Brisbane Goes BAD For Four Weekends In May

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Brisbane Goes BAD For Four Weekends In May

The City, the Valley, the North and the Southside as well as the ‘burbs go BAD.

Brisbane Art Design is back this May with even more exhibitions, ideas, tours, experiences, and food offerings that will excite, entertain and enchant the public across four weekends. (Featured image: Jasper Bennett)

More than 60 venues will participate in BAD, which is an initiative brought to us by the Museum of Brisbane. The curated program of events features international, national and local artists and designers in both outdoor and indoor spaces.

There will be immersive experiences populated by light, sound and other technological forces as well as peeks into the creative processes of those involved. Discussions will explore the world of creative ideas and ideas that are shaping our present and future will also be on the cards. So too will be parties because what’s a festival without music and dancing?

There’s a myriad of ways you can navigate all the artistic and design offerings. You could search by topic, like experiences or performances, or you can search by what’s going on in each neighbourhood on the various weekends of BAD.

1st weekend: 7 – 9 May – The City

While Botanica: Contemporary Art Outside will be taking over the Botanic Gardens from dusk, the CBD itself will see whole-venue takeovers, live improvisational art and plenty of pop-ups to entice the curious. See everything that’s going on in the city here.

2nd weekend: 14 – 16 May – The Valley

Covering the suburbs of New Farm and Fortitude Valley, the second weekend is taking over Brunswick Street with public interventions, installations and a number of exhibitions like Sweat on the Dancefloor, Bonafides: Linde Ivimey, and Radical Localism. Don’t miss out on any of the action, see here.

3rd weekend: 21 – 23 May – Northside

Art meets fashion in the north but that’s not all that’s coming together across Albion, Newstead, Teneriffe and Bowen Hills. There are plenty of open studio events taking place as well as a food truck night and exhibitions by IVY NIU and CTRL ALT DEL. Make sure you check out the MELT Portrait Prize and the QUT’s Art, Design and Innovation showcase. For everything else, click here.


4th weekend: 28 – 30 May – Southside

Before we get to the BAD Block Party taking over Fish Lane on the final night of BAD, the Southside will be taught First Nations weaving techniques as well as being able to learn how to make a cyanotype at QCA’s photography studio. What else?

Every weekend: 7 – 30 May – The ‘burbs

Not to be forgotten, the ‘burbs are also taking part in BAD. The Brisbane Institute of Art is a huge selection of workshops and short courses including wheel throwing, ceramic glazes, pop art painting and mono printing. There’s something for everyone. Take a peek here.

It’s important to note that not all events and experiences happening in the distinct areas are restricted to their weekend with some starting earlier and others finishing up later. 

To see everything that’s on throughout May as part of BAD, check out the website here.

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