NICHOLAS ALOISIO-SHEARER | Gallery Co-Director
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 an 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 | Gallery Co-Director
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 | Gallery Co-Director
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 | Gallery Co-Director
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.
Shannon Brett is a descendant of the Wakka Wakka, Badtjala and Gurang Gurang clans of southern Queensland. Brett is an interdisciplinary artist who creates and designs artworks indicative of their experiences as an Aboriginal person living and surviving in modern, urban Australian society. Technically trained in fashion design, graphic & web design, music production, animation, theatre and film, Brett also holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art; Fine Art & Photography via the Queensland College of Art – Griffith University. Brett also works as an independent art curator, writer and arts manager, motivated by art that operates at the juncture of cultural politics and visual practice. Additional to being the Corporate Affairs Manager at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts and the Curatorial Officer at the Griffith University Art Museum, Brett maintains their position on the Editorial Board for Garland Magazine and is a current member of the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre Advisory Panel.
REBECCA CASON | Treasurer
Rebecca Cason has worked in the arts for over 15 years in a range of roles focusing on arts management and publishing. She is currently the Business Manager for Eyeline Publishing which publishes Eyeline Contemporary Visual Arts magazine. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Queensland and a Master of Creative Industries in Arts Management and Creative Enterprise from the Queensland University of Technology.
Daniel McKewen is a Brisbane-based artist whose practice investigates the intersections of contemporary art, popular culture, economics, politics, and screen-based mass media. In 2013 Daniel was awarded his Doctorate of Philosophy from Queensland University of Technology. His artwork is held in private collections and has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 2006, including in NEW14 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and You Imagine What You Desire at the 19th Biennale of Sydney. Daniel is currently a Lecturer in Media Arts at QUT and is a founding member of Boxcopy.
TIM WALSH | Chair
Tim Walsh graduated with Honours in Art History from the University of Queensland in 2008 and is currently undertaking post graduate study at the same institution. Tim was assistant to the Curator (Children’s Art Centre) at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (QAGOMA) from 2008-2011, Communications and Development Officer at Camden Arts Centre, London from 2012-2013 and was the Gallery Manager, Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2013-2017). Tim also maintains an independent practice as an art, design and architecture critic and writer, contributing to various print and online publications including ArtAsiaPacific, Eyeline, Dassuperpaper, Artlines and Artlink.
Boxcopy Gallery Director (2012 – 2018): Rachael Haynes
Volunteers: Torin Francis | Billie Rose Bailey
Image: The Holy Trinity THT; It’s Dynamite, 2012. Performance event at Boxcopy.