Past exhibitions

Past exhibitions

2016 Exhibitions

 

Lucy-Belle Rayner, A study in bones (detail), 2016.

Lucy-Belle Rayner, A study in bones (detail), 2016. Image courtesy of the artist. 

18 April – 29 May 2016

Lucy-Belle Rayner | A Study in Bones

Ivory St Window Gallery

This exhibition features a unique collection of limited edition garments by Brisbane-based emerging fashion and textile designer, Lucy-Belle Rayner. Under her label, Lucy-Belle, the collection showcases meticulous hand sewing and fabric manipulation techniques in the construction of highly detailed garments. Created from exclusive digitally printed textiles, A Study in Bones is an exploration of the unexpected beauty and fragility of animal skeletons.

 

 

 


Catherine Large, Vessel, 2015. Sterling silver, pure silver and re-purposed glass bottle neck. Photo by Michelle Bowden.

Catherine Large, Vessel, 2015. Sterling silver, pure silver and re-purposed glass bottle neck. Photo by Michelle Bowden.

1 March – 9 April 2016

Catherine Large | Strange Objects

Small Object Space (SOS)

Jewellery and small object artist Catherine Large draws on her experience of the nature of objects to inform this exhibition. Preferring materials with a former life, she works predominantly with items inherited or collected from places lived or travelled to, examining them and finding considered new uses and configurations for them. The transformation of objects of opaque and mysterious origins in Large’s work becomes a contemplative process of considering and imagining their histories.

Strange objects launches artisan’s partnership with Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art in programming an exhibition space in 2016 showcasing the college’s best student, staff and alumni work.

Download the Strange Objects exhibition catalogue here.

 


Owen and Vokes and Peters, P&G Table, 2014. Tasmanian oak. Photo by Jon Linkins

Vokes and Peters (with Owen and Vokes and Peters), P&G table, 2014. Tasmanian oak. Photo by Jon Linkins.

1 March – 9 April 2016

Vokes and Peters | Detail and Manner

Gallery 1

This exhibition investigates the work of architecture practice Vokes and Peters, renowned for its unique exploration of the Queensland house and its aesthetic of austerity. Through a focus on their design of furniture and objects, which often accompany their architectural projects, Detail and manner will explore the reciprocal relationships between architecture and design practices working from the minute to the macro. This multi-faceted exhibition will showcase new and existing objects, including works produced collaboratively with designers and craftspeople, within an innovative installation based approach to exploring architectural practice.

This event is part of the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum, an initiative of Architecture Media and the State Library of Queensland.

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Virginia Jones, Silent spring, 2016. Ceramics. Image courtesy of the artist.

Virginia Jones, Silent spring, 2016. Ceramics. Image courtesy of the artist.

29 February –17 April 2016

Virginia Jones and Francesca Travers | Silent Spring

Ivory St window gallery

This exhibition, presented in partnership with Brisbane City Council, showcases the work created through a mentoring project between renowned ceramist Virginia Jones and emerging ceramist Francesca Travers. The Ageless Creative Enterprise Mentoring Project is a peer-to-peer intergenerational mentoring project proudly supported by Brisbane City Council. The aim is to match mentors’ skills in their creative disciplines with requests from another practitioner who can provide the training and assistance needed. Through this exchange, a mentor’s skill base can be extended and individuals have the opportunity to develop a partnership that could create an arts-related business or practice.


Alice Payne, Vest: Jade and pink silk organza, 2015. Silk organza and merino wool.

Alice Payne, Vest: Jade and pink silk organza, 2015. Silk organza and merino wool.

18 January – 28 February 2016

Alice Payne | Garden of Shrinking Violets

Ivory St window gallery

In Garden of shrinking violets, designer Alice Payne explores design for re-configurability through half-scale laser cut silk garments that can ‘grow’ or ‘shrink’ with user interaction. The work features layering, threading and knotting, drawing on traditional quilting techniques to form embellished surfaces. The result is a system in which the laser cut grid and knotting form a patterning device integral to the garments’ construction.

 


 

David Shaw, Story five (trivet) (in progress), 2015. Macadamia timber.

Image: David Shaw, Story five (trivet) (in progress), 2015. Macadamia timber.

14 November 2015 – 20 February 2016

Quench | Table Stories

Gallery 1

Stories expressed in Australian Timber by Australian Designers.

The Quench design collective has pursued an exciting design research project in conjunction with a Queensland macadamia producer. They have revealed the potential value of discarded macadamia timber by creating a series of beautiful design artifacts, each with its own story, which highlight the unique grain of this native Australian hardwood.


Elizabeth Shaw, Diver, 2014. Found terracotta body, recycled and reused sterling silver. Photo by Michelle Bowden.

Elizabeth Shaw, Diver, 2014. Found terracotta body, recycled and reused sterling silver. Photo by Michelle Bowden.

