Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

Brisbane’s hottest contemporary artists give up-cycling new meaning in this innovative exhibition.

In 1913 Marcel Duchamp created the work Bicycle Wheel, a work that changed the course of contemporary art by elevating ordinary objects to the status of art. 

In 2021, after 10 successful years and four million trips, the Brisbane CityCycle program is ending. In a fascinating new Metro Arts Commission, our retired CityCycles are reimagined by artists Ross Manning, Kinly Grey, Susan Hawkins, Aishla Manning and Sarah Poulgrain, in collaboration with young people through Traction.

The pieces will be shown across Metro Arts’ galleries as a reflection of both art history and the urgent issues of the need for environmental awareness and sustainability.

View catalogue here


Fri 3 – Sun 26 Sep, 2021


Sat 4 Sep, 4pm


Mondays  8am – 5pm
Tuesdays – Fridays  8am – 10pm
Saturdays  10am – 10pm
Sundays  10am – 4pm


Gallery One + Gallery Two | Metro Arts, West End




Ross Manning

Known for large-scale public artworks, Manning creates kinetic sculptures from everyday materials such as fans, lights and electronics. Showcasing the construction and materials, he produces hypnotic exchanges between light, sound and movement.

Aishla Manning

An interdisciplinary artist working predominantly with video and assembled objects to explore the tensions, absurdity and humour of the everyday. Aishla Manning has exhibited extensively in Queensland and co-founded The Laundry Artspace in 2015.

Kinly Grey

Kinly Grey engages sensory experience and expanded poetics to explore art as affect. Taking form across mediums and placing viewer experience at their centre, Grey’s works often require participation or enactment for their realisation.

Sarah Poulgrain

Poulgrain considers the repercussions of post-work labour autonomy for artists. Working across video installation, ceramics, sewing, animation and audio production, her practice explores the experiences of shame, skill sharing and self-empowerment.

Susan Hawkins

Susan Hawkins creates sculptures and installations from reclaimed industrial and domestic objects. The works consider their forgotten symbolic power while highlighting the symbolic bias of our personal and public surroundings.


Traction empowers young people to build positive futures through mentoring and hands-on learning designed to build confidence and skills.


Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.


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