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Behind the Art

Behind the Art

By Rockhampton Museum of Art
The Rockhampton Museum of Art takes you ‘behind the art’ in their in-depth conversations with artists and art professionals of high acclaim. In these engaging monthly episodes, discover enlivening insights about artists’ practise, community initiatives and the art world itself.
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Kim Withers in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
Join us as we explore over the next half hour the career of Kim Withers, Rockhampton Museum of Art Business and Development Supervisor. Bianca Acimovic, Rockhampton Museum of Art Director speaks with Kim Withers about how the coming together of her creative practice and career has laid a path for her recent appointment to the role of Rockhampton Museum of Art Business and Development Supervisor in the later part of 2020. Kim brings together her extensive experience in budgeting, financial management and strategic financial planning and more recent experience of gallery operations management, visitor engagement and retail management.  For Kim this position is the perfect alignment of her business career and creative practice.  It provides a platform to build a legacy and make a real contribution to the Community where she has grown up. Kim aims to use her skills to be the business person for the creatives and artists and provide them with opportunities to earn a sustainable living from their arts practice.
29:14
February 7, 2021
Merilyn Luck OAM in conversation with Bianca Acimovic- Behind the Art
Join us as we delve in to the history of Rockhampton Art Gallery, through the life and memories of Merilyn Luck, the longest serving trustee for Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust. Bianca Acimovic, Rockhampton Museum of Art Director speaks with Merilyn Luck OAM. Merilyn Luck (nee Beak) has made an outstanding contribution to her local community of Rockhampton through her involvement and support of the Arts, the Anglican Church, Central Queensland University and both Grammar Schools. Merilyn’s involvement with the Rockhampton Art Gallery began in the late 1970s when she was one of the inaugural donors to establish an art collection. Her enthusiastic efforts have contributed to the institution now having one of regional Queensland’s most significant and valuable art collections, home to work by significant Australian artists. Merilyn became a Trustee of the Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust in 1994 and was appointed Chair in 2007 before retiring in 2016.
31:32
January 31, 2021
Kaitlyn Sorensen in conversation with Tess Maunder - Behind the Art
Tess Maunder, Rockhampton Museum of Art Curator speaks with Kaitlyn Sorensen, Rockhampton Museum of Art Business Administration Trainee - Exhibitions. Growing up in Central Queensland, Kaitlyn has always had a strong interest in the creative hobbies that CQ had to offer. Performing in both Theatre and Dance, she has never been shy of performing, and has set foot on the Pilbeam and Walter Reid stages many times. As she has matured in age she took a different root in her hobbies, and now volunteers her time as a Princess and Superhero to help raise money, awareness and the spirits of sick and disabled children in the CQ area. Kaitlyn holds a Bachelor of Digital Media Majoring in Graphic Design, Marketing and Minor in Journalism. She also completed a Diploma of Professional Styling. She looks forward to using these skills further whilst moving forward as a trainee with the Rockhampton Museum of Art.
31:37
January 24, 2021
Tess Maunder in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
Join us as we explore over the next half hour the curatorial practice of Tess Maunder, Rockhampton Museum of Art Curator. Bianca Acimovic, Rockhampton Museum of Art Director, chats with Tess Maunder about Tess’ curatorial practice, and her recent shift from Melbourne to Rockhampton to take up the role of Curator with Rockhampton Museum of Art. Tess comes to the role with over ten years’ experience in the cultural sector with a focus on programming contemporary visual art practice. The conversation explores Tess’ professional practice to date including her projects throughout the Asia-Pacific region where she has championed projects, relationships, and strategic plans between Australia and the US, China, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
25:50
January 23, 2021
Jon Cattapan in conversation with Tess Maunder - Behind the Art
Join us as we delve in to the themes and practice of Jon Cattapan, and discuss his ongoing connection to Rockhampton Museum of Art; and how the themes in his 2016 Gold Award winning work Raft City No. 4 (surveillance version) still continue to inform his practice today. Tess Maunder, Rockhampton Museum of Art Curator speaks with Melbourne based artist Jon Cattapan. Jon Cattapan is widely regarded and respected senior Australian artist and educator who works primarily in the space of painting, but has also expanded to film and photography. He has been graced with a wide range of career achievements to date including when in 2008 he took up a commission through the Australian War Memorial to become Australia’s 63rd Official war artist and was through this process deployed to Timor Leste. In 2013 Cattapan was the recipient of the Bulgari Art Award; and in 2016 was awarded the Rockhampton Art Gallery Gold Prize, the awarded painting was Raft City No. 4 (surveillance version); to which we will discuss further today.
