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Attention Art Teachers
13 Oct 2009
On Monday 23 November, the Institute of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery join forces to present Art Teachers Day. It's an opportunity for Queensland secondary-school art teachers to connect with what’s happening in contemporary art, engage with important contemporary artists, preview the IMA's and QAG's education programs, and meet with colleagues. This year Art Teachers Day will feature artists talks by Del Kathryn Barton and Peter Madden, a workshop with Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, a tour of the IMA show Mirror Mirror, and a preview of QAG's upcoming Asia-Pacific Triennial. Not to mention a sumptuous lunch with wine. If you haven't taken the opportunity to attend Art Teachers Days before, this is the year to start. It costs $50 (GST inclusive), including lunch with wine and the bus trip to GoMA. Spaces are limited. Contact Dhana. Strictly teachers only.
A Plug for Anna
23 Sep 2009
Anna Zammit has been busy. In her spare time, the IMA administrator has been organising Independent Exhibitions Brisbane, a project to develop exhibitions with local emerging artists in vacant commercial spaces throughout Brisbane. The artists include Sally Golding, Chris Bennie, Sky Needle, and Paul Mumme. The first project, however, is by duo Fiona Mail, opening at TCB Fashion Avenue on 29 September.Interchangable
23 Sep 2009
Our Exhibitions Assistant, artist Ross Manning, is in Berlin for four weeks on a residency with Umatic and XXXXX Micro Research Workshop. The residency has been facilitated by Aphids. Dhana Meritt will be filling in for him. She is an artist and one of the team at Flipbook, the Westend artist-run-space. Manning's work currently features in Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
23 Sep 2009
Japanese curator Shihoko Iida has moved to Brisbane, on a scholarship from Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs. For the last eleven years, she has worked at the contemporary art centre Tokyo Opera City. Last year, with Performance Space curator Bec Dean, she co-curated Trace Elements: Spirit and Memory in Contemporary Japanese and Australian Photomedia, which included work by Philip Brophy, Leiko Shiga, and others. She has also contributed an essay to an upcoming IMA book on Brophy. Iida will be stationed at Queensland Art Gallery as a 'visiting curator'.Blessed
11 Sep 2009
We have double passes to the new Australian movie Blessed to give away. Based on the critically lauded play Who's Afraid of the Working Class?, it interweaves four moving stories which follow the misadventures of six children wandering the city streets through a day and a night. 'It's a film about the depth of love between mothers and their young, and the life force that ultimately connects us all.' Contact Anna. Thanks Dendy.
10 Sep 2009
Last night, at the Australia Business Art Foundation's 2009 Queensland Awards, the IMA and Brisbane Airport Corporation were announced as national finalists in the Young and Emerging Artist category. The IMA's 2008 Fresh Cut exhibition, which was revamped with support from BAC, proved to be an important stepping stone for the four artists selected. We are the only Queensland finalists in ABAF's national awards. Our ongoing thanks to BAC.Rotting and Blooming
31 Aug 2009
In November, Auckland artist Peter Madden will be in residence at the IMA, preparing an exhibition and publication for next year. Madden draws much of his imagery from old issues of National Geographic, plundering and reworking its discredited 'empire of signs' to forge his own. His surrealistic pictures, objects, and installations have a watchmaker level of detail and intensity. They have been described as 'microcosms' and 'intricate kingdoms thick with flying forms'. A creator of metaphor-rich other-worlds, Madden has one foot in the vanitas still-life tradition and other in new-age spirituality. On the one hand, he is death-obsessed: a master of morbid decoupage. Moths and butterflies—symbols of transient life—abound. His assemblages in bell jars suggest some Victorian taxidermist killing time in his parlour. On the other hand, with his flocks, shoals, and swarms of quivering animal energy, Madden revels in biodiversity. His works manage to be at once morbid and abundant, rotting and blooming, creepy and fey. Madden’s residency has been supported by Creative New Zealand.
30 Jul 2009
A couple of years back, we curated a touring package of single-channel video works by Queensland artists called Greatest Hits and Previously Unreleased Tracks. We are now planning a sequel. We invite local artists to submit works for consideration. Please post your disk to: Greatest Hits, IMA, PO Box 2176, Fortitude Valley BC QLD 4006, Brisbane. Submissions close 15 October.