UAP Mentorship | Briggs’ Lanterns by KT Doyle

16 December, 2009

PROJECT Briggs Lane
LOCATION Brisbane, QLD, Australia
CLIENT Brisbane City Council
ARTWORK Briggs’ Lanterns
ART MANAGEMENT Urban Art Projects
YEAR 2009

A forgotten Brisbane CBD laneway will tomorrow be activated once again thanks to a temporary public art collaboration between emerging artist KT Doyle, Urban Art Projects, Artisan and Brisbane City Council.

As the recipient of Urban Art Projects (UAP) inaugural 3 month Mentorship Residency, KT Doyle received a rare opportunity to gain insight in to UAP’s process of developing public art being commissioned to develop an illuminated temporary artwork for Briggs Lane, one of the first sites identified under Brisbane City Council’s Vibrant Laneways and Small Spaces ‘Inhabit’ Program.

UAP’s Curatorial Team Manager Jodie Cox said UAP was excited to see KT’s project realised after watching the artist’s practice develop over the 3 month residency.

“We identified KT as a talented Brisbane based artist and are thrilled to see her art practice expand throughout the UAP Mentorship Residency and collaboration with Brisbane City Council for Briggs Lane.

“Having the opportunity to develop an artwork for the public realm is a significant milestone for any artist and it is fitting that KT’s innovative and site-specific concept will contribute toward activating Brisbane’s urban landscape.”

From this Thursday, the laneway entrance will be illuminated with nine Victorian influenced three-dimensional sculptural forms – some up to 1.1 metres long.

The artwork, entitled ‘Briggs’ Lanterns’ celebrates the laneway’s past which dates back to the early 1900’s – a time when drapers, J Briggs & Sons operated a store at 428 George Street which backs on to what has since become known as ‘Briggs Lane’.

KT said “The sculptural form was inspired by the silhouette of a Victorian era dining chair familiar to households in the late 1880s and early 1900s. The silhouette has been given a contemporary twist when it is repeated and transferred on to textiles and intricate patterned motifs that encase the laser cut frames.”

‘Briggs’ Lanterns’ will be on display for up to two months at Briggs Lane in Brisbane’s CBD, located between Tank and George Street.

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