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No Frills*




No Frills* ran from 2008 – 2012. From August 2009-July 2010 we ran as part of the Metro Arts Artist-Run Initiative Program. This program provided No Frills* with a venue and continuing professional support. During this time No Frills* was generously supported by Arts Queensland, MAAP Media Bank, QUT Precincts. We were also lucky to enjoy the company of Maggie McDade, our marketing co-ordinator and critical programs assistant and some excellent volunteers (Pirrin Francis, Jane Burton and Katherine Palella).

In 2012 No Frills* ran ‘3projects‘, a program of online content and offsite events developed by local artists Sarah Byrne, Tim Kerr and Joseph Breikers.

No Frills* has since dematerialised as a formal space but directors Courtney Coombs, Antoinette J Citizen, Catherine Sagin and Kate Woodcroft continue making exhibitions as a group.


2008 – 2012


Edward Street, Brisbane.


NO FRILLS* is a space where artists and the public can critically and socially engage in informed contemporary arts practice.



Eastern Seaboard

Artspace, Sydney

March 2-April 10, 2011

In March 2011 No Frills* will took part in ‘Eastern Seaboard‘ curated by Reuben Keehan at Artspace Sydney. Eastern Seaboard was an exhibition and symposium project exploring the conditions, conceptual frameworks and creativity of artist collectives operating in Australia’s urbanised southeast. The show also includes projects from The Cosmic Battle for Your Heart and Foodcourt du Jour, du Jour.

Since leaving the comforts and constraints of routine programming at Metro Arts the No Frills* directors have been increasingly inclined to spend time away from Brisbane and each other in search of independent accounts of the international art world.  In the lead up to Eastern Seaboard, communication across time zones has exacerbated the incongruence of their approaches and ultimately proven their inability to make art together as a four-way collaboration. In response to this, No Frills* proposes new methods of collaboration in the hope of addressing their ambivalent desire to connect with other artists at home and abroad.

09/10 Program Artists

08/09 External Exhibitions

One Night Editions

No Forum*