In Depth an exhibition of glass works by Joanna Bone with accompanying photo exhibition by Aaron Micallef

Opening night event: Friday 12th June from 6-9pm. Exhibition Continues: Friday 12th June to Wednesday 17th June 2015

Inspired by found objects from the seashore, including seagrasses, sand dollars and other marine creatures, glass artist Joanna Bone has revisited her childhood love of pattern and repetition in this new body of work. The sense of depth and layers within the surface of the pieces engage the viewer and invite intimate observation and quiet contemplation.

Joanna Bone is one of Queensland’s foremost glass artists and an artist-in-residence with Jugglers Art Space. Her work is internationally recognised and can be found in various collections around the world. Joanna is the only Queensland based artist to have won the prestigious Ranamok Glass Prize.

While photographically documenting the creation of Joanna’s “In Depth” collection, Aaron Micallef was fascinated by the detail and intricate pattern that was established and manipulated in each piece. From the initial creation of glass cane, through the various hot and cold working processes, to the finished exhibition pieces, pattern was continually created, adapted and transformed.

In the collection of images exhibited, Aaron has moved beyond pure documentation and reinterpreted the collection through both the camera lens and the lens of Joanna’s original inspiration – the marine environment.

Joanna Bone will present an artist talk in the gallery on Saturday 13th June from 3:30-4:30pm.

Joanna Bone & Jugglers Art Space Inc’s activities are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Jugglers 27/05/15

Marie Ellis Feature Artist - Leona Fietz

Leona Fietz, Brisbane
- Drawing allows me to express myself, while exploring and pushing the treatment of letters within the rules of type anatomy.

Where are you based?
Living and drawing in East Brisbane.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your work
I’m a designer, illustrator and typographer. I’ve spent the last two years since graduating teaching myself the foundations of typography and experimenting with different treatments and tools through workshops and a lot of reading and practicing. I split my time between personal and professional work, as well as exhibiting in group shows. So, my work ranges from illustrated lettering, experimental typography and digital logotypes.

How would you compare the traditional practice of drawing to the digital approach?
You can digitally mimic hand done effects, a worn texture, splatter drips or a dry brush, but it’s just not the same. I’d rather use the tool in real life, find the right paper texture, and leave room for the unexpected; you can decide to not draw up a baseline, grid or angle guide, or follow them loosely and get a really unique result. For example: I love the way a hand painted sign ages due to its environment! This gives it a story and a history. A vinyl sign would just peel off eventually; where’s the charm in that!

How do you feel the practice of drawing evolved over the past 10 years?
Craftsmanship and creative trades have become more appreciated and valued, and it shows, with more companies desiring a human touch reflected within their brand and/or products, embracing the flaws and imperfection that come with a hand rendered effect. Products like Wacom tablets and Cintiqs have sped up the creative process for illustrators, making their work more commercially viable.

Why are competitions like the Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing important within Australian Arts culture?
It encourages artists to strive and work hard towards a deadline and to be seen by a wider audience.

Why is the practice of drawing important to you?
Type based illustration is the crossover between design and art for me. It allows me to express myself, while exploring and pushing the treatment of letters within the rules of type anatomy.


Jugglers 26/05/15

Diploma of Visual Art Exhibition by students of TAFE Queensland, Southbank Campus

Jugglers Art Space is proud to host an exhibition by students from the Diploma of Visual Art, TAFE Queensland Brisbane, Southbank Campus. The show is themed around the idea of ecology.

In an effort to explore this theme students will be exploring a diverse range of visual mediums and engage in various approaches in an effort to explore their interactions with the environment.

This exhibition forms a major part of each student’s assessment and we look forward to seeing you there.

Exhibition runs from Friday the 22nd of May until Sunday 24th.
Opening night: Friday 22nd May from 6pm to 9pm
Opening times: Friday – Sunday 9am – 5pm

Jugglers 14/05/15

Marie Ellis Feature Artist - Peter Kozak

Peter Kozak, Brisbane
- Personally I like things that are handmade. I like to see people’s hands in the work.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your work
I’m 31-years-old. I originally trained in drawing at the Tasmanian School of Art in Hobart, but now work mainly in video and installation. My current practice is concerned with representations of trauma and perceptions of the body.

How would you compare the traditional practice of drawing to the digital approach?
I don’t have much experience with digital drawing. I think the results can be quite similar. I have friends who work mostly digitally, when they show me pictures of their work I often have to ask “is this hand drawn or drawn on a computer?” Personally I like things that are handmade. I like to see people’s hands in the work.

How do you feel the practice of drawing evolved over the past 10 years?
I think how an image reproduces digitally has become a bigger concern for artists working in drawing and other traditional mediums over the last 10 years, with the rise of the internet audience. An example of this, I have a friend who started using thicker outlines in his drawings when he realised that they reproduced better digitally, as it’s more likely that people will view his work online than in real life. For myself also, to document my latest series of drawings I decided to have them digitally scanned because the light pencil marks didn’t translate well photographically.

Why are competitions like the Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing important within Australian Arts culture?
I think more than anything else prizes like the Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing are important for giving artists encouragement to continue with their practice. I got a huge lift from winning the prize in 2012, when at the time I was feeling kind of insecure about my practice.

Why is the practice of drawing important to you?
Even though my practice has evolved more into video work it is still definitely informed by my background in drawing. The first piece of video art that I made, which showed a vapour trail being made and then fading away, is an example of what I would call ‘expanded drawing’ in its use of line, spatiality and temporality.

In what ways did winning the Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing affect your drawing practice?
It gave me more confidence in my work and has helped facilitate a closer relationship with Jugglers.

Jugglers 04/05/15

Cache Collective presents 'Personal Space'

Opening Night – Friday 15th May 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition Open daily from Wednesday 13th to Tuesday 19th May form 10am to 5pm.

