BIO (The CliffNotes Version)

I'm a Sydney-based multi-disciplinary artist working predominantly with socially-engaged art and community collaboration, as well as being an activist, arts worker and producer in the arts and disability sector. My work is mainly experimental practice or print-making based focusing on myriad issues from landfill reduction to reducing the stigma of mental illness.

BIOGRAPHY

Louise Kate Anderson is a Sydney-based artist, creative director, writer arts worker and aspiring leader in the arts and disability sector whose work is primarily political or activist in nature, and aims to raise awareness about a variety of social and ethical questions. Her work crosses many disciplines including digitally edited photography, video and sound work, fashion/costume, sculpture and set design for installation, as well as writing, drawing and print-making. Determinism, identity and psychology play key roles in her work which often illustrates or mimics streams of consciousness, or tricks the audience through optical illusion in order to evoke particular emotional reactions. A self-proclaimed atheist at age 8, at times Louise’s work absurdly explores subjectivity and creativity from a clinical, biological perspective, which she attributes to her own “organised, logical, careful and scientific mind in the body and life of a green, hippy-clothed, risk-taking, found-objects hoarding, crazy feminist artiste”.

 

Derivative of Louise’s experience and participation in the arts and disability sector, she is very interested in the blurred line between an artist’s life or lifestyle and their art practice in general, as well as how key their career has been in shaping their sense of self, especially with regards to artists whom have experienced disadvantage to some degree. She considers the end goal of her practice to explore and celebrate accessibility in the grassroots / artist-run-initiative sector which she contends is inherently the perfect environment for people who experience disability or other disadvantage due to the fact that this sector is populated by people who fight for the freedom of expression and have often known disadvantage from at least the perspective of having struggled as an artist. Much of Louise’s curatorial projects and ideas, especially through relational aesthetics, centre on her hope that eventually access initiatives such as audio description, braille, Auslan interpretation and other forms of accessibility themselves will come to be valued and celebrated as genuine, necessary features of the arts and cultural experience.

 

Louise was born in Sydney, and has lived in France and studied at L’Université de Lumière Lyon 2. She holds a Bachelor of Design in Fashion & Textiles (Honours), and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney, and is currently undertaking a Masters in Curating and Cultural Leadership at Art & Design UNSW. Louise was on the Board of Directors of Runway Australian Experimental Art in 2013-15 and has been heavily involved in the artist run initiative the Big Fag Press since 2010 where she has been a Director since 2014. Louise has also previous worked in administration at Sculpture by the Sea, Accessible Arts and BYP group. She currently works in printing and visual communication at 
Vision Graphics
.

ARTIST CV

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018         John Demos Memorial Residency Exhibition, Big Fag Press Gallery, Sydney

2017         Skeletons and Self Portraits 29 July 2017 PACT Salon, Sydney

2016         Future Projects: For What do we Stand?, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

2016         Future Feminist Archive Report, The Cross Art Projects, Sydney

2016         2016 ARI Sydney Show, ARTICULATE, Sydney

2015         Click 2015, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

2015         Photography Competition, Arts + Disability Expo, Carriageworks, Sydney

2015         Not Singing: Poetics of Protest, Affiliated Text - Cross Art & Books, Sydney
2012         The Future of Fashion, University of Technology, Sydney

2011         Green Bans Art Walk, The Cross Art Projects & Firstdraft, Sydney
2010         Open House Pop-up Exhibition, Sydney


Residencies
 

2016-18    John Demos Memorial Residency Program

2017         Bundanon Trust Residency (Big Fag Press)

2015         Bundanon Trust Residency (Big Fag Press)

Awards and Funding

2016         Accessible Arts, Quick Response Application Grant funding - $2410

2016         Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Project Funding for an Accessible Residency - $20,450

2015-6      Successful application to Grill'd Restaurants 'Local Matters' Program in which the Big Fag Press came in 2nd. 

