SHOPFRONTS in Brisbane’s South Bank precinct are being turned into outdoor gallery spaces, displaying comic book art from two leading female Australian artists.
The walkable comic strip, located on Little Stanley Street, is a first of its kind in Queensland, featuring work from Melbourne’s Katie Haughton-Ward and Queensland’s Aly Faye.
Colourful pop art has been blown up and attached to glass shopfronts creating eye-catching installations that are hard to miss.
The artwork initiative, presented by the foodies at ‘eat South Bank’, is a creative way to transition from one tenant to the next.
South Bank’s retail marketing manager, Sam McNaught, said the outdoor exhibition had drawn many curious passers-by who were intrigued by the initiative.
“Little Stanley Street is already such a high traffic area with a high demand for new tenants, so we decided to do something unique with the spaces, instead of signs that say ‘coming soon’,” said Sam.
“The artwork is quirky and vibrant, so it has really made people stop, look and appreciate imagination, rather than it just be a dark empty space.”
Sam said the artwork has created an air of mystery along South Bank with tenants and the general public wanting to learn more about the project.
“The feedback has been overwhelming, we have had so many people come and look and ask questions,” he said.
“From the second the artwork went up, the installers had people asking about it, and the artists were excited to have their work displayed in a public space like South Bank.
“The artists love it, as it is exposure for their artwork; we love it as we see their art in the general space; and the public loves it too.”
Artist Aly Faye, who is based in Nambour but is originally from Perth, has been illustrating and writing comics professionally for the past five years.
She said it was bizarre to see her work life-sized for the first time, in a public space.
“Anywhere you can show local art or give an audience to local artists and promote them is beneficial,” said Aly.
“It’s very difficult, as an artist, to get your work out there if you’re not doing traditional oil paintings for art galleries.
“Being able to have a forum where the public can walk past, see your artwork, and stop and read it if they want is really important as it enriches the culture of the area.”
Check out eatsouthbank.com.au for more details on the street art exhibition.
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