47:16
January 10, 2021
Karen Stephens in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
Join us for the next half an hour as we delve in to the practice of Karen Stephens, and how she sustains a professional arts practice in Remote Australia. Bianca Acimovic, Rockhampton Museum of Art Director, chats with artist, Karen Stephens about being an artist and sustaining an arts practice in remote Australia. Karen is an Australian born artist based in far remote Queensland. Working predominately in the field of Australian landscape painting, her immersion in the environment informs a sustained investigation of the outback landscape, and she uses its inner regions as fertile ground to explore the personal as the universal.
30:17
January 3, 2021
Tracey Heathwood in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
Join us for the next half an hour as we explore what is the role of regional galleries, what do they do for regional communities, and why are they important to so many. Bianca Acimovic, Rockhampton Museum of Art Director, chats with Tracey Heathwood, Director of Artspace Mackay, about regional Art Galleries and their role and contribution to the cultural fabric of Australia.  In this conversation, we also get an insight into what has led Tracey to the position of Director with Artspace Mackay.
31:00
December 27, 2020
Shelley Pisani in conversation with Kim Withers - Behind the Art
Join us for the next 20 minutes as we explore CQ Shopfront, a program for Central Queensland artists and makers to build sustainable business models and develop commercially viable products in the years of 2020 and 2021.  Like all that was set to occur in 2020, CQ Shopfront had to pivot to online as social distancing requirement came in to play, forcing the closure of all cultural facilities in Australia. Kim Withers, Business and Development Supervisor at Rockhampton Museum of Art, catches up with Shelley Pisani, owner and Creative Producer of The Ideas Distiller and the CQ Shopfront project. Hear Shelley talk about her latest project, how COVID19 disrupted the CQ Shopfront and what is next for the Ideas Distillery.
17:21
December 20, 2020
Jacob McQuire in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
Join us as we explore with Jacob McQuire over the next half hour, for a discussion on recording who we are and what we know now, so that the past is never lost. Bianca Acimovic, Rockhampton Museum of Art Director, chats with First Nations artist and artworker Jacob McQuire.  The conversation explores Jacob’s journey as a young first nation’s man, and his skills and interest to recording oral histories to preserve cultural stories.
27:33
December 12, 2020
Michelle Black in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
Join us for the next half an hour as we delve into the practice of Michelle Black, and how she connects her skills as a printmaker, graphic artist and urban designer, to result in successful collaborative projects that speak about people and place. Bianca Acimovic, Rockhampton Museum of Art Director, chats with artist Michelle Black about her practice as a fine artist. Printmaker, commercial artist – graphic artist and urban designer. In our conversation with Michelle, we delve into ideas of the contribution that artists have to a broader understanding and interpretation of the world around us.
28:25
December 6, 2020
Nickeema Williams in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
Join us as we explore knowing our history, and investing in young people to navigate our future with Nickeema Williams over the next half hour. Bianca Acimovic, Rockhampton Museum of Art Director chats with First Nations artist and artworker Nickeema Williams about living with art in your blood, and being born in to a culture where there is no separation between life and art.  The conversation explores our present world position, and the need to invest in young people to make an impact and to foster change. Working with young people to support them to make their future, Nickeema highlights how art can be a powerful tool of investment.
34:53
November 15, 2020
Julie Barratt in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
Join us over the next half hour as we explore access inclusion to cultural content and cultural facilities, and question how to be an advocate to ensure the arts are inclusive, welcoming and safe spaces for all. Bianca Acimovic, Rockhampton Museum of Art Director chats with artist and arts worker Julie Barratt. They explore ideas and ideas of access, from physical to geographical.  They ask the big questions around inclusion and what diversity really looks like, and how and how to drive this in art creation and presentation.
36:00
November 8, 2020
Christine Ianna & Lisa Jones in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
Join us over the next half hour as we explore collections, how, why and who forms them. And once they are formed how to present and preserve collections for current and future generations. Bianca Acimovic, Rockhampton Museum of Art Director talks all things Preventive Conservation and Disaster Preparedness with Christine Ianna, Conservator and Museum Consultant and all things Collection Management with Museum Curator and Consultant Lisa Jones.  Christine and Lisa both have many years of working with collections and specifically preserving and presenting collections. Today they share knowledge and experiences of working with collections throughout Queensland.
36:30
November 1, 2020
Anitha Menon in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
Join us as we explore the practice of Anitha Menon, and ideas of isolation, culture, domesticity, and the status of ‘the homemaker’; their voice and social status interpreted through still-life objects, over the next half hour. Bianca Acimovic, Rockhampton Museum of Art Director,  chats with artist Anitha Menon. This conversation that draws out lived experiences of migration, over three continents, and Anitha’s experience of English as her second language changing her career path.  In a story of migration and making Anitha speaks to how this experience has dually fostered and still informs arts practice today.
