Painting, sipping and clay play – delve deeper into the Indigenous Art Program with this series of free events
With upwards of 60,000 years of history on the land we call Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people carry a rich and storied cultural heritage that has been passed down for generations through art and storytelling. Celebrating First Nations artists and their depth of culture, the Indigenous Art Program brings these stories of truth, strength and determination into our streets and laneways, showcasing works in Brisbane’s sprawling Outdoor Gallery. From May 7 to August 7, you can discover the OUTstanding exhibition, which showcases new and existing artworks from 12 emerging and early career artists. Through large-scale banners, light boxes, projections, walking tours, workshops and more, the 2022 program acknowledges our unsung Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heroes and speaks to unresolved issues, conciliation and truth-telling in this country. To help you navigate the impressive program, we’ve picked a few must-do public events to check out … oh, and did we mention it’s all free?
Paint and Sip with Boneta-Marie Mabo
Tuesday May 31, 5:30–7:00 pm
Fancy an evening of creativity and RNB beats? Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual artist Boneta-Marie Mabo is renowned for bringing good vibes and this paint-and-sip session will be no exception! The contemporary artist focuses on many controversial themes, taking a critical view on cultural, political and social issues that directly and indirectly affect Indigenous women and children. She will guide attendees through a vibrant painting class at South Brisbane’s Aboriginal Art Co, set to the soundtrack of funky RNB and hip-hop music. Bookings are essential – click here to secure your spot.
OUTstanding Indigenous Art Evening Walking Tours
Friday June 3, Friday July 8 and Friday July 22, 6:00–7:30 pm
Throughout the towering buildings and winding laneways of our glorious city, you would have noticed Brisbane’s ever-changing Outdoor Gallery. The works of 12 emerging First Nations artists are currently dotted around the city, from South Brisbane’s Fish Lane, through The City and over to Howard Smith Wharves. The Indigenous Art Program’s curators are hosting a series of walking tours across the program – and while there are daytime tours, we’re most excited to see the illuminated works by night. Don your warmest jacket and comfiest shoes, and meet at the corner of Fish Lane and Grey Street to discover more about the works taking over Meanjin. Book your spot on the tour here.
Open Studio with Sam Harrison and Keemon Williams
Saturday June 18, 12:00–2:00 pm
If you’ve ever wanted an inside look into the creative process of an artist, you’re going to love Open Studio. Meanjin-based artists Sam Harrison and Keemon Williams invite you to join them in their South Brisbane studio for a behind-the-scenes look at their practices on Saturday June 18. You’ll get a guided tour through the studio and get to chat with the artists to discover their inspiration and creative drivers – with a cup of tea in hand, if you desire! Each artist has incredible stories to tell – Sam Harrison, who has Kamilaroi/Wiradjuri and English ancestry, looks at the complicated and ambiguous space that exists between First Nations and Colonial ways of being, while queer interdisciplinary artist Keemon William, of Koa, Kuku Yalanji and Meriam Mir descent, analyses the relationships between location, personal histories and the manifestation of culture in a postcolonial world. Head here to book your spot.
OUTstanding Clay Workshop with Jody Rallah
Saturday July 30, 2:00–3:30 pm
There is something incredibly cathartic and rewarding about working with clay – using your hands to create something beautiful from a medium that is so organic and unassuming, that is literally the earth that we stand on. Yuggera artist Jody Rallah invites you to join her in this grounding workshop, where clay will be used as a medium to celebrate Country as a hero. In her practice, Jody tells stories through object making, sculptural installation, performance, painting and sound, and creates knowledge vessels as living embodiments for conversations spanning generations. Using clay and native seeds, Jody will guide you to create a handmade vessel similar to a seed bomb (that you will get to take home!), sharing local stories along the way. Book here to guarantee your place.
This article was created in partnership with our friends at Brisbane City Council.