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Artist in Residence



We're delighted to introduce Ben Craig, aka Ben the Brick Builder, who has just been appointed our next Artist-in-Residence.


For the next 12 months, as part of the BricksBNE project, Ben will be creating two 'walls' of artwork - depicting favourite travel experiences from passengers - entirely from LEGO bricks.


Throughout the year travellers will be encouraged to share their travel experiences for the opportunity to be recreated in LEGO bricks. Anchoring the displays in each wall will be two large scale works by Ben - one showing a day in the life of Brisbane Airport's International Terminal (with some quirky characters included) almost two metres in length and the other a detailed model of a new aviation wonder more than a metre in length.


Together the passenger inspired creations and larger centrepieces will form two patchwork walls of art celebrating the best of aviation and travel.


Watch this space for more information about the program and how you can get involved or check out Ben's website here


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2016-2017: The Queensland Symphony Orchestra 


Passengers travelling through Brisbane Airport (BNE) may find themselves serenaded by members of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), which has taken up the baton as BNE’s next Artist-in-Residence in 2016.


QSO is renowned for its performances of both classical and modern compositions that engage audiences of all musical tastes, interests and ages. As the largest performing arts company in Queensland and the State’s only professional symphony orchestra, QSO plays a significant role in the development of a world-class arts environment across the state.


During its residency the QSO will undertake six ‘pop-up’ performances in the international and domestic terminals that are sure to surprise and delight passengers.


As part of this partnership, BAC is also a presenting partner of the QSO Family Concert Peter & the Wolf on Sunday 23 October at The Courier-Mail Piazza, South Bank.


Brisbane Airport is the first airport in Australia to offer an Artist-in-Residence program which was launched in 2015 with renowned realist painter Robert Brownhall who created a series of works featuring passengers, aircraft and incredible landscape views.


As a long term champion of the arts across Queensland, Brisbane Airport is a major investor in many projects and organisations from music and theatre to ballet, exhibitions and festivals.


The Corporation also owns one of the biggest and most significant collections of public art in Australia valued at more than $10 million.


2015-2016: Robert Brownhall


Robert Brownhall, one of the nation’s most renowned realist painters, is Brisbane Airport’s first ‘Artist in Residence’.


The unique collaboration, believed to be the first appointment of its kind for an Australian airport, is an extension of Brisbane’s Airport’s long term commitment to supporting local artists.


Robert Brownhall is well known for capturing the stories of Brisbane and its people through vivid paintings and sketches and, as the front door to Queensland for 22 million people each year, Brisbane Airport is an ideal place for Robert to chronicle.


Robert has been given an exclusive access-all-areas pass to the International and Domestic Terminals in 2016, allowing him a unique behind-the-scenes view of one of Australia’s busiest airports.


The everyday events, people and places of this dynamic environment are the focus of his works, a selection of which will be exhibited at the Museum of Brisbane this August.


Robert Brownhall is represented by Philip Bacon Galleries.


Here’s an insight into Robert’s time at Brisbane Airport

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