Five of the best street art pieces around Brisbane

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“A lot of the time people who don’t have an art background might not always understand how the process works and how they [the artists] respond to the space and environment.”The festival team has already begun planning next year’s event which will be held in the first half of 2018. Photo:
Artist Mr Sor2 uses detail to create his elaborate piece in Fish Lane, South Brisbane. Photo:
Alethea Beetson painted by Claire Foxton at 280 Elizabeth Street. Warehouse walls, delivery docks and a former skating rink have been brought to life with hypercolour portraits and positive messages thanks to street artists across Brisbane.The two-week Brisbane Street Arts Festival saw more than 22 major murals painted at places throughout the city by both local and international artists.”There was a massive positive response from the general public this year, and being our second year we had bigger and more central locations,” festival co-director Lincoln Savage said.”What we set out to do when we started the festival was to give the city more energy and character.”We love adding to the city.”Mr Savage said the largest piece created this year was in South Brisbane. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
“Claire Foxton’s portrait on the Telstra Exchange Building on Elizabeth Street in the CBD of Alethea Beetson from the Queensland Museum and Digi Youth Arts was the most important,” he said.”It recognises Alethea’s work with young Indigenous kids in art — and the outcome is incredible.”Enhancing the urban tapestryThis year the event’s name changed to the Brisbane Street Arts Festival, added an ‘s’ to art to ensure performance and sculpture was included in the program.The street art component, however, continued to pack the most punch.Pieces can be found in Newmarket, West End and extending all the way to the Sunshine Coast. Photo:
The largest work is Minimal Intervention by Mimi which shows the four stages of wine production. Photo:
Social Weave was a piece painted by Guss which aims to shine a light on the current state of race issues. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
“In terms of size, the MiMi piece in Fish Lane on the Wandering Cooks wall was huge,” he said.The piece stretches to more than 10 metres in length and sits on the back of an old warehouse, providing a stark contrast to the new apartment buildings going up in the area.Mr Savage said for him a large portrait in the CBD packed the biggest impact. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Rae Allen)
“Another festival director said the festival was ‘about enhancing urban tapestry’, and I totally agree with that,” Mr Savage said.During the two-week festival, people were also encouraged to see the works being drawn, painted and refined.Mr Sor2’s piece on an underpass in South Brisbane and Drapl’s large mural on the side of the former Red Hill skate arena were both created in front of eager crowds.”These public events gave people the chance to speak to artists directly and to watch the artistic process and that’s really important,” Mr Savage said.
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Jessica Hinchliffe


March 07, 2017 11:21:53

Artist Drapl weaved his magic on the old skate arena in Red Hill. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
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Café serving social inclusion with lunch and coffee

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Carol Rääbus


March 07, 2017 10:58:04

Angela is all set to serve you a morning coffee at the Car Yard Café. (ABC Radio Hobart: Carol Rääbus)
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“We’re hoping that we’re going to be here for a long time.”The Car Yard Café will officially open on March 15 but is already welcoming patrons in for snacks and lunches on weekdays from 9:30am to 2:30pm. (ABC Radio Hobart: Carol Rääbus)
“The other reason that it’s been established is because the community, at this point in time … (ABC Radio Hobart: Carol Rääbus)
Aurora Disability Services has been running the Old Chapel Tearooms in Glenorchy for many years.Joy Cairns, founder and director of Aurora, said the café environment provided clients with a hands-on training experience in silver service hospitality.”It’s been established to give people more variety, to give them great opportunities for learning and developing,” she said. Photo:
AJ with Joy Cairns at the Car Yard Café. Photo:
Anne waits for the lunchtime customers at the service counter. A new social enterprise café has opened on the Main Road in Derwent Park, providing the area with a much-needed stop off for coffee, sandwiches, cakes — and smiles.The Car Yard Café is a new venture by Aurora Disability Services and offers training and work experience for people with disabilities. (ABC Radio Hobart: Carol Rääbus)
“We want the community to be educated to see that they can contribute, they can contribute to our economy, they can contribute to their local communities.”We feel that if our community patronise us, that we’re going to succeed. they’re not providing the opportunities for supported employment or open employment opportunities.”The new café is decked out in car-themed décor and the counter is stocked with fresh salad sandwiches, quiches, pies and sweet treats.The food is made by Aurora’s clients in the small but spotless kitchen with help from support workers. Photo:
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Laurie prepares sausage rolls from scratch with help from Sia. (ABC Radio Hobart: Carol Rääbus)
All functions of the café are run by the clients too, from maintaining the outdoor seating area to staffing the sales counter.Ms Cairns said having a café like this which served the general public could help change people’s opinions towards those with disabilities.”We need to change attitudes,” she said. Melting moments and Anzac biscuits are her favourite.