32:57
October 25, 2020
Jayne Cho in conversation with Amy Johnston - Behind the Art
Jayne is a family photographer living and working regionally, travelling as required wherever her photography practice takes her. Jayne takes photos of people and nature - particularly people experiencing nature. Amy Johnston, Rockhampton Museum of Art Curatorial Programs Officer, chats with photographer Jayne Cho about making the leap from photographic practitioner to arts education, as Jayne took on the role of artist educator with Rockhampton Art Gallery in 2019.  The conversation explores what this leap way like for Jayne, and how the prepared and made this successful career move. Jayne speaks to her passion for documenting people and places, and how this has taken her and her young family to South Korea. With international travel not a possibility in 2020, Jayne tells of some of her create endeavours that are keeping both her and her family engaging with photography in this changing time.
21:03
October 18, 2020
Janice Labbett in conversation with Kim Withers - Behind the Art
Join us for half an hour as we explore why Janice decided to volunteer at Rockhampton Museum of Art, what keeps her coming back, and the pathways for further education and opportunities volunteering has led to. Kim Withers, Senior Administration  Officer at Rockhampton Museum of Art, chats with Janice Labbett, one of Rockhampton Museum of Art’s valuable volunteers about her experience.
37:02
October 11, 2020
Lexi Maller in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
Join us as we explore What is a conservator, How do you become a conservator, and What is conservation with Lexi Maller over the next half hour. Bianca Acimovic, Rockhampton Museum of Art Director chats with Lexi Maller, Collections Officer with Rockhampton Museum of Art and they speak about the visual arts collection, and unpack what a conservator is. The conversation speaks about where art meets science and about the conservator and the acts of conservation, highlighting some conservation projects as Rockhampton Museum of Art prepares for a 100% collection relocation.
33:47
October 4, 2020
Keemon Williams in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
Join us as we delved in to life after art school and making it as an artist without the safety net of a university through the practice of Keemon Williams over the next half hour. Rockhampton Museum of Art Director chats with artist Keemon Williams about all things art school.  Keemon takes us through his journey, from applying the university of his choice, to his arts practice at the end of his study. He speaks to how his time at art school has shaped his practice and thinking, and who and what has been pivotal at this time.  The conversation considers where to next, the ultimate question at the end of study.
28:59
September 27, 2020
Paige Hennessey in conversation with Amy Johnston - Behind the Art
Rockhampton Museum of Art Curatorial Programs Officer chats with Paige Hennessey about teaching the arts and the next generation of artists and arts works.  Paige is a Visual Arts Teacher and in this conversation we look at her career, and how living by the mantra of still learning and a driven advocate for arts education now sees Paige supporting the arts learning of students at North Rockhampton High School.  The conversation explores learning opportunities for teachers and students, through placements, residencies and early career employment, and brings to light the value of investing in the knowledge of teacher for the learning benefit of future generations.
30:23
September 20, 2020
Elysha Rei in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
In our latest edition of Behind the Art, we chat with Elysha Rei, Public Programs Officer with the Queensland State Archives. We explore Elysha Rei’s arts practice, and how her lived experiences as a Japanese-Australian artist prevails in her arts practice through works on paper as paper cuttings, public murals and installations. The conversation highlighting how nothing happens in isolation, as Elysha’s explorations of historical narrative through symbolism and examining identity through cultural motif reflects back to the records and holdings of collecting institutions like Queensland State Archives.
27:38
September 13, 2020
Erin Dunne in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
In our latest edition of Behind the Art, we chat to local visual artist, Erin Dunne about her life as an artist, and the expectations versus reality throughout 2020 and what that has meant being a regional artist. We also get further insight into Erin’s standout solo exhibition, ‘House’ that has been a pivotal moment in Erin’s career. Paying homage to the spaces that served as cherished moments in Erin’s life, ‘House’ encapsulates a lot of what Erin aims to achieve through her practice. As well as a practising visual artist, Erin is also an arts educator living and working in Central Queensland.
32:57
August 16, 2020
Noel Brady in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
In this week’s episode of Behind the Art, we chat with an artist with quite an eclectic practise. Noel Brady practices as a sculptor, bricoleur, ceramicist and designer, and has also spent many years as an arts educator. With this wealth of experience, we hear how art has and continues to shape Noel’s life.
27:57
August 9, 2020
Gail Meyer in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
We venture behind the art as we hear from artist Gail Meyer in our next podcast episode. Fascinated by colour from an early age growing up surrounded by the Australian bush, Gail’s love of the natural world is expressed in her arts practice, finding “beauty and happiness in colour”. Experimenting in various other media such as sculpting, ink sketching, painting and collage, Gail lets us in on her inspiration and the beauty of artistic freedom.
35:44
August 2, 2020
Brendon Tohill in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
We get a glimpse into the mind of a sculptor, as Brendon Tohill breaks down the nitty gritty details of bronze casting in this week’s episode of Behind the Art. We hear about the exciting process of how raw, unformed materials can be created into magnificent works of art completely transformed. Get your art fix and listen now.
