Barratt & Boyd, John Mills National, 40 Charlotte Street, Brisbane



Adam Boyd lives and works in Melbourne.


During the 1980’s Adam was involved in a diverse range of artist collaborations including early Brisbane-based artist-run projects and artist-run space initiatives including Red Comb House at 190 Roma Street, Brisbane, One Flat at Edmonstone Street, South Brisbane, One Flat Exhibit at 355 George Street, Brisbane O’Flate and O’Flission in Bell Tower studios originally located at 420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, and in 1986 together with performance artist and writer Virginia Barratt established John Mills National and the John Mills Annex ( Australia’s smallest artist-run space at the time)  at the John Mills Himself building at 40 Charlotte Street, Brisbane. Adam relocated to Melbourne in 1989 and established another artist run space in West Melbourne; The Greater Western.


After the birth of his first child in 1991, the artist says, “he figured it was time to get a real job”, and for the next ten years Adam worked in a number of arts and culture sector roles at 200 Gertrude Street, the Institute of Modern Art, Artspace and the Biennale of Sydney. He is currently living and working as a freelance writer, artist and arts administrator.

Art Practice Keywords:

Brisbane and Sydney artist-runs in the 1980s including One Flat, O’Flate, Red Comb House, The Observatory, John Mills  National, John Mills Annexe, Breathing Concrete, Jumbo, Span, National Art Safari, Interface 88- City As A Work of Art


Artist Role Keywords:

Installation Art, Curatorial, Director Artist-Runs, Super 8, Video, Performance Art

Collaboration/ Collaborator names Keywords:

One Flat, Red Comb House Collective, Virginia Barratt, Russell Lake, Zeliko Maric, Jeanelle Hurst, John Mills National



Various Private Collections