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To begin to hurt
10 – 24 March 2018 

Opening event Friday 9 March, 6pm – 8pm
Gallery hours Friday – Saturday 2-6pm

Jarrod Van Der Ryken is a Brisbane based visual artist whose practice negotiates contemporary life as guided by and housed within positioned histories and normative social structures. Van Der Ryken’s work often recalls personal and collective memory of time and place through performative video and installation. Their recent work has explored connections between personal anxieties around vulnerability in relation to concerns of sexuality, gender identity, and social status. Their work articulates this through symbolic gestures of passivity and voyeuristic object encounters. Applying an auto-ethnographic method, ‘to begin to hurt’ recalls a personal moment in time and place; the demise of a romantic relationship and onset of prolonged heartache.

Jarrod Van Der Ryken completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) at the Queensland University of Technology in 2015 and has presented solo exhibitions at Metro Arts and Outer Space in Brisbane, Firstdraft and Galerie Pompom in Sydney, and Screenspace in Melbourne.


18 November – 2 December 2017

Screening & drinks Saturday 18 November 3pm
Gallery hours Friday – Saturday 2-6pm

Work-shy is a small selection of drawings and paintings in progress that reflects on the conditions of being an ’emerging’ artist in Brisbane over several years, and Ferguson having to support her practice through working at various government institutions including Centrelink. This ‘reality’ became radically translated through her experience this year of, (initially self-funded) study, art-making, and being an Australian artist in Europe through the Maumaus Independent Study Programme in Lisbon. This intensive period of study, a mix of visiting critical theorists and artists, along with the (sometimes revealing) reality of undertaking The Grand Tour Of Global Art Exhibitions – Venice Biennale, Documenta, Athens, Kassel, and Skulptur Projekte Münster, prompted the current, ongoing, body of work.

These works will be exhibited alongside a screening of ‘Maumaus 2017 NOTEBOOK, ETC,’ by Lucas W. Melkane (1988, Denmark), a video work that also documents his very different experience as a colleague in the programme. 

Brooke Ferguson (1989, Australia) participated in the 2017 Maumaus Independent Study Programme in Lisbon, Portugal with the generous support of a 2017 Brisbane City Council Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship. She also undertook a residency at Parramatta Studios in October/November 2017. Brooke was publication projects coordinator at Boxcopy from 2013-2016.

Image: Brooke Ferguson the respectable face of power 2017, pencil on paper (detail).


Terror Island (Wish you were here)
7 October – 4 November 2017

Opening Saturday 7 October 6pm
Artist in Conversation Saturday 14 October 4pm

About the exhibition

The Northern Territory Emergency Response, colloquially known as ‘The Intervention’ has, as of this year, been inflicted on communities for the past decade. During these ten years rates of displacement, incarceration and suicide have risen categorically. Xenophobic actions of the Australian nation state have also continued in similar trends; activities that include the continued operation of offshore detainment camps. The works developed for Terror Island are a response to these episodes. They have been executed by utilising canonical Christian iconographic traditions as a foundational starting point. Step ashore.

About the artist

Ryan Presley was born in 1987 in Alice Springs. His father’s family is Marri Ngarr and originate from the Moyle River region in the Northern Territory. He currently lives and works in Brisbane. His art practice is a reflection of his locale, which he audits and critiques. In doing so Presley mounts a larger inquiry that interrogates the articulations of power. Presley’s work has been acquired by the University of Queensland’s Museum of Art, Murdoch University’s art collection, Griffith Artworks and the Museum of Brisbane. In 2016, his artwork has been included in the ‘33rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards’ in Darwin, ‘Frontier Imaginaries: No Longer at Ease’ at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, and was featured in the ‘2016 TarraWarra Biennial: Endless Circulation’. He has recently completed a PhD (2016) at the Queensland College of Art.


Image: Ryan Presley, 2017, Fair Coin (Sum Zero), oil and gold leaf on Hoop pine panel (detail).

Boxcopy is now accepting proposals for our 2018 program!

Boxcopy is an artist-run organisation founded in 2007 and run by a small team of volunteers. We are calling for proposals from artists, curators, writers and other artist-run initiatives who would like to partner or collaborate with us in our 2018 program. Our goal is to support artists to experiment and play, to build new critical dialogues and creative collaborations.

Send expressions of interest to the Director at by Sunday 15th October, 2017. Include a rationale for your proposed new work, project or exhibition, along with a biography and links to support material.

Boxcopy does not charge fees and provides gallery space, assistance with installation, curatorial and promotional support, invigilation, public programs and hosting of opening events.

26 August – 24 September 2017
Opening Saturday 26 August 6pm

Eleanor and James Avery, Anastasia Booth, Sam Cranstoun,  Caitlin Franzmann & Kate Woodcroft, Kinly Grey, Daniel McKewen, Sarah Poulgrain, Sandra Selig, Tyza Stewart, David M Thomas with Suzanne Howard.

