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ARI Remix Newsletter | (Re) Presenting | Ten Year Anniversary Issue #3 | Winter 2021



Hello. Happy Winter 2021 🙂



We at ARI Remix collective hope all is as well as can be as this third issue of our Ten Year Anniversary newsletter series ker-plonks into your desktop. We are thrilled to bits to be celebrating ten years of collaborative memory work this year.



For many artists this shared Covid experience has been a good time for adding personal stories to this ongoing archival art initiative. Sifting through analogue digital archives and relocating hidden artists’ ephemera from a rich history of artist-run culture in South East Queensland, regional Queensland and into fabulous urban and regional precincts beyond.


Accessing, re-activating, re-presenting and re-situating personal archives including photo proof sheets, newsletters, exhibition documentation, photos, super 8 films, audio interviews and hand made artists’ ephemera is an important aspect of the ongoing memory work we perform.



We thought we’d share a few key ARI news items and links, personal reflections and memory highlights this month from current ARI activities. We have added in a selection of recent and past examples too.



NB: (Re) Presenting 2021 | Artist Memory Blog Posts Deadline: A quick reminder that the next deadline for artists’ memory blog posts with digitised copies of artists’ ephemera is Monday August 30 2021. Access the nitty gritty info in the post below.



Best wishes for the season, see you again late in Spring 2021. Take care, stay safe, go well…



Paul Andrew

Artist & ARI Remix DIY Coordinator

email: artsmedia[at]


Hidden Histories, marginalized narratives and aspects of Australian artist-run culture…


Juno Gemes was a collaborative director of multimedia happenings and events. An early woman pioneer of Performance Arts in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia during the 1960’s .Later she became a filmmaker, photographer and publisher. Juno Gemes is one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary photographers. In words and images, she has spent 40 years documenting the changing social landscape of Australia, and in particular, the lives and struggles of Aboriginal Australians…Juno reflects…


Remembering the 1960s Underground | Moments in the archives with artist activist Juno Gemes in Three Parts…| Part One



Lasso opens in Toowoomba, adding to a rich and diverse history of artist-run culture in Toowoomba…






Madeline Bishop is a photography and video artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Bishop’s work is conceptually centred around relational dynamics. Madeline talks about recent work from the Snapshot exhibition at Outer Space ARI in Fortitude Valley…





“I started this series ‘Without your mother’, pre-pandemic…” | Artist Madeline Bishop | Snapshot at OUTER SPACE ARI until August 7 2021



Architect Damian Eckersley remembers Isn’t artist-run space and transforming the Queensland Artworkers Alliance Adelaide Street premises in the early 1990s…




On the move, remembering Queensland Artworkers’ Alliance and others in the 90s | by Architect Damian Eckersley



Situated in the cultural centre of the Lismore CBD, Elevator ARI (artist run initiative) is a not-for-profit artist run studio and gallery committed to providing a platform for diverse and challenging intercourse around contemporary art and culture. ARI directors Betty Russ and Michael Donnelly show us around their space…





A Walk Around Elevator ARI Lismore with Co-Directors Betty Russ and Michael Donnelly | Winter 2021






Artist researcher Louise Curham uses her art and her expertise as an archivist to explore how we can look after things we can’t digitise. In this memory post she recollects the important work of OtherFilm Festivals in Brisbane around 2006-2008…



OtherFilm | Louise Curham recollects the OtherFilm Festivals in Brisbane around 2006-2008






Urszula Szulakowska is a Lecturer in the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. She has written extensively on the history of alchemical illustration from the Renaissance period to the present day. In this memory post the academic reflects on important aspects of artist-run culture in Brisbane in the 1980s and her recent forays into making art, a long cherished dream come true…



Urszula Szulakowska | Bio, Books, Eyeline & Recent Works





eleven was initiated by the internationally acclaimed Sydney based artist Khaled Sabsabi in July 2016 and was inspired by the dynamic and highly successful Indigenous artistic collective proppaNOW. You can connect with the artists and their ARI works here…



eleven | a collective of Muslim Australian contemporary art practitioners




Alternative club culture is a often an important but hidden social aspect of living and working as artists, and in the social media network here the fecund alternative club scene in Brisbane in the 1980s and 1990s, and since, is representing hand made ephemera, sharing memories and reconnecting with artists, club goers and many others…


Johnny G clubs Flares, Hades, Morticias and others 1983-2003 | A collective memory & ephemera of DJ Johnny G & Ian (Whittred) clubs Hades & Morticias.



