Super Summer Beats
WITH SUMMER IN full swing, the sun shines on Brisbane all through January with weather that will make you search for a cool spot.
Luckily there are plenty of places to beat the heat as the holidays extend into one long glorious adventure.
Brisbane’s South Bank Parklands is always a great place to start but think beyond the white sand and cool stretches of a patrolled water at Streets Beach. Venture down to the river bank and explore the boardwalk. It will take you right around the river’s edge to Kangaroo Point or over to the bustling CBD centre via the Kurilpa or Goodwill Bridges.
Head north along the river and you’ll find Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), which is still kicking its heels up after turning 10 in December.
Check out the new bronze sculpture by Queensland Indigenous artist Judy Watson at the gallery’s entrance commissioned to celebrate the milestone. Based on the woven fishing nets used by Indigenous people on the banks of the Brisbane River, the work directly references the land on which it sits, acknowledging the traditional owners of the site and the wider region.
Other must-see artworks in GOMA’S major summer exhibition “Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything” include “Nervescape V”, a large-scale, multicoloured landscape of synthetic hair by Icelandic-born, New York-based artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir and Carsten Höller’s “Left/right Slide”.
It will be hard to miss the huge presence of Ron Mueck’s oversized woman “In bed” and highly-popular interactive installation by Olafur Eliasson of thousands of white Lego pieces, known as “The cubic structural evolution project”. Other highlights include Kohei Nawa’s bubble encrusted “Pix-cell Double Deer#4”, and Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s musical installation of live finches, “from here to ear (v.13)”.
Also at GOMA visitors can step into leading British artist Anthony Mccall’s “Crossing”, a major light installation with intersecting shafts of solid-light and be immersed in the light, haze and sound of breaking waves.
Throughout summer GOMA’S Children’s Art Centre will present “Mirror Mirror”, a free, interactive project developed in collaboration with Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, where visitors create their own unique paper hairstyle and style a wall of artificial hair-like material. There are sure to be some photo moments here.
The GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival runs from 18 to 22 January with five days of artist workshops, talks, performances, films and tours for kids and adults. Other highlights include a bumper-size edition of Up Late across Friday and Saturday evenings and an adults-only workshop event, Arts & Craft After Dark.
Children will especially appreciate the interactive exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery Children’s Art Centre, which was designed to coincide with “Dulka Warngiid—land of All”, last year’s major retrospective of the work of Sally Gabori (Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda). Developed in collaboration with Sally Gabori’s daughters, Elsie, Amanda and Dorothy Gabori, “The Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea” takes children on a journey to the artists’ homeland of Bentinck Island in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria. There are interactive, hands-on making and multimedia activities to introduce visitors to the unique and important relationship the Kaiadilt people share with the sea and the creatures who inhabit the waters around the island.
Next door to GOMA at the Queensland Museum, visitors will be encouraged step inside the world’s greatest experiment, the renowned “Hadron Collider” exhibition from London’s Science Museum on show until 25 April. The exhibition shares the passion of 10,000 men and women from around the world who are trying to uncover the universe’s fundamental building blocks at CERN deep under the border between Switzerland and France.
Summer is also perfect market weather for Brisbane. Explore the ingenuity and creativity of Brisbane’s emerging artists, entrepreneurs, musicians, food lovers and collectors at South Bank’s The Collective Markets held every Friday night until Sunday afternoon at Stanley Street Plaza.
For an insight into the latest fashion, jewellery and homewares, head to the Young Designers Market also held at South Bank on the first Sunday of each month with the next market on 5 February.
Close by in West End you can take a trip around the world at the Boundary Street Markets with sweet treats from Romania, Malaysia, Turkey, Nigeria, Tibet, Japan, Greece, Eritrea, Brazil, America and more on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4pm.
Every Saturday, Fortitude Valley Markets are full of unusual finds with their suitcase rumbles while Eagle Farm Markets has over 100 stalls each Sunday filled with fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables, seafood and meats plus a great selection of fashion and gift stalls.
Eat Street Markets at Hamilton Wharf are on Friday and Saturday nights from 4pm, set on a disused container wharf next to the Brisbane River. Styled like an Asian night market, the bustling alleyways are filled with stalls selling aromatic cuisines, must have clothing and decorator items. Eat your fill of German sausages, pasta, paella, Thai, cannoli, dumplings, chocolate fondue and more.
The weather may be warm, but you’ll find plenty to fill your days with fun in Brisbane during January.
Streets Beach, South Bank.
Eat Street Markets.
The Collective Markets.