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.
Rob Hughes is Assistant Curator, Australian Cinémathèque, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and Programmer, Brisbane International Film Festival. Rob has curated the cinema programs 'The Noise of Waters' (2020), 'Paul Schrader: God's Lonely Man' (2019), 'The Innocent and the Damned: The Films of Luchino Visconti' (2019), 'Contemporary Mellow Dramas (The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art)' (2018-19), and 'Two Minutes to Midnight: Nuclear Cinema' (2018).
Holly Hart is a CPA qualified accountant, who has a life-long interest in art and design. Holly initially pursued the creative arts industry before shifting her focus to financial and management accounting. Holly has experience working in the textiles and garment manufacturing industries, as well as experience in the not-for-profit sector for a performing arts organisation. Holly has a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from Queensland University of Technology and an Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design and Production from Metropolitan South Institute of Tafe (MSIT).
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.
Libby Davis is passionate about fostering creative partnerships and community engagement. Currently Libby is working on partnerships and philanthropy for the upcoming iteration of the World Science Festival Brisbane, hosted by the Queensland Museum. Prior to her work with the Museum, she worked in the Development team at Carriageworks, a contemporary multi-arts centre in Sydney, where she managed the corporate partnership portfolio. Libby has worked in business development and media roles at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Before moving into the arts sector, Libby worked in publishing in London and Paris. She is interested in connecting socially responsible businesses with artists and creative organisations.
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.
Sarah Werkmeister is a freelance writer, editor, researcher, broadcaster and curator based between Melbourne and Brisbane.
She has written extensively and worked with L'Internationale Online to develop publications around the environment (Ecologising Museums, 2016) and feminism (Feminisms, 2018), and has co-edited a chapter on the 13th Istanbul Biennial in I Can't Work Like This: A reader on recent boycotts and contemporary art (2017). Her research interests encompass representations of nationhood in public art collections, conceptions of public space, and the climate. She holds a Masters of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.
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.
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.
Isabella Baker is a curator, writer, and visual thinking strategies facilitator. In addition to her role at
Outer Space, Isabella is Curatorial Assistant at UQ Art Museum. Key projects include ‘Mel
O’Callaghan: Centre of the Centre,’ Performance Coordinator, UQ Art Museum(2020–2021); ‘Workshop,’ Co-curator, UQ Art Museum (2019–2020); and ‘Judy Watson: concealed histories,’ Co-curator, UQ Art Museum (2018). Isabella holds a Master of Museum Studies from The
University of Queensland. She has completed a Visual Thinking Strategies Advanced Practicum at Brooklyn Museum in New York City. Isabella has written texts for House Conspiracy; Perc Tucker Regional Gallery; and Hecate: Feminist Literary Journal.
Public Programs and Engagement Assistant
Rebekah Greggery is an emerging arts worker with a passion for public engagement. Having completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Art History (UQ) she is undertaking an honours thesis focussed in immaterial arts. Rebekah has a range of experience in public engagement from the Society of Fine Arts (UQ), Boxcopy ARI, Outer Space ARI and the IMA.
Alice Maia Rezende
Alice Maia Rezende is an arts researcher, designer and multidisciplinary artist. She is currently completing a Masters of Museum Studies at the University of Queensland, and is collaborating on a research project about the impact of COVID-19 on local museums. Alice holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Interactive & Visual Design / Art History) from Queensland University of Technology, as well as a Diploma of Fashion Design & Technology from Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE (MSIT). In addition, she has professional experience in graphic and web design and as a gallery assistant in commercial galleries and public museums and is passionate about Meanjin’s artist-run spaces and the development of emerging artists. Alice is currently focussed on the ongoing dialogue between local and global community practices, the re-purposing of public civic spaces, and building on national open-source digital literacy initiatives.
Public Programs and Engagement Assistant
Olivia Trenorden is an arts writer, researcher and facilitator based in Brisbane (Meanjin). Holding a Bachelor of Arts (extended Art History major) from UQ, she has extensive experience in visitor and community engagement, program design and arts marketing. In addition to her new role at Outer Space, Olivia works with UQ Art Museum, working in Front of House, as a volunteer at the IMA and Outer Space, and is the Secretary, Marketing and Communications Director for the UQ Society of Fine Arts (SoFA). She is currently completing an Honours thesis on manifestations of morality withing images of the Nursing Madonna in Renaissance Italy, and is passionate about disrupting canonical narratives and historical representations of women. Her work has been published online for House Conspiracy, and in print for Jacaranda Journal.
PREVIOUS BOARD MEMBERS
Caity Reynolds (Co-Founder)
Llewellyn Millhouse (Co-Founder)
Ellie Buttrose (Chair)
Amy-Clare McCarthy (Chair)
Aisyah Prayaihsani Prayono
Outer Space was co-founded in 2016 by Caity Reynolds and Llewellyn Millhouse in their studios in Woolloongabba.