Designed to energize Brisbane spaces with world-class contemporary art, the projects bring together more than forty of Brisbane’s best artists, creatives and writers in two highly visual and engaging works.
From Wednesday, July 19 to Saturday, July 22, Brave New Worlds will see a series of 40 flags, printed with new works of art, flying proudly along the familiar bright red staircase of Jacob’s Ladder, connecting Brisbane CBD’s Edward Street with Spring Hill.
Turning silk flags into canvases, artists were asked to design a flag for the world they’d like to live in, offering up their vision of what qualities they want in a brave new world.
A week after the flags of Brave New Worlds come down, a new world will emerge in the laneway near Metro Arts.
A one-day event on Friday, 28 July, This Frozen Moment is an audio installation showcasing more than 20 of Brisbane’s finest authors, poets, and spoken-word artists.
Visitors will enter the heritage-listed laneway to find suspended origami sculptures.
The writers behind the installation were tasked with capturing ‘frozen moments’ – the heart-rending, show-stopping instants that change a life. Writers who have taken up the challenge include local playwright Aleea Monsour who is sharing the stories of Palestinian refugees; Victoria Carless, whose first novel, The Dream Walker, has just been published by Hachette Books; and Regan Lynch, previously published in Archer Magazine.
The Good Room’s Kieran Swann, who curated and produced the event, said the projects will showcase the calibre of work by Brisbane artists.
“These projects are about bringing Brisbane to life with unexpected encounters – moments of impossible things, the excitement of the new, and glimpses into alternate lives,” said Swann.