Art Series - The Fantauzzo

- Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane

5 Boundary Street, Brisbane City QLD
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Art Series - The Fantauzzo
5 Boundary Street
Brisbane City, QLD  4000
Australia

Hotel Information

Check-in Time
2pm
Check-out Time
11am
Reception Hours
24 hours
Smoking
This hotel is 100% non-smoking
Self-Parking
Undercover secure parking is available at the hotel for $35 per 24-hour period. Spaces are subject to availability at time of arrival and cannot be pre-booked. Parking needs to be organised with reception before you drive into the carpark. Please drive past the car park entry, directly into the hotel driveway and we will organise your discounted parking through our reception team.
Valet Parking
Valet parking is available to all guests for $45 per night. If you would like to take advantage of our valet parking, please drive directly into the hotel driveway at the front of the hotel.

Hotel Policies

Welcome to The Fantauzzo - Now Open

Carved into the cliff under Story Bridge, with an impressive presence, overlooking the new Howard Smith Wharves precinct, The Fantauzzo takes inspiration from acclaimed Australian painter Vincent Fantauzzo.

This luxury hotel features 166 suites, with custom contemporary furnishings, three original artworks and 500 giclee prints of Fantauzzo’s most recognised works.

A seamless combination of art, design and functionality, the hotel will be a powerful representation of contemporary creativity, with connected and inspiring spaces for guests to discover.

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Features & Facilities

The Fantauzzo blends five-star hospitality with first class facilities to ensure your stay is a complete experience. Enjoy the facilities in and around our boutique hotel overlooking the new Howard Smith Wharves precinct, Brisbane.

Services

  • 166 contemporary designed suites
  • Vincent Fantauzzo artwork
  • 24 hour hotel reception
  • High speed wireless internet
  • Onsite self-parking and valet parking (fees apply)
  • Airport transfers
  • Limousine service
  • Bell service with secure luggage storage
  • In-the-know concierge team
  • Guest Experience Agents to meet your every need
  • Multiple onsite restaurants and cafes set to open
  • Heated rooftop pool and bar
  • Fully equipped state-of-the-art gymnasium
  • Smart Cars and Lekker bicycle hire
  • Complimentary art tours
  • Non-smoking property
  • Wheelchair access

Location - Howard Smith Wharves

Originally constructed in the 1930s, the Howard Smith Wharves were a project initiated by the Queensland Government to provide locals with relief work during the depression. Largely abandoned since the 1960s, these astonishing spaces are now heritage listed—a rare surviving example of early infrastructure building in the city, with their offices and sheds and wharfage still intact. They lie along the river’s edge, below the cantilever Story Bridge, and are backed by soaring cliffs and 2.7 hectares of natural parkland.

We've got the smarts

Gotta get out and about? Hop in one of our eco-friendly smart cars to zip around town, for just $50 a day.

Fully Equipped Gym

If you like to stay in shape or are just simply feeling like a little exercise, you'll find everything here for your workout and exercise routine.

Room Types

The Studio Suite is a fully furnished, open plan suite hugging the contour of the cliff, with design inspired interiors is suited for singles and couples alike. Featuring Art Series Signature King Size Bed or 2 x Single Beds, Smart TV, Chromecast, workspace, art library, art channel, mini-bar and private ensuite bathroom. Located on the banks of the Brisbane River within the vibrant Howard Smith Wharves precinct.

  • Art Series Signature King Size Bed or 2 x Single Beds
  • Smart TV
  • Chromecast
  • Workspace
  • Art library
  • Art channel
  • Mini-bar
  • Private ensuite bathroom

Fully furnished open plan suite overlooking the Howard Smith Wharves. This spacious Deluxe Studio Promenade features Art Series Signature King Size Bed, Smart TV, Chromecast, workspace, Vincent Fantauzzo artwork, art library, art channel, separate sink, mini-bar and private ensuite bathroom.

  • Art Series Signature King Size Bed
  • Smart TV
  • Chromecast
  • Vincent Fantauzzo artwork
  • Workspace
  • Art library
  • Art channel
  • Separate sink
  • Mini-bar

With separate lounge, dining area and balcony for entertaining, all with expansive views across the Howard Smith Wharves and Brisbane River the Fully furnished open plan suite is perfect for your next Brisbane escape. This spacious suite features Art Series Signature King Size Bed, Smart TV, Chromecast, workspace, art library, art channel, separate sink, mini-bar and private ensuite bathroom.

