BAD back in Brisbane

Month-long art and design festival to return in May.

The Brisbane Art Design (BAD) festival will return to the city in May with a month-long program celebrating the artists and designers of Brisbane.

Held across four distinct regions of greater Brisbane (the city, Fortitude Valley, northside and southside), BAD 2021 unpacks what makes each neighbourhood unique with tours, public art events, contemporary art exhibitions, performances, projections and open-studios across the fashion, photography, local artisans, furniture, street art and commercial arts sectors.  

BAD 2021 is the brainchild of Museum of Brisbane (MoB) Director Renai Grace.

“BAD is a city-wide program allowing us to tell the stories of the city and we are delighted to see that it has gone from 27 to over 60 venues in its second iteration, allowing the community to celebrate the incredible talent within our city,” Ms Grace said.

“BAD is emerging as an important platform for the creative arts sector in Brisbane that has thrived for decades.”

7-9 May – City

Explore the inner city, starting at CBD’s Brisbane Quarter where emerging talent Kirralee Robinson will be staging a large-scale kinetic installation Move Together, before a short stroll to the iconic City Hall to witness MoB’s live improvisational drawing environment RMXTV.

Wander down Edward Street to explore two of the exhibits that form part of the city-wide Outdoor Gallery’s Indigenous Art Program, then on to see exhibitions by Amy Sargeant in Contra Store and the Brisbane Street Art Festival’s Within these Walls exhibition at Superordinary.

14-16 May – Fortitude Valley

Visit QUT Kelvin Grove to explore Radical Localism which brings together a growing cohort of skilled makers and designers in one very large open-studio setting.

Audiences are invited to browse view their latest wares and join a broader conversation about the implications and future of industry in the era of fast and slow fashion.

Visit three outdoor exhibitions commissioned for BAD with performances and installations by Callum McGrath, Sandra Selig and Visaya Hoffie will lead audiences through the Valley and James Street precinct.

21-23 May – Northside

Take in the Brisbane Powerhouse’s MELT photographic exhibition, an open studio at the Ferryman’s Hut, Jan Manton Gallery and BIB’N’Brace Collective. 

Head north from the Gasworks Precinct to enjoy the ceramic skills on display at Mas & Mieke, photographic works at Maud Street Photo Gallery and First Nations practitioners at the iconic Fireworks Gallery.

Fuel up at The Black Market Albion before enjoying an afternoon of street art with live mural painting and exhibition at Mayne Line Gallery.

28-30 May – Southside

Take a Friday night gallery crawl along Montague Road, West End, from Onespace Gallery through to Metro Arts in West Village.

Wrap up the evening with music, projections and performances by all-Indigenous artists in a block party at Fish Lane’s new Town Square.