30:06
July 26, 2020
Dr Leonie Gray in conversation with Veronika Zeil - Behind the Art
In an inspired talk with art enthusiast Leonie Gray and full-time artist Veronika Zeil, we hear about the vitality of art in society, the ‘circle of life’ from owning art to gifting to charity and further propelling the success of the Arts in a community. We also get a further glimpse into Leonie Gray’s personal art collection and how it inspires her. Join us as we venture behind the art.
30:08
July 19, 2020
Nora Hanasy in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
In today’s podcast episode we chat with assemblage artist, Nora Hanasy, and get an insight to the way her creative practice is informed by life experiences and cultural heritage. We also learn of the "organised chaos" aesthetic of Nora's studio, and the way she comes about finding the objects that form the subjects of her sculptures. Nora has a Bachelor of Education, majoring in Visual Art and has been an arts educator for the past 17 years.
28:16
July 12, 2020
Belynda (Bindi) Waugh in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
With her recent near-sellout solo exhibition, we chat with Belynda (Bindi) Waugh all about her inspiration for this most recent body of work and the dialogue that surrounds it, as well as the perspectives that inform her practice as a whole. As an enthusiastic bricoleur of sorts (a lover of making things), we learn of the joy that Bindi brings to the art she creates. Bindi is a visual artist who lives and works in Yarwun, practicing in sculpture, pottery, poetry and painting.
23:46
July 5, 2020
Nellie Lovegrove in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
Join us in our latest podcast edition as we delve ‘Behind the Art’ with mixed-media artist Nellie Lovegrove. Known for her beautiful murals, installations and printmaking, Nellie gives us the inside scoop on new projects, studio life and all about her life in Iran and the big move to Australia.
29:54
June 28, 2020
Amber Countryman in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
We got to sit down with artist, Amber Countryman, for a candid conversation about the role of art in her world and how major life changes can affect the creative process in poignant ways, and also act as a method of healing. Amber Countryman is a Rockhampton-based artist who practices in a variety of art forms such as painting, sculpture and installations.
29:28
June 14, 2020
Emma Ward in conversation with Bianca Acimovic - Behind the Art
We get up close and personal with artist Emma Ward in this candid, intimate chat that explores Emma’s creative practices, what life has been like as an artist and mother during isolation, and more. Emma Ward is a mixed-media artist who lives and works in the Rockhampton region, with a predominant focus on exploring femininity and the human condition. Make yourself a cup of tea, get cosy and tune in.
34:40
May 28, 2020
Professor John Rolfe discusses how art galleries shape our cultural and economic DNA
With the advancement of the online world, many subcultures have become a dying breed. Are art galleries the same? In this episode we delve into a cultural discussion with Regional Economic Development Professor John Rolfe who explains just how important art galleries are, especially in this day and age. Professor John Rolfe delves into the cultural economics of art galleries and how these internal didactics contribute to society as a whole on a conscious and subconscious level. We hear about how the presentation of art is synonymous with the development of humanity, and with its rich history of storytelling, to forming new schools of thought in political and religious tendencies we find out how art really is a part of our DNA.
16:47
May 6, 2020
Peta Lloyd discusses the alchemy of found object assemblage art
It’s storytelling with a twist - Peta Lloyd’s art features collections of discarded items, combined to create assemblage art that now tells new and old stories, putting a beautiful new take on the phrase “one man’s trash is another’s treasure”. In this episode we hear all about Peta’s exciting creative processes and the mediums she uses. As a self-confessed bricoleur (one who creates from a diverse range of available things), Peta Lloyd’s work has inspired others to take on a similar craft of exploration and discovery. Originally from Mildura, Victoria, Peta is now a Central Queensland local who has exhibited widely around the state and the country.
25:03
April 22, 2020
Henri Van Noordenburg discusses the new home for QLD's Centre of Photography Collection - Behind the Art
In this episode Henri Van Noordenburg gives us an in-depth look at the works that formed the heart of the Queensland Centre of Photography in Brisbane. As part of the Rockhampton Art Gallery’s exhibition ‘Exposed’, we finally get an insider’s look into the collection that hasn’t been viewed since 2014. With a Masters in Photography and Theatre, Henri Van Noordenburg is a highly-skilled visual arts educator, coordinator and former Board Member at the QCP. Henri currently works at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art and is a practising artist.
37:41
April 9, 2020
Alison Guthrie discusses the transportation and preservation of Fine Art - Behind the Art
Curious about how fine art makes its way to be seen in its splendour under the lights upon gallery walls? In episode two, we discuss the nitty gritty of fine art handling and transportation. IAS Business Development Manager, Alison Guthrie, takes us through the processes and logistics of handling some of the most precious works. With over two decades of experience in the industry, Alison sheds light on a hidden, behind-the-scenes side of the art world.
41:34
April 9, 2020