  • Views across the Howard Smith Wharves and Brisbane River
  • Art Series Signature King Size Bed
  • Smart TV
  • Chromecast
  • Workspace
  • Art library
  • Art channel
  • Separate sink
  • Mini-bar
  • Private ensuite bathroom

Overlooking the Howard Smith Wharves with design inspired interior suited to singles and couples alike, the fully furnished open plan suite is the perfect choice for your next Brisbane getaway. Featuring Art Series Signature King Size Bed, Smart TV, Chromecast, workspace, art library, art channel, mini-bar and private ensuite bathroom.

  • Art Series Signature King Size Bed
  • Smart TV
  • Chromecast
  • Workspace
  • Art library
  • Art channel
  • Mini-bar
  • Private ensuite bathroom

Deluxe Studio Riverview offers views across the Howard Smith Wharves and Brisbane River. This spacious studio is fully furnished with features Art Series Signature King Size Bed or 2 x Single Beds, Smart TV, Chromecast, workspace, art library, art channel, separate sink, mini-bar and private ensuite bathroom.

  • Views across the Howard Smith Wharves and Brisbane River
  • Art Series Signature King Size Bed or 2 x Single Beds
  • Smart TV
  • Chromecast
  • Workspace
  • Art library
  • Art channel
  • Separate sink
  • Mini-bar
  • Private ensuite bathroom

With more room to move, our 2 Bedroom Apartment offers a separate lounge, dining area and fully equipped kitchen, delivering a stylish home away from home. This stunning suite features Art Series Signature King bedding plus an additional Queen bed, Smart TV, Chromecast, Workspace, Vincent Fantauzzo artwork, Art library, Art Channel, mini-bar and private ensuite bathroom.

  • Art Series Signature King Size Bed & Queen Bed
  • 2 separate sleeping areas
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Smart TV
  • Chromecast
  • Workspace
  • Art library
  • Art channel
  • Separate sink
  • Mini-bar
  • Private ensuite bathroom

Offering stunning views across the Howard Smith Wharves and Brisbane River, the Studio Riverview room is a fully furnished open an plan suite in the heart of Brisbane. Featuring Art Series Signature King Size Bed, Smart TV, Chromecast, workspace, art library, art channel, mini-bar and private ensuite bathroom.

  • Art Series Signature King Size Bed
  • Smart TV
  • Chromecast
  • Workspace
  • Art library
  • Art channel
  • Mini-bar
  • Private ensuite bathroom

Open plan suite with 2 separate sleeping areas and a lounge, ideal for 2 couples to share or families. This spacious Deluxe Twin Promenade room is fully furnished and features Art Series Signature King Size Bed plus an additional Queen Size Bed, Smart TV, Chromecast, workspace, art library, art channel, separate sink, mini-bar and bathroom.

  • Art Series Signature King Size Bed & Queen Bed
  • Smart TV
  • Chromecast
  • Workspace
  • Art library
  • Art channel
  • Separate sink
  • Mini-bar
  • Private ensuite bathroom

With expansive views across the Howard Smith Wharves and Brisbane River this fully furnished 2 Bedroom Riverview with separate lounge, dining area and fully equipped kitchen is and opulent home away from home. This stunning penthouse features Art Series Signature King Size Bed plus an additional Queen Bed, Smart TV, Chromecast, workspace, Vincent Fantauzzo artwork, art library, art channel, separate kitchen, mini-bar and private ensuite bathroom.

  • Views across the Howard Smith Wharves and Brisbane River
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Art Series Signature King Size Bed & Queen Bed
  • Smart TV
  • Chromecast
  • 2 separate sleeping areas
  • Spacious balcony with views of the Brisbane River
  • Workspace
  • Art library
  • Art channel
  • Separate sink
  • Mini-bar
  • Private ensuite bathroom

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Dining

Polpetta – Italian Kitchen & bar

Inspired by the streets of Rome, Polpetta serves up a mouth-watering array of authentic flavours. This is the real Italy: robust, rustic fare with big personality and true character – where plates are shared and conversation lively.

Located in The Fantauzzo, Polpetta welcomes with open arms. Set amidst the hotel’s striking contemporary design with a backdrop of iconic and original Fantauzzo works, Polpetta is both a visual and literal feast for the senses. Laidback and relaxed, it’s the ideal place to catch up, take your time, savour the honest-to-greatness dishes and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.

A celebration of Italian cuisine in a setting that’s one-of-a-kind, Polpetta is deliciously inspired in every way. Table for two or table for 20, come in and eat, drink, be social and enjoy. This is where you’re always welcome. Buon appetito!

