Anne Wallace

Anne Wallace completed a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) at the Queensland University of Technology in 1990. In 1993 she was awarded the Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, which enabled her to complete a Masters qualification at the Slade School, London from 1994–96. In 1999 she received the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Sulman Prize. Her work has been included in Hitchcock at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney in 1999 and in a survey exhibition at the Brisbane City Gallery, Private Rooms: Anne Wallace – 10 Years of Paintings, July to September 2000.

Anne practises figurative painting, an unusual pursuit in today’s contemporary art world. She often uses thumbnail sketches and snapshot photographs of everyday incidents as a basis for her paintings. Anne’s paintings sometimes contain autobiographical elements, but self-expression is not her main aim. She explores people’s obsessions and the bizarre nature of everyday life. A sense of menace and foreboding underlies her works.

Her oil paintings have been compared to cinematic stills. However, unlike film stills, these mysterious frozen images have no relationship to any past or future narrative. Nothing has happened nor will happen. These enigmatic works play on the viewer’s frustrated attempts to discover a meaning or story.

Simon Mee
Associate Lecturer, Collections Curator and Arts Management,
University of Southern Queensland

Simon Mee currently resides in Toowoomba where he works at University of Southern Queensland as Associate Lecturer in Collections and Arts Management. Simon completed a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) in 1993 and Master of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) in 1999, through Queensland University of Technology (QUT). In 2004 Simon was granted a Queensland Creative Fellowship to complete a series of paintings entitled The Suburban Suite. This series has since been shown at QUT Art Museum in 2006. He has also been a recipient of The Logan Art Award and The Churchie Emerging Art Prize. In 1999, with the assistance of an Arts Queensland grant Simon self-published a book of his drawings, entitled A Pilgrim’s Regress. The results of his artistic efforts have been shown in solo shows and group shows both locally and interstate and are held in various collections.

In 2009 Simon developed The Wallpaper Project, a joint university and business partnership with William Wilding; this produced a range of wallpapers featuring the work of seven artists. This project is accompanied by an exhibition of the featured designs and is now touring South East Queensland.

Simon’s visual arts practice uses the alluring and decorative qualities of painting and drawing in combination with content that may be at apparent at odds with its seductive appearance to create a series of visual dialogues on contemporary human condition

Emma Bain
Director, Redland Art Gallery

Emma Bain is Director, Redland Art Gallery at Redland City Council and has managed the gallery as part of this role since 2005. Emma joined council’s cultural development department in 2003 and prior to this worked as a designer in the design and exhibition departments at the Queensland Art Gallery. Emma studied at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University majoring in design. Following her studies Emma completed an arts administration traineeship at the Queensland Art Gallery, later returning to the Queensland College of Art to commence her honours year. Emma’s honours thesis directly related to her design work at the Queensland Art Gallery and she was awarded a
Griffith Award for Academic Excellence.

Emma coordinates a demanding exhibition and public programs schedule and has curated a number of successful solo, group, and children’s exhibitions by emerging, local and established Australian artists. Under Emma’s management Redland Art Gallery won the 2010 Heritage and Cultural Tourism, Moreton Bay and Islands Tourism Awards and the 2009 Heritage and Cultural Tourism, Redlands on Moreton Bay Tourism Awards and was a finalist in the
2008 Awards.