2015         Selection into Accessible Arts Arts + Disability Expo photography competition

2015         Accessible Arts, Quick Response Grant funding - $1240
2015         ArtsNSW Annual Program Funding (Runway)
2013         NAVA NSW Artist’s Grant, February round (Big Fag Press)
2013         Successful crowd-funding project Big Fag Dance for moving & installation costs (Big Fag Press)
2013         City of Sydney Accommodation Grant (Big Fag Press)
2013         NAVA NSW Artist’s Grant, February round (on behalf of John Demos)
2013         Paper stock sponsorship deal with K.W. Doggett (on behalf of John Demos)

2005         Qualified for ArtExpress

2004         3rd Prize Youth Cutting In Fashion Design Awards, Sydney


Productions

 

2016         John Demos Memorial Residency Program at Big Fag Press (Producer)

2015         Demos, John, 2015 in Runway Australian Experimental Art Artist Feature in #26 [OUTSIDE] (Curator)

2015         Vivid Sydney, Consumer Feedback Session on Audio Description, Sydney (Facilitator)
2015-16    Arts & crafts activities for kids at Sydney Mardi Gras’ Family Day, Sydney (Creative Facilitator)

2014         Share a Pl8 Workshop series at Big Fag Press (Event Designer & Manager)

2013         Artist Talks at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi (Public Programmer)

2013         Milliss and Ihlein, Yeomans Project at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (Graphic Designer and Exhibition Assistant)
2013         Demos, John, John Demos at the Big Fag, The Cross Art Projects, Sydney (Project Manager)

2013         Accessible Arts' Big Fag Press Residency for John Demos (Project Manager, Facilitator, Designer)

2012         Ivory Tower Magazine and Street Art Publications (Editor)

2011         Green Bans Art Walk, The Cross Art Projects & Firstdraft, Sydney (Exhibition Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator)

2010         Ihlein, Lucas, Environmental Audit in In the Balance: Art for a Changing World, MCA, Sydney (Exhibition Assistant)

2010         Open House Pop-up Exhibition, Foley St, Darlinghurst NSW (Co-curator & Marketing)

 

Lectures, Performances and Appearances

2017         Fool's Gold Pilot Project by Outlandish Arts, Performances and Forums, Art Gallery of NSW & UTS, Sydney

2016         Guest Artist & Facilitator of the Legacy Wall, Accessible Arts' Conference 2016, Carriageworks, Sydney

2016         Community and Inclusion: Video Installation, Rozelle Neighbourhood Arts Centre

2015         Presentation with John Demos at Campbelltown Arts Centre on Printmaking & Big Fag

2013         Panellist at Accessible Arts’ Supported Studio Networks: Possibility & Potential, MCA, Sydney

                 Lecture to Sydney College of the Arts Print Media students at the Big Fag Press

2012         Trampoline Day Talk on print-making and the Big Fag Press

 

Professional Experience

 

2010 –       Big Fag Press Inc., (Director)

                  Prepress and Printing Technician, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Archiving, Sales and Development.

2010 –       Louise Kate Anderson, (Freelance - Australian Sole Trader)

                  Graphic Design, Photography, Artist, Producer, Artsworker and Facilitator

2017 –       Vision Graphics, Visual Communication, Printing and Installation Specialists

                  Image retouching and restoration, printing technician, graphic design, layout, film scanning and customer service.

2014–16    Accessible Arts

                  Administration and Bookkeeping (Administration Officer)
2014–17    Bailey and Yang, Arts Research and Strategy Consultants,

                  Administration, Research and Data Collection and Reporting (Administration Assistant)
2013-15     Invisible Inc.'s Runway Australian Experimental Art (Company Secretary - Board of Directors)

                  Administration, Research, Strategic Planning, Development, Design, Archiving and Social Media Management.

2005-14     Online Community/ Arts forum for people with disability, (Volunteer Supervisor/ Peer Counsellor)
2013          Sculpture by the Sea Inc., (Exhibition Assistant)

Education

2015 –       Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership, UNSW Art & Design, Paddington NSW
2015          Person-Centred Facilitation Course, Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW
2015          AV and Technical Installation skills for artists workshops, Kudos Gallery, Paddington NSW
2013          Disability Awareness Training, Accessible Arts, Sydney NSW
2013          Social Media Marketing for Business, Media School, Clovelly NSW
2012          B Design (Honours) Fashion &Textiles (Media Major) / B Arts – International Studies UTS, NSW
2009          International Studies abroad study year – L’Université Lyon 2, Lyon, France