Wizards disability tenpin bowling club in a league of its own

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He travels an hour from Yass in New South Wales to Canberra each Saturday to play, and last year made the ACT state team after five years of trying. “It’s good to go away. Each Saturday morning an army of orange and blue-clad Wizards gather in Canberra for their weekly tenpin bowling competition.It is magic to see, with each of the 87 competitors bowling the lanes in their own way.Each has a physical or intellectual disability, but that does not stop them delivering scores on par with the average able-bodied league bowler.”There’s some amazing bowlers … Photo:
Rodney Pearson delivers a strike at the Wizards’ weekly competition. “This year I got my first four-bagger which is four strikes in a row.” Bowling helps teenager ‘blossom’, make friends Ms Potter’s 13-year-old son Liam joined the league in 2015. “I didn’t know what to do I was so excited.” “We have a league ladder and at the end of the year we give trophies to the most improved and the winning team.” Each year, 30 of the top Wizards compete in a national competition. (ABC Radio Canberra: Penny Travers)
The league has been running for 28 years and the players range in age from 13 to 67. Photo:
A sea of bright orange and blue as the Wizards show off their tenpin bowling magic. “I just never gave up,” he said.”It was one of my goals and I just never gave up trying.”Last year when I made it I thought, ‘oh my god, it’s come true for a change’. Photo:
Kalinda Gallagher and Haylee Richards look forward to seeing one another each week. I like to win.”Social highlight of the week But it is not all about bowling and competitions. (ABC Radio Canberra: Penny Travers)
They named their team the Hot Strikers.”Because we’re very hot,” Ms Richards said.”And we like to get strikes,” Ms Gallagher added. (ABC Radio Canberra: Penny Travers)
“We were looking for an opportunity for Liam to have a sporting activity and to increase his social involvement,” she said.”We’ve seen him blossom, he started to make some friends, his skill and ability in bowling has been encouraged and nurtured.”We’ve seen such a dramatic change in him since we started.”‘I just never gave up trying’Rodney Pearson is turning 50 soon and has been bowling for seven years with his team the Mighty Ducks. “[It’s] incredible the level of skill they have — I know I wouldn’t be able to bowl as well as they do.”

A Wizards competitor uses a bowling ramp to deliver her ball. and it’s amazing to see the way they’re able to adapt their bowling to fit in to what their abilities are,” parent and Wizards Disability Tenpin Bowling League committee member Kara Potter said. The weekly gathering is the social highlight of the week for players like Kalinda Gallagher and Haylee Richards, who have both been playing in the league for more than 10 years. Robert Gordon is one of the players heading to Sydney in June for the annual event.”It’s a lot of fun, you get to meet new people, meet new friends,” he said. “They know they’re in a league so they’re out to beat their opposition each week,” league president Marilyn Richards said.
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By Penny Travers and Laura Tchilinguirian


March 07, 2017 11:36:58

Robert Gordon is one of 30 Wizards players who will compete in a national competition in June. (ABC Radio Canberra: Penny Travers)