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JOSHUA PETHER

JOSHUA PETHER

JOSHUA PETHER

Re-enactment

Developing his new work Re-enactment, across this two-week residency at Ferryman’s Hut, Joshua will invite a select group of witnesses to be part of this process as he takes his body on a journey of a ritual that will potentially provide the hidden clues to some of Queensland’s most elusive and baffling mysteries.

Using elements discovered during ‘Transmission’ – a process developed by both Wei Zen Ho and Joshua Pether; re-enactment will turn its attention to some of Brisbane’s most notorious cold cases and use the body as the tool to seek more ‘information’ while allowing for a deeper and intense sense of contemplation and listening to occur. 

 

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut

THE ARTISTS

Joshua Pether
Joshua Pether is of Kalkadoon heritage but lives and works on Noongar country in Western Australia. He is an experimental performance artist, dancer and choreographer of movement, temporary ritual and imagined realties. His practice is influenced by his two cultural histories- indigeneity and disability and the hybridization of the two with particular interest in the aesthetics of the disabled body and also that of the colonized body. 

His work and practice have been supported through the Australia Council and DLGSC (local) funding. As an independent artist he has had work shown in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and New York and has performed in festivals and events such as the Undercover Artist Festival, Yirramboi Festival, Next Wave, APAM 2018, Short Cuts, MoveMe Festival, SuperCell Festival of Contemporary Dance In Situ and The First Nations Dialogues in New York. He is the creator of two solo works, ‘Monster’ and ‘Jupiter Orbiting’.

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JAMES HAZEL

JAMES HAZEL

JAMES HAZEL

My Father the piano

James’ new work My Father the Piano explores the artist’s relationship with their working-class family.

Through the recent shared act of deconstructing an old piano, an incidental type of sonic practice emerged from socioeconomic necessity.

Throughout the residency, the materials and documentation from this process will be reassembled into a text, video and sound installation.

 

DATES

16 Nov- 16 Dec, 2021

WHERE

Norman Park Substation

MORE ABOUT THE WORK

ARTISTS’ STATEMENT:

“Recently, my parents had to urgently move out of their rental home and decaying student piano prevented this. My father suggested that we deconstruct the piano and dispose of it. 

On the surface, such a shared act posed dissonance: my occupation as a composer/artist within upper/middle-class dominated cultural spaces – but also my deep connection and relationship to my father, and his enmeshment within fragmented and precarious histories. 

Throughout this process, I heard my father’s groans and strains; the piano wood cracking; the deep, dark resonance of the strings reflecting these sounds back; a father-becoming-piano and piano-becoming-father.

Within this work, the materials and documentation from this process are reassembled into a three-part, text and sound installation. Central to this work is the notion of the “hammer” which strikes the strings of the piano, and the hammer my father used to “play” and “deconstruct” the piano – during our sort-of-duet; ultimately, mediating and working-through conceived and socially imposed differences and notions of social-class through sincerity, and humour.”

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OLIVIA LACEY

OLIVIA LACEY

OLIVIA LACEY

Almost Heaven

In her new work Almost Heaven, Olivia Lacey revisits a childhood fascination with Olivia Newton-John as the roller-skating muse from Xanadu (1980).

Over the course of the residency, Lacey will develop a series of portraits of Newton-John in order to explore the intersubjective (but often one-sided) relationship between fan and idol.

Lacey’s interest in fan art stems from research into the use of romantic language in pop music and the ambiguous dialogic exchange that is often implied through the open-ended nature of love song lyrics. Like romantic language, the fan-idol relationship can be framed in terms of ideas of obsession and longing. Through this new body of drawing works, Lacey aims to examine her role as both fan and artist within this dynamic.

 

DATES

30 Aug– 12 Sep, 2021

Open Studio:
Sat 11 Sep, 10am – 4pm

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut
29 Macquarie St, Teneriffe

THE ARTISTS

Olivia Lacey
Olivia Lacey employs processes of transcription and translation to explore the ambiguities, slippages or humour that can arise in interpersonal interactions. Working across moving image, installation and text, she combines referents appropriated from pop music lyrics in order to examine the romantic dialogue as an intersubjective space of exchange. Her current practice is focused on the amateur performative spaces of karaoke and fan-made content. She also practices as part of the artist collective Lacey-Law-Lobwein. Lacey graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology in 2017. Recent solo and group exhibitions include:
At Arm’s Length, Metro Arts, Brisbane 2021; Now That You’re Here, Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane 2019; Love Me, Love Me, Metro Arts, Brisbane 2019; and We Could Meet Again, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo 2018.

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LITTLEBITTS

LITTLEBITTS

LITTLEBITTS

Comedy duo LittleBitts (Katie Pierce and Lucy Czerwinski) are bunkering down in Ferryman’s Hut this July to work on development of a new sitcom.