Presentism looks back at ten years of Boxcopy’s history, through the lens of current practices of Brisbane-based artists who have participated in the program over that time. The title of the exhibition describes a tendency to interpret past events in terms of modern values and concepts. While often used negatively to critique particular accounts of history, in this case looking at the past through practices of the present testifies to the qualities of resilience and endurance that serve to sustain the practices of individual artist and the communities in which they operate.

Join us for the opening event on Saturday 26th August at 6pm and then for special events in September. Gallery opening hours are Friday and Saturday 2pm-6pm.


Anastasia Booth | Saturday 23rd September 4:30pm

Weekend Immendorff | Saturday 23rd September 6pm

Caitlin Franzmann & Kate Woodcroft | Sunday 24th September 11am

Read more about Presentism

April – July 2017

Boxcopy was founded in 2007 and DECADE celebrates ten years working with artists, writers and curators. Our anniversary provides a pivotal point to consider our future and possibilities for artist run culture. Boxcopy provides a space for artists to play and test ideas; a space for projects that are process-based, speculative and collaborative – our anniversary project DECADE reflects this approach.

Project for Future Alternatives invites artists to reimagine the use of the gallery space and the possible directions of artist run practice. Building on our recent collaborative projects with local, national and international artist run spaces, which considered the provocation that ‘small acts of resistance can create change’ – this project is focused on the future imaginings of artist run activity in the context of Boxcopy’s ten year celebrations. From April – June 2017, artists will be in residence each month at Boxcopy: Joseph Breikers (April), Erika Scott and Archie Moore (May) and Simone Hine (June).

Stay tuned for event details throughout the project.

Residency: 3 June – 9 July 2017
Event: About Saturday 8 July 6pm

Invited to reimagine the use of the Boxcopy gallery space and to ponder the possible future direction of artist run practice, Simone Hine has chosen to turn the camera onto artist run institutions themselves. Artists and curators who have made a contribution to Boxcopy over the past ten years, as voluntary staff or exhibitors, have been invited to discuss their ideas about Artist-Run-Initiatives. Each artist or curator taking part in this project has run an Artist-Run-Initiative at some point. These discussions will run alongside the production and installation of a multi-channel video work that will compile these discussions, and will be exhibited at a closing event. The work puts focus onto Artist-Run-Initiatives as institutions, spaces and sites of labour, while relying on the physical space provided by Boxcopy to generate, install and exhibit the final outcome.

Simone Hine is an artist, curator and writer. Her artworks have been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at Careof (Milan), Australian Experimental Art Foundation (Adelaide), Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne), Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane), and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (Perth).  She has curated exhibitions as part of Window National (across the USA), Blindside (Melbourne) and Counihan Gallery (Melbourne). She also co-curated the Melbourne Art Fair Video Program in 2015, with long-term collaborator Kyle Weise. Hine was a founding co-director of Screen Space (Melbourne), a screen-based gallery (2010 – 2016) and Beam Contemporary (Melbourne), a commercial gallery (2010 – 2014). In 2015 Hine completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne.

Residency: 6 – 27 May 2017
Event: Hive Mind Wednesday 24 May 6pm

The Project for Future Alternatives is an opportunity for a flash-back of known and unknowns – for Archie and Erika to explore and find comfort in mediating, navigating and embalming their bodies and histories into shared objects.  These objects will act as an awareness of things as they are, what they are going to be, outlining boundaries between what’s yours and what’s mine, and a quest to find the best seat in the house.

Archie Moore completed his Bachelor of Visual Arts at Queensland University of Technology in 1998. In 2001, he was awarded the Millennial Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship which enabled him to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Recent solo exhibitions include Blood Fraction, The Commercial Gallery, Sydney (2015);  14 Queensland Nations (Nations imagined by RH Matthews), Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Adelaide and Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra; and  A Circum/Intro/Extro/Retrospective, Bus Projects, Melbourne (all 2014).  In 2015, he presented a major installation work in a two-person exhibition with Matt Calder, Re-locating the Land, at System Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Erika Scott completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) with Honours at the Queensland University of Technology in 2010. Scott was a founding director of the Artist Run Initiative ‘Accidentally Annie St Space’ and currently runs sporadic projects on a rooftop in Red Hill named ‘The Soylent Spot’. She has exhibited in the emerging category of the 2016 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, The Royal Queensland Show’s Pisciculture competition and with Bus Projects in Melbourne. Erika also collaborates with Brooke Ferguson on sound projects, concentrating on writing and performing spoken word.