14 November 2015 – 20 February 2016

Yang 杨 + Shaw 肖 | Tales from the Studio

Gallery 1

Xiaohui Yang (Shandong, China) and Elizabeth Shaw (Brisbane) make jewellery and objects that explore ideas about society and culture. Yang is inspired by the clash between traditional Chinese and Western customs, whereas Shaw’s work investigates symbolism and functionality of objects by reimagining broken and discarded items. This exhibition reveals the connections and distinctions between their practices.

Download Yang 杨 +Shaw 肖 | Tales from the Studio catalogue here.

Yang 杨 + Shaw 肖 | Tales from the Studio Exhibition brand and catalogue designed by LIVEWORM.

 

 


2015 Exhibitions

 

Diver (front)

Elizabeth Shaw, Diver, 2014. Found terracotta body, recycled and reused sterling silver. Photo by Michelle Bowden.

14 November 2015 – 20 February 2016

Yang 杨 + Shaw 肖 | Tales from the Studio

Gallery 1

Xiaohui Yang (Shandong, China) and Elizabeth Shaw (Brisbane) make jewellery and objects that explore ideas about society and culture. Yang is inspired by the clash between traditional Chinese and Western customs, whereas Shaw’s work investigates symbolism and functionality of objects by reimagining broken and discarded items. This exhibition reveals the connections and distinctions between their practices.

Download Yang 杨 +Shaw 肖 | Tales from the Studio catalogue here.

 

 

 


Image: David Shaw, Story Five (Trivet) (in progress), 2015. Macadamia timber.

Image: David Shaw, Story Five (Trivet) (in progress), 2015. Macadamia timber.

14 November 2015 – 20 February 2016

Quench | Table Stories

Gallery 1

Stories expressed in Australian Timber by Australian Designers.

The Quench design collective has pursued an exciting design research project in conjunction with a Queensland macadamia producer. They have revealed the potential value of discarded macadamia timber by creating a series of beautiful design artifacts, each with its own story, which highlight the unique grain of this native Australian hardwood.


Image: Smith and Others Furniture, Off The Shelf (desk and stool), 2015.

Image: Smith and Others Furniture, Off The Shelf (desk and stool), 2015. FSC plywood, Radiata Pine, low VOC paints and finishes. Photo by Faun Photography.

28 September – 22 November 2015

Smith and Others Furniture | New Works

Ivory Street

Smith and Others Furniture is a Brisbane based design practice established in 2014 by furniture designer Matty C Smith with writer and accountant JoJo Smith. New Works in the Ivory St Window Gallery exhibits a selection of furniture from their Off The Shelf range designed for small spaces.

 

 

 


Image: Carly Kotynski, Tied Up (detail), 2015. Cotton Rope.

Image: Carly Kotynski, Tied Up (detail), 2015. Cotton Rope.

3 August – 27 September 2015

Carly Kotynski | Tied Up

Ivory Street

Carly Kotynski is a Brisbane based artist who incorporates many different craft skills in her sculptural works and installations. Her art practice continually evolves as she explores and masters different techniques and experiments with a range of materials. Having used copper wire and natural fibers for some time, Carly recently discovered cotton rope and the knotting of macramé. Using only a small selection of basic knots, visually complex patterns can be created. In this installation Carly explores how the repetition of these simple knots can transform an ordinary material into something beautiful and quietly elegant.


Image: Sun Woong Bang, Unexpected Linkage, 2015.

Image: Sun Woong Bang, Unexpected Linkage, 2015. Sterling silver, 3D printed polymer and ink. (10 rings 1 x pair earrings, 1 x brooch). Photograph courtesy of the artist.

25 July – 7 November 2015

Attitude as Form

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Attitude As Form presents the work of 22 practitioners from Australia and New Zealand exposing a diversity of ideas and approaches to the creation of contemporary jewellery. The exhibition reflects current thinking in the fields of fashion, art, craft and design as they are explored and responded to within the field of adornment.

The exhibition features the work of: Ari Athans, Miguel Aquilizan, Sun Woong Bang, Zoe Brand, Laura Burstow, Yu-Fang Chi, Stella Chrysostomou, Anna Davern, Sharon Fitness, Anna Gray, Fatemeh Boroujeni, Blandine Halle, Susan Hawkins, Alicia Lane, Bianca Mavrick, Claire McArdle, Marisa Molin, Christine O’Reilly, Claire Townsend, Michelle Wadsworth, Lisa Walker, & Alister Yiap.

Attitude as Form is curated by Beau Allen and Miriam Carter.

Download the Attitude As Form catalogue here!


 

Image: Chelsea Bateman, Sarah Capon, Ben Donnelly, Rubens Ma and Gabriel Wu, Final prototype

Image: Chelsea Bateman, Sarah Capon, Ben Donnelly, Rubens Ma and Gabriel Wu, Final prototype (exploring sustainable wearable costumes that connected individuals at large scale events). Photo by Ben Donnelly.

25 July – 7 November 2015

Wear Next_

Gallery 1

Technology is increasingly penetrating all aspects of our environment, and the rapid uptake of devices that live near, on or in our bodies is facilitating radical new ways of working, relating and socialising. Such technology, with its capacity to generate previously unimaginable levels of data, offers the potential to provide life-augmenting levels of interactivity. However, the absorption of technology into the very fabric of clothes, accessories and even bodies begins to dilute boundaries between physical, technological and social spheres, generating genuine ethical and privacy concerns and potentially having implications for human evolution.

