Artforce painting prize brightens Brisbane streets

Brisbane City Council has honoured seven of Brisbane’s best artists as part of the 2018 Artforce awards, with more than 1000 traffic signal boxes now brighter and bolder since the program began 20 years ago.

City Planning Chairman Cr Matthew Bourke said Brisbane’s traffic signal boxes were Council’s most graffitied asset until the Artforce initiative was introduced in 1999, but have since become canvasses for creative community art.

“The Artforce Awards have become a highlight of Brisbane’s creative calendar, inspiring pride in our public places as well as contributing to our city’s distinctive and memorable identity,” Cr Bourke said.

“Public art is a key contributor to Brisbane’s reputation as a great place to live, work and relax, and Artforce provides new opportunities for our city’s creative talents, as well as bringing our city’s infrastructure alive with vibrant street murals.

“Congratulations to Tori-Jay Mordey, who this year took out the top prize her artwork ‘The Legend of Tagai’ on the corner of Charlotte and Creek streets, which depicts a legendary Torres Strait figure who takes the form of a giant constellation of stars.”

Cr Bourke said Brisbane was a great hub for the creative arts with a proud track record of nurturing artists through initiatives such as Brisbane Canvas, the Outdoor Gallery Program and the City Artworks Project.

“Thank you and congratulations to all this year’s Artforce participants, for donating their time and helping to make Brisbane’s streets brighter,” he said.

The winners of the 2018 Artforce awards are:

  • Overall Winner ($1000 prize): Tori-Jay Mordey of Wakerley for ‘The Legend of Tagai’ on the corner of Charlotte and Creek Streets, Brisbane CBD.
  • Highly Commended: Michael McConaghy of Belmont for ‘the Incredible Catworm’ opposite the vet clinic on the corner of Logan and Marshall roads, Holland Park west. ‘The Incredible Catworm’ depicts an infinitely long cat to remind people to worm their pets.
  • Adult Category: Annica Malmkvist for ‘Ironbark in Bloom’ at Beaudesert Road, Moorooka. ‘Ironbark in Bloom’ depicts the flowers and slender leaves of a beautiful tree and its birdlife.
  • Best Organisation: Cork & Chroma for ‘Royal Flush’ at Charlotte Street and George street in the CBD. ‘Royal Flush’ reimagines influential artists’ playing cards.
  • Best Energex Cabinet: Shaun Campbell of New Farm for ‘Entwined at Merthyr Road and Hickey Street, New Farm. ‘Entwined’ symbolises the local ecosystem of New Farm Park.
  • Best 12 and Under: George Stewart of Red Hill for ‘Pugs at Play’ at Enoggera Road and Alderson Street, Alderley.
  • Best 18 and Under: Anita Kent of Corinda for ‘Modern Peonies’ on the corner of Oxley Road and Clewley Street, Corinda.