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Brisbane Art Design (BAD) 2021

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by May Cross (subscribe)
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Brisbane Art Design (BAD) 2021 is where art and design in Brisbane meet for a month of exciting exhibitions, open studios, outdoor interventions, talks, tours and workshops. It commences Friday 7 May and runs until Sunday 30 May in Brisbane's CBD, inner-city, and suburbs. That's four packed weekends featuring more than 60 venues. This is BAD's second year. I visited and wrote about the inaugural Brisbane Art Design 2019 and Open Studio Weekend in WeekendNotes.



It focuses on the city, the Valley, Northside and Southside and portrays what makes each neighbourhood unique with tours, public art events, contemporary art exhibitions, performances, projections and open studios across fashion, photography, local artisans, furniture, street art and commercial arts sectors.

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BAD 2019 (May Cross)


BAD 2021 is an initiative of the Museum of Brisbane (MoB) and is the brainchild of Director Renai Grace, who believed that it was time to see a celebration of visual art and design animating a network of parks, laneways, galleries, artist spaces and studios across the city and online.

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Renai Grace (May Cross)


Renai said, "BAD is a city-wide placemaking programme allowing us to tell the stories of the city and we are delighted to see that it has gone from 27 to over 60 venues in its second iteration, allowing the community to celebrate the incredible talent within our city. BAD is emerging as an important platform for the creative arts sector in Brisbane that has thrived for decades."

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Brisbane Quarter (May Cross)


WEEKEND ONE 7-9 MAY CITY:
Audiences are invited to explore the inner city, starting the journey on the ground level of the CBD's Brisbane Quarter, where emerging talent Kirralee Robinson will be staging a large-scale kinetic installation Move Together, before a short stroll to the iconic City Hall to witness MoB's live improvisational drawing environment RMXTV. Authored by ex-Brisbane (now LA-Based) creative Steve Alexander, this broadcast workshop invites artists to respond to a series of prompts - testing their creative agility.

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Superordinary (Dylan Evans)


Wander down iconic Edward Street to explore two of the exhibits that form part of the city-wide Outdoor Gallery's Indigenous Art Program then on to see exhibitions by Amy Sargeant in Contra Store and BSAF's "Within These Walls" exhibition at Superordinary. There is also much to see at QUT with the Art Museum, The Cube and William Robinson Gallery, a highlight being a performative debate extending the conversation around the Art Museum's "On Earth" exhibition.

At night, immerse yourself in the wonder of Botanica in the City Botanic Gardens, where every night from 7 to 16 May Botanica will transform the Gardens through a series of contemporary installations and projections. Now in its third year, Botanica is emerging as one of Australia's leading public art events.

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Botanica (website)


WEEKEND TWO 14-16 MAY FORTITUDE VALLEY:
Commencing on Friday evening 14th, visit QUT Kelvin Grove to explore the creative output on display before kicking off Saturday in The Valley. FV is home to many of Brisbane's galleries and creative precincts, so enjoy fashion, performance and projections.

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BAD for you (May Cross)

"Radical Localism" on King Street, co-designed by artisan and Practice Studio, in collaboration with QUT Fashion, aims to highlight Brisbane's local independent fashion community. Bringing together skilled makers and designers in a very large open-studio setting, audiences are invited to browse view their latest wares, and join a broader conversation about the future of an industry in the era of both fast and slow fashion.

Moving on to contemporary art with exhibitions in Adderton House, the Institute of Modern Art, Jan Murphy Gallery, Edwina Corlette, Outerspace and Mitchell Fine Art and three outdoor exhibitions commissioned just for BAD. Projection, performance and installation works by Callum McGrath, Sandra Selig and Visaya Hoffie will lead audiences through The Valley to the James Street Precinct.

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Mas & Miek Ceramic House (courtesy of organiser)


WEEKEND THREE 21-23 MAY NORTHSIDE:
Weekend Three heads north to explore the offerings of Tenerife, Newstead and Albion. Luxxboxx plays host to an in-depth look back at the legacy of Queensland's own Quench Collective where 20 years on from their worldwide debut they are back home to enthuse a new generation of local designers.

Saturday go along the river and take in the Brisbane Powerhouse's MELT photographic exhibition, an open studio at the Ferryman's Hut, Jan Manton Gallery, and BIB'N'Brace Collective. Head further North from the Gasworks Precinct to enjoy the ceramic skills on display at Mas & Miek, photographic works at Maud Street Photo Gallery, and First Nations practitioners at the iconic Fireworks Gallery.

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Grey Hand Press (Dylan Evans)


Saturday arvo, visit open-studios by Stephen Hart and Michael Eather plus two art-meets-fashion displays with Ivy Nui at Newstead Studios, and a fashion illustrators' exhibition, as part of Brisbane Fashion Month.

Urban Art Project's public artworks can be found around the world, but on Saturday night, and now a collection of Brisbane's most successful creatives share their not-so-successful moments in a tell-all session of failures, fears and beers.

Explore an emerging makers and bakers in Albion, on Pedder Street in Botanick, with wood-carver Carol Russell, fine leather artisans Blue and Grae and the creative co-working space Colab 4010. Take in the tastes of Amy Sargeantson Chocolate and pop next door to Revival Art and Design. Head into Neighbourhood for a coffee and conversation with the Sunday Drawing Club, and fuel up at The Black Market Albion before an afternoon of Street Art with live mural painting and exhibition at Mayne Line Gallery.

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James Hornsby - Onespace Gallery (courtesy of artist)


WEEKEND FOUR 28-30 MAY SOUTHSIDE:
The final weekend showcases the Southside. Take a Friday night gallery crawl along Montague Road in the West End, from Onespace Gallery to Metro Arts in West Village.

Saturday sees exhibitions and conversations with Five Mile Radius on Gladstone Road, Griffith University Art Museum, Queensland College of Art, TAFE Queensland, and the State Library Queensland. Wrap up the evening with music, projections and performances by all-Indigenous artists in a block party at Fish Lane's new Town Square.

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Perides Art Foundry (courtesy of organiser)


Alongside these programmed weekends, there are exhibitions and events in suburban locations. BAD in the 'Burbs includes Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Stable Gallery, Wreckers, Dead Puppet Society, Derlot Group, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane Institute of Art, Side Gallery in Red Hill, Grey Hand Press, Perides Art Foundry and others. For more information, visit www.brisbaneartdesign.com.au

Museum of Brisbane (May Cross)
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Why? It's good to be BAD
When: 7 to 30 May
Where: Various Brisbane locations
Cost: FREE
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