Courtney Coombs joined the Outer Space team as Manager in July, 2019. Courtney is an artist, educator, writer and facilitator. They have exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions, and written for art journals Art & Australia [Online], Artlink, Art Monthly and Eyeline, as well as for a range of artists' exhibition catalogues. Courtney has extensive experience with artist-run initiatives and collectives as founding Co-Director of No Frills* [2008-2010] and LEVEL [2010-2018]. In addition to their role as Manager at Outer Space, they are employed as a Sessional Academic at Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University. In all aspects of their practice, Courtney is dedicated to challenging and contributing to the discourse surrounding the predominantly white, heteronormative, patriarchal structures that continue to perpetuate inequities in art and society more broadly. As Manager, Courtney will oversee the operation of the galleries, studios and community space, and work closely with the Board to plan for the future of Outer Space.
Peta Bryant is a health economist with an interest in art. Peta previously worked in public and commercial art spaces in Sydney before making a career change into number-crunching and planning for social services. Peta enjoys working out ways to fund things that have complex outputs and varying demand demographics. Peta's role with Outer Space is in contributing to fundraising, strategy development and discussions about how Outer Space can best contribute to Brisbane's community and cultural economy.
Robert Andrew is an artist of mixed heritage, a descendent of the Yawuru people from the Broome area in the Kimberley, Western Australia, as well as of European and Filipino descent. Robert uses practice-led research to investigate denied and forgotten personal and family histories, utilising open-sourced, programmable technologies and machinery to erode, expose substrates, build stories and create residue. These works manifest as visually scraped back and built up palimpsests that reference technology, natural materials and the ‘artefact’. Fusing the old and the new, Robert uses earth pigments, ochres, rocks and soil to build stories of relationship to land and culture and to mine historical, cultural, political and personal events that have been ignored, buried and distanced by the dominant paradigms of our western culture. Robert holds a Doctorate in Visual Arts from Griffith University. Robert won the 40th Alice Prize in 2018 for his work White Wash Over The Burn (2017) and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Natalya Hughes is a Brisbane based artist whose practice is concerned with decorative and ornamental traditions and their associations with the feminine, the body and excess. Recent bodies of work investigate the relationship between Modernist painters and their anonymous women subjects. Hughes was a finalist in both the Sulman Prize at Art Gallery of NSW and the National Works on Paper Prize at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery in 2018, as well as the 2017 Ramsay Art Prize at Art Gallery of South Australia. Her work has been included in institutional exhibitions such as Queensland Art Gallery|Gallery of Modern Art (2019, 2017 and 2012), QUT Art Museum Brisbane (2016), Artspace Sydney (2016), Hazelhurst Regional Gallery (2015), Performance Space (2012), Parliament House Canberra (2014), UQ Art Museum, Brisbane (2010), Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2009) and Tarrawarra Museum of Art, VIC (2006). Hughes completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane in 2001 and a PhD in Art Theory at the College of Fine Art (UNSW) in 2009. She is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane, and currently lectures in Fine Art and Expanded Practice at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane.
Ellie Buttrose is Curator, Contemporary Australian Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia. Where she has contributed to The 6th-9th Asia Pacific Triennials of Contemporary Art (2009-2018); was managing curator for Cindy Sherman (2016) touring to City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand; and curated Work, Work, Work (2019), Limitless Horizon: Vertical Perspective (2017), Harvest (2014), Divided Selves (2014), The Otolith Group (2013) and Sculpture is Everything (with K. Weir, 2012). Ellie curated Material Place: Reconsidering Australian Landscapes (2019), University of New South Wales Galleries, Sydney; was a guest programmer for the 2019 and 2018 Brisbane International Film Festivals; an advisor to the Independent Curators International’s 2018 Curatorial Intensive in partnership with Chulalongkorn University and James H.W. Thompson Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand; and served on the curatorium for Cosmopolis #1: Collective Intelligence (with K. Weir, 2017) at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Sara Laborde joined the Outer Space team in 2019.
Amelia Hine is a postdoctoral research fellow at Queensland University of Technology, and maintains a freelance graphic design practice to complement this work. Applying a critical feminist spatial and geographic lens across her practice, Amelia bridges research, writing and image-making with a specific focus on industrial landscapes of the Anthropocene, explored through the tangible impacts of multispecies worldings and assemblages.
Llewellyn Millhouse is an artist and co-founder of Outer Space. From 2012 to 2013 Llewellyn co-directed artist run space Addition. In 2017 Llewellyn worked as the acting curator for the MetroArts exhibition program. Since 2018 he has been the Exhibitions and Production Manager at the Institute of Modern Art. In 2018 Millhouse completed a Doctorate of Philosophy at the Queensland College of Art.
Hannah Williamson is a curator based in Brisbane. She is currently the curator for Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Art Gallery network, overseeing the exhibitions programs for Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Redcliffe Art Gallery and Pine Rivers Art Gallery. Previously, she was the curator for Bank Art Museum Moree (BAMM). She is passionate about regional arts engagement and in 2018 received an Imagine Award for Engagement from Museums and Galleries NSW for the development and delivery of BAMM’s Artist-in-Residence program. She has a Bachelor of Art History (Hons) from the University of Queensland.
PREVIOUS BOARD MEMBERS
Caity Reynolds (Co-Founder)
Aisyah Prayaihsani Prayono
Outer Space was co-founded in 2016 by Caity Reynolds and Llewellyn Millhouse.
Caity Reynolds is an artist, writer and researcher practicing in Brisbane. Working across painting mediums, small sculpture and text, her work observes unstable spaces of self-portraiture and performed vulnerability while querying the social mythos and philosophical implications associated with failure. Interested in all things defamatory, gross or sad, subject matter includes, but is by no means limited to, mattress stains, stolen soaps and condiments, grazed knees, unwashed towels and buttered bread falling face forward into a years’ worth of foot traffic filth and under cabinet scrapings. From 2016 to 2019 she was the co-director and curator of Outer Space Artist Run Initiative. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Art in 2013 with first class honours and is completing her PhD at the Queensland College of Art. During her candidature, she has lectured and tutored in art theory and studio courses while also overseeing the Fine Art and Photography Honours program as a lecturer in Research Methodologies. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including at, MetroArts, The Brisbane Powerhouse, Crane Arts in Philadelphia and OurHouse in London.