BIOGRAPHIES

Mel Evans

Liberate Tate, Birthmark (2016) BP Portrait Award, Wolfson Gallery, National Portrait Gallery. Skin, needles, ink, rotary machine, latex, plastic, bodies, trauma

Liberate Tate, Birthmark (2016) BP Portrait Award, Wolfson Gallery, National Portrait Gallery. Skin, needles, ink, rotary machine, latex, plastic, bodies, trauma

Mel Evans is a London-based artist and activist, and part of Liberate Tate, an art collective exploring the role of creative intervention in social change.

Her book Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts was published by Pluto Press in 2015. Her writing has been published in Contemporary Theatre Review, Performance Research Journal, Internationale Online, The Guardian, New Internationalist, Dissent, Red Pepper and others. Recent examples of public speaking and workshop facilitation include D&AD President's Lecture, Performing Protest Conference Leuven University, Artwash Book Tour UK and Ireland, Curating Conflict at the V&A Gallery London, and Question Everything at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

liberatetate.org.uk


Alex Kelly

Queen of the Desert, (2012) Starlady with young women from Areyonga (Olivia, Anthea, Caitlin, Chantel) © 360 Degree Film

Queen of the Desert, (2012) Starlady with young women from Areyonga (Olivia, Anthea, Caitlin, Chantel) © 360 Degree Film

Alex is a filmmaker and creative producer based in Alice Springs.

She worked for ten years with leading Australian social change arts company Big hART as Creative Producer of Ngapartji Ngapartji and was National Producer from 2012-2014. Alex has worked on a range of roles on documentary films including; producing Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji production managing Coniston: Telling it True and directing Queen of the Desert.  She was the global Impact & Distribution Producer on Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything project.

In 2013 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and explored at models for social change documentary impact and engagement in UK, Canada and USA. In 2009 Alex was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Kirk Robson Award, in 2011 the Screen Territory Bob Plasto Award and was selected as a Screen Producer’s Australia ‘Ones to Watch’ winning the Kickstart pitch in 2015. She is a 2016 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow. 

She is the Director and co-founder of the Something Somewhere Film Festival in Alice Springs. 

echotango.org


Megan Cope

Megan Cope, Resistance (2016) Installation view, Sovereignty, ACCA, Enamel on cardboard, core flute and timber. Courtesy of the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery, Melbourne

Megan Cope, Resistance (2016) Installation view, Sovereignty, ACCA, Enamel on cardboard, core flute and timber. Courtesy of the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery, Melbourne

Megan Cope is an exciting young artist with a quickly growing profile, attracting attention for her paintings, video work, sculptural installations and site-specific commissions. A Quandamooka woman from North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, her work explores the intricate relationship between environment, geography and identity. Maps feature prominently in Cope’s work; she draws on toponymy (the study of place names) to probe myths and methodologies around colonisation. Cope’s work has been exhibited in Australia and internationally including at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art; Gold Coast City Art Gallery; MONA FOMA, Hobart; ARC Biennial, Brisbane; Cairns Regional Art Gallery; Koori Heritage Trust, Melbourne; City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand; Para Site Contemporary Art Space, Hong Kong; Careof Art Space, Milan; the Australian Embassy, Washington and Next Wave Festival, 2014. In 2015 Cope’s work was curated into an exhibition at Musées de la Civilisation in Québec, Canada, which has also acquired her work for their permanent collection. She undertook a Time_Space_Place: Nomad Residency 2014 awarded through Performance Space, Sydney.

Cope was commissioned to create major site-specific work for the exhibition ‘My Country, I still call Australia Home’ at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, 2013; as well as for the Melbourne Museum and the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, 2015.

Cope is a member of Aboriginal art collective proppaNOW.

thisisnofantasy.com/artist/megan-cope/


Amy Spiers

Amy Spiers, Wait Until Called, (2014) Photograph: Gabriel Clark

Amy Spiers, Wait Until Called, (2014) Photograph: Gabriel Clark

Amy Spiers is a Melbourne-based artist, writer and researcher. Spiers makes art both collaboratively with Catherine Ryan, and as a solo artist. Her socially-engaged, critical art practice focuses on the creation of live performances, participatory situations and multi-artform installations for both site-specific and gallery contexts. Through her work she aims to prompt questions and debate about the present social order — particularly about the gaps and silences in public discourse where difficult histories and social issues are not confronted. Spiers has presented numerous art projects across Australia and internationally, most recently at Monash University Museum of Art (Melbourne), the Museum für Neue Kunst (Freiburg), MONA FOMA festival (Hobart) and the 2015 Vienna Biennale.

As an arts writer, Spiers has published work widely, including writing for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Auckland Art Gallery, Journal of Arts and Communities, Open Engagement, Das Superpaperun magazine and Artlink. Spiers obtained a Master of Fine Art in 2011 and is currently a PhD candidate at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

amyspiers.com.au


Kelly Doley

Kelly Doley, Cold Calling a Revolution (2014-15) Photograph: Lara Merrington and Jessica Maurer

Kelly Doley, Cold Calling a Revolution (2014-15) Photograph: Lara Merrington and Jessica Maurer

Kelly Doley is an artist, curator and arts-worker in the cross-disciplinary fields of visual arts, feminism and performance in Australia. She is director and co-founder of artist collective Barbara Cleveland (formally Brown Council) and holds a Masters of Visual Art from Sydney University (2011) and Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons. Class 1) UNSW Art and Design (2006).

She has initiated artistic projects, exhibitions and festivals including JANIS and Cosmic Battle For Your Heart. She was on the board of directors for Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney, an artist-in-residence at Artspace, Sydney, and participated in the Australia Council Arts Leaders Program in 2016.

Exhibitions include Things Learnt About Feminism, Laurence Wilson Gallery Perth, Performance Presence/Video Time at AEAF, Adelaide, Catching Light, Campbelltown Arts Centre, No Reasonable Offer Refused, Westspace, Melbourne and The Learning Centre, Fremantle Arts Centre W.A. She co-curated the exhibition Curating Feminism (with Contemporary Art and Feminism) at SCA Galleries, JANIS I at Alaska & II at The Commercial (with Amanda Rowell) and her exhibition Moving Histories/Future Projections in partnership with MGNSW and dLux Media Arts is touring nationally across 2017-19 (with Diana Smith).

Kelly is currently researching Asia Pacific feminist performance practice with Diana Smith.

kellydoley.com


Gabrielle de Vietri

Gabrielle de Vietri, Three Teams (2013) Photograph: Tarni Rees

Gabrielle de Vietri, Three Teams (2013) Photograph: Tarni Rees

Gabrielle de Vietri is an artist with a concept-driven, socially-engaged collaborative practice. Her work has taken form as pedagogical systems, community events, interactive public performances, documents, invented languages, fictional historical insertions, lectures and gardens.

She has carried out projects in non-traditional locations, and held exhibitions in major Australian institutions - Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Melbourne), Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Artspace (Sydney), Monash University Museum of Art, Samstag Museum, Ian Potter Museum, Shepparton Art Museum - and internationally in public spaces, galleries and museums in Berlin, Toronto, Chicago, Auckland, Copenhagen and Singapore. 

Gabrielle undertook Australia Council's Künstlerhaus Bethanien residency (2011), Monash University’s Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation (2014) and is a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow (2015-17). She is co-director of A Centre for Everything.

Gabrielle completed a Master of Fine Art (Monash University, 2013).

gabrielledevietri.net