We wish you a creative and joyful Christmas and New Year!

As we head toward the end of a tumultuous year we wish you a very Merry Christmas and New Year filled with creative joy!

2016 has been an exciting year for the Engage Arts team! We took you on Street Art Journeys around Brisbane, shared our thoughts on some of Australia’s most promising emerging artists, and worked closely with an array of amazing artists to bring dynamic art to the streets of Brisbane.

Ready for a recharged 2017, we look forward sharing more artistic journeys and inspirational stories!

Feature image: Photo by Engage Arts.

In space and time at ‘the churchie’

Just as scientists are making new discoveries in space and increasing our understanding of the universe, emerging artists are pushing the boundaries of art practice into unchartered territories. QUT Art Museum is the new home for ‘the churchie’ national emerging art prize that offers a ‘glimpse into the future of the Australian contemporary art scene’.

QUT Art Museum gallery is currently exhibiting 23 selected finalists’ works; a small portion of the 445 submissions received. The works reflect a breadth of emerging artists from around the country. In the variety of work and art practices I was intrigued to find a theme appearing in a number of works on display, exploring our perceptions of space and time.

Sara Morawetz, this year’s prize winner, is interested in using scientific methods of inquiry such as observation, experimentation, method and standardisation within her artistic practice. How the stars stand (All sols), and (Dear NASA…), 2015 are performative action works conducted in consultation with the NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies and staged at Open Source Gallery in Brooklyn. Morawetz abandons Earth time and instead lives in a recreated time as it would be experienced on Mars. With each Mars day, which is longer than a single day on earth, the artist dislocates herself from the normal rhythms of life – instead waking up at sunset, when the day would be beginning on Mars, and going to sleep at sunrise, when the day would be ending on Mars. Morawetz visually documents her altered experience of time which includes writing letters addressed to NASA of her new time-life.

Sara MOROWETZ How the stars stand (All sols) and (Dear NASA) 2015

Sara Morowetz, How the stars stand (All sols) and (Dear NASA), 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Similarly, Sydney-based artist Lisa Sammut seeks to gain a tangible sense of cosmic time and scale production in her work.  Her churchie work, For the Time Being2015-16 is a cluster of wall-mounted kinetic sculptural objects that are constructed from pine, elm, birch, balsa, wire, brass, paper, digital collage on ply, ink, acrylic paint, pencil, photo collage, found images, rock, twine and clockwork mechanisms. The work uses multiple object ‘clocks’ to explore alternative versions of time: lunar, solar, historical, geological, astronomical and cosmic. The Sam Whiteley Memorial Commendation was awarded to Summut’s, For the Time Being, 2015-16, and to David Greenhalgh for his video collage, Essay (On opposition), a film that is set in a mysterious world and investigates notions of alternate realities.

Lisa Sammut, For the time being (detail), 2015-2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Lisa Sammut, For the time being (detail), 2015-2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Interdisciplinary artist Meagan Streader bends our perception of space with a beautiful body of work that investigates light and form.

Meagan Streader, W-inter, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Meagan Streader, W-inter, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Response IV (Partition), 2016, continues this exploration at QUT Art Museum with an immersive site-specific light installation that invites us to re-experience geometries of the gallery space. The work is a delicate electroluminescent wire architectural insertion; fine wires form an arched structure that links the ceiling and floor of the gallery space -and conjures a newly created architecture.

Meagan Streader, Response IV, 2016. Image Engage Arts.

Meagan Streader, Response IV (Partition), 2016. Image Engage Arts.

Digital artist Alinta Krauth brings the third dimension to the gallery space with her multi-layered projection installation Cartology Apology, 2016. Premiering at White Night Melbourne in the heritage listed Scots Church, Cartology Apology visually expands a newly imagined landscape that was inspired by the topographical nature of the Melbourne and Victoria throughout time.

Alinta Krauth, Cartology apology (video still), 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Alinta Krauth, Cartology apology (video still), 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

The moving frame-by-frame animation is drawn from abstracted topographical data and experiments with map making represented in a 3D holographic environment. Through her work Krauth asks us to consider not only the maps as they are drawn, but how they may have been different for of the traditional peoples of this land, denoting that cartography is a subjective creation laid down by those who seek to change and mark the landscape as their own.

Video: Alinta Krauth, Cartology Apology (installation view, video 17secs), 2016. Video by Engage Arts.