We take a trip to the Northern Rivers and experience the Murwillumbah Arts Trail 2021…



Much Ado Mur-bah 2021 | Murwillumbah Arts Trail Returns | May 29-30 2021





Travelling to Lismore in the Northern Rivers reveals that the Lismore Quadrangle is growing as an arts precinct to include local ARIs in significant ways…



ARIs are in the Quadrangle | Lismore’s Quad is growing stronger, more inclusive with expanded open-dialogue in 2020-2021




Artist Annie Long reflects on an important cultural moment when she founded the MAT…



Murwillumbah Arts Trail | MAT 2021 | Interview | Five Minutes with artist founder Annie Long






Lismore’s Back Alley Gallery public art project is transforming the urban precinct…








Artist Virginia Barratt reflects on the night Bowie died…



The Lethal Stage






Issue # 2 of a new zine and poster project titled EXTRA Zine with artists and designers Joanna Kambourian and Paul Andrew is launched as part at this month’s Backyard: Zine Fair, staged by Next Door ARI in Woolloongabba…



EXTRA Zine Issue # 2 Launch | Next Door ARI Presents | Backyard: Zine Fair Friday August 20 2021 6pm-9pm





Anne Jones leads ToadShow’s print business, coordinates interpretive projects and manages ToadShow’s quality system. Anne has extensive Board experience in the arts and environment sector and takes a lead role in our strategic management. She carries out her role with a focus on quality and integrity. Her specialist skills include journalism, print production and project management.. here Anne remembers…


Interview with Anne JONES





Artist Brian Doherty’s art practice, particularly in the 1980s, engaged with overt and covert structures in the visual environment and within the visual arts industry. He often employed screen printing and offset printing but also used film, painting, drawing and rhetorical or practical interventions within visual arts institutions…Brian reflects…


Interview with Brian DOHERTY





Artist Stephen Jones has been directly involved in video art as an artist, engineer, researcher and curator since 1974. One of Australia’s pioneers of video art…


Brisbane Video Access Centre, Video Feedback and 1970s stuff like that – Interview with Stephen Jones Artist, Writer, Curator & VJ



In retrospect Robert Whyte can see that the Poets Union was 1978’s outbreak of a continuous Brisbane underground 1968-1989….



Interview with Robert WHYTE



Artists Sue Barratt and Julie Barratt reflect on the Flying Art School…



Blair Athol Station + Remembering the Flying Arts School in Regional Queensland




Artist and educator Mervyn Moriarty reflects on a temporal moment…




1957 to 1960




Vivien Kells would like people to remember the important work of her great aunt, illustrator Margaret Clark …



Margaret Clark (1901-2001) was a celebrated Australian children’s illustrator…


The Redland Coast Island Festival 2021…



The Redlands Coast Islands Festival 2021


Australian visual artist Natasha Wills is a prolific maker working across painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, zines and artist books. Her work balances intuitive mark making and assemblage with two decades of practice and refinement. Trained in Fine Arts at Sydney College of the Arts and Newcastle Art School, Wills has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions nationally…


People Who Make Things And Think About Stuff | Zine Issue 4 | Out Now





Super 8 filmmaking, short filmmaking used by many artists around the globe since the 1950s has an important history in Brisbane Meeanjin arts and culture, and in this super eight art work the form is used to promote and feature the Artworker’s Union Queensland conference staged in 1984…



“Everything You Wanted to Know About the Visual Arts…” Artworker’s Union QLD, Conference, 1984 – Short Film










And, it’s true…


It’s a ZOOM Ball !!!.…….…



And just to hand:
Wreckers Artspace is a not-for-profit project space established in 2017 to support emerging, experimental and non-commercial art practices. Wreckers Artspace is an artist-run initiative, co-directed by Hailey Atkins, Sarah Poulgrain and Anya Swan. This month artist Laurie Oxenford is a featured artist…




The Stairwell Project’s founder and curator, Peter Breen, has been nominated as a Westfield Local Hero and has become one of 6 finalists!


Nominated by one of the Stairwell team Peter now needs to be one of the top three when the votes are all counted on closing day, August 30, for The Stairwell Project to be a recipient of a $10,000 grant. This is a great opportunity for this Jugglers outreach program to continue to establish its impact and to provide career pathways for professional musicians.


Go to this below link to vote!


Many thanks with gratitude.

The Stairwell Project team and

The Board of Management, Jugglers Art Space Inc.





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ARI REMIX Ten Year Anniversary Issue | (Re) PRESENTING 2021 | OPEN CALL | New Artists & Artworkers Memory [Blog] Posts Welcomed





Image [Header] : SUN newspaper clipping 1967, pictured Juno Gemes, John Cox and Yoko Ono, courtesy Juno Gemes artist collection






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Australian ARI Living Archives – Queensland Artist-Run Heritage 1970 to NOW – Public group

ARI Remix Project – Living Archives, Artist-Runs Past Present Future







The ARI Remix collective acknowledges and respects the traditional and ongoing custodians of the lands where we live, make and work. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded. We support the Uluru statement from the heart.



ARI Remix is an archival art initiative, in a ‘living archives’ form; LGBTQIA+, cis, non-binary, trans and BIPOC inclusive, and involves active participation and collaborative collecting engagement by artists, art workers, co-creatives, peers and artist groups. It is an enthusiast-led, community-based, non-profit and art ephemera study resource and Web 2.0 internet art work [net art] #ariremix. It is made entirely possible through immense kindness, generosity, volunteerism and collaborative collecting efforts of over 300 Australian artists and significant arts philanthropy;




PROJECT ONE – Stages One & Two
of this project are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Stage Three of this project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.





Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations people are advised that this archival art initiative contains names, recordings and images of deceased people and other content that may be culturally sensitive. Please also be aware that you may see certain words or descriptions in this catalogue which reflect the author’s attitude or that of the period in which the item was created and may now be considered offensive.