Being BAD looks so good – the massive art and design festival sweeping the city
Anyone with an inkling of just how damn strong the Brisbane creative community is will be able to tell you that this city has fostered some incredible talent over the years. You may not know these artists and designers by name, but they deserve to be recognised – which is where this brand-new festival comes in. BRISBANE ART DESIGN (or BAD if you’re feeling cheeky) will shine a light on incredible creative minds that have come from our city – whether they’re based here, cut their teeth here or are just making a start here. Don’t let the acronym fool you – being BAD has never looked so good.
The centrepiece of BRISBANE ART DESIGN is an eye-popping exhibition taking over the Museum of Brisbane from May 10 to August 11. This huge multi-dimensional effort will showcase the works of established and emerging Brisbane creatives across all manner of mediums – it’s all about experimentation. You can expect to come across robotics, interactive art, video, installation, ceramics, jewellery and painting, including pieces that have been specially commissioned for the festival – keep your eyes peeled for brand-new work from Justene Williams, Craig & Karl, Susan Hawkins and Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan to name just a few.
While the Museum of Brisbane will serve as the creative hub for all things BAD, the fun doesn’t stop there – beyond its home base, the festival spreads across more than 25 amazing venues throughout the city and inner suburbs. During the festival period from May 10–26, curious minds can take advantage of tours, talks, exhibitions, screenings, studio visits and workshops that delve into the world of Brisbane designers both past and present. One thing is for sure –BRISBANE ART DESIGN is the perfect environment to revel in the pure joy, wonder, curiosity and conversation that is sparked through great art and design.
Want to get in to the action? You can check out the BRISBANE ART DESIGN major exhibition at Museum of Brisbane From May 10 to August 11, and you can explore the full scope of BAD Festival activities running from May 10–26 over at the BAD website.
Craig & Karl, Triptych (2018). Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai. Image courtesy the artists.
Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan and the Fruitjuice Factory Studio, “Prototypes” After In-Habit: Project Another Country (2019). Photo by David Kelly.
Kellie O’Dempsey, Becoming Becoming, installation performance view featuring Felix Sampson from Dance North (2018). Photo by Angela Little.
Nicolette Johnson, Spire, Two-Pronged Vase (Ore), Crucible I. Image courtesy the artist.
Derlot, QTZ Chairs. Photo by Florian Groehn.