Various Sites including Metro Arts, Edward Street, Brisbane
Current Projects was initially a group of 8 QUT visual arts graduates that completed honours together in 2010. They formed in 2011 as way to maintain the dialogue they had developed during our studies, and also to create opportunities for themselves and other local emerging artists.
A key part of this amazing ARI is that it isn’t actually just an “artist-run-initiative”, as they in fact have a couple of curators as part of the group. As a result, they’ve been keen to share their different perspectives within the group and explore new ways for artists and curators to work together. They have also been keen to explore collaborative work, such as in their Pair Shaped series of exhibitions at Metro Arts last year, and develop new connections to help foster new work and alternative frameworks for artwork, such as in their Dispatch project.
Richard Stride says:
“I think the common idea is that ARIs fill a gap between university and establishing a career through commercial galleries or public art. I think this can be true, but it’s only a part of the picture. I think they are more broadly act as incubators for ideas and provide artists with the space and freedom to experiment. At the same time, they provide innovative frameworks for artists to work within that may be outside the possibilities of financially orientated art opportunities.”