As the sun goes down, the pavement along King Street will light up with new artwork created by Ngugi woman Elisa Jane Carmichael, inspired by the poetry of Aboriginal writer Oodgeroo Noonuccal. It explores dusk and the element of fire as well as her own cultural identity and heritage.

Discover the work through an evening stroll along King St, or join us for a tour, performance or workshop. For more details, see below.

Evening Lights Installation / 5pm – 10pm, 15 – 28 September 2019 / King St, Bowen Hills

Evening Lights Exhibition / 9am – 5pm, 15 – 28 September 2019 / Machinery Street Gallery, Machinery Street, Bowen Hills 

Guided Tour with the Curators / 6pm Monday 16 & 23 September / King St, Bowen Hills (begin out the front of Rydges)
Join Blaklash Projects, the curators of the Evening Lights activations and hear insights into the development of the artworks. Discover stories from the artist, local history and Indigenous knowledge that is embedded in the work. The tour will be a short walk (under 500m) to see each of the lights.

Poetry by Light  / 6pm Wednesday 18 & 25 September / King St, Bowen Hills (begin out the front of Rydges)
Hear from Indigenous spoken word artists as they recite old and new poetry inspired by theEvening Lights installation. This performance will take place in and around the lights and will guide you along King Street to see the full series of lights.  

Circles of Reflection Workshop / 5-6pm Saturday 21 September / Alexandria Park, Bowen Hills. 
Create your own take-home hanging light mobile. Inspired by the Evening Lights installation, participant get to design and create their very own art piece to hang in the daylight or lit up withlight at night. The workshop is for ages 15+ and will include a short walking tour.  

Circles of Light Workshop (for kids) / 5-6pm Saturday 21 September / Alexandria Park, Bowen Hills. 
Children will be able to create their own portable light artwork to take along the walking tour of theEvening Lights installation. Equipped with a pocket torch, participants can design and make interchangeable lenses to let their artistic talent shine. For ages 8 – 12 years. All participants must have a parent or guardian present throughout the entire duration of the workshop.


King Street, Bowen Hills


15 – 28 September 2019


Artist: Elise Jane Carmichael
Producers: people+artist+place & Metro Arts
Presenters: Brisbane City Council, Brisbane Festival & King Street
Curators: Blaklash Projects



people+artist+place is a new arts initiative that aims to stimulate and support the production of socially-engaged, participatory and site-specific art in Brisbane. Facilitating projects that expand community perceptions of art in public space, they embrace the ability contemporary art has, to enhance, critique and celebrate the places we live in. 

Producing innovative and accessible projects in the public realm, they strive to connect diverse audiences with artists and their work. They do this by delivering unique experiences, and providing professional development opportunities to local artists. Through doing this they hope to build a community of artists who feel confident to work alongside communities to develop compelling creative projects. 

They are passionate about Brisbane harnessing art as a tool to better understand its identity, the histories that have brought us to today, and the futures we’re planting now.  They believe this type of experience to be a positive force in fostering healthy minds, communities and urban environments. Research shows that projects of this nature deliver many economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits. 



This project is presented as a part of Brisbane City Council’s Temporary Art Program 2019, and included in Brisbane Festival’s 2019 program. Evening Lights has been produced by Metro Arts and people+artist+place, curated by BlakLash Projects and made possible through the support of King Street, Lendlease, Gilimbaa and the artist’s gallery, Onespace.