Author: JanBowQld

Exploring Brisbane’s Walls – #StreetArt and Street Artists

When amateur photographer Toks Ojo moved from London to Brisbane he found that exploring street art was a unique way to get to know his new home town. “If you’re looking for different things, you tend to see more. If you are looking from mural size art to tiny little stickers, you look differently.” Toks has now turned his explorations of Brisbane into a two-volume set of beautifully presented images. Street art and graffiti are on a spectrum, Toks told me, some of the work is tolerated, even sanctioned, while other works are viewed as vandalism or criminal damage....

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Vision for a village green in West End

Brisbane City Council has allocated $1.5m for infrastructure upgrades in Davies Park – funded from infrastructure contributions collected from development occurring within Brisbane. But John Mongard, one of the authors of the national award-winning Green Space Strategy for West End and Highgate Hill, says it is important that the Council does not lose sight of the need for the shortfall investment in new parks for West End. The Greenspace Strategy estimates a short fall of over 15 hectares of parkland by 2031. “West End has one of the highest housing densities and one of the fastest growth rates in...

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Terri Butler’s visit to Myanmar @terrimbutler @WestenderNews

In January, Federal Member for Griffith, Terri Butler was part of a delegation organised by Save the Children and funded by the Gates Foundation, to Myanmar. The aim, Ms Butler, told The Westender, was to raise parliamentarians’ understanding, and appreciation, of the practical applications of overseas development assistance. Ms Butler says that it is important for Australian parliamentarians to participate in visits of this kind. “As the nation’s parliament, we have a role in understanding Australia’s place in the world and the contribution we can make to overseas development, for both altruistic and self-interested reasons. The former, because it...

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Who do we seek to persuade? Climate change and right-wing populism – @JanB_QLD

“We need to stop doing these things that aren’t working. They’re not just not working; they’re creating a problem now.” The success of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation at the last Federal Election in Australia and the rise of Donald Trump in the US has exercised a lot of us to consider how we can start conversations with their voters. What works, condemnation or engagement? If engagement, then how and what? Winnifred Louis In the context of exploring these questions, I came across a short piece in the UQ News by social psychologist, Dr Winnifred Louis. Dr Louis seemed to be offering...

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Call for arts patrons is no conspiracy – #WestEnd

Ever considered being a patron of the arts? Well here’s your chance. House Conspiracy, a new non-profit arts space in West End, is looking for people who are interested in sponsoring its resident artists. The end of the calendar year is always a good time to review budgets and make plans for the new year, and while opportunities for giving seem endless, not many are as local and intimate as is being proposed by House Conspiracy. From February 2017 House Conspiracy will provide free and low-cost rental to individuals, community groups, and local businesses.  In its first year of operation, 68 curated artists will...

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