An initiative of Brisbane City Council

Artforce Brisbane
An initiative of Brisbane City Council


Artforce Brisbane is bringing the colourful stories of Brisbane communities to the streets, one intersection at a time!

Artforce Brisbane is a community art program that gives local residents the opportunity to paint their original artworks on traffic signal boxes around Brisbane suburbs. Since it began in 1999, the Brisbane City Council initiative has welcomed more than 5,000 volunteers who’ve painted over 1200 boxes.

All welcome!

Brisbane residents of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds are encouraged to get involved. Our communities are diverse, and artworks in our public spaces should be too. Artforce Brisbane showcases a wonderful tapestry of perspectives that help to build stronger, inclusive and inspired communities.

A drive-by gallery

Artforce Brisbane celebrates the characters, cultures, histories and landmarks in our suburbs. The artworks inspire conversations and collaborations while brightening our street corners and showcasing the creativity of our residents.

Foodie Friends
by Violet Miller, Taigum

View the Artforce Gallery here to see all the fabulous artworks

You Got This (WIP)
by Maria Ferida San Gabriel, South Brisbane
Photography ©Alexander Mack 2021

What’s Artforce Brisbane for?

This long-standing and inclusive community program is part of Brisbane City Council’s plan to strengthen Brisbane’s liveability as a vibrant, creative city. The artworks celebrate the relationship between people and place, and add to the character of local neighbourhoods.

Traffic signal boxes become a creative vehicle to express positive social messaging and diverse perspectives about age, gender, ability and cultural backgrounds. It also helps reduce graffiti and vandalism and makes us feel proud when our public spaces are more beautiful – win win!

Quirky canvases

Brisbane City Council owns and manages over 1,000 Traffic Signal Boxes (TSBs) which house the electronic controls for traffic lights and are located at signalised road intersections and crossings.  Each year, the number of TSBs grows as Council replaces old cabinets and upgrades intersections. And every year these boxes, along with a small number of Energex Padmount Transformers, provide around 80 Artforce Brisbane painting opportunities across the city.

Interested in painting a traffic signal box? Register here!

For more information, check out our frequently asked questions or take a look at the guidelines for getting involved.

To contact Artforce Brisbane, email

Artforce Brisbane is managed by Artfully, an arts consultancy based in Brisbane with a specialist focus in public art and placemaking.

Your Privacy

Artforce Brisbane is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information. Information about the types of personal information we hold and how it’s managed is contained in our Privacy Policy.



Acknowledgement of Country
Artforce Brisbane acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which this program takes place. We pay respect to all First Nations Elders of the Brisbane region (Miguntyun in Yuggara language) – past, present and future – and recognise their strength, wisdom and unique relationship with their ancestral country.

Register your interest 
to paint a traffic signal box


You must be a resident of Brisbane ie. living within the Brisbane City Council area.
You must not be an employee of Brisbane City Council.
You must not have painted more than two traffic signal boxes in a four year period and not in consecutive years.

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