Wear Next_ will illustrate this shifting landscape through a selection of experimental wearable and interactive works by local, national and international artists and designers. The exhibition will also provide a platform for broader debate around wearable technology, our mediated future-selves and human interactions in this future landscape.

Wear Next_ is curated by Beck Davis and Rafael Gomez.

Download Wear Next_ catalogue here!

Image: Nooko & Co, Co-Depend Lamp.

Image: Nooko & Co, Co-Depend Lamp. Photo by Toby Scott.

15 June – 2 August 2015

Nooko & Co

Ivory Street

Nooko & Co is a new Brisbane based design studio with a focus on well designed and consciously made furniture and lighting. The studio’s partners, Rhys Thomas and Kristie Lahey, come from diverse backgrounds spanning mechanical design, marketing and the creative industries. Their shared interest however, lies in how multiple manufacturing processes and different materials can be balanced in composition and paired together to create products that achieve both functionality and a minimalist design aesthetic.

With a strong belief in supporting local craft production, Nooko & Co utilise local independent makers that share their passion for well-crafted furniture with an obsessive attention to detail. This Ivory St. exhibition will showcase a selection of furniture and lighting from the Nooko & Co range.


Hmong Crafts: Remixed Entities

28 April – 14 June 2015

Vanghoua Anthony Vue | Hmong Crafts: Remixed Entities

Ivory Street

Vanghoua Anthony Vue is an emerging Brisbane artist whose work explores the reinterpretation and reinvention of the textile traditions of his Hmong ancestry. For this Ivory St exhibition, Vue exploits the adaptability of the patterns, processes and colours of these textiles by applying them to collages, furniture and ceramics while simultaneously drawing in influences from consumer and pop culture, street art and the DIY ethos. Through this approach Vue’s striking works blur the boundaries between craft and art, and demonstrate the continuing relevance of traditional cultures and their potential to be transformed and diversified into new cultural contexts.


Image: Rob Arcidiacono, Romaine, 2014

Image: Rob Arcidiacono, Romaine, 2014

28 April – 18 July 2015

Marketplace

Gallery 1 & 2

Marketplace transforms the exhibition space into a pop up market, pairing local makers with local food producers. By looking back at early crafts such as artisan baking and fermentation including brewing and cheese making, Marketplace re-establishes their connection with craft. The exhibition follows the lifecycle of craft and food, from idea to crafted product, paddock to plate, and delves into global concerns such as waste, excessive consumption, food security and an increasing disconnect with food and craft production.

Operating as a trading market at the opening event, Marketplace engages audiences to connect with local craft makers and local food producers, reconnecting with where our food and crafted items come from.

This exhibition is curated by Artisan’s Emerging Curatorial Fellow, Melinda Gagen.


Image: Katie Stormonth, Dots, 2013.

Image: Katie Stormonth, Dots, 2013. Photo by Faun Photography

9 March – 26 April 2015

Katie Stormonth | Blended Matter

Ivory Street

Brisbane based contemporary jeweller Katie Stormonth explores the manipulation of surface, texture and material aesthetics in her new exhibition for the Ivory St window gallery. A collection of objects and wearable jewellery constructed from plywood, aluminium and found objects, Stormonth’s installation seeks to create a sense of harmony through her combinations of dissimilar objects and materials.


Image: Dan Elborne, Remains 11, 2014..

Image: Dan Elborne, Remains 11, 2014. Skull and porcelain. Photo by Grace Yu.

23 January – 18 April 2015

Dan Elborne | Remains

Gallery 2

Emerging Toowoomba-based ceramic and installation artist, Dan Elborne, presents a new body of work seeking to explore human brutality utilising an innovative porcelain technique. By transforming found animal bones with porcelain, the work reflects on the spectacle of such remains whilst underlining their beautiful fragility.


Image: Sarah Rayner, Gynoecium, 2014.

Image: Sarah Rayner, Gynoecium, 2014. White porcelain. Photo by Shannon Garson.

23 January – 18 April 2015

Chain Reaction Two

Gallery 1

As a twist on the usual exhibition format, the artists, designers and craftspeople of Queensland have determined the content of this exhibition series. Chain Reaction 2 continues the chain started in the first instalment of the exhibition in 2014, where two initial artists each selected another two artists who inspire and influence their practice, and these artists in turn nominated another two. For this second instalment, two artists from the end of the first chain, Brian Robinson and Christopher Trotter, have been publicly selected as the artists to kickstart another exciting network of artists.

The result is an artist-led selection of Queensland artists and designers, which reveals the connections between diverse mediums and practices with the potential to spark future collaborations.