Set in downtown Brisvegas, and based on the lives of two female leads (Lucy and Katie), inspiration is drawn from Broad City, Lano & Woodley and Blackbooks to explore the unique hilarity of their lives in our city.

 

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut

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regroup

regroup

regroup

Light Affection

regroup is a self-initiated project intended to refine, test and consolidate the first iteration of a new collaborative model between a group of artists who have previously collaborated as VERGE Collective.

As part of the new model, the collective plans to host regular salon style events that aim to refresh the dialogue between artists, arts workers and the broader arts community.

Depending on potential restrictions at the time, these salons could take shape as shared meals or roundtable discussions or other forms as yet to be discovered, but ultimately they will be intimate gatherings involving conversations and knowledge-sharing that aim to inspire, ask powerful questions and expose those that engage to new ideas.

 

DATES

20 May – 6 Jun, 2021

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut

THE ARTISTS

regroup

Artists Julia Scott Green, Christine Ko, Lisa Kurtz, Tamara Whyte and Emma Wright have a history of collaborating together as part of VERGE Collective. Diverse in practice and backgrounds, their common links are lens-based media, Brisbane, and a desire to support and develop their art practices.

In 2021 the artists are taking their experiences from VERGE Collective to launch a new creative venture. They aim to explore alternative models of working as artists; models that can nourish and sustain the individual through the collaborative effort of many. They plan to co-create an open learning environment through in person and virtual dialogues about the state of art in Brisbane and beyond; now and into the future.

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HELLE COOK

HELLE COOK

HELLE COOK

Light Affection

Helle will invigorate Ferryman’s Hut with ephemeral installations through a lens of light and sensory experience, created by diaphanous paintings on sheer natural fabric.

An interactive artwork will invite community collaboration as part of an open-studio event.

 

DATES

2 – 16 May, 2021

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut

THE ARTIST

Helle Cook

Helle Cook’s art practice explores the embodied and sensory experience of light, place and belonging in expanded painting. Helle’s practice expands beyond the studio as she regularly embarks on field trips into nature. Here she creates, installs and documents her diaphanous textile paintings in the landscape as to enact enquiry, environmental awareness and sensory experience. The exploration informs her practice when she brings the ephemeral memories back into the studio.

The enquiry into the sensory experience of light, place and belonging is intercultural and Helle has undertaken artist residencies in Australia, Italy and Denmark. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours from Queensland College of Art (QCA) and has had solo- and group exhibitions in Queensland, Victoria and Denmark.

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AARON CHAPMAN

AARON CHAPMAN

AARON CHAPMAN

A Wet Finger to the Wind

A Wet Finger to the Wind celebrates and mourns the colourful imagination of childhood innocence by reinterpreting photographs through the lens of a childhood craft.

The Norman Park Substation residency will see Chapman’s photographic enquiries of home(s) reimagined in a tactile manner through a limited palette of coloured perler beads. Chapman will individually place tens of thousands of perler beads (which are then fused together with a household iron) to engender meditative, reflective and domestic acts.

Chapman’s bond to home was significantly amplified since becoming a father and fatherless. It’s these significant life events that inform the developing work of A Wet Finger to the Wind and its attention to home, intimacy, refuge and childhood.

 

DATES

17 – 31 May, 2021

WHERE

Norman Park Substation

THE ARTIST

Aaron Chapman

Aaron Chapman is an artist and writer based on the Gold Coast, Australia working across a range of mediums including photography, sculpture and public art. Chapman’s work is motivated by themes of home and memory, and in particular, childhood. Chapman’s photography blends fine art and documentary languages and has appeared at Head On Photo Festival, Centre for Contemporary Photography and Bleach* Festival. In 2019, Chapman was a Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize semi-finalist and a finalist in the Australian Life Photography Competition at Art & About Sydney. In 2020, he was a finalist in Perth Centre for Photography’s CLIP Award and received the judge’s commendation award. As well as presenting both small and large sculptures at SWELL Sculpture Festival 2020, the majority of the year was spent in research and development for a large public art outcome to be evidenced in 2021. Chapman was also the recipient of a major commission to create new work for exhibition at the new $60M HOTA Gallery (under construction), the largest gallery outside a capital city. Chapman attended Griffith University where he received the School of Humanities Writing Prize in 2015. His poetry and prose has appeared in international publications and Australian literary journals. He is a current Executive Committee member of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (APWT) and maintains a high level of engagement in, and commitment to the local visual arts and writing communities by delivering educational programs and workshops.

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VOLTFRUIT

VOLTFRUIT

VOLTFRUIT

Sounds from the Ferryman’s Hut

Brisbane-based experimental music duo Voltfruit take over the Ferryman’s Hut in Teneriffe to combine field recordings, found objects, musical instruments and electronics to create a series of sonic activations.

Exploring the urban and natural sound environment of the hut and its surrounds at different times of the day, they invite keen listeners and soundmakers to join them in their discovery of the space.

