Category Archives: Art Exhibitions

Amazing Local Talent at the Brisbane Writers Festival

Image: Betty Churcher’s Notebooks

It’s Brisbane Writers Festival time again and Brisbane is in for a real treat when local born and one of Australia’s best loved art critics, Betty Churcher showcases her most beloved works, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Goya, Velzquez, Courbet and Cezanne, with her own amazing illustrations in her latest book, Notebooks, at the Brisbane Writers Festival this week. Betty Churcher will talk about Notebooks and her experiences in creating the drawings at the Festival on Friday 9th September 2011.

A 2006 trip to London and Madrid to see the paintings that had captivated her since childhood resulted in the writing of this book.

Notebooks is a collection of Betty Churcher’s own illustrations. A trained artist, Betty’s sketches reveal the secrets within the artworks and the processes of their creation.

Betty has been an art critic for The Australian and wrote and presented several television series on art including, Take Five and Hidden Treasures. She holds an Order of Australia and is an Officer of the Order of Australia.

This book is full of the magic of great art, and through it, Betty Churcher has achieved her belief that art has the power to transport the viewer to another place and time.

Yours in Great Art
Angie Rapisarda

Get your chalk out!

I am always a sucker for good old hand-drawn typography, but hand-drawn typography on a blackboard is just another level of amazement.
Seeing as my blackboard writing skills were clearly tragic when I worked at a school, Dana Tanamachi is my new idol. Take a look at some of her work!

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tanamachi target alphabet decals

tanamachi target home sign




If you want to see more, take a look at her website here.

A Brisbane Papergirl!

I’ve just discovered that the art project ‘Papergirl‘, is happening in Brisbane! Papergirl Brisbane is a project produced by For Us By Us, that involves artists of all varieties submitting their artwork and having it delivered to the public. The art is not curated or filtered, it is just rolled up into bundles of three and delivered to the people the old fashioned way, paperboy style. Anyone can submit art to the project and it can be any kind of art including prints, photos, drawings, paintings, zines, creative writing, textiles and stickers. The only requirement is that it is flexible enough to be rolled up.

The artwork will be displayed at White Canvas gallery and opening night will be 3 February 2012. Then the next day the official Papergirl Artwork distribution will commence! And if you’re lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, you might pick up some free art!

Get your submissions in!
Yours in art,

Semi-Permanent Hits Brisbane This Friday


Are you one of the lucky ones to score a ticket to Semi-Permanent in Brisbane this Friday? I hope so, because this year’s conference is looking pretty awesome and tickets are sold out!

Every year in 8 cities across the world Semi-Permanent showcases the best in graphic design, film, fine art, illustration, web design, interactive design, photography, visual effects, animation, graffiti, motion graphics, stop motion, architecture, and much more. This year the Brisbane line up includes: T-World, Toby Dixon, Gemma O’Brien, Supervixen, Sam Leach, Reg Mombassa, Kelly Thompson and Webuyyourkids. It’s always an amazing and inspiring day held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

There’s always a couple of side events, so if you’re free make sure you get down to the:

– Etcc Exhibition from 6-9pm at Sh00ting Gallery (105 Bowen Street, Spring Hill) featuring Anthony Lister, RINZEN, Sebastian Moody
– Webuyyourkids – John Carpenter Exhibition from 6pm at Nine Lives Gallery (5F Winn St, Fortitude Valley)
– Semi-Permanent After Party from 7-11pm at Nine Lives Gallery (5F Winn St, Fortitude Valley)

A few of us from Brio Group will be there so make sure you come and say hi!

Yours in inspiration,

Splendid art at Splendour in the Grass

As one of the 30,000 or so people donning my gumboots for Splendour in the Grass this weekend, I’m getting excited not only for the big acts, but also for the inspiring Spendour arts scene. This year there will be a range of interactive, digital media, street art, sculpture, peformance art and installations from Australian and international artists.

As part of Splendid (a partnership between Lismore Regional Gallery, Northern Rivers Performing Arts and Splendour in the Grass) artists, Jimmy McGilchrist and Lachlan Dowd will produce an interactive digital media project called Curious Creatures. Strange and beautiful creatures will be projected from the surrounding woods onto the festival fence line, as they roam the perimeter and respond to the actions of passers-by.

Another Splendid project is Close Encounters, by artist Jordana Maisie. A huge 6.5m UFO hovers over the crowd, with its mirrored surface reflecting the world around it. The crowd is invited to send a text to the phone number provided and have their message enter the dialogue appearing on the LED screen that wraps around the edge of the object.

Can’t wait! See you there!

Yours in festival arts,

Marian Drew curates Buoyancy exhibition in Brisbane

Water… what does it mean to you? If you’re a beach baby, you’re probably imagining aqua blue waves crashing onto the shore. Perhaps water brings emotions of tranquility and peace if you seek refuge in being close to the ocean. Or perhaps water brings back sad memories of the Queensland floods this year.

For Marian Drew, Queensland photographer and curator of the Artist’s Choice Exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery, water has many psychological and mythical associations which she has explored in a new exhibition, Buoyancy.

Drew has handpicked 55 historical and contemporary Australian and international works from the QAG collection that reflect the water ideas of transcendence, suspension and submergence.

