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Brisbane Art Design (BAD) 2021

Catch large-scale projections, First Nations weaving and art in unexpected places across four weekends in May.
By Courtney Ammenhauser
April 16, 2021
By Courtney Ammenhauser
April 16, 2021

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Brisbane's annual bad event is back. Yep, Museum of Brisbane is celebrating all things art and design with its four-week Brisbane Art Design (BAD) festival. Running from Friday, May 7 through to Sunday, May 30 the event is happening across four inner city hubs and surrounding suburbs. So, expect to see art in unexpected places.

On the first weekend, prepare for the CBD to be populated with installations and immersive art activations galore, including the light projection show Botanica that's taking over the City Botanic Gardens after dark. There'll also be food trucks and pop-up bars on site, so you can kick back with a snack as you gaze at the luminous, large-scale projections. 

From Friday, May 14 to Sunday, May 16, meet artists in the Valley at exhibitions and events like Hot'n'Heinous by Visaya Hoffie — a multi-platform project aptly named to describe a typical summer's day in Brisbane.

Then, on Friday, May 21, head north to catch fashion designer Ivy Nui's exhibition The Tent Dress Project.  On the last weekend, you can head to an open studio session at the Queensland College of Art to learn First Nations weaving techniques.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg, with everything from talks and tours to workshops and exhibitions taking over more than 80 Brisbane venues.

Head here to peep the lineup of free and ticketed events to plan your BAD weekends.


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