Pamela See | In the Minority

24 January – 9 March 2015

Pamela See | In the Minority

Ivory Street

This site-specific paper cut installation illustrates the chronological history of migration in Australia through an evolving landscape featuring the motif of the black sheep. The White Australia policy was implemented shortly after Federation in 1901, but by 2013-14 only 12 percent of migrants to Australia originated from the United Kingdom as opposed to 20 percent from India and 14 percent from The People’s Republic of China. The artwork will develop over the duration of seven weeks with Pamela creating elements of the work live in the window space.

 


2014 Exhibitions

 

BrisStyle Inc

29 September – 24 November 2014

BrisStyle Inc | Handmade

Ivory Street

This exhibit comprises a selection of handmade art and craft items by local artists, crafters and designers who are all members of Queensland’s largest online creative community, BrisStyle Inc. As a collective, the BrisStyle community is a thriving hub, celebrating all aspects of handmade creativity including hobbyists through to fine artists amongst its members. The exhibition displays a range of items and techniques from ceramics, woodwork and illustration through to sewing and many others.

 

 

 


Burst Open

4 October – 24 December 2014

Burst Open

Gallery 1

Critics often label today’s design as expensive and elitist and see the modern day designer as someone operating in a “bubble” of isolation.

Burst Open is an exhibition that examines this notion, and through the lens of the emerging global phenomena of open source design, turns it into an optimistic opportunity.

Open source refers to free public access to product designs via online platforms. From an initial focus on software, a new movement has spawned – open source design for objects. This often involves collaborative and user-driven development combined with innovative royalty models. Burst Open will feature work from leading local and international designers along with students from the School of Architecture at University of Queensland. Purpose-built spaces will create an environment for the public where they can interact with and share design in new ways.

Curated by Christian Duell & John de Manincor.
Creative graphic direction and interactive window projection by inkahoots.

Burst Open is proudly supported by University of Queensland – School of Architecture, inkahoots, Carter Holt Harvey, ECOply and mMake.me.


Image: Bianca Mavrick, Brick Block necklaces, 2013.

Image: Bianca Mavrick, Brick Block necklaces, 2013. Hand-turned and painted wood, coated metal, plastic, sterling silver, resin, elastic. Photo by Lisa Brown.

18 August – 28 September 2014

Bianca Mavrick | Brick Block

Ivory Street

Brisbane based contemporary jeweller and object maker Bianca Mavrick works across a diverse palette of precious and everyday materials. Employing handcrafted production methods in combination with industrial fabrication processes, she explores a world of endless variation, modular components and repetition. Mavrick explores memories through motif, and for Brick Block, she aims to decipher the visual language of local architecture and remnant memories of familiar places into motif form. The Brick Block installation in the Ivory St. window will comprised of new collection of production jewellery and lighting objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Image: MGDC,Work Shop, 2014.

Image: MGDC,Work Shop, 2014. Photo: Toby Scott.

8 July – 17 August 2014

MGDC | Work-Shop

Ivory Street

Brisbane-based WORK-SHOP by MGDC is a creative collaboration between an architect and builder; two passionate artisans who create hand-crafted timber objects and furnishings made with timeless design and sustainability in mind. From their cosy workshop and showroom in Newstead, MGDC develop and manufacture a range of quality timber objects and fittings that marry quality design and craftsmanship. Every aspect of the design is tried-and-tested, skipping ornament in favour of simplicity and functionality. The WORK-SHOP range strikes a fine balance between style and utility in providing furnishings for the modern Australian space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Image: Maison Briz Vegas, Trashtopia Collection, SS14, 2013.

Image: Maison Briz Vegas, Trashtopia Collection, SS14, 2013. Photo: Maison Briz Vegas

5 July – 27 September 2014

Maison Briz Vegas & The Fashion Archives | Remember or Revive

Gallery 2

Design is all about innovation, but can the past offer ideas for the present and future? Remember or Revive is an ongoing series by The Fashion Archives that connects contemporary designers with treasures from the past to change the way we think about history.

This exhibition presents two visions of Queensland style. Vintage photographs, garments and tourism material will portray an optimistic image of Queensland in the 20th century. By contrast, the work of Maison Briz Vegas will present a contemporary portrait tainted by the realities of a globalised and environmentally compromised planet. The Brisbane-based design duo, known for turning rubbish into high-fashion, will reimagine 20th century Queensland kitsch through a 21st century lens.

Curated by Nadia Buick and Madeleine King


Image: Clare Poppi, Growing bangle, 2010.

Image: Clare Poppi, Growing bangle, 2010. Recycled sterling silver, organic pod and organic grass. 9 x 9cm. Photo: Katie Stormonth.

5 July – 27 September 2014

Greensmith

Gallery 1

Greensmith is a collaborative Queensland/San Francisco exhibition showcasing leading green design from both cities. Jewellers are increasingly addressing environmental issues such as ethically sourced gems and materials, environmentally friendly studio practices and working with recycled metals and reclaimed materials. Not to be missed is the pop-up jewellery studio in the exhibition space, where jewellers will be in residence over the exhibition period.

This exhibition is a partnership between artisan, Jewellers & Metalsmi the Group of Queensland (JMGQ) and Metal Arts Guild San Francisco (MAGSF).


