This year, during the unprecedented lockdowns and social distancing measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, QICGRE became a sponsor of the Brisbane Street Art Festival, donating commercial space at 62 Mary Street for the festival to occupy for much of the year.
Running since 2016, the Brisbane Street Art Festival is an annual event showcasing public art across the city. In response to the evolving public health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19 and public gatherings, this year’s event was forced to adapt. With the donation of commercial space from QICGRE, the event organisers were able to reimagine the festival, offering space for 25 artists-in-residence in a dedicated creative space called ‘Superordinary’.
62 Mary Street was also home to the ‘BSAF x Superordinary Takeover’ in May 2020. Over a single weekend, 19 artists took over all three floors of the Superordinary space. The event was live-streamed, allowing viewers to tune in over the two days to watch the artists work from the safety of their homes. The event also featured interviews with the artists, as well as live performances.