Outer Space Exhibition: ‘All my friends are leaving (returning to) Brisbane’

Exhibition and Shows

7 May 2021 to 15 May 2021 Once Only Event

Outer Space is excited to announce its Opening Exhibition, ‘All my friends are leaving (returning to) Brisbane’. The exhibition based at Outer Space’s new gallery at Judith Wright Arts Centre takes influence from the indie rom-com movie, All my friends are leaving Brisbane (2007). The film tells the age-old story of Anthea and Michael, two friends in their late twenties, who grapple with the decision of whether to stay or move away from Brisbane. 

This narrative of friends leaving Brisbane has existed for decades, particularly within the arts, with artists and writers too often than not leaving Brisbane for “greener pastures.” However, in 2020, the world was shaped by COVID-19, which also brought a new appreciation for the smaller cities with their open spaces, sunny skies, and friendly faces. As such, our friends started returning to Brisbane. 
The exhibition is curated by Isabella Baker features works by Elizabeth Willing, Chris Howlett, Archie Moore, Alice Lang, Sam Harrison and Mia Boe. These artists consider the return of the Brisbane exodus, prompting us to reflect on why people leave and why people return. The collaborative open-ended nature of the project invites conversations in the form of an exhibition. Together, they consider what leaving and returning might mean for the Brisbane cultural landscape going forward.

This exhibition program is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.


Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet


Free Entry

Event Dates

Once Only Event

7 May 2021 to 15 May 2021

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