Presented by Brisbane Festival, West Village & Metro Arts


Artist Hiromi Tango seeks to bring comfort and spark joy through the magic of fluorescence in her new art installation, Brainbow Magic.

This work continues Hiromi’s exploration into the therapeutic potential of light, colour and contour through art. All these elements can contribute to improved mental wellbeing, easing anxiety and feelings of isolation.

At a time when communities are processing the difficult emotions and experiences of the global pandemic, Hiromi’s sensory work is both healing and transformative – a rainbow after the storm.



Hiromi’s outdoor masterpiece, Rainbow Circles (Healing Circles), beckons people into a transformative space of joy and wonder.

Brightly coloured luminescent rainbow arches dance and glow in the garden at West Village, calling us to explore what lies over the rainbow.


3 – 27 September 2020
10am – 4pm Monday
10am – 7pm Tuesday – Sunday 

18 September 2020, 10am – 9pm


Brainbow Magic: Window Gallery & Gallery Two, 
Metro Arts @ West Village 

Rainbow Circles (Healing Circles): The Common, West Village


Hiromi Tango – Artist

Image by Joe Ruckli


We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 



Hiromi Tango is a Japanese-Australian artist whose work spans sculpture, drawings, photography, installation and performance. Hiromi is dedicated to generate healing conversations through arts engagement. Reacting to an age in which human relationships are being eclipsed by the globalisation and virtualisation of communication, the artist’s practice is often collaborative, performative and site-specific. Her immersive installations comprise vibrant sculptural accumulations of donated objects, materials and stories. They become mnemonic traces of feelings and interactions, and the ensuing catalysis of emotion and recognition forms the affective crux of her art. In this way, although Tango’s works are highly personal and autobiographical, they can also be read as universal tropes of collective experience.

Over recent years, her practice has become increasingly focused on exploring neuroscientific concepts through arts engagement, posing questions around neuroplasticity, empathy and epigenetics in her quest to effect healing and well-being through arts. Often using metaphors from nature to represent brain processes, her works develop through a combination of research, reflection and ritual. Whilst Tango’s practice is grounded in a fascination with scientific discovery, she remains steadfast in her role as an artist being one of constant questioning and blurring boundaries, the ability to ask ‘what if?’ without the scientific proof. Personal experiences – whether her own or those of community participants — drive her exploration of specific ideas and areas of research, such as dementia and aging, child development or traumatic emotional experiences. In this way, her work creates a bridge between scientific concepts and individual realities. 


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