Around Ascot is a vibrant collection of artworks on traffic signal boxes made by local artists depicting various themes. Part of the Artforce Brisbane program, the initiative started in 1999 and continues to showcase local creativity and diversity.
Here are some of the artworks and where you can find them.
This artwork from the students of Ascot State School depicts a lazy Sunday afternoon scene where cats leisurely float down the Brisbane River in a handmade boat. The design showcases the juxtaposition of modern high-rise buildings, lush green trees, and diverse residents, all adorned with magical vines and flowers.
Location: Racecourse Rd & Kent St
From artist Corina Hibberd, “Spring Racing Blooms” embellishes the Energex Padmount Transformer located on Racecourse Road, adjacent to the Eagle Farm racecourse. The vibrant floral arrangement pays homage to the iconic Spring Racing Carnival at the Eagle Farm and Doomben racecourses while injecting colour and life into the surrounding garden bed.
Location: 85 Racecourse Rd
The “Flocking Ibis,” another captivating piece, presents a colourful and playful interpretation of the Australian ibis, a bird that has become a familiar sight in suburban areas. The artwork from Karla Morris and Kate Slaughter challenges the bird’s commonly-held negative reputation and encourages viewers to appreciate its unique presence.
Location: Nudgee Rd & Lamington Ave
Race Like a Girl
“Race Like a Girl” is a particularly inspiring project involving five young girls aged between 6 and 10 years old: India McConnell, Eva Jackson, Charlotte Jackson, Millicent McConnell, and Violet Jackson. Drawing inspiration from the nearby racecourse, the girls aimed to celebrate female heroes in horse racing. The artwork features bold colours symbolizing tenacity, striking racing silks representing resilience in a male-dominated sport, and horseshoes as symbols of luck and hope. The main jockey portrayed in the artwork is Michelle J. Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015.
Location: Nudgee Road & Racecourse Village Shopping Centre
The Ascot community has embraced these Artforce Brisbane creations, recognizing their contribution to the neighbourhood’s identity and sense of belonging. These artistic endeavours not only beautify public spaces but also foster connections, inspire creativity, and promote inclusivity among residents of all backgrounds.