Keynote Speakers


Friday 30th September at 9.00am

Copying Collaboration

In discussion with Stewart Russell and Cathy Leahy


Copying Collaboration is a reflection on the role of printmedia and its inherent attributes in the practices of Brook Andrew and Trent Walter. Framed by Andrew’s Danger of Authority and Gun-metal Grey series, this keynote address seeks to interrogate the role of print as inspiration, source material, and technique in the realisation of these series, as well as its significance in the artist/printer’s expanded practices.

The title of the address speaks to a history of collaborative practice in the field of printmaking, while also alluding to its broader relevance in contemporary art practise. Of how the ‘studio’ model of art making, adopted within print workshops during the twentieth century, once again shares equal currency in the contemporary artist’s studio.

Having worked together since 2007 on print, installation, public art and museum projects, Andrew and Walter will attempt to define the nature of their collaboration and what knock–on effects it has produced in their ongoing and separate studio works.

In the spirit of collaboration, Andrew and Walter have invited Cathy Leahy, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Victoria, to discuss collaborative practise in the expanded field of printmedia. Stewart Russell, artist/director of Spacecraft Australia and collaborator on Andrew’s Gun-metal Grey series, will also join the discussion to reflect on the process of making these works.

Will the real collaborator please stand up?

Brook Andrew is a conceptually driven artist who challenges cultural and historical perception, using installation, text and image to comment on local and global issues regarding race, consumerism and history.

His work with archival material has created debate and new thought surrounding contemporary philosophies regarding memory, its conceptual and visual potency linking local with international histories. By co-opting the tools of advertising, the media, museums and Wiradjuri language and culture, Brook Andrew’s art challenges the limitations imposed by power structures, historical amnesia, stereotyping and complicity.  (Laura Murray Cree, Brook Andrew in ‘Artist Profile’. Pp 50-59. Issue 11, 2010.)

Andrew is exhibiting Jumping Castle War Memorial in the 2010 Biennale of Sydney and has completed a commissioned portrait of Professor Marcia Langton with printer Trent Walter for the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.
His new mixed-media work Immortal Beings, drawing on the 1839 Wiradjuri dictionary by Rev. James Gunther in Wellington NSW, is showcased at the 2010 Hong King Art Fair.  

He was the recipient of the Australia Council ISCP residency, NYC 2008–09, South Project at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo residency, Santiago 2006, Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship 2001 and a residency at Gasworks and Goldsmiths College, University of London 2000. Publications include Future Images 2010, Theme Park 2008, Current: Contemporary Art from Australia and New Zealand 2008, Eye to Eye 2007 and Hope and Peace 2005.

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