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Independent Publishing Now

A public forum which discusses the opportunities that independent writing and publishing that present for artists and curators.

6 - 7.30pm,  Friday 8 June 2018

Museum of Brisbane 

Free entry, reservation essential - register here


Australia is at a crossroads in the publishing sector. On the one hand we have key magazines closing down or downsizing such as Broadsheet and Realtime, while others generally surviving on subsiding writers' fees to stay afloat. On the other hand, we have seen a rise in art book fairs and publishing discourse with the iteration of Melbourne Art Book Fair at the NGV, Artspace's VOLUME I Another Art Book Fair in addition to Brisbane’s own ABBE Art Book event. There has also been a shift in which independent artists and curators are engaging with online platforms to document, archive and disseminate information about their work. What do these changes mean for Brisbane's cultural landscape and how artists discuss their work and engage in critical discussion?


Let’s talk about how publishing, editing and writing inform art practices in Brisbane now -

Are local Brisbane based practitioners responding to this shift? 

Which Brisbane ARIs have a publishing arm? 

What opportunities are there for local writers? 

How is academic writing impacting practice? 

And how is Brisbane responding to the online vs. print debate? 

Presented in partnership with the Museum of Brisbane and independent writer and curator Tess Maunder.

Speakers

Katherine Dionysius

Katherine Dionysius

Katherine Dionysius is a curator, writer and editor. She works as Curatorial Assistant at QUT Art Museum and Head of Research at 89plus, an international research project co-curated by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist. Katherine is a board member at Outer Space ARI and recently completed the Columbia Publishing Course in New York.

Travis Dewan

Travis Dewan

Travis Dewan is an artist and arts worker based in Brisbane. He founded Brisbane Art Guide in 2011 and has continued to promote and archive visual art information to develop and support the growing creative industry in Brisbane City.

Ryan Presley

Ryan Presley

Ryan Presley was born in 1987 in Alice Springs. His father’s family is Marri Ngarr and originate from the Moyle River region in the Northern Territory. His mother’s family are Scandinavian immigrants. He currently lives and works in Brisbane. His art practice is a reflection of his locale, which he audits and critiques. In doing so Presley mounts a larger inquiry that interrogates the articulations of power. Presley’s work has been acquired by the University of Queensland’s Museum of Art, Murdoch University’s art collection, Griffith Artworks and the Museum of Brisbane. In 2015 his essay ‘Debt’ was published as part of the Courting Blakness: Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University’ book available through University of Queensland Press. Presley’s artwork has been included in Trade Markings Van Abbemuseum (2018); the 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Darwin; Frontier Imaginaries, IMA, Brisbane; TarraWarra Biennial: Endless Circulation (all 2016). He has recently completed a PhD (2016) at the Queensland College of Art and is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Griffith University.

Naomi O'Reilly

Naomi O'Reilly

Naomi O’Reilly is a Brisbane based curator and interdisciplinary artist. Naomi works alongside Aishla Manning & Chloe Waters to run The Laundry Artspace, an Artist-Run-Initiative that has been operating since April 2015, curating regular exhibitions accompanied by independent publications. Naomi also worked as Publications Designer for the Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research (GCCAR) in its inaugural years, and contributed designs to the artists books brisbane event (abbe) and Drawing International Brisbane (DIB) symposiums.

Tess Maunder

Tess Maunder

Tess Maunder is a writer, curator. editor and researcher based in Brisbane. She was recently curatorial collegiate for the 11th Shanghai Biennale, Why Not Ask Again, with Chief Curators Raqs Media Collective (2016 – 17). She has produced projects, worked and studied in Australia, The Philippines, India, Thailand, China, the US, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong. She has participated in curatorial residencies including ISCP the International Studio and Curatorial Program New York, an Asialink residency with The Office of Culture and Design, Manila and regionally with KickArts Cairns. She advocates for supportive frameworks of exchange for curators through the online peer network Open Curators’ Platform, co-founded with Sophia Cai in 2017. She is alumni of the India Australia Youth Dialogue, Independent Curators International, Gwangju Biennale International Curatorial Course among others. Most recently in 2018 she edited Absolute Humidity, a volume of artist interviews focusing on practices in the Asia-Pacific region published by Hardworking Goodlooking (Manila/New York).

Panel and audience - independent publishing now

Audience and panel at "Independent Publishing Now" - Photo by Thomas Oliver

Ryan Presley, Naomi O’Reilly, Travis Dewan, Katherine Dionysius

L-R Ryan Presley, Naomi O’Reilly, Travis Dewan, Katherine Dionysius. Photo by Thomas Oliver

Audience participation at Independent Publishing Now

Audience participation at Independent Publishing Now. Photo by Thomas Oliver

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