Image: Maryann Talia Pau, Rebirth, 2011

Image: Maryann Talia Pau, Rebirth, 2011. Breastplate: Raffia, shell, crystals.

3 June – 7 July 2014

Maryann Talia Pau | Strength to Love

Ivory Street

Maryann Talia Pau is a Samoan born weaving artist who has recently relocated to Brisbane, having successfully established her practice in Melbourne. Her stunning woven wearables, which she affectionately terms “Pasifika Bling”, utilise traditional Samoan techniques, and have been displayed at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne Fashion Festival. Maryann sees love as the core of her practice and takes particular interest its potential to provide strength in adversity. For this Ivory St gallery exhibition she is creating

a range of woven necklaces, breastplates and fans, as well as some stars that are a part of her One Million Stars project raising awareness of issues of violence.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Image: Julie-Anne Milinski, Wilhelmina, Szeretlek! (detail), 2013.

Image: Julie-Anne Milinski, Wilhelmina, Szeretlek! (detail), 2013. Acrylic paint, hessian, marine ply, nails, nylon builder’s line, potting mix, Pinus radiata (radiata pine) and Sansevieria trifasciata (mother-in-law’s tongue).

3 May – 28 June 2014

Julie-Anne Milinsk | Jardinière

Gallery 2

Jardinière continues Milinski’s exploration of the blur between built and natural environments in contemporary consumer society. For Milinski, domesticated plants inspire drawings, sculpture and installations that use materials associated with construction and consumer packaging. Real and constructed flora entangle to muddy dualities of nature and culture, masculine and feminine, hand-made and mass-produced, craft and art, and organic and inorganic.

 


Stephen Bowers: Beyond Bravura

Images (left to right): Blue Chintz, earthenware, underglaze and clear glaze, 70 x 67cm. Exotic Birds and Strange Fruit (one of a pair of ‘Palaceware’ vases), 2012, wheel thrown earthenware, underglaze, clear glaze, on-glaze gold lustre, enamel, 74 x 55cm. Child’s Play, 2013, wheel thrown earthenware, underglaze, 29 x 43cm.

3 May – 28 June 2014

Stephen Bowers | Beyond Bravura – JamFactory Icon 2013

Gallery 1

Stephen Bowers is one of Australia’s foremost contemporary ceramic artists. Working with a range of vessels and objects made by his collaborators, from plates to urns and even surfboards, Bowers draws on a variety of decorative techniques to combine art historical references with Australiana motifs and icons.

A JamFactory touring exhibition, supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia.

 

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Image: Soft Cell 2014 Detail by Christina Waterson.

Image: Soft Cell 2014 Detail by Christina Waterson. Photography Christina Waterson.

14 April – 1 June 2014

Christina Waterson | Soft Cell

Ivory Street

This exhibition sees artist, designer and maker Christina Waterson continue her exploration of the beauty of repetition and pattern, while also marking a softening of material, simplification of line and return to essential forms. Drawing on ancient techniques of weaving and folding, the Soft Cell installation challenges the limitations of its materials while creating a mesmerizing rhythm of form, light and shadow.

 


Quench One Can

27 March – 26 April 2014

Quench One Can

Gallery 2

What Can One Do With One Can ?
Local design collective Quench invite a group of creatives from the fields of product design, graphic design, architecture, jewellery and fashion to manipulate a common everyday object. Each participant is given one standard aluminium drink can and is asked to reinterpret it into a functional or sculptural item.

 

 

 

 


Fallen Leaves: Carolyn Barker

3 March – 13 April 2014

Carolyn Barker | Fallen Leaves

Ivory Street

Carolyn Barker combines time-honoured Japanese and classical techniques to create jewellery and small objects with a distinctly Australian sensibility. Inspired by the change of season, Barker’s Ivory St. installation will feature a range of jewellery exploring the forms and rich autumn hues of leaves through the use of painstaking Japanese irogane metal alloy processes.


I Wouldn't Be Alive: Sue-Ching Lascelles 14 February – 22 March 2014

Sue-Ching Lascelles | I Wouldn’t Be Alive

Gallery 2

I Wouldn’t Be Alive is a site-specific installation inspired by both tranquillity and fear. Moved by an episode of I Shouldn’t Be Alive that re-enacted a man’s tale of being caught in a swarm of jellyfish and stung towards death, and her own fear of the ocean, Lascelles set about creating this immersive installation of handmade jellyfish to explore stillness, wonderment and claustrophobia all at once.

 

 

 

 

 


Chain Reaction

Images: Remo Vallance, Andrew Ness (Photo by Cathy Taylor), Rebecca Ward.

14 February – 26 April 2014

Chain Reaction

Gallery 1

As a twist on the usual exhibition format, Queensland’s craft and design practitioners have determined the content of this exhibition. The process started with creative entrepreneur and local craft and design supporter, Elie Moubarak, nominating two Queensland artists whose work inspires him. These artists then nominated another two makers each and so on. The result is a diverse and artist-led selection of Queensland artists and designers, which reveals the connections between diverse mediums and practices with the potential to spark future collaborations.

