OPENING WEEKEND: ‘ephemeral traces’
‘ephemeral traces’ provides the first comprehensive analysis of artist-run practice in Brisbane during the final decade of the conservative Joh Bjelke-Petersen government. The exhibition focuses on the scene that developed around five key spaces that operated in Brisbane from 1982 to 1988: One Flat, A Room, That Space, The Observatory, and John Mills National.
Drawing on artworks, documentation and ephemera, the exhibition provides a contextual account of this progressive artist-run activity, examining collective projects, publications and the spaces themselves, as well as organisations such as the Artworkers Union and Queensland Artworkers Alliance. A counterpoint to Michele Helmrich’s earlier exhibition ‘Return to sender’ (UQ Art Museum, 2012) which focused on the artists who left Queensland during the Bjelke-Petersen era. This exhibition is about the artists who stayed.
Curator: Peter Anderson
Peter Anderson’s work was supported by a Siganto Foundation Fellowship granted by State Library of Queensland for research conducted in the Australian Library of Art.
Friday 8 April 6.15 for 6.30 pm
to be opened by
Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh
Executive Co-Directors and Curators of the Institute of Modern Art
Saturday 9 April 2.00 – 3.30 pm
‘Artist-run initiatives: DIY change agents?’
Curator Peter Anderson and artists Virginia Barratt, Brian Doherty, Jeanelle Hurst and Jay Younger reflect on the Brisbane scene and its socio-cultural context.
2 April 2016 – 26 June 2016
Free. All welcome.
R.S.V.P. Friday 1 April 2016
Peter Anderson’s work was supported by a Siganto Foundation
Fellowship granted by State Library of Queensland for research conducted in the Australian Library of Art.