Art with Altitude Landing Soon at Skygate

Fasten your seatbelts and prepare for four action-packed days of art and entertainment at Skygate’s free Art with Altitude festival from 24 to 27 October 2013, presented by Brisbane Airport Corporation.

A giant scrabble artwork, towering bamboo structure and 3.5m trike made from recycled car bonnets are just some of the 20 larger-than-life sculptures that will transform the greens of Skygate.The festival will be a family wonderland with free Queensland Theatre Company children’s performances, children’s art workshops presented by QAGOMA, live music and street performers for all ages to enjoy.

General Manager of BAC’s property division BNE Property, Ms Renaye Peters, said the award-winning event is not your average art exhibition.

“Our amazing interactive sculptures, performances and workshops invite festival-goers to touch and explore art in the relaxed, outdoor environment of Skygate, and challenge how and where people may think art should be traditionally enjoyed,” Ms Peters said.

“The completely free children’s entertainment program makes art accessible to young families looking for an exciting day out in Brisbane,” she said.

Highlights include artist Leonie Rhode’s Stratospherical workshops where children learn to make their own mini plasticine person which then becomes part of a colourful community sculpture. QAGOMA’s Make A Roo children’s art workshops from the ‘Kangaroo Crew’ exhibition by Indigenous Australian artist Gordon Hookey will also be open throughout the festival.

Queensland Theatre Company is returning again this year with daily performances of The Lost Property Rules by Matthew Ryan. There will also be weekend performances of Lissa and Nee Nee’s Riverside Adventure and Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra will present its fun interactive kids’ concert as well as classical music by the sculptures.

Art with Altitude Curator and Founding Director of the highly successful Swell Sculpture Festival, Natasha Edwards, said the festival’s theme of ‘suspended in translation’ will resonate through the artworks she has selected.

“The sculptures reflect the festival’s airport setting and contemplate how cultures have journeyed, crossing borders, interweaving, arriving and departing,” Ms Edwards said.

Artist Mimi Dennett’s LandSew, an oversized sculpture of a needle and thread sewing up the earth is one interpretation of the theme, which uses the landscape as the artwork’s canvas.

For more information, details of exhibiting artists and the full program visit www.artwithaltitude.com.au.

About Skygate: Skygate is a vibrant retail, commercial and lifestyle precinct brimming with fashion, food, art and leisure. It’s home to more than 130 retail, café and dining options, including DFO, Queensland’s only 24-hour Woolworths and a 4.5 star Novotel hotel.Skygate is located at the entrance to Brisbane Airport, just off Airport Drive.Find out more at http://www.skygate.com.au

About Natasha Edwards - Curator, Art with Altitude: Natasha Edward’s passion and advocacy for embracing visual arts in public spaces is supported with a strong artistic and business background, and wealth of knowledge to the public art sector.With over 15 years working in public art, major projects and exhibitions, it is not surprising Natasha has landed herself with Brisbane Airport Corporation to deliver another awe-inspiring exhibition Art with Altitude. Natasha is the Founder and Director of the highly successful Swell Sculpture Festival on the Gold Coast.