Su­per Sum­mer Beats

Where Brisbane - - Contents - By Kerry Heaney

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.

Photo: PMG.

Streets Beach, South Bank.


Photo: Roshan Sukhla. Pho­to­graph: Mark Sher­wood, QAGOMA © The artist.

Eat Street Mar­kets.

Photo: Roshan Sukhla.

The Col­lec­tive Mar­kets.

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