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Brisbane buses become art galleries

24 November, 2010

Lord Mayor Campbell Newman today launched Brisbane’s newest temporary art galleries, four Brisbane City Council buses.

Cr Newman said the Moving Galleries project came about after the Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee (LMYAC) highlighted the need for more public space around the city for young people to display artwork and photography.

“This project is a great idea and it enables young artists to gain experience in delivering large scale photographic works,” Cr Newman said.

“Using Brisbane City Council buses was a great idea and means that not only do the artists get exposure, but the general public can enjoy the artwork when they see a moving gallery drive by.

“This means that Brisbane residents will be able to enjoy the photography of young Brisbane artists all throughout the city and suburban streets.”

Cr Newman said four project teams tackled one bus each, all with very different ideas.

The first project team, consisting of personnel from the LMYAC and The Street Studio, are responsible for the Faces of Brisbane design – a collection of street portraits taken at community festivals.

The second, driven by Public Realm and photographer Chih-Han Hsu, captures grand and everyday perspectives of Brisbane in atmospheric, black and white photographs.

The third design, Postcards from Brisbane, is the work of a team of young women from refugee backgrounds. It is a playful look at their favourite icons and landmarks around the city.

The final team, featuring three Griffith Queensland College of Art students, has produced a fantasy cityscape, reinventing the Brisbane skyline.

Cr Newman said the initiative was about encouraging young artistic talent to thrive in Brisbane and providing them with an opportunity to display their work.

“There is so much creative talent in this city and it is vital we foster it to ensure we remain a vibrant and world class city,” he said.

The Moving Pictures artwork will be displayed on four Brisbane City Council buses travelling across the city over the next four months.

The Moving Pictures project is a creation of the Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (LMYAC) and has been delivered by young people through the Lord Mayor’s Creative City Initiative.

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