Residency: 1 – 22 April 2017
Event: No Joke/ End Times: A Listening Party Saturday 22 April 7pm-9pm

Boxcopy was formed in 2007 by seven art school graduates – Joseph Breikers, Channon Goodwin, Anita Holtsclaw, Daniel McKewen, Raymonde Rajkowsky, Marianne Templeton and Tim Woodward, initially operating from the basement (formerly Joe’s studio) of a Queenslander house in New Farm. Now, ten years later, Joe will be taking over the current Boxcopy gallery as his working space over the month of April. Join us at the conclusion of Joe’s residency for the event No Joke/ End Times: A Listening Party on Saturday 22 April, 7pm.

Joseph Breikers completed a Masters in Arts (Research) at the Queensland University of Technology in 2012. He was a recipient of funding under the Arts Queensland Individuals Fund in 2015 and in 2013 was the Queensland recipient of the Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Contemporary Art Award. In 2011 Joseph was awarded an Arts Queensland Career Development grant to undertake a residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland. Key exhibitions and projects include, Eight Embarrased Males (Metro Arts, 2016), Goma Q: Contemporary Queensland Art (QAGOMA, 2015), Fresh Cut 2013: Part 1 (Institute of Modern Art, 2013), Qaphqa (Ryan Renshaw, 2011), Regards, the Pit (Metro Arts, 2011), and Acoustic and Luminous Effects (DB Projects, 2010, curated by Amanda Rowell).

AN ACT OF SHOWING: Rethinking Artist Run Initiatives through Place
17 – 31 May 2017
Testing Grounds
1-23 City Rd, Southbank VIC

Curated by Anabelle Lacroix
A research project directed by Maria Miranda

The Project for Future Alternatives (Part 1) is Boxcopy’s contribution to this exhibition, opening on Wednesday 17th May, 6pm. Set as a material conversation between Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) and Aboriginal Art Centres in Australia and the Asia-Pacific, this project embodies and provokes conversations about place: How does place matter for artists? Why do ARIs exist in specific places? What is the place of practice?


Saturday 29 April 6 – 8pm

Thank you to all of the artists who donate artworks and everyone who came along to support us at the Boxcopy Annual – Decade Edition. The funds raised will go towards supporting our exhibition programs this year.

Artists: Karike Ashworth | Alrey Batol | Louise Bennett | Anastasia Booth | Catherine or Kate | Courtney Coombs | Sam Cranstoun | Kelly Doley | Caitlin Franzmann | Virginia Fraser & Elvis Richardson | Tayla Haggarty | Christopher Handran | Rachael Haynes | Anita Holtsclaw | Daniel McKewen | Archie Moore | Courtney Pedersen | Leena Riethmuller | Rebecca Ross | Erika Scott | David Spooner | David M Thomas |  Elizabeth Willing | Tim Woodward


Boxcopy is proud to announce the launch of All Conference in March 2017 – a national organising network comprised of 14 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) and Trocadero Artspace (VIC).

READ All Conference Media Release

Thank you to our audiences, partners and all of the artists, curators and writers who contributed to our 2016 projects

Peter Anderson | Rachael Archibald | Karike Ashworth | Jenna Baldock | Holly Bates | Alrey Batol | Louise Bennett | Chris Bennie | Zanny Begg | Naomi Blacklock | Anastasia Booth | Joseph Breikers | Catherine or Kate | Enoch Chang | Leo Cheng | Danielle Clej | Courtney Coombs | Sam Cranston | Keg de Souza | Katherine Dionysius | Kelly Doley | Franz Ehmann | Michelle Eskola | Brooke Ferguson | Lucy Forsberg | Pirrin Francis | Caitlin Franzmann | Romii Fulton-Smith | Callum Galletly | Marissa Georgiou | Channon Goodwin | Kinly Grey | Tayla Haggarty | Christopher Handran | Spencer Harvie | Anita Holtsclaw | Chris Howlett | Timothy P Kerr | Zoe Knight | Yongju Kwon | Liang Luscombe | Vuth Lyno | Annie Macindoe | Aishla Manning | Ross Manning | Anne Marsh | Kym Maxwell | Amy-Clare McCarthy | Ruth McConchie | Alex McGovern | Callum McGrath | Daniel McKewen | Llewelyn Millhouse | Archie Moore | Brigid Noone | Naomi O’Reilly | Sarah Poulgrain | Leena Riethmuller | Sarah Rodigari | Rebecca Ross | Erika Scott | Sandra Selig | Nathan Shepherson | Sancintya Simpson | Sikarnt Skoolisariyaporn | Diana Smith | Matthew Sneezby | Dave Spooner | Madeleine Stack | Tyza Stewart | Meagan Streader | Sunghee Lee | Patrick Sutczak | Shannon Tonkin | Jarrod van der Ryken | Chloe Waters | Mark Webb | Sally Williams | Elizabeth Willing | Tim Woodward | Dirk Yates | Patrick Zaia | Danni Zuvela

Image: Future Proof, curated by Katherine Dionysius & Amy-Clare McCarthy, 2016.