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there’s something happening here … extended remix
12 – 26 May 2018

Opening Event | Friday 11 May 6pm
Feminist Protest Selfie Session | Saturday 12 May 3 – 6pm
Artist Relay | Friday 18 May 7pm

In Conversation with Louise Mayhew | Saturday 26 May 3pm

You are warmly invited to the opening of Caroline Phillips’ solo exhibition there’s something happening here… (extended remix) on Friday 11th May, 6pm.

Visit the gallery on Saturday 12th May any time between 3 – 6pm for a Feminist Protest Selfie Session, an experiential session where you can interact with the works, facilitated by the artist. RSVP not required.

About the Exhibition

Using objects and photographs, Caroline Phillips is interested in reconfiguring relationships of power, sexual politics and embodied experience to (re)present the relational art object as a feminist object. Through modes of connection and inter-relation in both her methodology and outcomes, Phillips (re)imagines an ethical feminist future. This current body of work, there’s something happening here…(extended remix), was developed during a recent three month residency at NARS Foundation, Brooklyn.

there’s something happening here…(extended remix) seeks to respond to the current political atmosphere of fear and violence, proposing feminist objects of protection and resistance. Stirrings of protest, retaliation and self-defense emerge through the whimsical and embodied forms. Domestic and industrial materials merge and transform into what could potentially be weapons, flotation devices, protective gear, tools and protest objects. These sculptural pieces are active and performative, enabling moments of transformation and action. Physical objects are then extended through performative photographs that imagine alternate behaviours and actions, transforming the mood and environment.

About the Artist

Caroline Phillips has recently completed four years of PhD research at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Previously, Phillips’ work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, First Draft Gallery, Sydney, the Cité International des Arts, Paris, Slade School of Art, London and OCAD University, Toronto. She has been awarded a number of grants and residencies including NAVA Australian Artists’ Grant, City of Melbourne Arts Project Grant, Creative Victoria VicArts Grant, Australian Tapestry Workshop Artist in Residence and the Art Gallery of New South Wales Moya Dyring Paris Residency.

Image: Caroline Phillips Concealment #2, 2018, digital photograph. Photograph by Danielle McCarthy.

Artist Relay | Chantal Fraser + Hannah Gartside + Parallel Park

Join us on May 18, 7pm for Boxcopy’s Artist Relay series. Artists Chantal Fraser, Hannah Gartside and Parallel Park will discuss their art practices in dialogue with our current exhibition by Caroline Phillips.

Chantal Fraser is a Samoan/Australian multi-media artist who is interested in the binary and ternary connotations of adornment and silhouette when presented in varying artistic contexts. Her work questions reader relevance by subverting the perpetual cultural and anthropological interpretations of the objects made. 

Hannah Gartside is a visual artist based in Naarm/Melbourne who collects textile detritus from past and present material culture. She transforms these materials using methods such as sewing, wet-felting, patchwork quilting and costume-making. Her practice is concerned with feminism, material culture, consumerism, and personal experiences of sex and intimacy, longing and bereavement. 

Parallel Park is the collaborative art practice between Brisbane-based artists Holly Bates and Tayla Jay Haggarty. The collaboration playfully explores the external influences that impact lesbian sexuality and the intricacies of the artist’s romantic relationship. The duo has worked collaboratively for three years, exhibiting works at various spaces nationally.

Image: Parallel Park Mission Surge, 2018.

In Conversation | Caroline Phillips and Louise Mayhew

Join us at Boxcopy on Saturday 26th May, 3pm for our In Conversation series, where artist Caroline Phillips will discuss her new exhibition with Australian feminist art historian Dr Louise Mayhew. 

Louise Mayhew is the Foundation Theory Convenor at QCA, Brisbane and completed her PhD at UNSW Art & Design in 2014.  Her thesis investigated a history of women-only art collectives in Australia. Recently she has documented the rise of ‘girl gangs’ in Australia’s contemporary art world and as the SLNSW Nancy Keesing Fellow, she researched the library’s holdings of posters made at Sydney’s infamous Women’s Warehouse (1979–81). Louise has also written for the AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, Rebus, Art Monthly, Imprint, SL News and The CoUNTess.  

The Annual – Support our 2018 program!

Boxcopy is hosting a one-night exhibition and silent auction on Friday 1st June (6-8pm) THE ANNUAL, to raise funds to keep Boxcopy running and to support our exhibition program in 2018.

For this event Boxcopy alumni have generously donated small works for a silent auction, with a set reserve price of $250.