DATES

5 – 18 April, 2021

PUBLIC ACTIVATIONS

Dusk Activations | 5.30 – 6:30pm
Mon 5 Apr
Fri 9 Apr
Tue 13 Apr
Fri 16 Apr

Dawn Activations | 5:30 – 6:30am
Sat 10 Apr 
Thu 15 Apr

Mid-Morning Activation | 10:30 – 11:30am
Sun 11 Apr

Afternoon Activation | 3 – 4pm
Sun 18 Apr 

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut
29 Macquarie Street, Teneriffe, QLD 4005

THE ARTIST

Voltfruit

Voltfruit is violinist Flora Wong (Nonsemble, Tango Enigmático, Dots+Loops) and saxophonist/composer Luke Cuerel (Luke Cuerel Orchestra, Polymer, Pigeon). Drawing on their experience in classical, jazz, contemporary, improvisatory and experimental music, they create and interrogate sonic environments in an exploration of places and the people that interact with them.

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ALICIA MELONIE JONES

ALICIA MELONIE JONES

ALICIA MELONIE JONES

performing detention

Alicia will continue her solo body of work, performing detention – a physical exploration into the psychology of breaking cycles of violence. This has been Jones’ solo body of work since 2013, with residency developments at Metro Arts, HOTA, South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Art Camps and various public showings.

This residency will see the unification of the work into a full length production under the dramaturgy of Nadine McDonald-Dowd (QPAC).

DATES

February, 2021

WHERE

Norman Park Substation

THE ARTIST

Alicia Melonie Jones

Alicia Melonie Jones is a professional performance artist fusing Japanese performance methods with Aboriginal cultural journey.  

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REBECCA ROSS AND ERIKA SCOTT

REBECCA ROSS AND ERIKA SCOTT

REBECCA ROSS AND
ERIKA SCOTT

Hinterland Valerie

Hinterland Valerie will be a site specific and collaborative response to working in the Ferryman’s Hut. During this creative development Erika Scott and Rebecca Ross will embrace actions of team work to create an object-based installation that documents the current moment.

The Ferryman’s Hut will act as a self-contained zone within which the artists will expand on relationships with environment, society, nature, our bodies and the cosmos. The amenity and location of the Ferryman’s Hut marks a place of transitory interactions, and of things drifting and shifting along the river, notions that underpin the intentions and actions that will be carried out during the residency.

 

DATES

1 – 14 Feb, 2021

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut

THE ARTISTS

Erika Scott
Erika Scott’s visual language unfolds through a variety of media, often reassembling and modifying discarded household objects, furniture, and popular culture debris. She works towards building space that reflect what she values and finds important, and this usually requires her to establish and satisfy an ongoing set of physical parameters. Within these parameters things teeter between image and object, the organic and artificial , form and anti-form. Erika Scott completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (visual art) with Honours at the Queensland University of Technology in 2010 and is the director of the Artist Run Initiative ‘The Soylent Spot’.

Rebecca Ross
Rebecca Ross lives on Queensland’s Gold Coast where she works as an artist, academic and director of The Walls Art Space. Rebecca’s work is concerned with mapping the junctures of site, situation and sensation. Since completing a Master of Fine Art at Queensland University of Technology (2005) she has undertaken major art projects for Festival 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Bleach Festival, and participated in international artist in residence programs in Malta, Italy and New Zealand. Rebecca has exhibited at the Embassy of Australia in Washington D.C. U.S.A. (2012), been awarded the Rome Studio at the British School at Rome by the Australia Council for the Arts (2013) and supported by the City of Gold Coast to undertake a mentorship and travel to Los Angeles and Miami, U.S.A. (2014). Rebecca has been actively involved in the contemporary art scene in South East Queensland since the millennium and her contribution to the Gold Coast arts ecology has been recognised with an International Women’s Day Leadership Award (2020).

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We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

JOSEPH BURGESS

JOSEPH BURGESS

JOSEPH BURGESS

Carpetbaggers

Joseph is settling in over summer to work on a series of carpet based pictorial works. The imagery is focusing on the ongoing protests that are currently taking place in Portland, Oregon in the United States.

The works seek to express gratitude solidarity and confrontation and considers the fear of missing out through rendering loved ones and images from the protests as carpets.

 

DATES

January, 2021

WHERE

Norman Park Substation

THE ARTIST

Joseph Burgess

Joseph Burgess is an artist born in Portland Oregon, currently living and working in Brisbane, Australia. Their multidisciplinary practice includes sound engineering, large scale fabrication, and interactive media. Burgess operates as Unregistered Master Builder as a way to encompass the plurality of their skills, experience, and creative output. Joseph has developed large scale public projects and installations for Vivid, Curiocity and Woodford Folk Festival. Most recently 14 large scale interactive instruments for Harps of the City in 2019. Joseph freelances as a technical producer and artist assistant on an array of exhibitions with Libby Harward, Susan Hawkins, and Sally Malloy.

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We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information.