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A Mammoth Interactive Art Festival Is Taking Over The City For Two Weeks

By Jessica Pridmore
4th May 2019


The cooler months is where Brisbane really comes alive, hosting food festivals, pop-up laneway nights and theatre shows like it’s no big deal. But this year, Brisbane is evolving once again, cementing itself as ground zero for the country’s biggest and brightest in the art world.

BAD, aka Brisbane Art Design Festival is taking over Brisbane in a 17-day blowout of the very best talent in and around our beautiful city. From exhibitions, workshops, performances and talks, tours and open studio sneak peeks, the city is set to come alive in a plethora of colour and creativity. Paring up with Creative Mornings and the annual Brisbane Street Art Festival, also taking place in May, the city is quite literally being taken over.


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Speaking of the impressive project, Museum of Brisbane Director Renai Grace says that “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.”

Hitting up iconic locations such as the IMA, Metro Arts, QCA, QAGOMA, Urban Arts Projects, the SLQ, and Luxxbox to name a few, you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with some incredible artworks as well as the artists themselves. “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” says Grace.


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As well as these prestigious cultural hubs, BAD is taking to the streets and prolific public spaces such as the City Botanic Gardens and will hold a spectacular exhibition at Museum of Brisbane, championing top new talent in both art and design categories, which will run until mid-August.

“We are commissioning exciting new works from Justene Williams, Craig & Karl, Susan Hawkins and Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan to mention just a few, and there will be more announcements about artists and commissions over the coming months,” said Grace. “BAD will revel in the joy, wonder, curiosity and conversation that goes hand-in-hand with cutting edge contemporary art and design.” 

BAD is one of the largest art exhibitions to hit Brisbane in such an interactive capacity. Throughout May the CBD and surrounds will quite literally be awash with unique pieces and interactive displays. 

For more info on BAD and the full list of participating artists and locations, click here.

The details

What: BAD, Brisbane Art Design Festival
Where: MoB and various locations across Brisbane 
When: 10-26 May 2019

Image credit: BAD

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