Mandy Quadrio and Freja Carmichael
18 July 2019
Join artist Mandy Quadrio and IMA Belltower curator Freja Carmichael in conversation, as they explore Quadrio’s use of culturally significant materials and her personal connection to sea Country.
Quadrio’s The Country Within is the inaugural exhibition of the IMA Belltower, a year-long program dedicated to Queensland art exploring the meaning of place. In this solo exhibition palawa woman Quadrio presents a series of large-scale sculptures using a natural material rich with spiritual and cultural meaning: Tasmanian bull kelp.
All are welcome to join Quadrio and Carmichael for this free talk within the gallery space.
Mandy Quadrio is a Brisbane-based artist working across sculpture, installation, and mixed media. As a proud palawa woman with strong connections to her ancestral countries of the Coastal Plains Nation and the Oyster Bay Nation of North-East and Eastern Tasmania, her art practice brings forward First Nations histories and self-representation. Quadrio is currently a Doctorate candidate at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
In 2018 she held her first solo exhibition, Speaking beyond the Vitrine at Metro Arts, Brisbane. Recent group shows include: Unleashed, Artisan, Brisbane (2018); Around and within, Space Gallery, Sydney (2018); Hatched National Graduate Show, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth (2018); and Maiwar, Brisbane City Council, Brisbane (2018).
Freja Carmichael is a Ngugi woman belonging to the Quandamooka People of Moreton Bay. She is a curator working broadly across the cultural sector with artists and communities on exhibition projects. Her past projects have focussed on the preservation and promotion of First Nations fibre art and collaborative curatorial approaches. Carmichael recently curated Around and within, Space Gallery, Sydney (2018), and was a co-curator of The Commute, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2018). In 2014, she received an Australia Council for the Arts emerging curatorial fellowship and the 2016 National Gallery of Australia International Indigenous Arts fellowship. In 2017, she was awarded the inaugural Macquarie Group First Nations emerging curator award. Freja is also undertaking curatorial projects with Redland Art Gallery, The University of Queensland Art Museum, and is a member of Blaklash Collective.