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