Art with Altitude now landing at Brisbane Airport

Giant inflatable igloos, a pop-up pocket park of turfed mounds and larger than life Indigenous sculptures are not what you’d normally expect to find at an airport, or while shopping at DFO.

But visit Airport Village from today until 2 September and you’ll find these and much more.

It’s all part of Brisbane Airport’s (BAC) Art with Altitude – a free 10-day contemporary art festival at Airport Village.

BAC Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Julieanne Alroe said the location is what makes the festival a unique and exciting event for Brisbane.

“It’s not your traditional art gallery,” Ms Alroe said, “The open green spaces and relaxed atmosphere challenge how and where art should be enjoyed, by providing a free outdoor event that is accessible to the community.”

Ms Alroe said the festival is an opportunity to support local and emerging artists and foster creativity and the development of the arts in Brisbane.

“Art with Altitude is a celebration of Brisbane Airport’s passion for the arts, bringing together installations, performance art and music,” she said.

Temporary works from Nicole Voevodin-Cash, Keg de Souza, Sue-Ching Lascelles, Michael Candy, Inkahoots and Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre will transform Airport Village into an open-air exhibition space.

Brisbane Airport’s extensive public art collection at Airport Village and the terminals will also be showcased at the festival.

Co-Curator Megan Cope said Art with Altitude invites visitors to embark on a journey from LAND to SKY & BEYOND.

“The festival’s airport setting is celebrated in the artworks with themes of flight, voyages and identity,” Ms Cope said.

Exploring notions of mapping and navigation, Keg de Souza’s LUTS (Living Under The Stars) allows you to experience the night sky in the middle of the day.

“Visitors can step inside the giant inflatable dome and gaze at the twinkling constellation of over 300 LED stars,” Ms Cope said, “It embodies the theme – standing on the LAND, looking up to the SKY and contemplating BEYOND.”

The festival also features a provocative interactive lighting installation from West End design collaborative Inkahoots.

Festival-goers can text 0478 175 091* to fill in the gap in the phrase ‘I still call Australia home’ replacing the word ‘home’ to instantly create their own version of this iconic phrase.

On the weekends children can make creations of their own at the In-Flight workshops by artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, using recycled materials to make mini aircrafts.

Free theatre performances include Queensland Theatre Company and QPAC’s Stradbroke Dreamtime and Grin and Tonic’s micro-magical tale Warning: small parts.

Roving acts from Flipside Circus, AirportlinkM7 Jacaranda Curtain street performers, and live music from local Brisbane bands bring movement and music to the festival.

Conveniently located on Brisbane’s Northside, Airport Village is now even easier to get to with the new AirportlinkM7 tunnel.