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| BNE March/April 2015

Plain to


Katie Stormonth has brought together unlikely

combinations of some of the most mundane everyday

materials and a range of metals to create jewellery pieces

for her latest exhibition at artisan’s Ivory Street gallery.

Blended Matter

will be showing from 9 March to 26 April

and showcases Stormonth’s imaginative use of found

objects and recycled materials.

Although the jewellery has a miniature sculptural

quality the pieces are designed to be worn. “I want the

objects to inspire an emotional response from the wearer,

perhaps an old memory, or an emotion, perhaps a feeling

of comfort and familiarity.” Pieces on show will also be for

sale at artisan, 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley.


Homely Touch

by Katie Stormonth

bold leap

Kristian Williams received his first art award more than 10 years

ago but the 29-year-old will have his first solo public exhibition

from 4 to 18 March at the Mercure Hotel, North Quay.

The former retail and ad exec says he inherited his artistic flair

from both parents (both art college graduates) and has continued

to paint from an early age. He describes his current style as

“neo-expressionism meets high-end street art” and bold colours

applied in thick slabs have become his trademark.

Williams often paints immediately after waking from his

dreams, interpreting his experience on canvas. He’s a fan of the

late Jean-Michel Basquiat and Norris Embry, and his own works

explore cultural as well as mythological and surrealist themes.

He took a leap of faith last year to leave his work as a designer

in advertising to pursue his art full-time. The exhibition

Bold &


has been curated by Williams’ long-time friend and

fashion doyenne Di Cant, entry is free.



Anzac Square, between Ann Street and Adelaide Street in the city, is undergoing a

multi-million dollar facelift ahead of the centenary Anzac services on 25 April. It

has been Brisbane’s memorial to all Queenslanders who have served their country

in war and peace since Armistice Day (now called Remembrance Day), November

1930 and the Shrine of Remembrance has been the site of dawn services marking

Anzac Day ever since. The $13.4 million restoration, funded by Brisbane City

Council and the state government, is the most extensive in the 84-year history of

the memorial – nearly 2000 pavers in the square and more than 22,000 tiles in the

Cenotaph have been replaced following structural work, damaged stone work has

been repaired and access has been improved. The pedestrian tunnel linking Anzac

Square parkland to Central Station now has new wall panels that incorporate a

commemorative Anzac design.

The dawn service begins at precisely 4.28am on 25 April at the Shrine of

Remembrance, Anzac Square, city. The Anzac Day march begins at 10am

from the corner of George and Elizabeth Streets, city. Find out more at


by Kristian Williams