Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane

Museum of Brisbane delves deep into its collections for a new exhibition, opening Saturday 26 March, that presents multiple artist perspectives on the changing nature of our city with Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane.

Featuring artwork depicting views from as early as the 1820s, the new exhibition presents more than 100 historical and contemporary depictions of the Brisbane region from the MoB collections.

Adding additional layers of storytelling to the experience, MoB have commissioned an immersive sound artwork by Brisbane composer, artist and curator, Lawrence English to share the city’s many soundscapes. While a dynamic installation by artist Jenna Lee looks at the dual impact of colonisation and development’s historic and ongoing impact on environment and language.

MoB Director/CEO, Renai Grace, said this exhibition will be a wonderful display of the MoB Collection and provide a multi-faceted view into Brisbane’s artistic, historic and cultural development.

Making Place poses the question ‘What makes a place?’. Through these artworks, we discuss what sites are significant for individuals and communities, how will the characteristic landmarks of the city today look in the future, and do memories make a place?” said Ms Grace.

“In the lead up to the 2032 Olympic games, as well as some major development occurring over the next decade in Brisbane, we are looking at what it is that defines a place and how community is built around that place.”

Artists featured in Making Place100 Views of Brisbane include Judy Watson, Richard Randall, Noel McKenna, William Bustard, Vida Lahey, Jane Grealy, Danie Mellor, Kenneth Jack, Sam Fulbrook, Charles Lancaster, Robert Brownhall, Margaret Olley, Stephen Nothling, Margaret Cilento, Lloyd Rees, Paul Davies, Mia Boe and more.

Visitors are invited to explore the city’s ever-changing places through new eyes, from the past, to the present and into the future.

Image: Paul Davies
Centenary Pool Brisbane, Yellow/Grey 2008, acrylic on canvas. Photo: Christopher Hagen. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2021, Museum of Brisbane Collection.