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Outdoor Gallery Exhibition: <play/ground>, curated by @MCRT. Studio

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Brand New FREE Public Art Exhibition
Brisbane City Council's Outdoor Gallery turns into a <play/ground> with its latest must-see exhibition!

From 9 September 2022 to 16 April 2023, <play/ground> showcases 37 breathtaking artworks by eleven Brisbane-connected artists across iconic CBD locations, such as Howard Smith Wharves, Ann St and Fish Lane, to name a few.

Arkie the Label in Giffin Lane

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said that the Outdoor Gallery program has been bringing Brisbane's laneways and city streets to life with imaginative and curious artworks for 8 years, and is an important part of our city's fabric. "Our Outdoor Gallery gives residents of all ages a unique and exciting chance to experience and engage with modern and contemporary art as they walk to work, visit the city to shop or as they enjoy dinner in our bustling restaurant precincts," he said.

Daniel Sherington in Ann St

<play/ground> celebrates the city of Brisbane as our concrete playground, with the exhibiting artists displaying their artworks in light boxes and vitrines, on banners and as evening projections. Playing on the entitled word, the exhibition acknowledges the modern busy lives of each resident and nods to pursuing a balanced and playful life while remaining grounded as essential to finding and maintaining joy in our day-to-day physical and digital lives.

Kelsey Doyle in the King George Square Carpark Lightboxes

Brisbane-based photographer Kelsey Doyle is one of the eleven artists in this group show, exhibiting in the King George Square Car Park with her work reflecting the 'play' side of the theme by capturing the leisurely delight of the natural landscape of Brisbane. "There is nothing I love more than living in a city surrounded by bodies of water and nature, from the Brisbane River, Enoggera Reservoir to the beaches north and south," she said.

Man&Wah, two established artists from Brisbane, will be displaying works responding to 'ground' - each image selected shows elements of the earth and the cosmos which represent something we are all naturally connected to - the cycles that support and continue to create life in Brisbane. "For example, an image of a bee is included because it is a crucial insect that pollinates much of the plant life on earth, especially the fruits and vegetables humans consume; sustaining and giving us health," the artists elaborate.

Man&Wah in the Hutton Lane Lightboxes

<play/ground> was curated by @MCRT.Studio to showcase emerging and established artists who have seen thriving in the Brisbane art scene in their specialised fields. The selected artists are masters in their craft and come from varying backgrounds from mural art, illustrators, graphic designers, light sculptures and photographers.

One example is innovative artist Emily Devers who has co-created her artwork Still Living Arrangements with artificial intelligence (AI). The curators said, "It's important to celebrate and support emerging artists who are innovating and bring visual joy and culture to our city, gifting us a chance to view their work and learn their stories. The Outdoor Gallery is a great avenue that connects artists to the public, contributing to a thriving city."

Emily Devers in Howard Smith Wharves Projection 2

As part of the exhibition is a number of activations and events, including masterclass-infused tours, all-ages art workshops and an official launch party at Howard Smith Wharves on Friday, 16 September, from 5:30 pm. Exhibiting artist Emily Devers will be DJing the launch event, sharing tunes under the stars and a large-scale live painting session performed by a local mural artist, Maxim Chikanchi.

Plan your <play/ground> experience now at brisbane.qld.gov.au.

For the Art trail, search 'Outdoor Gallery's <play/ground>' on the Brisbane App here.

Yin Lu in the Fish Lane Precinct
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When: Friday 9 September, 2022 to Sunday 16 April, 2023
Where: Brisbane CBD, Queensland
Cost: Free
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