Opening Hours

  • Breakfast Mon – Fri 6.30am – 10am
  • Sat and Sun 7am – 11am
  • Lunch Mon – Fri 12pm – 2.30pm
  • Sat and Sun 12pm – 3pm
  • Dinner Sun - Thurs 5.30pm – 9pm
  • Fri and Sat 5pm – 9.30pm

Bookings

For restaurant bookings, please call (07) 3515 0777

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Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson

Vincent Fantauzzo

Award winning artist Vincent Fantauzzo is world renowned for his adept skill in portraiture and photography. 

Vincent Fantauzzo’s father Claudio was born in Rome, Italy, and his mother Rosaleen Mitchell was born in Ireland. Both families immigrated to Australia by boat in the 1950’s. Despite the upheaval experienced in moving, there was a sense of optimism as they settled in Australia. Claudio’s father Vincenzo was a well-known pastry chef in Rome; he started a shop in Acland Street St Kilda where he would sculpt historic Italian buildings out of cake. The Colosseum and the leaning Tower of Pisa were extremely popular.

Claudio was working in the printing industry and Rosaleen was a homeopath. They met while living in an immigration camp located in the Melbourne suburb of Broadmeadows, and with the birth of their first child Otis, Rosaleen wanted to return to the United Kingdom. They did return in the mid-1970s and settled in the West Midlands.

Shortly after arriving in England, the couple had two more children, with Vincent being born in Birmingham in 1977. Life was tough for the young family. There were unprecedented levels of unemployment in Birmingham during this time and outbreaks of social unrest between ethnic groups led to riots in the streets.

Claudio and Rosaleen eventually decided their standard of living in Australia would be so much better, and that in fact it felt like home. The family returned in 1980 to Broadmeadows, which was considered at the time to be one of the roughest suburbs in Melbourne. Two more children, Marianne and Michael were born in the early 80’s.   

Rosaleen was the stability in Vincent’s life, for most of his upbringing. She was working full time as a masseur during the day and a homeopath in the evenings to support her five children. The family moved around a lot; Glenroy, Essendon, Brunswick and Moonee Ponds.  ‘My mum is rather eccentric, and she encouraged all of her children to embrace their talents. I was allowed to draw on the walls, which was probably not that smart since we lived in rented properties. But I don’t think I would have become an artist if it weren’t for her encouraging my creativity’.

Vincent was enrolled in St. Therese's School; a catholic primary school located in Essendon. School was hard for him; he was unaware at the time of his undiagnosed dyslexia, and he was dismissed as hopeless and stupid and placed in a class for special children. ‘There were deaf kids, naughty kids, angry kids and kids in wheel chairs’. It was a totally dysfunctional classroom which certainly undermined Vincent’s confidence. He compensated this by becoming the tough kid, getting into fights on the streets and in the school ground. ‘I had to be known as the tough kid, not just the kid in the special class’. Vincent didn’t even attempt to complete any assignments, and in fact he never attempted any homework either. ‘I was one of the most popular kids in the class, so in that sense I was very happy but I always felt I had to compensate for my learning disability, I guess I was always hiding something’.

After completing grade six he went to St. Bernards College. Within the first year of high school his parents separated. Vincent was becoming debilitated by his dyslexia, and the pressure to help his mother and four siblings adjust to the new circumstances at home meant that an instinct for survival kicked in that would continue throughout his adult life. With no recognition of, or help for his learning disabilities, Vincent was soon expelled from school for ‘misbehaviour’.

At the age of fourteen, he went to work as a kitchen hand in an Italian restaurant, with the promise of an apprenticeship that never eventuated. Desperate to fit in socially with his peers, 18 months later Vincent enrolled himself in Buckley Park College, a public secondary school in Essendon. His desire to achieve was palpable, however he was unable read or write anything.  Vincent failed every subject, and left school for good 6 months later.

There was a saving grace in sport at this time; he competed in athletics, amateur boxing and was winning tournaments in martial arts.

‘I was training really long hours and this gave me some sort of focus and a reputation not to mess with me, which was necessary in the commission housing environment my family was living in. Because of my rigorous training I never got mixed up in major crime or drugs which was all around me at the time. I was desperate to find a way out’. Boxing gave him direction and he embraced the opportunity to train under the supervision of Jack Rennie, trainer of the late Lionel Rose. Rose was a bantamweight boxer, the first Indigenous Australian to win a world title and the first Indigenous Australian to be named Australian of the Year. He became Vincent’s mentor and when he started painting seriously at the age of 19, Lionel Rose was one of the first people to sit for a portrait.