Space, time and many other ideas are explored by this well-deserving group of emerging artists in this year’s churchie emerging art prize. The artists take us beyond the boundaries of our everyday existence, proving time and again the vital role of the arts, to make us stop, consider and reimagine our place in the universe.

The chuchie finalists’ exhibition runs until 13 November, 2016 at QUT Art Museum, 2 George Street, Brisbane.

Featured Image: Alinta Krauth, Cartology Apology (video still, detail), 2016Courtesy of the artist.


Art Meets Science

It is National Science Week (13-21 August 2016) and a great time to venture behind the imposing brick walls of Boggo Road Goal in Dutton Park, Brisbane to discover the EcoSciences precinct. This precinct is a collaborative environment for more than 1000 scientists, dedicated to solving some of Australia’s biggest environmental challenges.

At the EcoSciences precinct artists have the opportunity to get involved with the Artists-in-Residence—Science (AIRS) program. AIRS provides the selected artists the opportunity to explore science first hand and the resulting exhibition, Art Meets Science is now on in the EcoScience’s building foyer.

Working in a variety of materials and techniques the complex discoveries of science are translated into a variety of media; 2D, 3D and audio works. Artists were given access to the scientists, research and processes and have expanded on this experience with an output that is relevant to their arts practice.

Artists Alinta Krauth, Kay Lawrence, Jeanette Stok and Donna Davis, took part in the 2016 AIRS program. The exhibition also shows works by other artists with a strong influence of science in their arts practices including; Leah Barclay, Svetlana Trefilova, Nicola Hooper, Anastasia Tyurina, Helen Wyatt, Jennifer Andrews, Tanya Scharaschkin, Sara Manser, Jennifer Andrews, Barry Fitzpatrick, Merri Randell, and Jennifer Wright (Summers).

Sventla, digital still from video, 2016.

Sventla Trefilova, Chromoplast and Stomata, digital shot from video (7.31m), 2016.

Digital artist Alinta Krauth presents several works, including the intriguing holographic vessels, Glas Blong Huriken (the glass that belongs to the hurricane), 2016.

Video: Alinta Krauth, Glas Blong Huriken (the glass that belongs to the hurricane), 2016.

These vessels Krauth conjures up an imagined ‘weather lab’, where different types of weather can be grown. Her interest in this area springing from the vital role that the climate plays in our lives and the unease around the science of weather modification such as cloud seeding. Krauth consulted scientist Ken Brookes and research at the EarthSciences precinct library. Krauth also includes a new media projection Skae Pluma (sky plumber), 2016, and digital video animation A Long, Wired Paddock in this exhibition.

Alinta Krauth, Glas Blong Huriken, 2016

Alinta Kruath, Glas Blong Huriken (the glass that belongs to the hurricane), 2016.

Donna Davis is a multi-disciplinary artists interested in the idea of connection and networks and focuses on natural and social ecologies. Davis AIRS residency continued her research into mycology, the study of fungi, which allowed her to collect soil samples at the Purga Nature reserves. Truncated I, 2016 is a media print portraying the many important ecological processes in the natural world, mycorrhizal associations, where the roots of plants and fungi. Collaborating with scientist Nigel Fechner, Senior Botanist at the Queensland Herbarium, Davis studies also aims to increase understanding plant connections and the role of these connections in the conservation of endangered flora species.

Donna Davis, Truncated I, 2016.

Donna Davis, Truncated I, pigment print on fine art rag, 2016.

Art Meets Science, is an opportunity to experience sound artist Leah Barclay’s, River Listening an interdisciplinary collaboration of bioacoustics – field recordings of river systems. (You can listen to the work by downloading the Recho App and following the listening points). Barclay’s ongoing work uses digital technology and creativity to help us better appreciate the sounds present in healthy river biodiversity.

Leah Barclay, River Listening app screen.

Leah Barclay, River Listening app screenshot.

While art and science may seem like unlikely bedfellows, these artists show that understanding of complex ideas can be enhanced by the collaborative process. They invite us to glimpse ‘inside the lab’ and make visible new connections.

  • When: 8 Aug – 2 Sept 2016.
  • Open: 7.30am-5.30pm, Monday–Friday (weekdays only)
  • Where: EcoSciences Precinct, 41 Boggo Road, Dutton Park, QLD
  • Cost: Free


Images: Images were captured in-situ at the Art Meets Science exhibition by Engage Arts.