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Bureau Art Space
John Stafford with artist Wayne Smith, Bureau Art Space, 1989, Brisbane Photo: Richard Stringer


John Stafford was an active participant in the artist-run scene in Brisbane from 1986-1988 including his roles as curator of The Demolition Show held at The Observatory in 1986 and Work To Screen held at the Queensland College of Art in 1987. John exhibited Circumstance at Bureau in 1988.


John has extensive experience in the Visual Arts. As Director of Visual Arts, Craft and Design at Arts Queensland John led a team which developed and delivered: the Backing Indigenous Arts (BIA initiative), including the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF); art+place, an international public art program; Queensland’s contribution to the national Visual Arts and Craft Strategy; and the Queensland Design Strategy 2020, incorporating Unlimited: designing for the Asia Pacific Region. John also implemented Queensland’s inaugural and nationally-recognised public art policy: Art Built-in. John’s Churchill Fellowship research in 2003 examined public art programs in the USA.

Art Practice Keywords:

Artist, Activist, Curator, Gallerist


Artist Role Keywords:

Collaboration/ Collaborator names Keywords:

Penny Algar – Installation Artist
Michelle Andringa – Performance Artist
Virginia Barratt – Artist (New Media Artist), (Performance Artist), (Video Artist)
Lindy Collins – Artist (Painter)
Jeanelle Hurst – Artist (Performance Artist), Artist (Painter), Artist (Video Artist),
Rose Mere – Artist (Video Artist)
Alan Owen – Artist (Printmaker), Designer (Printmaker), Artist (Painter)
Wayne Smith – Also known as Jo Smith, Artist (Painter)
Mark Webb – Artist
Jay Younger – Artist
The Observatory Collective (Lehan Ramsay, Anna Zsoldos, Robyn Gray and Jay Younger)



Various Private Collections



John Stafford, with collaborator Jodie Cox



Onespace gallery is a Brisbane shopfront that presents contemporary art and design. Our program embraces a dialogue between gallery practice and investigations into public space and platforms. We aim to stimulate an entrepreneurial conversation between like-minded and diverse practitioners.




Creative Move

About – What We Do

CREATIVEMOVE is passionate about collaborating on high quality projects that elevate ideas and heighten engagement.


CREATIVEMOVE draws upon its directors’ 30 years of visual arts and public art experience.


We provide strategic advice and deliver outcomes for the arts, built environment and government sectors.
CREATIVEMOVE is committed to assisting artists and designers to produce compelling contemporary public art and design in a supportive professional environment.


We work as curators, public art consultants and arts project managers to deliver well-managed, exciting creative initiatives for public, institutional and private spaces.


CREATIVEMOVE delivers quality cultural projects through:

  • aligning the creative visions of collaborators
  • coherent planning and project management
  • good communication and evaluation
  • adherence to industry standards
  • case study documentation