Artists: Christina Waterson, Abe Muriata, Emily Murray, Brian Robinson, Barbara Heath and Malcolm Enright, Andrew Ness, Michael Phillips, Lucas Salton, Russell Anderson, Rebecca Ward, Christopher Trotter, Remo Vallance, Hannah Cutts and Fukutoshi Ueno.

 

 


 

Älv Textiles: Shilo Engelbrecht

21 January – 2 March 2014

Shilo Engelbrecht | Älv Textiles

Ivory Street

This installation showcases Shilo Engelbrecht’s latest textile collection. Shilo spent her summer in a tiny greenhouse in Cambridge creating spontaneous paintings that emphasise colour and brush strokes. The bold results were transferred to textiles to be used as soft furnishings, tableware and wall coverings.

 

 


Whats-On_QLD-Design-Now

29 October 2013 – 8 February 2014

QLD Design Now | Hightide

Gallery 1

The Hightide project began with a design publication that captures a snapshot of recent design and shines the light on the current crop of high-profile Queensland designers who are paving the way forward. This exhibition features works from furniture to product design by the 22 diverse designers profiled in the Hightide publication by Jason Bird. Video interviews with a number of the designers can be viewed on our Youtube page.

 


2013 Exhibitions

 

QLD Design Now | Hightide

29 October 2013 – 8 February 2014

QLD Design Now | Hightide

Gallery 1

The Hightide project began with a design publication that captures a snapshot of recent design and shines the light on the current crop of high-profile Queensland designers who are paving the way forward. This exhibition features works from furniture to product design by the 23 diverse designers profiled in the Hightide publication by Jason Bird.
Read more about Hightide…
Curated by Simone Jones.

 


Fused by Lesley Kendall

29th September – 1 December 2013

Lesley Kendall | Fused

Ivory Street

Ivory St has been turned into a kaleidoscope of colour in this exhibition of fused glass spoons and platters. Kendall is one of only a few artisans working with glass in Queensland and her functional items explore colour, shape and pattern.

 


Imaginary Noise

6 September – 19 October 2013

Imaginary Noise

Gallery 1

Continuing artisan’s music design exhibition series is Imaginary Noise an exhibition that celebrates album covers that might have been. Rock history is littered with examples of albums that were never released, but Imaginary Noise takes this a step further and invites twenty artists and designers to create album covers for albums that, outside of the gallery space, do not exist.

These artists, including established album cover designers, fine artists who have had their work previously appropriated as cover art and artists turning their hand to the form for the first time, will create covers for ‘records’ that were never officially released, never completed or simply never previously imagined.

Curated by Sean Sennett


Push/Pull | Oppositions in contemporary needlework

6 September – 19 October 2013

Push/Pull | Oppositions in contemporary needlework

Gallery 2

The artists in Push / Pull set up oppositions in their work by using various forms of needlework to produce incongruous subjects. From pornographic scenes in cross stitch to urban billboards recorded through tapestry, the unlikely combinations prompt us to rethink stereotypes associated with myriad forms of needlework.

Artists: Louisa Bufardeci, Paula Dunlop, Leah Emery, Michelle Hamer and Tiffany Shafran.
Curated by Simone Jones

 

 

 

 


Ella Mobbs

6 September – 19 October 2013

Ella Mobbs

Ivory Street

Ella Mobbs is a local graphic designer and illustrator who is fast building a name for herself with her vintage bone china cups and saucers that have been upcycled with her slightly twisted illustrations. Think skulls mixed with kittens, bows and cupcakes, with a few disturbing details thrown into the mix.

 

 

 

 


 

Parallel Nippon9 August – 31 August 2013

Parallel Nippon

Gallery 1 & 2

This exhibition, brought to Brisbane by the Japan Foundation, is a celebration of contemporary Japanese architecture as a reflection of Japan’s history, people and culture. Including photography and models of various buildings by Japanese architects, the selection spans everything from infrastructural facilities such as airports, to private residences with a floor area of a few dozen square metres.

Produced and travelled by The Japan Foundation and the Architectural Institute of Japan.


ToolBox

9 August – 31 August 2013

ToolBox

Ivory Street

Son of a stonemason, grandson of a carpenter and great grandson of a blacksmith…you could say working with his hands is in local designer Aaron Barton’s blood.

In response to his own desire for better functionality in the kitchen, Barton designed the Cook’s Toolbox, a series of bench organisation products. Each Toolbox is handmade from re-milled salvaged hardwood and industry leather offcuts and finished with food grade Tung oil.

This will be the Brisbane launch of the first product line produced by Barton’s brand Backwoods Original, which until now has specialised in one-off commissions.


QUT Window Project: Upcycling Kimonos

9 August – 31 August 2013

QUT Window Project | Upcycling Kimonos

Retail Window

The word ‘kimono’ literally means ‘thing to wear’. Kimono designs often come from the natural world and have great significance and complex meaning.

