crowd theory by simon terrill

Exchange with Simon Terrill and Louise Martin-Chew

QUT Art Museum

Saturday 23 February, 2pm, Free


Mis-understood – what does the term 'community' mean today?

Using the word community is difficult. I am not sure what it really means or if they categorically exist. While community can designate those who are a part of something, it can also all too easily describe the equal and opposite: those who are excluded, unwelcome, and not-a-part-of-that-something.

– Simon Terrill

Simon Terrill's Crowd Theory is a project that has sought to re-imagine a series of places in both Australia and the UK, and has resulted in over 10 projects across 14 years with over 2000 people. In engaging with each site, the politics of place have become central to conversations surrounding the making of the works. The works are large-scale community portraits yet the term 'community' is one Terrill continually critiques and considers overused and often mis-understood.

Join artist Simon Terrill and arts writer Louise Martin-Chew for a conversation on this substantial project to explore what the concepts of co-authorship and community mean in the context of his Crowd Theory project.

Terrill is an Australian artist based in London. He works with photography, sculpture, installation, drawing and video. His interests lie in investigating relations between architectural spaces and their received narratives as well as public and private identities. Louise Martin-Chew is a freelance writer and a regular contributor to Art Collector, Artist Profile, Art Guide Australia in addition to catalogue essays and books. She has just submitted a PhD thesis to the University of Queensland (Creative Writing) within which she developed a biography of artist Fiona Foley.

See Terrill's artwork in Exchange value, showing at QUT Art Museum 16 February– 28 April 2019.

Image Credit
Crowd Theory - Southbank 2007
type C print, 180cm x 240cm
produced in association with Footscray Arts Centre and City of Melbourne
Courtesy the artist

studio by Leah KING-SMITH

Exchange with Dr. Leah King-Smith

QUT Art Museum

Wednesday 6 March, 12:30pm, Free


The poetic juxtapositions in my layering work are meant to draw attention away from documentary evidence toward contemplative reverence for spirit matter that is multidimensional and thus crosses space and time.

– Dr. Leah King-Smith

Join artist Dr. Leah King-Smith for a lunchtime talk in association with International Women's Day about her recent body of work Dreaming Mum again. In this series King-Smith has employed her unique photographic layering technique that utilises a mirror, camera, scanner and photo-editor to weave images together. These works feature photos of King-Smith's Aboriginal (Bigambul) mother, Pearl King, that were taken by her father Tom King.

King-Smith is a Bigambul descendant, visual artist and lecturer in the School of Creative Practice (Creative Industries) QUT, Brisbane. Her focus is particularly driven by change for equity and cultural competence in teaching and learning, as well as the encouragement of cultural perspectives in practice-led research. Leah has an extensive career as a photo and digital media artist. Her current practice includes 3D animation technologies within a transdisciplinary collaborative praxis.

See King-Smith's artworks in Exchange value, showing at QUT Art Museum 16 February– 28 April 2019.

Image Credit
Studio 2018
Digital C-Print on metallic photographic paper
Courtesy the artist

person viewing qut art museum artworks

Slow Art Day

QUT Art Museum

Saturday 6 April, 12pm, Free


It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.

– Henry David Thoreau

Be a part of the global event Slow Art Day, which takes place at hundreds of galleries and museums across the world on Saturday 6 April.

Look slowly and savour the artwork in Exchange value at QUT Art Museum's inaugural Slow Art Day, an event with the simple mission of helping people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.

Did you know most gallery visitors spend an average of 15 seconds or less looking at a work of art? You are invited to spend 5 – 10 minutes looking at the 5 selected artworks, or any that catch your attention. Then join gallery staff at 1pm for a relaxed and fun conversation, followed by light refreshments.

Visitors are encouraged to share their experiences with one another as well as on social media with #SlowArtDay2019 and #qutartmuseum.

Image Credit
Artworks by Louise Gresswell in the churchie national emerging art prize, 2018
Photo Mark Sherwood

Too Much Lip book cover

Texta book club

Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko

QUT Art Museum

Tuesday 9 April, 6:15pm, Free


Texta is no ordinary book club; it's for people who love art. We use fiction (mostly) to unpack the subjects, themes and emotions of art. Conversation is never colourless, and is facilitated by our brains trust from QUT Creative Industries Faculty.

To coincide with the exhibition Exchange value at QUT Art Museum, we will be discussing Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko.

Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two things – her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and she's an inch away from the lockup, so she heads south on a stolen Harley.

Kerry plans to spend twenty-four hours, tops, over the border. She quickly discovers, though, that Bundjalung country has a funny way of grabbing on to people. Old family wounds open as the Salters fight to stop the development of their beloved river. And the unexpected arrival on the scene of a good-looking dugai fella intent on loving her up only adds more trouble – but then trouble is Kerry's middle name.

Gritty and darkly hilarious, Too Much Lip offers redemption and forgiveness where neither seems possible.

The evening commences with a brief tour of the current exhibition, followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of conversation about the title of choice.

Texta is held through the year on Tuesday evenings from 6:15pm. Purchase this title from the QUT Bookshop or QUT Art Museum.

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Tuesday 18 June, 6:15pm
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (2014), QUT Art Museum

Tuesday 3 September, 6:15pm
Planetfall by Emma Newman (2015), QUT Art Museum

Tuesday 12 November, 6:15pm
Boy swallows universe by Trent Dalton (2018), QUT Art Museum

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