Urban Art Projects
Urban Art Projects’ work is hard to pigeonhole. Describing themselves as a ‘specialist design consultancy’, the practices employs artists, designers and all sorts of craftsmen and collaborates with architects and developers, housed in their spectacular Brisbane warehouse studio where they not only design but also build most of their commissions. Their work ranges from smaller and large-scale art installations to design, architectural and even landscape projects and their commitment to high quality and sustainability has secured them work all over the world, from Australia to China and Saudi Arabia, where they recently completed the KAUST University Beacon project - a contemporary interpretation of a lighthouse.
Established in 1993 by principals Matthew and Daniel Tobin as a vehicle to deliver collaborative creative projects, the practice has since thrived within its uniquely flexible format. “At art school neither of us were very engaged with the notion of artist as sole practitioner. We were much more interested in artwork for the public realm, perhaps because as children we spent all our time outdoors”, they say. “We would like to see UAP be further involved in shaping the environments in which we find ourselves.”
UAP are currently working on a range of projects including an 8-storey kinetic façade with artist Ned Kahn and a light-based installation with artist Leo Villareal. Their latest offering, fresh from their bustling workshop, is a large-scale art piece conceived for permanent installation at the new entrance of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra and is a tribute to the country’s traditional northern territory fish trap, featuring an intricate basket-like mesh installation put together from scratch in UAP’s Qeensland headquarters.
writer: Ellie Stathaki