With a huge number of gigs and other events going down this weekend, we’re assuming you put away at least a bit of cash to see you through some good times. But even if you’re confined to living out of your parents’ basement with just some mangled self-esteem and a Big W underwear catalogue for company, there’s no reason not to have fun this Friday through Sunday. There’s a heap of free stuff going on in and around the city – here are our five favourites.
Saturday morning, you want to wolf down breakfast, collect your kid cousins, and make it to the Billycart Markets at Sandgate’s Sacred Heart Primary School. With stallholders selected to showcase Brisbane’s best crafts, Billycart aims to provide something unique for both you and the little people. Freshly made local food will also be on offer, as well as a whole lotta live music. Go for the beach, if nothing else.
That afternoon, get rid of the sprogs and head to the Craig Waddell exhibition at New Farm’s Edwina Corlette Gallery. Waddell’s expressive paintings reflect his love of nature and this exhibition is set to showcase his recent explorations of memory and emotion via the creation of organic forms on canvas. The gallery’s closed on Sundays so this’ll be your only chance to poke your head in and check out this exhibition.
Afterwards, take a trip to UQ’s St Lucia campus for Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, two Australian artists bent on transforming the detritus of consumer society and reimagining the forms that surround us. Examining ideas of home, aspiration and materialism, the duo’s work is marked by a playful reinvention of prefabricated structures and the assemblage of everyday objects into sculptures and installations. This exhibition brings together a selection of key works from the past ten years, so it’s a good time to catch up on the hoopla.
Sunday morning, the culture hits just keep on coming with twin exhibitions at the Queensland Art Gallery. The first is Ever Present: Photographs from the Collection. Juxtaposing 19th century photography with its 20th century equivalent, the exhibition looks to remind us of the past’s ever-present nature in our daily lives. The images span from 1850 to 1975, and include works from both unknown snappers and iconic 20th century masters such as Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Diane Arbus.
Also focusing on photography is Sugar, an exhibition of historical photographs documenting South Sea Islanders working in Queensland. The works on display are drawn from the collections of the Queensland Art Gallery and State Library of Queensland and aim to reflect the stories of the industry that brought so many South Sea Islanders to the state. This looks like a fascinating peek into local history so try not miss out.
Finally, on Sunday evening you want to shake the blues away at Vava Voom. Continuing to offer locals of Fortitude Valley and its weekend warriors a place to hang and get silly every Sunday, the good times kick off at the Empire at 8pm with a relaxed dress code and, of course, free entry.
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