The exhibition, on display until 16 October 2011, features a wall of waterscape paintings arranged in an exaggerated salon hang to evoke 19th-century ideas of the sea, art history and transportation. This contrasts with a series of monochrome works, sketches, and sculptural objects.

For more information, visit the Marian Drew – Buoyancy page on the Queensland Art Gallery website.

Yours in Brisbane art galleries,


Image: Masami Teraoka / Namiyo at Hanauma Bay 1985.

Accessible food for thought

If not now, then when? If not me, then who?

These two interesting questions come from a TED Talk by Mick Ebeling, an entrepreneur who did something amazing and helped “unlock a locked-in artist”. He helped give a paralysed artist who had only the use of his eyes a way to express himself artistically again.

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It got me thinking about accessibility, designing and developing for an open and accessible web, and what designers and developers can do to improve user experience today.

While we design our public transport systems and our buildings to be as accessible as possible where ever possible, it’s not always something that always springs to someone’s mind when they ask to have a web page built. So I thought I’d share a couple of important tips and tools, plus some questions to ask yourself when having a website designed or built.

1) Would someone with a hearing or visual impairment be interested in what my website has to offer?

When your website is getting designed or built, it’s important to factor these people into your target audience. Your website or content could be a valuable source of information for this broad demographic and ensuring that it’s accessible could be advantageous to the community and to your business.

2) Have I ensured that my design is readable, logically structured and presented in a way that those with any disabilities or impairments can still enjoy an insightful and meaningful experience?

It may not be applicable in every design you produce but some small seemingly obvious points should be considered when producing a design for web. For example, the use of high contrast navigation for readability. This is important because screen readers read content in a linear fashion, meaning the structure of your content should be designed to flow logically. Sighted users are advantaged in that they can discern content from layout much easier.

3) Has the site been tested during and at the completion of its build to ensure that it has valid HTML, CSS and Web Accessibility tools such as Bobby or WAVE?

There are a multitude of tools to ensure that the sites you build are accessible, but even a simple HTML and CSS validation could dramatically improve the user experience and accessibility of your website.

These simple guidelines share some helpful basic tips. If you’re interested in accessible design and web, please contact Brio Group to discuss or implement web accessibility practices into your site, and help us move toward an accessible and enriched digital experience for everyone. Regardless of how much or little you know, you can help make changes for the better.

Yours in web accessibility standards,

World Press Photo hits Brisbane Powerhouse

World Press Photo of the Year winner 2010: Jodi Bieber, South Africa.

The world’s most prestigious photo-journalism annual exhibition, World Press Photo, is coming to Brisbane for its fourth year running. The amazing collection showcases some of the most beautiful, haunting, shocking, and very raw moments from across the globe as photographed by the more than 100 million entrants.

Earlier this year the winners were announced (read more at Brio Daily’s article: World Press Photo of the Year 2010), and now Brisbane is lucky to have the chance to get up close with the work.

The Brisbane Powerhouse is presenting the collection from June 4-26. For more information, visit the Powerhouse website.

Yours in Brisbane exhibitions,


‘The Fearful’ by Somerset Mills: creativity on a budget

On Friday night I was treated to a very interesting and exciting bit of theatre, as well as a lesson in ‘creativity on a budget’. In an abandoned lot in West End, Brisbane, against a grungy backdrop of rubble and graffiti, some very talented actors brought “The Fearful” to life as part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival.

This new festival brings theatre to strange places – anywhere you wouldn’t expect it – parks, houses, cars and even online, a little bit like Fete De La Musique, which does the same with music.

Using only the light of a few tea light candles and the spotlight on a shipping container each of the three short plays showcased some fantastic writing from Jeremy Wood, Joseph Sherlock and John DaConceicao.

Their work brought up some very interesting topics and showed people at their most vulnerable.

There were no bathrooms, no eftpos and no roof over our heads, but this just added to the atmosphere and made the production that bit more interesting.

The Fearful showed some amazing talent – if anyone in AdLand looking for an actor for their next commercial you might want to look here.

The up and coming Somerset Mills is sure to produce some great work in the future, so keep an eye out. And thanks guys for such a wonderful night!

Yours in creativity on a budget,

Come Together Brisbane TVC campaign

I really love the new Brisbane City Council’s “Come Together Brisbane” TV Advertising campaign. It’s fun, energetic and fresh and sends the message that its business as usual in Brisbane and this is the place to see and to have fun. I also love the Hungry Kids of Hungary and Ball Park Music’s rendition of the classic Beatles song “Come Together” played in the commercial.

In view of the recent natural disasters experienced in our beautiful city, this campaign clearly demonstrates that Brisbane has bounced back with much renewed enthusiasm and energy and is working together to be better than ever.

Through this campaign, Individuals, Community Groups, Sporting Clubs and Businesses are being invited to share their messages to the world that Brisbane is better than ever and to also become a part of a series of unique exhibitions held throughout Brisbane during the Brisbane Festival. A major prize, second prize and runner up prizes are on offer for the best entries.

You may view the TV commercial and some of the messages that have already been created on the together brisbane website. This campaign makes me feel very proud to be a Queenslander and a Brisbane local.

How would you share your message to the world about Brisbane?

Yours in Advertising