Painting was something he was good at, so he started to paint a few sporting pictures. The fear of failing, or becoming a poor artist, gave him the drive to improve quickly.

‘One of the things that eventually helped me was predictive text on the mobile phone and spell check on the computer, I only needed to get a few letters of a word and technology did the rest. If you ask me about grammar and punctuation I have no idea. Even going to the supermarket was actually really difficult; I would buy a tin of beans instead of carrots because the tins looked the same. I could not remember what order the months of the year were and as for the four seasons, no chance, no matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t remember things’.

Because of his neurologically-based processing problems, he also has enormous difficulty recalling people’s names and struggles to remember any times for meetings and appointments.

When he enrolled in RMIT he told the university he had completed high school ‘Thankfully nobody checked, and I was given a place. I had a few interviews, so I got away with it’. To pay for school fees and to pay other students to complete his assignments, he would sell the odd painting.

‘I got away with all of this until the third year when I paid a fellow student to complete my assignment. Unfortunately the person plagiarised the whole thing. I got caught and had to come clean about my learning problems. That was one of the toughest moments of my life, exposing myself like that. The University was really amazing and very understanding. Only then did I receive an evaluation, and they had me tested for dyslexia, helping me to face the problem. I knew all my school years something was wrong with me, but it wasn’t until that moment when they said I had an extreme level of dyslexia that I could put a name to it. Dyslexic is a hard word to google when you can’t spell it’.

Vincent wanted to find out as much about dyslexia as he could and to possibly meet some other people who had the same problem. ‘I soon realised that there were many others who were in the same situation as me, but had excelled in particular fields, and that perhaps I could do the same with my painting. It was really my only chance and the only thing I was good at’.

He embraced his dyslexia in a positive way, however it was difficult. Like his early school days, most people thought he was just stupid, but he knew he wasn’t, he was just different and it was confusing.

In 2003 with the enormous help of a disability liaison, he went on to graduate from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting; he then completed his Masters of Fine Arts at RMIT University in 2005. Vincent then won an artistic residency at St Vincent's Hospital. In 2012 RMIT honoured him as an Adjunct Professor, a position he still holds today.

In 2015 he devoted much of his energy to painting and working en plein air. Several journeys into Central Australia fired his enthusiasm for landscape painting and he commenced an ambitious project to paint a series of portraits of Aboriginal artists and a painting of their own country. These major works were completed as a triptych, they would comprise of one thoughtful portrait of the artist, focusing on the face and hands, one of their landscapes, displaying a sensitive and meticulous rendering of scenic detail and the third canvas would be painted by the sitter themselves in his or her own style. This extraordinary combination of paintings was exhibited at Nanda\Hobbs Contemporary in Sydney in April 2016, every painting found a home.

Our knowledge of history and different cultures is learned from the artefacts left behind, like manuscripts and artworks. Before the invention of the camera and then the computer, the artist’s work was an integral part of the records of history, documenting technology, human affairs, natural history and indeed almost every aspect of the changing lives of individuals and society itself.

Historically, portraiture dates back to prehistoric times, its evolution has mirrored the evolution of society in general. In the art of ancient civilisations artists depicted their rulers and their deities in the form of stylised paintings, cast in clay or plaster or bronze.

The principal subjects then were, the Popes, Cardinals, Kings and Queens. Many portraits from the Romans and Greeks were pressed onto their coins, a tradition which continues today. Portraits used in this fashion were usually a symbol of what that a person actually looked like. The most ground-breaking moments in portraiture happened during the Renaissance times with artists like Raphael, Michelangelo and da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci’s painting titled, Mona Lisa is certainly the best know portrait in the world and probably the best example of portraiture ever produced.

Vincent Fantauzzo is mostly recognised for traditional portraiture, in painting and sculpture work. His portraits are painted with contrasting elements of light; they show much dignity, nobleness and focus on the more human and inner essence of his sitter’s character. They also draw on cinema and photography to create a narrative in the Grand Manner, a style derived from the classical art of the Renaissance.

His growing body of work has been exhibited internationally with shows in India, Vietnam, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Australia.

His multidisciplinary relationships have seen him collaborate with filmmakers, creatives, prestige brands and charitable organisations; he has ridden and painted his way across India on a motor bike with writer, director and producer Baz Luhrmann, and in 2011 he won the prestigious Doug Moran Portrait Prize for his moving depiction of Baz. He painted thirty portraits in thirty days in Hong Kong, New York and Australia, and has painted murals on walls in many countries around the world.

He has won the Packing Room prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and been awarded the Archibald People’s Choice more than any other artist.

