The subtropic city: Brisbane soon to be on display with City in the Sun

The Museum of Brisbane’s City in the Sun exhibition will display Brisbane as a gateway to the tropics this June.

May 27, 2021, updated May 27, 2021
Oasis Swimming Pool, Sunnybank 1951, courtesy Brisbane City Council Archives (Image: Supplied)

Oasis Swimming Pool, Sunnybank 1951, courtesy Brisbane City Council Archives (Image: Supplied)

Showcasing over 30 artworks including eight commissions by local artists alongside historical imagery, the exhibition will follow how the city’s history of migration, tourism, climate, environment, and geographical location has contributed to the image of a sun-drenched city full of exotic plants and a people who live under the sun’s glare.

Newly commissioned works from artists Kinly Grey, Christopher Bassi, Laura Patterson, Rachael Sarra, Sam Tupou, Sebastian Moody, Holly Anderson and Rachel Burke are coupled with works by Gerwyn Davies, Michael Zavros, Tracey Moffatt, Scott Redford, and Olive Ashworth.

There will also be a film screening from the National Film and Sound archive from 1954 called ‘Brisbane – City in the Sun’ featuring landmarks including the Oasis at Sunnybank, Brisbane City Hall and Queenslander architecture.

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Museum of Brisbane Director Renai Grace said City in the Sun highlights how Brisbane has created images to define itself as a city.

“To understand Brisbane, you need to understand the light and colour that has and continues to shape the landscape, food, fashion and architecture and design ethos. See your city in a new light through the eyes of artists and question how you see Brisbane in this exhibition,” Ms Grace said.

City in the Sun is proudly supported by Gadens and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

City in the Sun runs from 19 June 2021 – 27 February 2022 for more information, visit the Museum of Brisbane’s website. 

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