BFU presents: Art, politics & public space in the New World City

When? 6pm – 7.30pm, Wednesday 25 April

Where? Bunyapa Park, West End

What? Brisbane Free University kicks off the year with a juicy public conversation on the politics and practices of participatory public art. And alliteration.

Shane Sugrue is one-fifth of Unqualified Design Studio, a collective of partially-employed architects, artists, and designers based in Brisbane. His work examines the potential for unsolicited and participatory spatial practices to trigger altered relationships with public space. He lives in East Brisbane with three chickens and four people.

Aleea Monsour is a community theatre-maker and facilitator. She is interested in thinking about the role of theatre in engaging and empowering communities to share and hear their stories.

Shelley Cheng is sometimes an artist and lives on the stolen Aboriginal land of the Jagera and Turrbal peoples. Shelley is currently completing her undergraduate studies in law/ journalism and is interested in critical race theory, decoloniality, transformative justice and community building. She’ll be speaking about her experiences of presenting interactive art pieces/ installations which allowed audiences to write and draw responses to her work, choose the direction of incomplete work, and interact with other members of the audience.

Each speaker will present for 10 minutes or so, and then we’ll open up for questions and broad community conversation.


BFU acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we gather, the Jagera and Turrbal peoples, and their Elders past, present and future. Sovereignty over these lands was never ceded.

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