Emerging Artist Program
EMERGING ARTIST PROGRAM WITH KINGS ARI
In 2012, Level in partnership with Kings ARI selected an emerging Brisbane-based artist to participate in an interstate residency and exhibition held at Kings ARI, Melbourne. Other artist run initiative participants were, Kings (Melbourne), FELTSpace (Adelaide) and First Draft (Sydney).
CONGRATULATIONS TO LEVEL’S SELECTED ARTIST FOR THIS PROGRAM – MEGAN COPE
Megan’s Artist Statement
Toponomy and places names are an important aspect of culture and identity as they provide a location where history, events, landscapes and people remembered, celebrated and most importantly continued.
Toponyms are always indicative of the dominant culture, These works seek to challenge construct of time, place and social fabric that was formulated with the arrival of European settlers. The result manifests in a dual history and quest to decolonise our surrounding environments.
Works by Megan Cope have been presented in Australia and abroad, including in the ARC Biennial in Brisbane, the Koori Heritage Trust in Melbourne, and Wellington City Gallery in New Zealand. Her work was also recently exhibited in ‘Lie of the Land: New Australian Landscapes’ (2012) at the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC, USA, curated by Alex Taylor (Terra Foundation of American Art Predoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum). In 2008, Cope was highly recommended for the Gold Coast Indigenous Art and Design Award. She has also been selected as a finalist for the Clayton Utz Travelling Scholarship (2009), Sunshine Coast Art prize (2009), and the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize (2011).
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.