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Free Things To Do In Brisbane: Epic Outdoor Art Gallery

Looking for free things to do in Brisbane with kids? Brisbane’s art scene has had a refresh, with the latest Outdoor Gallery exhibition making the city’s hidden spaces even better.

Paradise Gloss will transform laneways, streets, lightboxes and car parks into vibrant exhibitions that explore creativity and play.

Now in its 11th year, the free program spans Brisbane’s favourite lifestyle precincts and central spaces like Fish Lane, King George Square Car Park, Heritage Lanes, Howard Smith Wharves and the Museum of Brisbane foyer.

As everyone is feeling the pinch right now, it’s sure to be one of your favourite free things to do in Brisbane with kids this winter!

Outdoor Art Gallery in Brisbane is One of the Free Things to Do in Brisbane with Kids

Brisbane’s refreshed Outdoor Art gallery can be found across Brisbane’s laneways and light boxes. Credit: Supplied.


Curated by Brisbane local Laura Brinin, the new exhibition includes works from 14 artists across multiple disciplines.

“Art’s immediacy can communicate our shared realities, engage with critical social questions, and envision an inclusive future,” said Laura Brinin.

“It reminds us of the beauty and joy inherent in the every day, even the banal, and can act as an antidote to the daily grind.”

Rachel Burke, Bonnie Hislop, Sunday Jemmott, Jessica Nothdurft, Frances Powell and Susan Lincoln are just some of the local talent featured, along with many other Australian creatives.

Lightboxes in Brisbane's refreshed outdoor art gallery

Lightboxes in Brisbane’s refreshed free outdoor art gallery, Paradise Gloss. Credit: Supplied


“Our Outdoor Gallery program celebrates the best of Brisbane’s local talent while brightening up our city spaces,” said Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner.  “This fantastic free exhibition is a great way to explore new parts of Brisbane and see our city in a new light.”


Artist Work/Title Location
Rachel Burke A growing girl Irish Lane banner
Bonnie Hislop I need some space Hutton Lane lightboxes
Sunday Jemmott Details of play Fish Lane lightboxes
Alice Lang Flowah Power and Flowah Power (Blue) King George Square Car Park light boxes
Arabella Walker Perfect Chaos Edison Lane banner
Michelle Xen Mnemonic Howard Smith Wharves art projection
Col Mac Easier said than done King George Square Car Park light boxes
Jessica Nothdorft Wilted and Purge Eagle Lane lightboxes
Frances Powell Still life fizz Heritage Lanes lightboxes
Susan Lincoln In light we trust Edward Street vitrines
Elisha McGuckin A mixed bag no. 2 Giffin Lane banner
Melanie Brady The loved ones Irish Lane banner
Lindsay Stitches Brisbane Hutton Lane lightboxes
Sam Leighton Dore Cloud-based fantasy Edward Street vitrines



Paradise Gloss is on display from Friday, 14 June, to Sunday, 3 November, 2024.

To find out more, go to www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search for the Outdoor Gallery.

Couple Looking at Artwork Part of Brisbane's free outdoor art gallery Paradise Gloss

Look out for billboard artwork around Brisbane, part of the city’s free outdoor art gallery, Paradise Gloss. Credit: Supplied.


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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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