Boxcopy is an artist-run organisation dedicated to creating a platform for the experimental and innovative practices of Australian artists. We support artists to develop and present new works in a critical context, through our program of exhibitions, events, publications and discussions.
Boxcopy presents a curated program of exhibitions by early career and more established artists, who work across diverse media including moving image, sound, performance and installation. As an artist-run initiative we embrace experimentation, collaborative processes and a d.i.y. approach to contemporary art practice.
Celebrating our ten year anniversary in 2017, Boxcopy is one of the longest running artist run spaces in Brisbane. Boxcopy was founded as a collaborative project by seven art school graduates in 2007, initially operating from the basement of a Queenslander house in New Farm. In 2008 Boxcopy was selected as the inaugural ARI-in-Residence at Metro Arts. The gallery was established in the historical Watson Brothers Building in Brisbane’s CBD in 2009 until relocating to the Normanby Fiveways, on Petrie Terrace in 2013.
From 2007 – 2011 Boxcopy was run by a team of co-directors – Anastasia Booth, Joseph Breikers, Channon Goodwin, Anita Holtsclaw, Timothy Kerr, Daniel McKewen, Raymonda Rajkowski, Marianne Templeton and Tim Woodward – who also presented a number of collaborative projects.
In 2012 Boxcopy became a not-for-profit organization run by a small volunteer gallery staff led by Gallery Director Rachael Haynes for seven years, and supported by an advisory board. Moving forward into 2019, a new structure and a team of five co-directors will be managing the gallery – Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer, Naomi Blacklock, Jessica Carmody, Hilary Thurlow and Emily Wakeling.
Alongside commissioning new works for solo exhibitions by Australian artists, Boxcopy has presented a number of exhibition projects and exchanges. In 2010 Boxcopy took part in Structural Integrity a project involving 11 Australian and international ARI’s as part of the Next Wave Festival, Melbourne. Extending from this, Boxcopy traveled to Singapore in 2011 with the support of Asialink to work with Post-Museum for the project Invisible Structures: Australian artist collectives in Tokyo, Singapore and Yogykarta.
Boxcopy has presented exhibition projects with partners including Seventh Gallery (Melbourne), Screen Space (Melbourne), FELTspace (Adelaide), Enjoy Public Art Gallery (Wellington, NZ), Sa Sa Art Projects (Phnom Penh), Videotage (Hong Kong) and Art Space Pool (Seoul) as well as with QUT Art Museum, Griffith University Art Gallery, The Block Creative Industries Precinct QUT and the Museum of Brisbane.
In 2014 Boxcopy was selected to take part in the Melbourne Art Foundation Project Rooms. Boxcopy has participated in national and international ARI exhibitions and projects including videoARI (2015) at Screen Space, Melbourne as part of Channels: The Australian Video Art Festival and An Act of Showing: Rethinking Artist Run Initiatives Through Place (2017).
Boxcopy is a member of All Conference – a national organising network comprised of 15 artist-led, experimental and cross-disciplinary arts organizations. 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. www.allconference.org.au
Boxcopy Co-director Team
In 2018 Boxcopy welcomed 5 new Co-directors – Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer – Naomi Blacklock – Jessica Carmody – Hilary Thurlow – Emily Wakeling
Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer is an artist and independent curator whose practice is concerned with the digital conditions of contemporary life. His art practice explores photography, video games and the visual culture that surrounds them. He has exhibited in a number of artist-run spaces including First Draft (Sydney), Kudos Gallery (Sydney) and Bus Projects (Melbourne) and received an Artstart Grant (2015) from the Australian Council for the Arts. His collaborative curatorial projects (with Finn Marchant) were presented at Kudos Gallery (2017), and Alaska Projects (2015), Sydney. Nicholas graduated with Honours from a Bachelor of Design in Photography and Situated Media at UTS in 2014 and in 2018 is completing a Masters of Fine Art (Research) at UNSW Art and Design. Nicholas’ professional experience includes working as a Communications Assistant (Artspace, Sydney), Photographer and Graphic Designer (Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney) and as a Freelance Photographer/ Designer (2011-2018). From 2015 – 2018 Nicholas was a sessional lecturer and tutor in photography at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Naomi Blacklock is an Anglo-Indian artist based in Brisbane, Australia who works primarily with sound installation, text works and performance. Her artworks involve an exploration and examination of mythologies regarding the witch archetype and harmful histories of gender and cultural identity. Naomi has exhibited her work nationally including projects at Bus Projects (Melbourne), Seventh Gallery (Melbourne), Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane), Metro Arts (Brisbane), The Walls Art Space (Gold Coast), First Draft (Sydney) and also at Ildiko Butler Gallery (New York). She was shortlisted for the Jeremy Hynes Award (2017) and received the NAVA Ignition Award for Professional Practice (2015). Naomi is currently completing her PhD with the support of an Australian Postgraduate Award at QUT, where she also teaches as a Sessional Academic in Art History and in the Open Studio program. She has also worked for 5 years as an Art Education Coordinator at the YMCA including running art history events at schools. Naomi was a founding member of the Clutch Collective artist-run initiative, presenting exhibitions using a three-ton truck as a gallery.
Jessica Carmody is an emerging artist based in Brisbane, Australia. Her visual arts practice is concerned with the importance of memory and the paradox of performing intimacy through re-construction and re-enactment in sculpture and performance works. Jessica was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) with Distinction in 2017 and she is currently undertaking a Master of Philosophy (Creative Practice) at the Queensland University of Technology. In 2018 Jessica was the Gallery Assistant at Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space. This role included managing the gallery and assisting with events, exhibitions and research projects. She is currently undertaking an Internship at Eyeline Publishing and was also part of the Graduate Exhibition Management Committee at QUT in 2017.
Hilary Thurlow is an emerging writer and curator based in Brisbane, Australia. Hilary completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Art History at UQ in 2017 and is currently completing her Honours dissertation titled ‘Queering the Archive: New Approaches to Feminist Historiography in the work of Dale Harding and Barbara Cleveland’ at the same institution. This research seeks to understand how non-confirmative archives in contemporary arts practice shape feminist modes of historiography. Her professional experience includes working as a Front-of-House Attendant, and Digital Communications Assistant and volunteer at UQ Art Museum, as a volunteer at Griffith Artworks (Griffith University), and a volunteer at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Hilary was also a Board Member of the student organization, the Society of Fine Arts (SoFA), UQ. In 2018 Hilary completed the Goldsmiths (University of London) Curatorial Summer School program, ’Curating the Contemporary’ held at the British School in Rome.
Emily Wakeling is a writer and curator who has broad experience in the arts industry including in Japan and the UK. Emily completed a Master of Philosophy in Art History at UQ in 2010 and is currently undertaking a PhD focused on curatorial studies at QUT with the support of an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. In 2018 she has been contracted as an Assistant Curator, Asian and Pacific Art, at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, working on the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. Emily lived and worked for several years in Tokyo, as an editor for Tokyo Art Beat and as an adjunct lecturer at Joshibi University of Art & Design and Kanagawa University. Emily’s curatorial projects include the upcoming “All We Can Do is Pray” at Boxcopy (2019); “Come Close: Japanese Artists within their Communities” Bus Projects, Melbourne (2015) and solo exhibitions by Archie Moore at Higure 17-15 CAS, Tokyo and Courtney Coombs at Rojitohito Gallery, Tokyo (2012). Her writing on art has been included in numerous art journals including Eyeline Contemporary Visual Arts, Art Monthly Australasia, ArtAsiaPacific and ArtReview Asia.