Wednesday 14 October

Waypoint: Contemporary artists, conceptual influences

6.15pm QUT Art Museum

In 1969, artists Ian Burn, Roger Cutforth and Mel Ramsden sent an exhibition from New York to Pinacotheca gallery, Melbourne. This exhibition of three works – one by each artist and delivered in a small box – is considered the first Conceptual art exhibition to be held in Australia. 1969: The black box of conceptual art currently showing at QUT Art Museum is a reconstruction of this exhibition.

Join four local artists, Courtney Coombs, Sam Cranstoun, Daniel McKewan, and Tayla Haggarty, as they discuss the impact of Conceptual art on their practice and their response to this seminal exhibition.

Courtney Coombs is an artist who works with photography, moving image, installation, performance, sculpture and found objects. She completed her PhD in Visual Arts at QUT this year. Courtney is the co-director of the artist run initiatives and collectives No Frills* and LEVEL, and her work has been featured in both solo and group shows, including It's complicated, Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane (2014), Extended conversation pieces, Melbourne Art Fair (2014) and Wish you were here, Rojitohito, Tokyo (2012).

Sam Cranstoun is an artist and founding member of artist-run-initiative, Current Projects. Sam completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) Honours at QUT in 2010, after commencing a Bachelor of Animation at Griffith University. Sam is represented by Milani Gallery and has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Australia and internationally, including GOMA Q: Contemporary Queensland art, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2015), Guarding the home front, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Liverpool (2015) and Light play, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane (2015).

Daniel McKewen is a founding member and current board member of Boxcopy. He holds a PhD in Visual Arts and currently lectures at QUT. Daniel is also a prominent Brisbane artist whose works have been shown nationally and internationally. His work has been included in a number of high-profile exhibitions including You imagine what you desire, the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) and NEW14, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2014).

Tayla Haggarty is a current QUT Honours student. Tayla's practice involves precariously placed and strategically composed objects and structures that explore themes of tension and balance, particularly in regard to the duality of same sex relationships. Tayla has recently had success with the solo show Alone together, Boxcopy (2015) and the group show This is not a drill, The Hold, Brisbane (2015).


Tuesday 20 October

Texta book club: Clean straw for nothing by George Johnson

6pm QUT Art Museum

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 Writing and Literary Studies. For our final book of the year we read Clean straw for nothing by George Johnson.

In the sequel to his semi-autobiographical novel My brother Jack, George Johnston's Clean straw for nothing (winner of the Miles Franklin Award in 1969) is set against the backdrop of a Greek island, and follows the story of successful war correspondent and retired journalist, David Meredith, as he abandons his career for a life in exile with his beautiful wife Cressida. Johnston focuses on the developing relationship between David and Cressida, exploring the complex and reflective character of David as he questions the nature of success, sexual tensions, expatriation, and ill-health.

Held in conjunction with the exhibition 1969: The black box of conceptual art, join us for a brief tour of the exhibition followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of healthy conversation.

Books can be purchased from the Gardens Point QUT Bookshop.


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