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
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
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
| 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