“I think for too long Brisbane artists have quietly been under the radar with all of the amazing art and design they are producing and we have a lot to celebrate.”
Punters can “choose their own adventure” by checking out the interactive map on the BAD website or purchase tickets to a curated tour, which explores the stories behind some of the city’s most prominent public artworks.
Featuring more than 150 talents who have worked with Amazon, Disney and Louis Vuitton, the BAD festival includes studio tours, ceramic and jewellery workshops, live performances and talk series.
The centrepiece of the program is an exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane, profiling the city’s “brightest names in art and design”.
“Brisbane produces some of the most significant Australian artists and designers so I think for people to understand what is just around the corner is really impressive; we have sort of shone a light on it,” Ms Grace said.
“We have commissioned 14 new works and there are 16 artist collaborations in total for this exhibition.
“It goes from traditional paintings, ceramics, jewellery right through to virtual reality, immersive technologies and sculpture.”
A team of Brisbane designers have created a completely automated film set, the first of its kind, using artificial intelligence. Festivalgoers can don a tracker and step onto the robot-controlled set to explore the cutting-edge film technology.
“I wanted to be able to get high-quality camera moves and shots without humans having to lug heavy equipment around,” one of the creators, Jaymis Loveday, said.
Eventually, the technology will be used on Hollywood film sets and to track performers live on-stage so those in the nosebleed section can feel part of the action, he hopes.
BAD is also running a series of panel discussions and talks with creative industry “game changers” during the two-week festival.
Liquid Interactive product design director Sam Daley will join a panel on May 23 to discuss originality and authenticity in art and design.
“We will be talking about finding what you can do to be unique and valuable and understanding your own craft to be able to build a career out of it,” he said.
“Every stage of your career you will be dealing with a new set of challenges so we will be talking through that a little bit as well.”
Brisbane Art Design runs from May 10 to 26.
Lydia Lynch is a reporter for the Brisbane Times