Stayed tuned for our 2020 Professional Development Series - currently under development! 

2019 Professional Development Series


28 September, 2019

With over 15 years experience and having created some of Australia largest public artworks, local artist Dan Templeman shared his learning to encourage more artists to step out of the confines of the gallery and into public space.


Dan Templeman has worked predominately in Public Art since 2004, with over 15 large-scale commissions that stretch from Perth to Melbourne to North Queensland, and recently into China. He has had the good fortune of working with some of Australia’s leading design teams, construction companies, fabricators, curators and consultants, including: Hassell Architecture, Cox Architecture, Creative Move, Brecknock Consulting, Creative Road, Urban Art Projects and most recently Cultural Capital on the WestConnex project.


Dan completed a Doctorate in Visual Arts with the Queensland College of Art in 2013 and has exhibited both Nationally and Internationally. He was the recipient of an Australian Post–Graduate Scholarship and was awarded the Queensland Art Gallery’s Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship in 1997. Dan was award an Art Omi International Residency to up-state New York in 2008 and a Crane Arts Residency in 2013.


7 September, 2019

Our resident exhibition photographer, Charlie Hillhouse, led the hands-on 'Documenting your Work' workshop. Artists were encouraged to bring along their current photographic equipment, as well as portable work to photograph. 

Charlie Hillhouse is an Australian photographer and passionate advocate of DIY publishing. He established Small House Books in 2010 and Romantic Press in 2014, and has produced limited edition publications and printed material showcasing the work of image based artists. Working primarily in photography Hillhouse’s own practice blends a snapshot mentality with abstraction produced through a combination of printing techniques and image manipulation. Focusing on the banal, this mixed methods approach to image production prioritises form and aesthetic composition within everyday experiences. Recently expanding into video production and text installation, Hillhouse has widened the potential for these moments to augment conventional understanding of photographic practices in art.


25 August, 2019


Being an artist or facilitator requires more than creative skills. This day of administrative workshops was facilitated by Outer Space Management Committee extraordinaires, Katherine Dionysius, Amy-Clare McCarthy and Sara Laborde.

10-11 Preparing Artist CVs and Exhibition Proposals with Katherine Dionysius
11:30-1:00 How to get that grant with Amy-Clare McCarthy
1:30-3:00 Basic Accounting (it's tax time!) with Sara Laborde

Katherine Dionysius is a curator, writer and editor, who currently works as Assistant Curator at QUT Art Museum. From 2013 to 2018, she coordinated projects for 89plus, an international, curatorial research project co-curated by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist. Katherine serves on the board at Outer Space, and she previously co-directed the art collective, Current Projects.

Amy-Clare McCarthy is a curator, she is currently Gallery Manager at Milani Gallery. Previously she was the Exhibition Curator at Metro Arts, and served as the inaugural chair of the board of Outer Space. As an individual and while working for institutions and artists, Amy-Clare has written successful grants for Brisbane City Council, Arts Queensland, Queensland government and the Australia Council. She has also been a peer assessor for the Australia Council. She looks forward to sharing grant writing pointers.

Sara Laborde joined the Outer Space team as treasurer in early 2019.


21 June, 2019

Anna McMahon spoke in depth about her experience with mentorship as an artist. McMahon completed a mentorship with French artist Camille Henrot during her Carte Blanche exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in late 2017. Anna also discussed the international residencies she has participated in and the impact that having a mentor has had on her practice.


14 April, 2019

Former Outer Space studio artist, Courtney Coombs, unpacked their strategies to guide artists in getting the most out of self-directed residencies. This discussion was suited to artists of all levels seeking to undertake residencies locally and internationally. Courtney covered some of the ways they have undertaken residencies; reviewing the process of applying, seeking funding and what to do if you aren’t successful, realising new work in new places and how to keep the momentum from the residency going once you come home. This discussion delved into finding the best residency for your practice, preparing to travel, getting the most out of your studio and the benefits of exhibiting afterwards.

Courtney Coombs makes art, writes, facilitates and collaborates to try to make sense of the world and their place in it. Their practice responds to the cis-heteronormative, patriarchal structures of both the art world and society more broadly using strategies such as subjective voice, personal narrative, humour and metaphor. Courtney is suspicious of the allure of expensive, shiny, impressive and/or ‘finished’ things and as such uses personal vulnerability, collaboration, intimacy, everyday items and gesture to explore human connection and/or disconnection. Courtney is also a founding Co-Director of the artist-run initiatives and collectives, No Frills* (2008-2010) and LEVEL (2010-2018). They graduated from QUT in 2008 with First Class Honours and in 2015 was awarded a PhD (practice-based research) in Visual Art from the same institution. Courtney has recently returned from overseas where they engaged in an Australia Council supported project that included two self-directed residencies (Averill Park, New York and Mexico City, Mexico) and as a research trip that took them throughout the central west of the United States of America visiting iconic Land Art pieces. They have participated in other short-term residencies in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Cadiz and Los Angeles, and has recently been included in the Australia Council Helsinki International Artist Programme for 2020.

Outer Space acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land where this project takes place, Meanjin, and pays respect to Elders - past, present and emerging. 

Outer Space  is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Outer Space is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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