Image credit : Kylie Hill – Family Connections – Irish Lane, Brisbane City

The Brisbane River and suburban waterways will be the focus of new artworks installed this month as part of the Outdoor Gallery’s Indigenous Art Program.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said this year’s program, Reflections – A Reflection of Brisbane’s Waterways, showcases and celebrates Brisbane-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

“The Brisbane River, or Maiwar, has long held a special connection to First Nations people and continues to be significant to residents and visitors today,” Cr Schrinner said.

“The artworks in this year’s exhibition focus on the beauty and significance of the Brisbane River and surrounding waterways across our suburbs.

The popular Indigenous Art Program provides more to see and do for residents and visitors while also supporting local artists.”

Council’s Indigenous Art Program is an important part of our Outdoor Gallery and features everything from large scale banners to showcase installations and night-time projections.

This latest exhibition showcases artworks from 11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, including curator BINGKIN and Luke Mallie.

Cr Schrinner said the exhibition featured emerging and established artists who responded to a community call-out to share their stories.

“The Outdoor Gallery is a way to celebrate and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s depths and strength of culture, and understanding of the land,” he said.

“The exhibition also offers a range of events and activities, including walking tours, artists talks, workshops and some guided virtual reality experiences.

These events give audiences an opportunity to explore and engage with the artists and their stories.”

Reflections runs from 19 June – 2 October in various locations across Brisbane.

Visit and search ‘Indigenous Art Program’ for more information and plan your visit.


The 11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists include:





Lewis James

This is Brisbane

King George Square car park

Ben Barker

River Dreaming

Eagle Lane

Dean Tyson

Which way the old ways

Edison Lane

Tai Bobongie

Maiwar 2023

Fish Lane

Taliah Saylor

The Way of the Beizam

Ann Street

Kylie Hill

Family Connections

Irish Lane

Nicole Williams


Elizabeth Street Vitrine

Nicole Williams


Queen Street Vitrine

Paula Dewis

Many Lands

Hutton Lane

Brett Leavy

Greater Brisbane 1798

Giffin Lane

Luke Mallie

River of Life

Howard Smith Wharves projection and Museum of Brisbane digital screen