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Manning + O’Reilly Artists ‘Balloon Animals’ 2016 – Aishla Manning & Naomi O’ Reilly

As a small way of acknowledging the awesome work of the BARI FESTIVAL 2016 during the last eight years we are proudly featuring a video work from artists/artist-runs working now on the ARI Remix Project each month ( or thereabouts) . Here is some context for this month’s new feature video:


Manning + O’Reilly Artists is the collaborative practice of visual artists and curators Aishla Manning and Naomi O’Reilly.

Initiated in 2015 the duos first project was the laundrie national emerging art prize, a parody art prize that utilised collaboration to combat and critiqued the competitive undercurrents instilled in artists though institutionalised art competitions. Their name followed in the style of parody and mimicked the major sponsors of the art prize.


The duo created Balloon Animals for Boxcopy’s exhibition HOMEGROUND: Brisbane Artist Run Activity, Today and Tomorrow. HOMEGROUND was an accumulative exhibition project, with six artist run initiatives in residence at Boxcopy for one week in succession. The exhibition emphasised collaborative and speculative methods of working.


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Artist Aishla Manning


Artist Naomi O’ Reilly



BOXCOPY: Homeground





About The Laundry Artspace

The Laundry Artspace is a Brisbane Artist Run Initiative, established in April 2015. The space is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary artists with a focus on interdisciplinary, collaborative and experimental practices. Characterised by its location in the basement of an old Queenslander, we are interested in exhibitions that engage with the quasi-domestic space, critique the traditional gallery aesthetic and develop other critical discussions; contributing to the current broader discourse. Rather than attempt to change or hide the makeshift exhibition space, artists are encouraged to make site-specific works and embrace this aesthetic and break away from the traditional gallery model. The Laundry holds one-night-only events, with the aim of fostering camaraderie and collaboration among artists, strengthening the local arts community, and promoting a sense of support and pride amongst all artists in the current political and economic environment.



3 Ashfield Street, East Brisbane



The Laundry Team
Aishla Manning |
Naomi O’Reilly |
Chloe Waters |