Holding Space: Reflections on Creative Communities
30 September 2022
Our third Final Friday of the year showcases the practices of five emerging local sound and video artists. Curated by the churchie emerging art prize 2022 finalist, Lillian Whitaker, this dynamic up late event will respond to the themes of collaboration, inclusivity and intersectionality in creative communities. Experience pop-up video and sound installations by Guy Lobwein, Amelia McLeish, Arianna Nixon and Amy Sargeant throughout the evening, a collage workshop by Daniel Sherington, and MJ O’Neill’s DJ set of gleefully eclectic rhythms.
The IMA shop and galleries will stay open late for you to enjoy the churchie emerging art prize 2022, Absolutely Everybody Judges and The Interior.
The IMA strongly encourages mask-wearing onsite in the galleries and for events to keep our community safe. If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling unwell, please stay home.
We are committed to making the IMA accessible to people of all abilities, their families, and carers, as well as visitors of different ages and different backgrounds.
The gallery entrance is on the ground floor of the Judith Wright Arts Centre, on Berwick Street. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities also located on the ground floor, and we welcome guide and support dogs.
Amelia McLeish is a contemporary sound and visual artist. Her sound practice utilises the collection and manipulation of samples sourced from mass media such as television shows and pop music. These experimental and intuitive sound performances often result in large swathes of noise, which is counterbalanced by ethereal ambience in order to encourage the listener to fully immerse themselves into sound.
Guy Lobwein is a Meanjin/Brisbane-based emerging artist currently undertaking his Doctorate of Philosophy at Queensland University of Technology. Graduating in 2020 with a Masters in Philosophy, his research focuses on the use of expanded reality technologies in contemporary art and how experimental creative practice can generate experiential and critically reflective experiences. Guy has exhibited in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally, as well as working as an artist-technician on several research projects.
MJ O’Neill is a Meanjin/Brisbane-based musician, critic, and cultural strategist. Over the years, her work has encompassed warehouse noise gigs, multi-regional research papers on corporate communications, naked performance art projects, and interviewing Lady Gaga. Since 2020, she’s released five albums and eight EPs, including collaborations with sound artist Lawrence English, hyper-pop firebrand LÂLKA, and award-winning jazz luminary Helen Svoboda. Her output has been compared favourably to the sounds of crashing spaceships, Super Mario Brothers, Twin Peaks, and Blade Runner. She’s previously shared the stage with Royal Blood, Donny Benet, and members of Death Grips, clipping., and Regurgitator.
Arianna Nixon is an emerging Meanjin/Brisbane-based video artist. Her passion for experimental filmmaking has evolved into an arts practice inspired by the postmodern video artists of the 1970s and 80s & the impressionists of the century preceding. Arianna is driven to create work reflecting on escapism and the realities of dialectical materialism in relation to queer & trans struggles. She continues to delve into new layers of graphic distortion and visual dissonance, utilising proprietary analogue video techniques.
Amy Sargeant is a Meanjin/Brisbane-based queer protest artist and musician. Through installations of sculpture, audio and video Amy’s work responds to her disillusionment with the dysfunctions of the Australian political establishment by reframing the elements of political spectacle. Amy deploys the Situationist method of detournement to de-stabilise motifs from mainstream politics, activist iconography, symbols and visual cultures.
Daniel Sherington is a Meanjin/Brisbane-based artist whose work critically reframes historical conventions of artmaking to better understand their contemporary connotations. His practice filters traditional processes of making with a digital means of production. Daniel’s works are often circulatory in nature, with images iterated, reworked and dispersed amongst new contexts and materials to adopt different meanings.