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Shaping Brisbane > Shaping Graduates

Recruiting new employees? Have you thought of building a Graduate Program?

Earlier this year we assisted Brisbane City Council in conceptualising their image for this year’s Graduate Program.

We built on their messaging and captured the essence of their responsibility to the graduates as well as the opportunities available to them.

This employee branding embodies the Brisbane City Council brand moto: ‘Dedicated to a better Brisbane’. We pushed their logo tagline and created imagery representing the Council as shaping the candidates to:

• create a better Brisbane
• get better opportunities
• gain better skills
• gaining a better career

Brisbane City Council has welcomed new technology and are opting to utilise QR codes throughout Council programs which drives target audiences to the website quicker and is accessible to Gen-Y.

The interchangeable bright and dynamic stand has been a success in attracting the right candidates who are ready and willing to be ‘Dedicated to a better Brisbane’.


Yours in finding a better you,

5 Top Tips for Styling Dinner Parties

I recently joined a team of creative women for a huddle in the recent event for the Saviours of the Lost Arts 2011 program run by the Brisbane City Council.

The aim, to acquire new ideas for styling dinner parties and events. We have such a hoot throwing around ideas for our future events and even getting hands on with props supplied by the event hosts.

Here is a simple list to run through to start planning your next dinner party.

1. Greeting – What will greet your attendees at their entrance? a refreshing drink, canopes, tour of the new house, amazing viewing deck!…

2. Table setting – Have you picked a theme for the party? Choose 3-5 descriptive words e.g. French, simply elegant, pretty in pink. Now apply this theme to your table setting which could consist of a pretty runner or table cloth, candles, flowers, cute little fish in a huge glass vase…

3. Centre Piece – What is the main attraction? a special cake, a dessert bar, an arty area for everyone to contribute to the piece!? Get creative and inspire…

4. Lighting – Is it a day time event, dinner or supper time when all the kids have gone to sleep? Inside or outside… do you have the sun for natural lighting or do you need help with candles, coloured lighting or even spotlights around the pool?

5. Food decorations – cookbooks or recipes displayed? carved fruit, ice sculpture or garnishing. Buffet or served on elegant plates. Remember it needs to suit your party ‘theme’ so it all ties together.

Images courtesy of queenslandbrides.blogspot.com Explore their site for some great ideas.

So what’s your next event? Happy planning!

Yours in Party Planning,
Amber van Sloten

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

The perfect real life paintings of Robert Brownhall

Q Weekend Magazine recently featured the story “Shot on Site” which is about Brisbane born and educated painter Robert Brownhall. This story immediately drew my attention as I was very taken by the pictures shown of his work. His subjects are mostly office towers, bridges, suburban houses and skylines that form the backdrop of our daily lives in South East Queensland. These paintings are very lifelike as he captures light and shade, sunny, rainy or foggy weather. The painting that really captured me was his “Albert Street Uniting Church at night 2011”. The detail of this work is so perfect that, at first glance, I thought I was looking at an actual photograph of the Albert Street Uniting Church that had been “shot on site”.

Robert Brownhall, Kurilpa Bridge 2010

Although Robert Brownhall has painted around the world it’s Brisbane, his hometown, that holds his attention as most of his work is locally inspired. His bird’s-eye view of scenes, characterised by a strong connection to place, was inspired during his earlier day job as a tree lopper.

Since his first art-student exhibition he has garnered a loyal following, given the resonance of his largely South East Queensland subject matter.

You can view Robert Brownhall’s exhibition at Brisbane City Council’s Museum of Brisbane on display from Fri 15 April 2011 – Sun 31 July 2011. It is the first survey of his work and encompasses twenty years of painting.

Photo: courtesy of the Robert Brownhall website.

Yours in Brisbane artists,

Free art and lifestyle classes in Brisbane

Do you ever have those weeks that melt into the next, where everyday just mirrors the previous day? If your Monday to Friday routine is set by default like clockwork – wake up, drive the same route to work, work, eat the same tuna and crackers, work, drive the same route home, cook, TV, bed –  why not get a little crazy and shake your week up? Breaking the monotony could in fact make way for new interests, friends, or passions.

