Brisbane isn't only home to Australia's best beaches and swimming spots, the city also features a host of art and cultural events that are so exceptional you won't feel guilty staying inside. One of the absolute must-see creative showcases on 2019's cultural calendar is the Brisbane Art Design exhibition (BAD), which takes over the Museum of Brisbane until Sunday August 11. Highlighting artwork and installations from some of Brisbane's most exciting artists and designers, there's also a great selection of emerging future stars whose work you can get an early glimpse of before they take to the international stage. During your stay at Capri by Fraser, Brisbane, you'll be perfectly positioned to explore the artistic delights at the Museum of Brisbane, plus there's also loads of world-class dining and activities on the doorstep of your luxury apartment that'll make your visit simply incredible.
The best of local art and design
Throughout this highly immersive experimental exhibition, visitors will get to enjoy the entire spectrum of creative artwork as Brisbane's most provocative artists have all been brought together under one massive roof. Across robotics, performance art, video, installation, ceramics, jewellery and painting, there's a wealth of works that are bound to surprise and intrigue as you wander the white walls of the Museum of Brisbane
Specifically for the BAD exhibition, a host of new and never-before-seen works by some of the biggest names in the business have been commissioned. One such example is by Craig & Karl, a Brisbane-born duo who met at the Queensland College of Art many years ago. Now based out of London and New York, throughout their successful career together, the pair have put together vibrant designs for many of the most prominent brands in the world, including Louis Vuitton, Nike, Apple, Tate Modern, Vogue and Vanity Fair. They also frequently show work inside the gallery, and you'll get to see six large-scale portraits of their Brisbane friends inside the Museum of Brisbane's Dome Lounge. You'll also find their work adorning the exhibition's merchandise and products as Craig & Karl were responsible for creating BAD 2019's colourful branding.
Another artist featured at Brisbane Art Design that you have to experience is the work of Lindy Lee. Having recently seen Tony Costa's portrait of herself win Australia's most significant portraiture award, The Archibald Prize, Lee is a highly regarded artist in her own right and has two works featured at BAD. Inspired by Taoist and Buddhist philosophies, the first work, known as Horizons growing beyond the visible, is a towering work of bronze, which Lee has flung at the wall to create a seemingly random array of shapes that are each totally unique. Her second work highlighted in the exhibition is called Flame from the Dragon’s Pearl: Open as the Sky, which takes the form of a free-standing statue that radiates with reflective gold and silver. Meanwhile, contemporary Australian and Aboriginal artist Richard Bell has also been commissioned to provide an important Indigenous perspective to the exhibition. His new work titled This is Aboriginal is a thought-provoking work that builds upon his stellar career as both one of Australia's leading artists and political activists.
Experience a different perspective at Brisbane Art Design
It'salways a great time wandering the gallery in your own way, but to get the best experience you have the option of taking a fascinating guided tour. Each day at 12.30pm, head along to the Museum of Brisbane and join your expert guide as you spend the next 45 minutes discovering all the incredible details behind the works on display. Whether it's the inside story on what makes the artwork so special or insight into the life of the artist, this is both an easy and free way to add an extra dimension to your time at the exhibition. If you'd prefer even greater insight into the exhibition, take a deep dive with BAD curator Miranda Hine as she joins guests and offers specialist knowledge into the showcase. There's still time to secure your spot for free on July 5 and August 2 at 5.30pm.
To accompany Brisbane Art Design, the team at the Museum of Brisbane have also put together a range of experiences that'll undoubtedly take your visit to the next level. Installation artist Kellie O’Dempsey leads a cinematic multimedia workshop; local fashion and costume designer Leigh Buchanan hosts a special life drawing class; printmaker Jason Murphy teaches you various mono-printing techniques; and much-loved illustrator Holly Neilson leads a lively watercolour workshop. That's a lot to take in, but with all these different ways of visiting the gallery and BAD 2019 possible, your experience is bound to be both engaging and highly educational.
Speaking about the ground-breaking Brisbane showcase, Museum of Brisbane Director Renai Grace believes it's time for the city to take pride in the amazing range of creative artists that have emerged from Brisbane and gone on to great success around the globe.
“For too long, Brisbane has quietly cherished our extraordinary community of artists and designers, many of whom have well established national and international careers. BAD is going to shout our success to the world, and, even more importantly, reveal these amazing individuals and their work to all of Brisbane,” says Grace. “We want to push the boundaries of people’s understanding of art and design, challenge their perceptions and directly engage them in conversations about the role of art and design in society, and sometimes in the making itself.”
Getting to Brisbane Art Design from Capri by Fraser, Brisbane
If you're keen to explore the wonders on display at the Museum of Brisbane with the Brisbane Art Design exhibition, you almost couldn't be better positioned to do so from the comfort of your luxury stay at Capri by Fraser, Brisbane. Situated just a 7-minute walk away, head outside and make the short trip down Albert Street before rounding the corner onto Adelaide Street and finding the Museum of Brisbane. Nearby, you'll also discover a huge array of restaurants, bars and shopping boutique, while there are also numerous transport options to get around the rest of the city with ease. When you're next in town, book your stunning apartment at Capri by Fraser, Brisbane and ensure that you have the best possible stay in the city.