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MY BRISBANE

Where do you live?

New Farm, about 2km from the CBD in

Brisbane’s inner north.

Any great finds since moving there?

New Farm Park isn’t a secret but the afternoon

down there, the golden hour from 4-5pm is a

pretty magical time to have a wine in the park.

What’s your favourite meal out?

I’m a simple gal. Crispy fried chicken and special

fried rice with home-made lemon iced tea at

Quan Thanh (75 Hardgrave Rd) in West End.

It’s cheap, delicious Pan-Asian food and BYO. I

am all about fried chicken all the time so this is

my go-to because it’s quick and hits the spot. Not

recommended for first dates – it’s super public –

but I do recommend it for epic catch-ups with

your crew before going out.

Best coffee stop?

Ugees Espresso (80 Boundary St) in West End is

a hang spot. Always good for a yarn and a stool in

the sun. It isn’t flash; it’s simple and quick so you

can hang and play the piano and talk all day or

you can get a coffee and bounce.

Any favourite bar or best place to catch

up with friends?

Classic. Rumpus Room (56 Russell St, West

End). I always end up here and it’s full of my

friends behind and in front of the bar. Also

shout-out to Betty’s Espresso and Bar (11

Browning St, West End) that just opened in

West End, my next go-to. My sisters say it’s

great so it’s likely to become a regular hang.

Where do you always take visitors?

Where to begin! Highlights are West End

Markets (corner of Jane St and Montague Rd)

and beautiful Saturday mornings doing fruit and

veg shopping, grabbing coffee, laying in the sun;

Woolloongabba Antique Centre (22 Wellington

Rd, Woolloongabba), a nice place to roam and

dream, it’s full of relics and beautiful finds; South

Bank – I feel all visitors to Brisbane must witness

our hilarious inner city beach, the parklands are

lush now so a beer at sunset overlooking the river

on the green is the end to an epic Brisbane day.

Rap music features in your work, where do

you go to listen to good live music?

Brisbane is definitely a gig-based town. I go to

random venues to hear what I want but recently

the Triffid (7-9 Stratton St, Newstead) has been

hosting some great gigs and has a really nice

festival vibe about the way they host their day gigs.

What do you do when you are not working

on your art?

I host youth art workshops at the Albert Park

Flexible Learning Centre (1 Hale St, city). The

kids vary in age from 14 to 18 and numbers vary

on the day from 5 to 25. The centre offers flexible

learning outside the confines of the traditional

school system for teens and young adults who

perhaps have less home support. They can

learn at their own pace and with a much more

self-directed structure in a supportive teaching

environment.

I’ve been hosting workshops since the

beginning of this year but I’ve done projects

similar to this in the past, working with youth

who are slipping through the cracks of the

traditional school system.

We are aiming to create a three-panel mural

Artist

HANNAH

BRONTE

Hannah Bronte is a multimedia artist

whose works include body painting,

photography, experimental video and

sound. Her latest video installation

uses a combination of colourful

contemporary visuals and the language

of rap to explore both feminist and

Indigenous issues at an exhibition at

Metro Arts in September

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| BNE September/October 2016

From left: Hannah Bronte, photographed

by Marc Grimwade; New Farm Park; the

Keyholes on North Stradbroke Island (images

courtesy TEQ); the café at Woolloongabba

Antique Centre; a pool mural at Musgrave

Park Pool, image by Adam Lester; a still from

Hannah Bronte’s video installation

Still I Rise