 

 

 


Unnatural Acts12 July – 3 August 2013

Unnatural Acts

Retail Exhibition

Lauren Simeoni and Melinda Young have been working on a collaborative project together since 2008 in which they share found materials, (mostly artificial plants,) and rework them into contemporary jewellery. For this exhibition, Unnatural Acts, they have invited eight other Australian jewellers to join their project; Anna Davern, Caz Guiney, Kath Inglis, Bridget Kennedy, Peta Kruger, Sim Luttin, Natalia Milosz-Piekarska and Mark Vaarwerk. Each was sent a bag of the same materials – an odd collection of fake fruits, vegetables and other plant matter.

The brief was simply to make a small collection of wearable jewellery using or responding to the contents of the bag. For most of the participants the brief did indeed require an ‘unnatural act’ to be performed outside of the comfort zone of their usual making. The results are diverse and exciting. (The onions were strangely popular).


Road Trip21 June – 3 August 2013

Road Trip

Gallery 1

Road Trip is a collaborative textile / art project that brings together Ann-Maree Reaney, a visual artist based in Brisbane, and Jill Kinnear, an Australian textile designer and artist currently based in the USA. Using photographic stills and video footage of their road trips across USA, Morocco and India, the pair designed three collections of beautifully constructed garments which capture the essence of travel. Merging fictional associations with their own travel documentation, Road Trip presents these digitally printed garments alongside contextual photographs and videos, and demonstrates the artists’ abiding interest in other cultures, experiences and the unique perspective of a journey.

This project received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

 

 


Mineral Manifestations: Regine Schwarzer21 June – 3 August 2013

Regine Schwarzer | Mineral Manifestations

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The work of Australian-based jeweller, Regine Schwarzer, has been influenced by the crystalline structure of rocks and minerals on many levels. Schwarzer cuts her own stones and uses the geometry of gems as a design element, but more recently has begun experimenting with fusing crushed and ground minerals onto metal surfaces with base enamel. This torch enamelling technique requires great skill to create isolated textural and painterly reactions and colours. This exhibition is a collection of new sculptural forms that adorn both body and space, that showcase Schwarzer’s mastery of the mineral kingdom.


Bench: Works from a collective studio

21 June – 3 August 2013

Bench | Works from a collective studio

Ivory Street

Bench is the collective workspace for local emerging jewellers Andy Lowrie, Shanna Muston, Clare Poppi and Katie Stormonth. This exhibition will coincide with the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia’s 2013 Conference in Brisbane, and showcase some of Queensland’s up and coming talents.


Creativity of Meenas8 March – 15 June 2013

Creativity of Meenas

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These monochromatic paintings, produced by Meena women from Rajasthan, India, replicate the Mandanas traditionally painted by women directly onto the walls or floors of their houses with chalk or ochre. Mandanas depict richly intricate designs of animals, birds, deities and other motifs and serve to protect the home, welcome the Gods or celebrate festive occasions. However, like many traditional folk arts and crafts, Mandana painting is at risk of becoming a lost art. This exhibition, in which the designs have been re-created using white pigments on brown paper, offers a unique insight into the ancient art of Mandana.

Curated by Dr Madan Meena. To learn more about Meena art and the Creativity of Meenas exhibition, visit www.creativityofmeenas.org.


The Bunyas: Cathy Keys8 March – 15 June 2013

Cathy Keys | The Bunyas

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Brisbane-based ceramicist, Cathy Keys, has long been fascinated by Queensland’s Bunya Mountains National Park, which has the largest stand of ancient Bunya pines in the world. Inspired by the Park’s ecological and cultural significance, as well as its wild natural beauty, Keys has created a new body of work for this exhibition. It includes large handmade ceramic Bunya nut forms, but also brooches framing miniature scenic photographs of the stand of pines. This exhibition is the second instalment of work arising from Keys’ relationship with the Park.

This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

 


Image: Robert Baines, Bloodier than Black Brooch, 2008.

Image: Robert Baines, Bloodier than Black Brooch, 2008.

17 January – 2 March 2013

Robert Baines | Metal

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Robert Baines, one of Australia’s most respected artist goldsmiths, has often drawn inspiration from the historical context of jewellery as well as the concepts of fakery and copies. In the Metal exhibition, Baines plays with history and its reinterpretation to raise questions of authenticity. In this exhibition, nothing is quite what it seems.

 

 

 


 

Sharka Bosakova and Renata Buziak: Doves With Me17 January – 2 March 2013

Sharka Bosakova and Renata Buziak | Doves With Me

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Doves With Me showcases the collaborative potential between the fields of visual art and fashion design. The works displayed have grown out of Sharka Bosakova and Renata Buziak’s mutual fascination with nature. The artists’ shared interest in the cycle of life and the creative and transformative potential of nature led to their fusion of art forms, where Sharka’s garments feature hand screen printed patterns from Renata’s images. The resulting works reflect the beauty and fragility of our ecosystem and the ever pressing need for ecological sustainability.

www.renata-buziak.com
www.sharkabosakova.com

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Antipodean Steampunk Show2012 Exhibitions

25 October – 15 December 2012

The Antipodean Steampunk Show

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This fantastical exhibition, the first major Steampunk exhibition in the country, showcases handcrafted Australian Steampunk sculpture, photography, fashion, lighting, illustration, jewellery and communication devices. Steampunk merges a 19th century aesthetic with scientific invention, salvage, and new technology. artisan has partnered with the Queensland Maritime Museum to include the old nautical, aeronautical and navigational equipment that inspired the style.

