Brisbane's First Gallery of Modern Art
Founded in 1975, we are Australia's second oldest contemporary art space. We run a program of exhibitions and events featuring emerging and established local, national, and international artists. Our program takes in aspects of the moving image, sound art, and new music. We also publish. We receive major funding from Arts Queensland and the Australia Council. We are a member of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOs).
Brisbane-born Marie-Louise Theile has a background in print journalism and television. She started out working for Elle in New York, and for The Sun, Ita, Cleo, Vogue Living, and The Australian. She later joined ABC Television as a news reporter, and went on to present Ten News. Theile now runs the marketing consultancy MLT Initiative, which is activating the James Street cultural and shopping precinct.
... and Board
Kim Machan (Vice-President), Dominque Jones (Secretary), Sarah Blanck (Treasurer), Amelia Barikin, Elise Carmichael, Richard Fidler, Angela Goddard, Rachael Haynes, John Hirschfeld, Crow Hirst, John Kotzas, Andrew McNamara, Douglas Quayle, Simon Wright, and Jay Younger.
... and Old Director
Robert Leonard joined the IMA in September 2005. He came from New Zealand where he worked as a curator at Wellington's National Art Gallery, New Plymouth's Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, and Auckland Art Gallery. From 1997 to 2002 he directed Auckland's Artspace. In 1992, he curated Headlands: Thinking through New Zealand Art for Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art, and, in 2005, he co-curated Mixed-Up Childhood for Auckland Art Gallery, which included Louise Bourgeois, Robert Gober, Mike Kelley, Mary Kelly, Henry Darger, Christian Boltanski, Grayson Perry, Sally Mann, and Jake and Dinos Chapman. He curated the New Zealand representation for Brisbane's Asia-Pacific Triennial in 1999, for Turin's Arte Guarene in 2000, for the Sao Paulo Biennale in 2002, and for the Venice Biennale in 2003.
Asked about his approach to programing, he says: 'I want to balance my love of detailed exhibition making (developed in my museum work) with coal-face responsiveness, high turnover, and direct collaboration with artists. I am interested in the radical relativism of contemporary art, the fact everything is up for grabs, but also understand that all new moves are always read against a tradition, a canon, and will transform or succumb to it. I appreciate art that stands the test of time but I am equally into art that is right here, right now. A program needs to be not only full of good art but addressed to its context—responsive. It has to feed the scene.'
... and New Directors
Our new Directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh start in January 2014. Burns (born 1983, Toronto, Canada) and Lundh (born 1980, Stockholm, Sweden) are both curators and writers. They join us from their previous post as Co-Directors of the Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry (CCA), Northern Ireland, where they were part of the curatorial team for the 2013 Turner Prize. At CCA, they produced exhibitions with such artists as Goldin+Senneby, Jesse Jones, Anja Kirschner and David Panos, Raqs Media Collective, and Haegue Yang. At CCA, with Independent Curators International, they also organised the first Curatorial Intensive in Europe. The faculty included Mai Abu ElDahab, Annie Fletcher, Khwezi Gule, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Teresa Margolles, and Declan McGonagle. Previously, they curated exhibitions and projects for Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto; Konsthall C, Stockholm; Overgaden ICA, Copenhagen; and Western Front, Vancouver; featuring such artists as Bik Van der Pol, Geoffrey Farmer, and Superflex. They have written for Art in America, Art Papers, Fillip, Journal for Curatorial Studies, Kaleidoscope, Metropolis M, and Mousse, as well as for exhibition catalogues and books.
... and Staff
Acting General Manager, Hamish Sawyer
General Manager, Anna Zammit (on leave until January)
Exhibitions Officer, Ross Manning
Gallery Manager, Dhana Merritt
Communications, Karike Ashworth
Bookkeeper, Jewel Mackenzie
Designer, Ngaio Parr
Editor, Evie Franzidis
... and Advisors
Sound art, Room 40 (Lawrence English)
Experimental film and expanded cinema, OtherFilm (Sally Golding, Joel Stern, Danni Zuvela)
Photography, Richard Stringer
... and Volunteers
Graeme Auchterlonie, Michaela Bear, Vanessa Bertangnole, Eloise Breskvar, Gina Chang, Ursula Cooper, Sophia Dique, Lucy Forsberg, Tara Heffernan, Briony Law, Alex McGovern, Kate O'Connor, Katie Porter, Ashleigh Ralph, Jess Rampling, Claire Smallhorn, Emma Theyers, Carmen Walsh, Jacob Warren, and Grace Winzar.
MONO and microMONO
Our sound/new-music performance programs are curated by Room 40/Lawrence English. They are MONO, experimental sound; microMONO, echoes of music; MONO.talk, related discussions, lectures, and panels; and MONO.kick, occasional joint projects with KickArts, Cairns.
Our program is drafted twelve to eighteen months in advance in order to meet the deadlines for our funding applications. The program is curatorially driven: the Director invites artists and curators to make shows. We do not encourage proposals. We do not return unsolicited material.
Education and Group Visits
We provide a range of education services for secondary schools, universities, and art schools. The Director and staff are always happy to talk about current exhibitions and the organisation. We are well-equipped to receive groups, but it's good to give us a few days notice. Not all our shows are suitable for young people. Book here.
Art Teachers Day
Every November we collaborate with Queensland Art Gallery to present Art Teachers Day, a get-together for Queensland secondary-school art teachers. It's a valuable opportunity to hear artists and gallerists speak on their work and to compare notes with colleagues. Contact Dhana.
We sell our publications and the latest art, design, and lifestyle magazines. A flat fee of $5 for postage within Australia and $10 for overseas applies to all orders. We accept major credit cards. To order Contact Dhana.
We love swapping our publications with other contemporary-art organisations: museums, artspaces, dealer galleries, and magazines. Interested in swapping? Contact Dhana.
We depend on many forms of community support. We are especially grateful to our volunteer interns who assist with administration and gallery minding. Our team includes regular and casual volunteers. For those wishing to pursue a career in art galleries, we offer valuable entry-level experience. Contact Dhana.
We hire out our gallery spaces for functions, parties, product launches, fashion shows, and corporate entertaining. Our beautiful well-appointed venue has over 900 square metres of floor plus an external courtyard. Located at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane's trendy Fortitude Valley, we are within walking distance of the CBD, Fortitude Valley, and James Street, with convenient bus and train access and nearby carparking buildings. We can accommodate up to 500 guests and our spaces can be sectioned off to accommodate smaller groups. Our competitive rates are based on the number of guests, the space required and the timing and duration of the hire. We offer a fifteen per cent discount on venue hire if our leading sponsor, Caxton Street Catering, is used to cater for the event. All hires must be accommodated within our exhibition program. Corporate members receive one free venue hire per year. Contact Dhana.