Did you know there are various artistic works of deep and personal meaning on display outdoors around the Brisbane CBD this month waiting to be discovered?
Maiwar is a month-long outdoor exhibition of First Nations' contemporary art. This is the third year of Maiwar, presented by the Brisbane City Council and curated by Blaklash Collective. This year, the works are linked by a theme of 'endurance'.
You just need to note the locations from the BCC Maiwar website to search them out. Or better still, take a 90 minute guided walking tour with the exhibition curators to learn more about the stories behind the works.
There are nine outdoor gallery sites around the heart of Brisbane. Most are in the CBD, perfect for a lunch break excursion. Others are in South Brisbane with the biggest being the canvas of the William Jolly bridge, on which Katina Davidson's artwork 'Tangled' is projected.
Some of the artworks are a delight to discover, such as Libby Harwood's photographic work 'Bangan-Mud - Tallebudgera Creek/Gangga series' in Giffin Lane, above a car park entrance. If you look down Faber Lane off Adelaide Street, you'll glimpse it at the end of the lane.
The Maiwar website sheds light on the deep personal meaning behind the works, such as Jordana Angus' 'Fractures Emerge' in Eagle Lane. The images are of broken shells repaired by crochet stitches, symbolising the repair of her family's intergenerational trauma.
On Edward St, near the corner of Charlotte St, you'll find Mandy Quadrio's 'Continuing Connections', encased in glass. Mandy used steel wool in her work as a symbol of "attempted erasure of Aboriginal history, identity and culture."
There are more artworks waiting down other lanes and even in King George Square car park. Check out the website for details of guided walks and artists talks scheduled for dates till the end of April. Or just be sure to look down the lane the next time you're on your way to grab a coffee on a work break.