BRISBANE: URBAN LIST ITINERARY/APT7 SNEAK PEAK

I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, and I’ll say it again – I love Brisbane. We may not be as shiny as Sydney or Melbourne, but we have a laid-back debonair taste that makes our city a less cluttered, more pure, version of our sister cities. So, with keeping this in mind and after discovering the Urban List Itinerary competition, I’ve decided to put together my own little list of must-visit locations for a day out in our lovely city:

Kick start the morning with a cup of Joe and freshly smashed avocado on a smoked tomato bagel, from The Burrow. After being suitably sustained, head to the GoMA and take in the APT7 exhibit. If you’re feeling young, sneak into the Kid’s APT7 and be certain to partake in some of the free wacky-creative activities on offer. After getting your head into a spin with all the colours and activity of the GoMA, pick up a packed-lunch and take-away coffee from Sourced Grocer and trek out to the Newstead River Park and enjoy your meal perched by the Brisbane River. On your way, take in the tall iron structure of the No. 2 Gasometer frame on Longland Street. Feel tiny yet? No matter, you can remedy that with a little retail therapy at the James Street Markets and it’s surrounding shops. Be sure to pick up  a bottle of vino at Cru Bar. You’ll be needing that for dinner – at Australia’s oldest and most authentic Japanese restaurant, Little Tokyo. Of course, you can choose to side-step that option and head straight for the sake. 乾杯!*
*Kanpai, (colloquial) cheers!; bottoms up!

Oh yes, I recently (and finally), found a smidgeon of time to check out The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) display at the lovely GoMA – The only major exhibition series in the world to focus exclusively on the contemporary art of Asia, the Pacific and Australia. Every year it lands in Brisbane, I get beyond excited. I plan to do a much more in-depth review of this amazing exhibit – but since I’m short on time, I’ll share with you a few small shots of one of my favourite displays – a series of works by Paramodel. Artists Yasuhiko Hayashi and Yusuke Nakano work collaboratively as Paramodel and produce vast and intricate installations – and adorably, “truck-sushi”.

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How to make a paramodel 2012
PVC pipe, plywood toys, inkjet prints on canvas. “Water Works” card game.

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Tommy sushi 2008, Tommy sushi Osaka 2009, Tommy sushi roller 2009, Tommy sushi Tokyo 2009, Tommy sushi 2009-2012
Just an FYI – all Brisbanites, if you haven’t checked out the APT7 exhibition at the GoMA, I throughly recommend that you do! It runs to the 14th of April and is free – so what are you waiting for?
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BRISBANE: URBAN LIST ITINERARY/APT7 SNEAK PEAK

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