“Every time I paint a portrait it's a collaboration, there is a moment, when something lights up - you feel it going through your body” , that moment he has shared with many of his prolific subjects. Some of his striking portraits include actors Heath Ledger, Asher Keddie and Brandon Walters, chef Matt Moran and racing legend Jackie Stewart. Along with the many dignitaries Vincent has painted, in 2017 he was chosen to paint the official portrait of former Prime Minister Julia Gillard for Government House.


Experiences

Originally constructed in the 1930s, the Howard Smith Wharves were a project initiated by the Queensland Government to provide locals with relief work during the depression. Largely abandoned since the 1960s, these astonishing spaces are now heritage listed—a rare surviving example of early infrastructure building in the city, with their offices and sheds and wharfage still intact. They lie along the river’s edge, below the cantilever Story Bridge, and are backed by soaring cliffs and 2.7 hectares of natural parkland.

The Howard Smith Wharves project is part of a large-scale vision to transform Brisbane into a world-class tourism, recreation, dining and lifestyle destination, offering access to and from the river in a way that’s sensitive to its history and to the city’s future needs.

Having lain dormant for decades, HSW will bring people to the glittering water once again when it opens in late 2018. More than 80% of the precinct has been allocated as public space; ensuring locals are able to enjoy it forever.

At HSW, visitors can sample locally-brewed schooners at a craft brewery, dine at unique restaurants with both rising stars and acclaimed chefs at their helm, or sample locally roasted coffee.

In 2019, HSW Nominees will launch a series of pioneering food and culture festivals to activate the site, cementing Brisbane as the must-visit Australian city.

Things to do in Brisbane

  • Gallery of Modern Art
  • Treasury Casino
  • The Brisbane Powerhouse
  • The Museum of Brisbane and Brisbane City Hall
  • Roma Street Parklands
  • South Bank Parklands and Queensland Performing Arts Complex
  • Brisbane Ferry Trip - The City Cat or City Hopper
  • Brisbane Scenic Lookout, Mt Coot-tha
  • Story Bridge Adventure Climb / Riverlife Adventures
  • Jan Power's Farmers Market, Queen Street Mall: Wednesdays
  • Brisbane Riverwalk
  • Eagle Farm Racecourse
  • South Bank Collective Markets: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Chinatown Mall, Fortitude Valley
  • Kangaroo Point Cliffs
  • Kookaburra River Queens Cruises
  • Caxton Street and The Barracks - shopping, movies and dining
  • The Science Centre
  • The Judith Wright Contemporary Arts Centre
  • The Museum (Ann Street)
  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Brisbane events not to miss

  • State of Origin - Throughout winter
  • RiverFest Festival of Brisbane including Riverfire - September
  • Ekka at the Showgrounds - August
  • Valley Fiesta - November
  • Brisbane Irish Festival - March
  • Oktoberfest - October
  • Brisbane International Tennis - January
  • Australia Day Celebrations - January
  • Chinese New Year - January or February
  • Brisbane Boat Show - September
  • Brisbane Truck Show - May
  • Brisbane Marathon - August
  • Brisbane International Film Festival - November

Location

Contact Information
5 Boundary Street
Brisbane City, QLD 4000
Australia

Points of Interest

  • Brisbane Airport - 13.2 km
  • Howard Smith Wharves Precinct – You’re in it, relax & enjoy
  • Howard Smith Wharves Convention centre – You’ve arrived
  • New Farm River Walk – You’re on it, start walking
  • Brisbane River – You can reach out and touch it, don’t get wet!
  • Eagle Street Pier – 0.95 km
  • Suncorp – 3.5 km
  • Gabba – 3.6 km
  • CBD – 1.5 km (easy 10 – 15 minute walk)
  • Riverside Ferry Terminal – 0.85 km
  • Central Station – 1.3 km
  • Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) – 2.8 km
  • Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) – 3.1 km
  • Botanic Gardens – 1.9 km

Hotel Policies

Car Parking
SELF-PARKING: Undercover secure parking is available at the hotel for $35.00 per 24-hour period. Spaces are subject to availability at time of arrival and cannot be pre-booked. Parking needs to be organised with reception before you drive into the carpark. Please drive past the car park entry, directly into the hotel driveway and we will organise your discounted parking through our reception team.
VALET PARKING: Valet parking is available to all guests for $45.00 per night. If you would like to take advantage of our valet parking, please drive directly into the hotel driveway at the front of the hotel.
Early Arrivals & Late Departures
Check in time is 2pm and checkout time is 11am. Please call the hotel for any early arrival or late departure requests.