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Council hands artists a blank canvas for street art murals

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Council hands artists a blank canvas for street art murals

Brisbane City Council has revealed the latest locally based artists to be handed blank canvasses across the city’s suburbs to install vibrant street art murals as part of the popular Brisbane Canvas project.

City Planning Chairman Julian Simmonds said eight Brisbane artists had been chosen to produce innovative and imaginative large-scale commissioned street art for walls and bridges at sites across the city.  

“Public art is a key contributor to Brisbane’s reputation as a great place to live, work and relax and commissioning these new artworks will help bring our city’s infrastructure alive, increase interest in our creative sector and provide new opportunities for our city’s talented emerging artists,” Cr Simmonds said. 

“As well as inspiring pride in our public places, the new artworks will also contribute to our city’s distinctive and memorable identity, promoting an increase in cultural tourism and providing great photo opportunities for residents and visitors.

“All the new artworks will reflect an ‘Optimistic’ theme of hope, energy and passion as part of Council’s commitment to creating new lifestyle and leisure opportunities.”

Cr Simmonds said the popularity and interest in Brisbane Canvas had grown over recent years, with the number of submissions almost tripling.

“As Australia’s New World City, we are proud to support the creative endeavour and innovation of our local artists and the street art produced through Brisbane Canvas is well-received by the community,” he said.

“This year we received 180 expressions of interest for the program, with exciting proposals for murals across public infrastructure, which will be painted in coming months.

“Brisbane is a great hub for the creative arts and Council has a proud track record of nurturing and enabling artists through public art initiatives such as our Outdoor Gallery program, the student gallery in King George Square carpark, the City Artworks Project and the painting of traffic signal boxes through our Artforce program.”

Brisbane Canvas has already delivered high quality street art murals at a number of inner city locations including Arch Lane, King George Square car park, Kelvin Grove Road, Coronation Drive and Milton Road Milton, Dock Street South Brisbane, Boundary Street near Howard Smith Wharves and Thornton Street Kangaroo Point.

For more information on art in public places in Brisbane, visit brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 3403 8888.

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