Whilst we carry on in whatever daily routine we adhere to, there’s loads of fun, free classes/events/workshops happening in Brisbane every day of the week.

Currently, Brisbane City Council is running Art Bites. It’s a series of free workshops designed for people just itching to discover their creative side. Coming up you can check out:

7 April: Solarplate printmaking

7 April: Life drawing

9 April: Metal and found object sculpture

13 April: Hip hop dance

BCC are also running the LIVE program (April-June 2011) which focuses on great art and culture events. So why not be a devil and shake up your working week with something new and exciting? Check out the full program and start planning your week.

And for the plan-in-advance readers, some big events to pencil in your Filofax are:  Stylin’ UP which sees Indigenous hip-hop and R&B artists showcase their free sets during in May. In June watch (and listen!) to Brisbane come alive during the large, annual free music event Fete de la Musique, plus be sure to check out the World Refugee Day Community Festival.

So, when boredom or itchy feet kick in remember that Brisbane is very much alive and well culturally – just go out and explore it!

Yours in breaking mid-week boredom,


Clean Up Australia Day

Just one day left to Clean Up Australia Day 2011! The event will be held on Sunday, 6 March.

Clean Up Australia Day has been running since 1990 and has become the nation’s largest community-based environmental event. It attracts hundreds of thousands of volunteers from the community, schools and businesses to help clean up and conserve their environment. 
In 2010 more than 588,000 volunteers across Australia helped to celebrate 20 years of Clean Up Australia by donning gloves and filling up Clean Up Australia Day rubbish bags with an estimated 15,560 tonnes of rubbish at 7,073 registered Sites across Australia.

This year, Brisbane City Council is calling for the overwhelming community spirit seen in the aftermath of the January floods to continue for Clean Up Australia Day.

There is still a huge need for community help to clean up Brisbane and Clean Up Australia Day gives you the chance to volunteer for both flood affected and non-flood affected areas.
Help make this year Brisbane’s biggest ever Clean Up Australia Day event!

To volunteer at a Council priority flood clean up site:
• find a Council clean-up site
• register to volunteer
• find out what to do on the day
• remember to check the terms and conditions

You can also register your own site for clean up or locate your nearest clean up site by going to the Clean Up Australia Day website.

Yours in “Cleaning Up Australia”

woolloongabba antique centre now open

Woolloongabba Antiques Precinct is now open!

woolloongabba antique centre now open
Photography: Janet Pogorelc @ Brio Group

If you’ve been missing Miss Posh Poodle from Brisbane’s LaTrobe Terrace you’ll be happy to know she’s relocated to the newly opened Woolloongabba Antique Centre where sisters Sarah Jane Walsh and Megan Rizzo will have you embarking on an antique experience like no other. The centre is at the heart of the newly renovated Woolloongabba Antiques Precinct where beautiful cafes, restaurants and boutiques can also be discovered. The street lamps have a wonderfully retro feel injecting a quirky, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ feel into the streetscape.

At the Woolloongabba Antiques Centre you’ll find Brisbane’s best Antique dealers in Traditional Australian Antiques, Vintage Clothing, Retro Homewares, Art and glassware. It’s the place to go for Art Deco, L’Art Nouveau, Fine French Antique Furniture, Hollywood Glamour Fashion, Rockabilly Fashion of the 50’s and 60’s, Kitchen-alia, Rural Antiques and Quirky Collectables.

So take yourself back to a time where men sported safari suits with a comb in their top pocket and women wore Jackie Onassis sunglasses with a maxi skirt. You’ll love the live music on Saturdays, the fancy Italian style espresso bar and the ample parking space. Go play dress-ups at the Woolloongabba Antique Centre, 22 Wellington Road, Woolloongabba QLD. www.woolloongabbaantiquecentre.com

Yours in new discoveries,