City staycation: for the art lover - Visit Brisbane


City staycation: for the art lover

Art aficionados seeking a stunning staycation are hustling to Brisbane to soak up the City’s eclectic and unique arts scene. Detailed street art murals give way to five-star Art Series hotels while visitors are drawn equally to historic artworks and architecture as they are to curated exhibitions of contemporary music. 

Where to stay

The Fantauzzo, one of the City’s newest hotels is inspired by acclaimed Australian painter Vincent Fantauzzo. The six-storey hotel is a masterful blend of architecture, nature and art and imbued with creativity and contemporary luxury. Located under the iconic Story Bridge in the buzzing Howard Smith Wharves precinct, The Fantauzzo is dotted with original artworks and high-quality reproductions throughout its 166 suites as well as its elegant lobby, function rooms, Fiume rooftop bar and Polpetta restaurant. The Fantauzzo also offers complimentary art tours, in-room art channels and libraries for an immersive experience.

The Fantauzzo

Where to play

Museum of Brisbane (MoB) champions cutting-edge exhibitions and events that tell the City’s story. Rock out at High Rotation, a backstage pass to three epic decades of local music. Featuring a back catalogue of local artists including Keith Urban, The Veronicas and Violent Soho, High Rotation documents how Brisbane’s local music scene exploded on to national and international stages from 1989 – 2019. Some of the City’s most intriguing visual art is not tucked away in a gallery but exhibited across a celebrated series of public art trails. Brisbane Greeters offers an insider’s guide to the City and customises tours to take in its artistic highlights. Step back in time and peruse the art of World Expo ’88, admire contemporary architecture or explore historic and heritage-listed monuments. Street art adorns the City, from Traffic Signal Boxes to The Pillars Project to pop-up outdoor galleries.

Brisbane Greeters

Where to eat and drink

A breezy space built over the Brisbane River, Mr Percival’s is unlike any bar the City has seen before. A centrepiece of Howard Smith Wharves, it has become a fast favourite with guests enjoying sundowners, Sunday sessions, long lunches and nightcaps. Brisbane-based interior designer Anna Spiro is the mastermind behind the bar’s elegant space and unique octagonal structure. An eye-catching central bar rises to the exposed Victorian ash timber panels that line the ceiling and walls while lush greenery stands out amid a palette of teal walls, green tiles, ochre patterned curtains and pink-accented soft furnishings. Nosh on a refined menu of lobster rolls and prawn cocktails while sipping a sunset spritz or cocktail carafe.

Mr. Percival's

Where to shop

A visit to High Rotation is not complete without a trip to the charming MoB Shop. Browse wares from local artists and designers across jewellery, fashion, photography and giftware and sample gourmet local treats including New Farm Confectionery and Bee One Third honey. The MoB Shop also stocks exclusive merchandise to complement exhibitions and curates a wide range of books with a focus on Brisbane art, culture and history.

Museum of Brisbane

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