Falling Back to Earth – Cai Guo-Qiang at GOMA, Brisbane – Part 1

Recently, City of Images visited the Falling Back to Earth exhibition at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art which ran from November 2013 to May 2014. The City of Images galleries are for those who may have missed the exhibition, as well as anyone who wants to revisit it virtually. Continue reading

California Design 1930-1965 – Queensland Art Gallery, South Bank

California Design at the Queensland Art Gallery is an exhibition touring from – yes, indeed – California, specifically from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). It covers the period 1930 to 1965 when creativity across the board flourished and found one of its homes on the United States’ west coast. (This is part 1 of two galleries – so check out Part 2, too! Continue reading

SPRUKE Part 2 – Brisbane’s Inaugural Ukulele Festival – Ukes Galore!!!

Hello again, uke lovers.  This gallery is entirely devoted to the uke in all its beauteous and lyrical wonder.

Take a look at Part One and Part Three for the full picture.

Continuing our newly minted tradition of featuring You Tube Uke Sensations, here is Julia Nunes (any relation to one of the 19th-century creators of the uke, Manuel Nunes, we ask wonderingly?) enjoying herself and entertaining her millions of fans: Continue reading

Brisbane’s Smallest Residents: Insects in Micro Macro

Here at City of Images we have a healthy respect for the great outdoors, and the indoors, too – all doors, really. But concerning the great outdoors, the tiniest part of it – the micro world of insects – has been looming larger, what with Spring having sprung and Summer encroaching. Come to think of it, most of Winter was a sham, wasn’t it, more of a mild summer dressed in a lightweight jacket. In any case, we thought we’d get you in the mood for the gorgeous winged things and creepy crawlies of the balmier months, and many others besides, with this gallery of micro-locals. Continue reading

St Matthew’s Anglican Church – Grovely

There’s a lovely little church, contemplation garden, and graveyard at the Anglican Parish of Grovely in Brisbane’s inner North-West.

Located at 37 Church Road, Grovely (you can also find it listed under Mitchelton), St Matthew’s resembles an English country church, especially on a foggy morning, as you’ll see in the gallery.

Call me morbid, but I love a foggy graveyard. It’s quiet, calm, and restful – appropriate really, given its purpose.  But equally, St Matthew’s is a beautiful church in its own understated way, and looks just as irresistible on a bright sunny day. It hosts movie makers and weddings, baptisms and funerals, in addition to its usual religious services. The garden is a place for reflection and meditation and City of Images recommends a visit if you’d like both a memento mori reminder, and a welcoming place of peace. Continue reading

Indigenous Art Mobile Art Gallery comes to Mitchelton Library Re-Opening

Indij-N-Arts is an indigenous owned mobile art gallery which serves the south-east Queensland area.  Proprietor and artist John Pene Fonmosa was on hand on Saturday, June 15, at the Mitchelton Library Re-Opening along with a wonderful exhibition.  Indij-N-Arts artists are inspired and influenced by their connections with the land, the ocean and the rivers where they reside.  The artists are from the Bundjalung, Kamilaroi, Yuggera, and Yumatji Gnarloo tribal areas of Australia. Continue reading

From Mahjong to the Lord Mayor: Mitchelton Library Re-Opens – Part 1

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.  Marcus Tullius Cicero

The Mitchelton Library re-opening in Brisbane’s inner north-west got away to a chilly start early on Saturday, June 15, but was warmed up considerably by the goodwill of everyone who attended.

The library’s Team Leader, Julie Tree, guided us all through an entirely enjoyable day of festivities in the new library of light and glass, ably assisted and supported by library staffers including Stephen, Kathy, Belza, Sally, Orima, Katrina, Kelly, and Kylie. (If we’ve forgotten anyone, please let us know so we can include everyone who contributed).

Radio broadcaster Phil Smith and his guest gurus – gardening expert, Annette McFarlane, and food consultant, Alison Alexander – kicked things off at 6am on ABC Local Radio with their usual astute advice about, yes, gardening and food. Continue reading

The Great Court at The University of Queensland, St Lucia – Part 1

Queensland University, the state’s first university, was established in legislation in 1909, and according to the Qld Heritage Register, commemorates Qld’s 50th anniversary as a State. The following information is taken from the Heritage Register page for The Great Court.

There was a lot of buggering about before construction on the St Lucia site began in 1935, and building continued on the Great Court until 1979. Benefactors, Mary Emilia Mayne and her brother, Dr James O’Neil Mayne, donated the enormous sum of 50,000 pounds to get the ball rolling rather well. You can read about the Mayne family – a curious and interesting clan – in a great book by Rosamond Siemon, titled, The Mayne Inheritance. Highly recommended.

The Premier of the day hoped the project would spur employment during the Great Depression, and indeed, he has a Great Court building named after him, Forgan Smith, which you’ll see in this and the other galleries. Continue reading

Stephen Wiltshire at the State Library of Queensland – Brisbane Panorama

City of Images attended Stephen Wiltshire’s extraordinary drawing event at the State Library of Queensland in November, 2011.  We were there on Stephen’s final day and were lucky enough to view the last hours and completion of his project.

After a helicopter tour of the city, Stephen began to draw on Saturday, November 26 at 10am and finished his Brisbane cityscape at 11.14am on Tuesday, November 29 (Brisbane EST), 2011.  How can we be so precise?  The mighty little Canon DSLR registered the details for us. Continue reading

Paniyiri Brisbane Part 1 – Festive Spirits and All Things Greek – and Then Some

When the days grow mild and the nights require a blanket or two, Brisbane residents know that Paniyiri is near.

Since 1976, the third weekend in May has been reserved for the Greek Festival in Musgrave Park, West End. It’s grown from a small event celebrating the establishment of the Greek Club, to attracting between 50 to 60 thousand visitors over the two days. That’s about the population of my old hometown, Rockhampton. Continue reading

Falling Back to Earth – Cai Guo-Qiang at GOMA, Brisbane – Part 2

This is gallery two for Cai Guo-Qiang’s Falling Back to Earth exhibition at GOMA which ran from November 2013 to May 2014. Gallery One includes a post about the exhibition and images from the installation titled, Heritage, an installation of 99 animals gathered around a waterhole. Continue reading

California Design 1930-1965 – Queensland Art Gallery, South Bank – Part 2

In Part 1, you’ll find more information about the exhibition, which I emphasise again is highly recommended, quite apart from the excuse it offers to go the the gallery and simply enjoy the beautiful space and atmosphere. Meanwhlle, these posts will give you a taste of the show which ends on February 9, 2014. Continue reading