art words is a selection of current and archived writings by Louise Martin-Chew, published over the last twenty years or so. The blog follows my interests in contemporary art, but also design, architecture, travel, place and memoir.
I have been a freelance writer since 1992, and write regularly for Art Collector, Art Monthly, Art Guide Australia and other publications. I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland (Creative Writing) developing a biography of Fiona Foley (scheduled for completion September 2018).
I have contributed to books on Fiona Foley (MCA, Sydney and UQAM, Brisbane, 2009), Stephen Hart (Arthouse, 2011) and Robert Brownhall (2012). I co-authored blood language with Judy Watson (Miegunyah Press, 2009). In 2012 I authored a monograph on LINDE IVIMEY, published by UQ Art Museum in conjunction with a survey exhibition of her sculpture, titled If Pain Persists: Linde Ivimey Sculpture 2003-2012). In 2015 I was one of three editors of Courting Blakness: Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University (published by UQ Press, 2015) with Fiona Foley and Fiona Nicoll.
In 2015, I was involved in delivering a public art curatorial consultancy for the Brisbane City Council in a team headed by CREATIVE MOVE on (completed in June). I continue to work with CREATIVE MOVE in a consultancy role as required.
I also regularly facilitate video interviews with artists for public platforms including the State Library of Queensland’s Portrait of an Artist series (supported by James C Sourris AM through the Queensland Library Foundation).
Between 2008 and 2014, with colleague Alison Kubler, we established an art consultancy, called mc/k art. Under this banner we undertook projects, public art, publications, event management, public programs and exhibitions. mc/k art clients included Richards&Spence Architects, James Street Initiative (with the inaugural Art on James, 2 to 9 June 2011), Urban Art Projects and the State Library of Queensland (Modern Times exhibition). Also for the State Library of Queensland we contributed to a symposium and book celebrating the public artwork Fiona Foley contributed to the SLQ building). Other clients have included the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival (2009-2011), BVN Architecture (Lanai), Lend Lease (the RNA development), the Museum of Brisbane (Somewhere in the City: Robert Brownhall), artists (Stephen Hart, Alan James) and commercial galleries. In 2014 mc/k art managed the media campaign for an international touring exhibition of Indigenous Australian art titled Salt Water Country (for the Gold Coast City Gallery/Museums Gallery Services Queensland).
Prior to 1992 I was Managing Editor at Art & Australia journal, Australia’s longest published art journal. Other employers prior to my freelance existence included Art Exhibitions Australia (formerly ICCA) and the Queensland Art Gallery.
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