• Liam O’Brien, Possessions (2016), video still. Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf.

Liam O’Brien: Possessions

1–29 April 2017

As part of the IMA’s ongoing commitment to Queensland experimental arts practice we will be hosting the fifth bi-annual Jeremy Hynes Award. Since 2009 the IMA has had the honour of presenting the $10,000 prize to an experimental Queensland artist, made possible by a bequest made in Jeremy Hynes' name.

The 2015 recipient, Liam O’Brien will present his recent video work Possessions (2016) at the IMA. With particular interest in the construction of individuality and the ambiguities of personal freedom, O’Brien utilises personal experience, intuition and theoretical texts to produce video and performance works that explore the human condition under advanced capitalism.

We will be accepting submissions for the 2017 Jeremy Hynes Award until 29 April. For submission criteria and the application form, please see the IMA’s website.


Liam O’Brien
graduated from the Queensland College of Art (Griffith University) with 1st class honours in 2010, and has since been developing his practice through a number of solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and abroad, including Channels: Australian Video Art Festival (2013), SafARI (2014), GOMA Q: Contemporary Queensland Art (2015), and two solo exhibitions with his representative gallery, Sullivan + Strumpf (2014, 2016). During this time O’Brien has been named the recipient of the Art & Australia/Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award (2013/14), the Clayton Utz Art Award (2015), the Jeremy Hynes Award (2015), and has completed commissions for Artbank (Performutations, 2013) and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (NEW, 2016). O’Brien’s work is featured in several public and private collections throughout Australia, including the Artbank Collection, Queensland Art Gallery Collection, the University of Queensland Art Collection, and the Allens Arthur Robinson Art Collection.Recently named a recipient of the Dr. David and Margery Edwards Charitable Giving Trust (2016) and an Australia Council for the Arts Development Grant (2017), O’Brien is currently undertaking a six-month studio residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York.