Check out ‘The making of The Antipodean Steampunk Show


Long Play23 August – 13 October 2012

Long Play: The Glory Days of the 12″ Album Cover

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This graphic design exhibition takes a sweeping look at the glory days of album cover design – circa 1940 to the late 1980s – and includes covers by famous artists, interactive covers, banned covers and those reflecting the influences of contemporary art and design movements. Long Play was curated by Trevor Moore and Jennifer Hamilton and is presented in partnership with Rockaway Records. If you love music and design, you’ll love this.


Waterlogged23 August – 13 October 2012

Sherrie Knipe | Waterlogged

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Waterlogged is a collection of exquisite wooden sculptures created by artist Sherrie Knipe over the past five years. Her work captures the ever-present influence of water in her life. Objects such as fish, watering cans, hot water bottles, pegs and shells are a part of a cast of characters Knipe uses and reuses in her intricately carved wooden sculptures. Water acts as an undercurrent that ebbs and flows throughout her practice.


Image: Adidas and Jeremy Scott ‘Panda’.

Image: Adidas and Jeremy Scott ‘Panda’.

21 June – 16 August 2012

Reboot | Function, Fashion and the Sneaker

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Design, fashion and popular culture merge in this striking shoe design exhibition curated by artisan. Olympic performance shoes rub heels with collaborations between iconic brands and artists and designers including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Yohji Yamamoto, Keith Haring, Mihara Yasuhiro, Undefeated and Alexander McQueen.

 

 

 

 

 


Images: Rob Corless ‘Con Quest’, Alfredo & Isabel with Miguel Aquilizan ‘Fetish’, Rafael Gomez ‘Converse Consumption’

Images: Rob Corless ‘Con Quest’, Alfredo & Isabel with Miguel Aquilizan ‘Fetish’, Rafael Gomez ‘Converse Consumption’

21 June – 16 August 2012

The Converse Blank Canvas Project

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Photographs taken by Andrea Higgins for artisan

The Converse Blank Canvas Project is a collection of classic Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers creatively customised by leading Australian artists and designers. The shoes will be sold by auction during the exhibition period, with all funds going to the Cathy Freeman Foundation, supporting indigenous education. Artists and designers include: Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Jason Bird, Dean Brough, Rob Corless, Sebastian Di Mauro, Christian Duell, Simone Eisler, Paul Fairweather, Rafael Gomez, Dai Li, Alexander Lotersztain, Charles Robb, Rebecca Ross, Wade Schaare, David Shaw, Gail Sorronda, Simone Tops, Sam Tupou, Judy Watson, and Benjamin Werner.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Image: Photograph by Fiona Morrison12 April – 9 June 2012

The Long Tide | Contemporary Ghost Net Art

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In the gulf of Carpentaria, Indigenous weavers clear the ocean of abandoned fishing nets, known as ‘ghost nets’, to create vibrant vessels and soft sculptures that tell the story of their culture, bringing remote Indigenous communities together and assisting them to ‘care for country’. These colourful woven artworks are presented in partnership with GhostNets Australia, a multidisciplinary Indigenous organisation addressing the ecological and cultural repercussions of ghost nets.

Curator: Tasha Finn


Finitude (V2): Keith Armstrong12 April – 9 June 2012

Keith Armstrong | Finitude (V2)

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Finitude (V2) by Keith Armstrong is a touch-sensitive, fully interactive installation combining 3D imagery, transparency, moving sculpture, light and sound – investigating the cultural dimensions of sustainability through the lens of ‘time’.

 

 


 

Image: Photograph by Mike Curtain

Image: Photograph by Mike Curtain

9 February – 31 March 2012

Christopher Trotter | Animated Steel: Heavier Metal

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Inspired by nature, fast cars, and machinery, Queensland sculptor Christopher Trotter recycles industrial scrap metal into animals, fossils, zany vehicles, and alien creatures. He carefully selects components and his intimate understanding of structure and movement injects life into his works. This selection of sculptures are from the artist’s collection.

 


Bespunk by Derlot9 February – 31 March 2012

Derlot | Bespunk

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Dr Spunk, the alter ego of leading Brisbane designer, Alexander Lotersztain, presents Bespunk, an exhibition of curbside furniture transformed into inky, sleek design pieces through the application of a black, rubber paint. This desirable collection has a sexy mystique sure to make you re-think tossing that worn sofa.

 

 


 

Download Exhibition Catalogues

View our exhibition catalogues from previous gallery artisan shows below – each is also available for download.


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