Recently Shida popped into Blake House and painted a two-level mural over two nights, spanning from the coffee shop to the upstairs level. If you aren't familiar with the works of Shida follow the links below!
Housed in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, Blake House stands tall as one of the City’s premiere new gallery locations. Featuring a top level space dedicated to supporting the City’s local art scene, as well as that of interstate and international, its charming wooden floors and vast windows provide a comforting inner-city haven for art lovers alike.
Home to various ventures throughout history; from its use during World War II to the numerous businesses that have resided within, there are constant reminders around the building of the previous occupants. Whether it be the scrawled reminders of a long gone business’s first dollar made, or the remnants of a pulley system used to lift survival gear and weapons three stories into a stock room, the whole building brims with character.
Now, the building’s ground level houses Brisbane’s leading street wear store; Laced as well as a newly established coffee shop, whilst the rear courtyard plays host to Survey Co; a restaurant that combines modern cuisine in a building equally as rich with history. All of this is located between Adelaide Street and Burnett Lane, one of the fastest growing social hubs in the CBD.
With its new incarnation; Blake House is once again re-born into a completely new world of art and culture.
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Also, a special thanks to The Bureau!
The Bureau is an artist collective based in Brisbane that is dedicated to curating and developing unique shows and opportunities for Queensland artists through exposure to and collaboration with creatives and professionals from differing fields both at home and abroad.
In 2011, Benjamin and Skye Reeve developed a program in collaboration with Creative Commons that launched three consecutive, highly successful exhibitions in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne under the banner "etcc" that toured nationally as a sideshow to the Semi-Permanent design conferences.
It featured a body of work that explored the realities of copyright in the visual arts and showcased a broad range of artists including Beastman, Bec Winnel, Numskull, Phibs, Ben Frost, MiniGraff, Rena Littleson, Leif Podhajsky, RINZEN and Maricor Maricar to name but a few.
This show marked the start of something which has continued on with other like-minded creatives and has grown and will continually evolve as The Bureau.
Follow them on twitter! @the_bureaux