470 McCullough Street, MacGregor

When: 11am, 22 January

Centre stage

If you’ve got tickets to Florence + The Machine, The Prodigy or George Ezra, Riverstage is the place to be. You can’t jam out on an empty stomach, so satisfy your tastebuds by starting the evening with a bite at any of the nearby CBD dining precincts before joining in the fun. It gets busy around Riverstage on concert nights, so make sure to plan your journey in advance!

Where: Riverstage, Brisbane City

When: various dates and times

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Last updated:24 October 2019
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