I moved to Brisbane in 2009 having through the years lived in The Netherlands, UK, South Africa, Qatar and now Australia. I'm a single mum with three kids always looking for penny pinching ways to have fun and discover new places and things to do.
A quirky night at the gallery
With all the rain and miserable weather in Brisbane a visit to the Art and Design Precinct for the Opening Evening of the Fortune 500 Exhibition was a interesting experience. The contemporary and eclectic collection of art put on display for this versatile exhibition includes young, up and coming artists as well as some more established artists from around the Bay Region.
The precinct, run by Grant and Michelle opened in October 2012; the intention to bring together artisans, exhibitors, their clients and lovers of art in a vibrant and embracing space. The Precinct consists of a number of studios available to artists for displaying and promoting their work, workshop space and a conference room for meeting with buyers and clients to discuss upcoming exhibits and potential commissioning.
Owners: Grant and Michelle
Michelle Bowden has a background in art which makes her passionate about awarding young and established artists an opportunity to promote them within Brisbane. She believes that art should inspire people to look, think and feel deeper. She is fascinated by colour and texture and participates in exhibitions at Art and Design Precinct.
Grant, an interior designer by trade was the driving force behind the design and layout of the Art and Design Precinct and allowed the space to inspire him. He is looking forward showcasing his abilities as an interior designer further when part of the space becomes a showroom.
The Fortune 500 Exhibition certainly demonstrated their desires to bring together a uniquely creative and commercial environment for artists and laymen alike. The art pieces were diverse in styles and mediums. It was lovely to be able to meet some of the artists and discuss their works with them rather than just reading about them on a plaque on the wall.
I was particularly taken by the art work supplied by two artists – Teagan Renee and Keith Virtue. Teagan's first exhibition was RAW Up and Coming Young Artist where Grant snapped her up for an exhibition at the Art and Design Precinct. Her main focus is fashion photography, portraits and erotic genres which definitely showed in her work. She has always been interested in unique and beautiful things and hopes to be able to travel the world with fashion photography one day. Her work will be on display as part of the current Fortune 500 Exhibit until 21 June. She will also be participating in the Barely There: A Study of Nudes Exhibition running from 19 July.
Teagan with her Photography
During his day job Kevin Virtue spends his days playing with AutoCAD and works within strict deadlines and constraints but he leaves all these rules and regulations behind when he allows his artistic skills to take over. This is clearly demonstrated by his original and quirky interpretations of the use of sushi soya sauce containers. Looking at his work you can be forgiven for seeing a deeper and more controversial meaning behind his ocean inspired art work but he assured me there was no message to stop dumping rubbish in the ocean or stop fishing endangered species, just a fun and original up-cycle of his favourite take away.
Keith with his Still Live Tsunami
With a busy calendar of events the Art and Design Precinct is certainly putting their mark on the already quirky and arty West End Brisbane Suburb. Why not visit their website for the dates of their next exhibition open evening or other event, grab a glass of wine and enjoy the live music?