PANEL //  Presented by Metro Arts

Featuring Next Door ARI, The Walls, Habiti Collective & Imaginary Theatre. Facilitated by Amy-Clare McCarthy.

Join us as we break down the mystery of what it means to be part of an artist run initiative (ARI) or collective. Featuring a mix of experienced and emerging ARIs and Collectives, find out how they are operating to deliver outstanding work in the community.


7pm, Fri 9 Apr


New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End


Approximately 60 minutes.


Amelia McLeish / Nextdoor ARI 
Amelia McLeish is a contemporary visual and sound artist practicing primarily in Meanjin (Brisbane). Her practice utilises participation, sound and humour to critique the arts institutions and develop artist-based communities. She has exhibited with the IMA, Boxcopy and The Walls, and completed a studio residency with OuterSpace. Amelia is currently studying a Masters of Philosophy at Queensland University of Technology, where she is researching Artist-Run Initiatives and contemporary Australian art in the 21st century through an institutional critique-based artistic practice. She is a founding co-director of Nextdoor ARI and is also an ARI organiser at Wreckers Artspace.

Rebecca Ross / The Walls Art Space
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).

Lily Daoud / Habibti Collective
Habibti Collective is an emerging collective which brings together creatives from different parts of the Arab diaspora in Australia. The collective aims to generate creative connections as well between artists around Brisbane who identify as part of this community. We also aim to generate new work which explores the experiences and stories of Arab diaspora in Australia, Brisbane. Our focus is exploring; what it means to move here, grow up here, but have roots somewhere else.

Thom Browning / Imaginary Theatre
Thom is a Brisbane based arist specialising in the creation of theatre, installation and arts learning experiences for children and their communities. His experience spans performance, installation, music, and creative technology, whilst working as a director, producer, facilitator, curator, sound and video designer, and DJ. Thom is the Artistic Director of Imaginary Theatre. His work for Imaginary is regarded as amongst the most innovative sites of practice in Australian theatre for young audiences and has been seen nationally and internationally by over 180,000 people. Thom is an Associate Director with Punchdrunk Enrichment (UK), and has directed the Australian production of Punchdrunk’s ‘The Lost Lending Library’ for Festival 2018 Gold Coast, and Brisbane Festival 2020. In 2015 Thom directed the performance installation World Images for acclaimed Danish company Theatre Workshop Madam Bach which was presented in 30 venues in Denmark, Italy, France, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Lithuania and Greenland.

Amy-Clare McCarthy / Milani Gallery
Amy-Clare McCarthy is a curator based in Brisbane. She is currently Gallery Manager at Milani Gallery; as part of this role she curates the program for CARPARK, a project space under the building. Previously she was the Curator (Exhibition Program) at Metro Arts, and served as the inaugural chair of the board of Outer Space ARI. She is one half of McCarthy-Swann Projects, a curatorial collaboration with Kieran Swann.



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