to install in the police beat on Adelaide Street
in the city. I’m also working with another artist,
Sonny Au, who specialises in signwriting and
airbrush. We have worked with the kids on heaps
of activities to open them up to creating whatever
they wanted for these final works. The project
is all about the young people feeling welcome
and sharing what ‘welcome’ means to them. We
spoke about gestures, facial expressions, colours
that affect our moods and symbols. From this it
will end up with the murals expressing each site’s
different views on welcoming artwork.
What have you learned by doing those
That young people are resilient beyond measure.
The small interactions with some of them, and
their bravery to complete school, reminds me of
why I need to keep pushing hard in my art and
my life. They definitely teach you a lot about
education being a privilege and I respect them
all for turning up and making such effort to be
present. Also the humour they bring to each
workshop – we are always laughing while we work
and laughter can turn your whole outlook around.
Where do you feel happiest?
The river settles me. There’s a secret spot in West
End along the Brisbane River that I can sit and no
one can find me, I can draw, weave, cry, think and
dream there uninterrupted.
Where’s your favourite place to catch up
with your mum?
We usually just have a coffee in West End or on
her back deck if we need secret goss chats. As I’ve
gotten older Mama and I have started trying flash
restaurants and coffee shops, which is fun. We’ve
been to some lush spots but a particularly nice
one we go to is Anouk (212 Given Tce) in
Paddington. It’s run by our friend Justine and
it’s delicious, always.
Your mum was a swimmer and now you
also teach swimming. Where did you learn
I think Mum dunked me in the pool and the
ocean super early. My most vivid memories of
swimming training are definitely at Yeronga
Park and Musgrave Park pools. I deeply
believed that I was a mermaid when I was
little so I was always in the water. I don’t ever
remember not being able to swim and feeling
confident in deep water.
Your favourite place to swim – pool
If it’s sunny, Musgrave Park (100 Edmonstone
St, West End) is a great inner city pool with
a huge grassy hill to lay in the sun and read
a book; if it’s overcast the Spring Hill Baths
(14 Torrington St) are beautiful. The different
coloured painted doors make it feel like you’re
in a movie set. The beach is a bit further away
but I love Elephant Rock at Currumbin where
you can surf or swim and, if you have time, you
can check out amazing waterfalls in the Gold
Where do you go to see good art?
Milani Gallery (54 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba)
and my friends’ studios.
What do you like to do most when you’re
I love being outside so having a really long yummy
lunch with friends is a good day off for me. I also
recommend rollerblading along Kangaroo Point
cliffs – not the top of the cliffs (which is very
busy) but along the river walk.
You can hire skates (at Riverlife) complete with
dorky helmet and knee guards (take the knee
guards), then you can cruise up and down the
river skating along. It’s really fun and, from the
sore quads I get afterwards, I guess it’s a pretty
good workout for the legs.
What is your favourite short break outside
Quandamooka country, ‘Minjerribah’, North
Stradbroke Island. Lots of my beautiful sissys
are from there and it’s the most magical place to
settle your soul. That island has a lot of magic
and power and I come back feeling grounded
and fearless. You have to come with respect to the
island and honour the local mobs’ ways. If you do
that you’ll witness one of the most majestic natural
landscapes we have left.
Still I Rise,
Hannah Bronte’s latest video
installation, will be shown 14-30 September
as part of
Unbuttoned // A festival of gender,
art and you
at Metro Arts Gallery, Level 2, 109
Edward Street, city. Bronte will give an artist’s
talk about her work on 21 September at 6pm.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD?
Living 50 metres from Brisbane River
is beautiful. I can open my door and
see water. That’s pretty grounding.
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