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ephemeral traces: Brisbane's artist-run scene in the 1980s

BY Sebastian Moody | 22-Mar-2016
'ephemeral traces' provides the first comprehensive analysis of artist-run practice in Brisbane during the final decade of the conservative Joh Bjelke-Petersen government.
Venue: The University of Queensland Art Museum
Address: James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre (Building 11), University Drive, The University of Queensland
Date: 2 April – 26 June 2016
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Ticket: Free
Web: http://www.artmuseum.uq.edu.au/ephemeral-traces-brisbanes-artist-run-scene-1980s
Jeanelle Hurst
'Highrise Wallpaper' 1988
Documentation of the project ‘InterFace 88: City as a work of art’, Brisbane.
Collection of Jeanelle Hurst. Reproduced courtesy of the artist.
'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