Artists include: James & Eleanor Avery | Holly Bates | Alrey Batol | Chris Bennie | Naomi Blacklock | Anastasia Booth | Courtney Coombs | Sam Cranstoun | Alex Cuffe | Marnie Edmiston | Brooke Ferguson | Michaela Gleave | Christopher Handran | Rachael Haynes | Zoe Knight | Alice Lang | Annie Macindoe | Aishla Manning | Callum McGrath | Naomi O’Reilly | Leena Riethmuller | Sarah Poulgrain | Clare Rae | Sandra Selig | Erika Scott | David Spooner | David M Thomas… and more!

The exhibition preview is Thursday 31st May and Friday 1st June 3pm – 6pm.

Come along on Friday night for our pop up Art Bookshop, 70s themed punch and snacks, and buy your $10 tickets for the Annual raffle – with an exciting artwork as the grand prize!

Show Your Support Now – Join Our Fundraising Campaign!

Boxcopy is an artist-run organisation dedicated to creating a platform for the experimental and innovative practices of Australian artists and curators. We are asking for your support to keep this vital artist run space – running… and to support the outstanding artists and curators we have coming up in our 2018–19 exhibition program!


Support our fundraising campaign now and ACF will contribute matched funding up to $2000 thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia’Plus1 program. Your donation is fully tax deductible thanks to the Australian Cultural Fund.

Welcome to the Boxcopy team in 2018:

Annie Macindoe – events coordinator and Anastasia Booth – public programs coordinator
Billie Bailey – events assistant, Jess Carmody – gallery assistant and Torin Francis – exhibitions assistant

Boxcopy is proud to be a founding member of All Conference – a national organising network comprised of 15 artist-led, experimental and cross-disciplinary arts organisations.

Representing a crucial stratum of the Australian arts ecology, All Conference members present diverse and innovative artistic programs which support the practices of living Australian artists. They connect these practices to diverse audiences via a passionate localism coupled with significant national and international peer-to-peer networks.

Founding members include: Alaska Projects (NSW), BLINDSIDE (VIC), Boxcopy (QLD), Bus Projects (VIC), c3 (VIC), Constance (TAS), FELTspace (SA), Firstdraft (NSW), Kings ARI (VIC), Moana (WA), Liquid Architecture (VIC), Runway (NSW), Seventh (VIC), Trocadero Artspace (VIC), and Un Projects (VIC).

Let’s Stay Together: the Politics of Collaboration
Speakers: Lisa Radford, Pip Wallis, Maddee Clark and Neika Lehman. Chaired by Amelia Winata.
Saturday March 24, 3 – 4.30pm
The Packing Room, Abbotsford Convent

Let’s Stay Together is the third in a three part, multi-state, lecture series organised by All Conference. For this iteration, we bring together artists and arts workers to discuss the expanded and complex notion of collaboration in contemporary art. Through a series of short papers, speakers will bring their perspectives to the theme, considering the social and political aspects of collaboration in a climate of austerity, bureaucratisation, and globalization. Papers will be followed by a short Q and A chaired by Amelia Winata.

What’s Love Got to Do With It? Love, Labour and Contemporary Art 
Speakers: Clare Cooper, Hana Pera Aoake (Tainui, Ngāti Raukawa), Talia Smith
Thursday 22 February 6.30 – 8pm
First Draft Gallery 13-17 Riley Street Woolloomooloo, Sydney

What’s love got to do with it? is the second in a three part multi-state lecture series organised by All Conference. A dominant attitude towards work is that enjoying what one does for a living should be payment enough. Indeed, this is often the justification for the relative low wage of arts workers. This leg of the All Conference lecture series brings together three arts workers who operate in very different ways within the not-for-profit sector in Australia and New Zealand. Through a series of short papers, speakers will bring their own perspective to the relationship between love and labour in the arts. Papers will be followed by a short Q and A chaired by Firstdraft Director Katie Winten.

Zero Wage: Research and Advocacy in the Visual Arts
Speakers: Marnie Badham, Esther Anatolitis, and Pip Shea. Chaired by Channon Goodwin.
Saturday 3 February, 2-3:30pm
Collingwood Art Precinct, 35 Johnston St, Collingwood

This discussion has been brought together by All Conference, a recently established organising network of small-scale, artist-run organisations. It invites speakers to respond to issues raised by the Australia Council for the Arts’ recent research report Making Art Work: An Economic Study of Professional Artists in Australia and by the National Association of the Visual Arts’ (NAVA) campaign for the payment of artist fees and the 2017 report S2M: The economics of Australia’s small-to-medium visual arts sector. The discussion aims to engage audiences further with local and international efforts to improve working conditions for artists and arts workers.