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Next time you stroll around the city, keep an eye out for impressive First Nations art.
By Sarah Ward
May 06, 2022
By Sarah Ward
May 06, 2022

Peering at art isn't just an indoor activity confined to galleries and museums. It's something that you can do across the Brisbane streets, too, if you know where to look. That's what Brisbane City Council's Outdoor Gallery offers the city's art lovers, first popping up in 2016 and filling 12 locations around the CBD with eye-catching work ever since — in spots as varied as Howard Smith Wharves and Fish Lane.

Exactly what graces the Outdoor Gallery changes regularly — and from Saturday, May 7–Sunday, August 7, First Nations art is in the spotlight. OUTstanding brings together pieces by emerging and early career creatives, and also turns this showcase of their work into a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heroes. That includes in communities, families and history, and heroing the land itself.

Twelve artists have works on display, such as Jody Rallah, Kyra Mancktelow, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Chris Bassi, Keemon Williams and Mia Boe. If you've seen Dylan Mooney's superhero-focused efforts at Brisbane City Hall over the past year, you can spot another of his pieces as part of OUTstanding as well.

As for where to visit, Edward Street plays host to some of the exhibition's works, and hitting up a laneway — including Eagle Lane, Irish Lane, Edison Lane, Giffin Lane and Hutton Lane — is recommended. Or, you can head to 80 Ann Street or the King George Square car park.

LaVonne Bobongie, Blood Ties

Top image: Dylan Mooney, Empowered.

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