Personal Space’ features artwork by: Deborah Gallagher, Sarah Haigh, Natasha Milovanovic, Kate Parrott, Clay Smith and Anna Yum.

The collective of artists will present a series of works on the physical, emotional and metaphysical perceptions of personal space. Artists will reside in the space daily from 13th to 19th May from 10am to 5pm.

For more information please visit to the Cache Collective Facebook Page .

Jugglers 28/04/15

Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing Feature Artist - Nicholas Plowman

Nicholas Plowman, Melbourne
- Drawing, it’s my second language.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your work
I have always drawn, ever since I could hold a pencil my Mum says. But it probably wasn’t until I went to TAFE after high school that it occurred to me that I wanted to be an artist, a painter. I then studied at USQ under Charlie Boyle (Painting) and Alan Bruce (Drawing) and things stepped up another notch. However, it was when I returned from Mexico (after visiting Frida Khalo’s studio) that I really chased the autobiographical in my work; this I see now as the first time I actually made “real’ work about my life and my own existence.
Throughout all of this, drawing has always been the base of my practice. I ran life drawing sessions at Jugglers Art Space for six year before moving to Melbourne; here I do life drawing twice a week, it underpins my practice and keeps my eye fit and my hand experimenting.

How would you compare the traditional practice of drawing to the digital approach?
I wouldn’t, I mean by saying that, that I can’t compare them because I have no experience with the digital approach. My only concern would be for losing the ability to understanding the subject by drawing it, studying it, looking at it. Drawing for me is still most important skill to any artist, it seeks answers and attempts to describe. I think most artists are very inquisitive and drawing seems the first logical step to understanding something.

How do you feel the practice of drawing evolved over the past 10 years?
Well, it’s both evolved and devolved. A lot of art schools got rid of drawing for a while, so a lot of graduates were coming out of uni with five or six drawings under their arms; whereas we did life drawing and general drawing twice a week at uni, so that’s four three hour drawing classes every week in second year. The only way to “get good” is to devote time and energy toward it – like anything else in this world. Saying this, I’m all for using technology and exploring digital mark making, but for me there is nothing like walking up close to an image and seeing marks, seeing where the artist’s hand has been. There is nowhere to hide with drawing, it’s all out there for all to see.

*Why are competitions like the Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing important within Australian Arts culture? *
Because it promotes, fosters and encourages drawing. With the changing of the Dobell Drawing Prize to invite only, Australia and its artists (and the public) have lost a great prize for many reasons, it still exists but no longer can any artist have a go. I think the public engage with drawings a lot more than other forms of art, because everyone has used a pencil, biro, crayon etc. People can understand the marks, but still be fascinated and invigorated by the outcomes.

Why is the practice of drawing important to you?
It’s my second language. It allows me to investigate and understand the world and my experiences within it, and to inevitably re-describe; and because there is no place to hide, it is at once exposing and exhilarating.

Read more about Nic Plowman at
Read more about the Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing here

Jugglers 17/04/15

New Loyalty Cards - A Jugglers & Crush City Collaboration

The new loyalty discount card will allow card holders to purchase Sugar aerosol at a discounted rate of $6.25 each from Crush City, which is more than 25% off the retail price. Additional benefits include free NY fatcaps, and if required for other external projects Jugglers discounted pricing applies to Ironlak at a price of $6.50each or MTN 94 at $8.00each.

V.I.P. loyalty card is only collectible at Jugglers Art Space and paint from Crush
Give Jugglers a call or come by the space during the week to collect your new card!

Jugglers 03/04/15

Sha Sarwari - Silent Conversation

Sha Sarwari – Silent Conversation
Exhibition Opening Night Friday the 10th of April – 6pm to 9pm
Sha’s experiential work explores notions of peace and freedom whilst commenting on socially and politically relevant themes such as asylum seekers and refugees in Australia.

For more information about Sha Sarwari please visit:

Jugglers 01/04/15

Brewsvegas at Jugglers

On the 28th of March from 12pm-7pm, as part of the annual Brewsvegas Festival, Jugglers Art Space is collaborating with Four Pines Brewing Company and Crush City to facilitate a venue wide activation of large scale live painting.

A number of established and emerging local artists have been selected and will be working together in order to transform the Jugglers tunnel and courtyard throughout the event. This will allow for a unique occasion to see the creative process in real time. Some of the artists involved will include Libby Harward, Jordan Bruce, Erin Smith, Jamie Brown, Bodhi Gardener and Josh Knight. The nature of this event will facilitate the novel opportunity to enjoy a high quality product from Four Pines Brewing whilst chatting to some of the most exciting up-and-coming Brisbane artists about their work.

On top of this there will also be live music over the course of the afternoon, and the main gallery space will be exhibiting a number of original works from a range of established and emerging artists including the likes of Sofles, Shida and Fintan Magee – all of which will be available for sale. All proceeds made from gallery exhibition sales during the event will go toward more creative projects at Jugglers Art Space, therefore supporting emerging artists in the local and wider community.

Jugglers 10/03/15

Jugglers' Artist in Residence - Sharon McKenzie

Jugglers is proud to host Sharon McKenzie as artist-in-residence in our Fortitude Valley Studios for two weeks in March as part of her prize winning entry in the Queensland Regional Art Awards, hosted by Flying Arts Alliance.

Sharon’s work “Exquisite Corpse- Black Throated Finch, Squatter Pigeon, Regent Honeyeater and Grey Headed Flying Fox” will be touring Queensland with The Vital Signs exhibition as part of the Queensland Regional Art Awards through Flying Arts as the Wayne Kratzmann Award Winning work for 2014.

Congratulations to Sharon & with thanks to Flying Arts. For more information visit or

Jugglers 01/03/15