Co-founder, Gallery Director & Curator | 2008-2010
Featuring: Michael Candy, Laura Jones, Justin Lee Williams, Jemima Wyman, Sue Dodd, Andre Piguet, Alasdair Macintyre, Andrew Gordon, George Raftopolous, Alice Lang, Jenny Orchard, Archie Moore, Ghost Patrol, Daniel McKewen, Vitor Dos Santos, Sebastian Moody, Damien Kamholtz, Simone Eisler, Anthony Lister, Kate Mitchell & Katherine Brickman (Greedy Hen) and more.
As co-founder of 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, and as its Gallery Director from 2008-2010, I curated exhibitions, produced publications, and hosted career development programs including art lectures, networking nights, mentorships, and residencies. During my time at the gallery, I focused on exhibiting and representing cross-disciplinary and experimental Australian and international artists.
Located at Mermaid Beach, the 380 sq.metre gallery was established in 2008 by myself and art collector Terri Lew to provide emerging and leading artists with on-going exhibition resources and gallery representation. Our programs acted as a vital stepping stone for many Queensland artists, who have since gone on to secure international opportunities and representation that stemmed from their time with 19 KAREN.
The site itself was initially a run-down factory with no proper roofing or lighting, and was set for demolition that year. Instead, through this philanthropic partnership, we were able to salvage the space by transforming it into a modern white cube gallery that spanned five exhibitive sections.
I vacated my role at 19 KAREN in May 2010 to take on a full-time role within the Gold Coast City Council’s arts and culture department. The gallery remains in operation under a separate management and showcase structure.
19 Karen Ave. Mermaid Beach Gold Coast
Image 1: 19 KAREN front entrance.
Image 2: Front gallery. Works by Laura Jones.