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Tuesday, November 29, 2011


The SWICH Contemporary Art Space is pleased to announce our annual end of year group exhibition, Size Matters II, boasting over 50 original artworks from 24 participating artists from Ipswich, Toowoomba, Brisbane and Melbourne.

All artworks in this exhibition are 12”x12” and priced $150 and under, making original art accessible and affordable. The exhibition is comprised of artworks across a range of mediums including painting, photography, drawing, digital, mixed media and video installation.

The exhibition runs from 29 November and concludes on 23 December, 2011 at 2pm.

Normal gallery hours: Tue-Fri 9am-4pm and Saturday 9am-2pm
Extended trading leading up to Christmas will include Friday nights until 8pm and Sundays 10am-1pm throughout December.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


The SWICH Contemporary Art Space is proud to present Scott Siden, the Winner of our exhibition & mentoring package from the QT Ipswich Art Awards 2011.

Scott is currently studying visual arts at the Bremer Institute of TAFE and has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions. This is Scott's first solo exhibition, comprised of mixed media artworks exploring war, religion and political satire featuring Australian Prime Ministers and American Presidents.

The exhibition begins today and concludes on Saturday 26 November, 2011 at 2pm

All artworks are for sale and we have layby and eftpos facilities.

Gallery hours: Tue-Fri 9am-4pm Sat 9am-2pm
Extended hours for November: Friday nights until 8pm

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


The SWICH Contemporary Art Space is pleased to host abkin, solo exhibition of new works by exceptional Ipswich based contemporary artist Gary Abkin.

Abkin, originally from California, completed his Bachelor of Fine Art in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. He established his art career in California before exhibiting widely across the US over the last 10 years. Now based in Ipswich Abkin has created a new series working primarily in oils on canvas. Also on display are projections of his sketches.

Abkin’s work speaks from a new consciousness to transcend what we know to be real yet references the familiar in our landscapes. Abkin describes these new work as “a sense of place during a moment of being” and as “a look behind the eyes”.

This exhibition opened to the public on Tuesday 4 October and has been extended until the end of October - now concluding on Saturday 29 October at 2pm.

All artworks are original and are available to purchase, including the sketches. We have eftpos facilities and accept layby.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE: technology art group exhibition @ the SWICH

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE explores the key concepts and underlying effects of Information Technology and Cyber Culture on the way we live.

The artists' response to this theme are varied and include comment on the use of technology in war as well as in the everyday domestic environment. A number of the artworks express concerns of becoming overwhelmed and controlled by technology, where others revisit the the 'big bang' of computer technology and offer a new perspective on obsolete technology.

Artists from Ipswich, Brisbane and Melbourne have participated in this exhibition using a range of mediums from painting and mixed media to digital graphics and installation.

Through this exhibition we also welcome 3 new artists to the Ipswich Contemporary Arts Network:

Shannan Kingwell, Graphic designer
Michael Munt, Installation artist
Doug Nemeth, Mixed media sculptor

Exhibition opened to the public on Tuesday 6 September and will conclude at 2pm on Saturday 1 October.

Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm and Sat 9am-2pm
T. 07 32819192 for more info

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I'm pleased to announce that I have been granted a Regional Arts Development Fund grant to assist with staging the Ipswich Emerging Artists Solo Series at the SWICH Contemporary Art Space. This series provides the opportunity for 6 emerging contemporary artists based in Ipswich to receive mentoring in creating a new series of work, culminating in a 2 week solo exhibition for each artist. As a major part of this program I will mentor the artists to guide them through the process of creating, presenting and promoting a new body of work.

These 6 exhibitions will allow access by the wider community to a diverse selection of emerging artists work which in turn affects a greater understanding of the role of contemporary art in our community and how art can change our perceptions of ourselves and our local environment.

After a two month selection process the final artists selected are:

Allan Saunderson - Painting/graphic design
Ben Leadbetter - Art photography
John Grassi - Painting
Donna Dobbs - Millinery/sculpture
Annamaria Mays - Mixed media
Kylie Stevens - Mixed media

Congratulations to all the successful artists! I look forward to working with all of the artists and staging the exhibitions beginning in October 2011 and concluding in May 2012. Visit our Art Gallery Schedule page to stay updated on all of our upcoming exhibitions.

LeAnne Vincent
Director/Gallery Co-ordinator
the SWICH Contemporary Art Space

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government and Ipswich City Council partnership to support local arts and culture

Monday, August 15, 2011

the SWICH Contemporary Art Space celebrates its 1st Birthday

Since our first opening in August, 2010 we have staged 15 art exhibitions, 10 ARTalk Philosophy Cafes plus a number of community arts projects including the ART Relay at Rockton Artist Bazaar, ART for Ipswich (Flood charity art auction), Animated Spaces: Alive with music, theatre, poetry and visual arts at the Top of Town and the launch of SAVED a THAT Production production.

To celebrate this milestone we are now hosting 'One'- a 3 week group exhibition of artists from the Ipswich Contemporary Arts Network who have supported us throughout our first year, Live Action Mural Painting (Spark|Abkin|Davis) Saturday 20 August from 9am and our Birthday party, Thursday 25 August from 6pm including live musical performance and giveaways.

Artist lineup: Andrew Spark, Gary Abkin, Leanne Walker, Glen Smith, Craig Amos, Kylie Stevens, Sharon McKenzie, Claudia Manion, Kate Roberts, Wade Tuck and Todd Manion.

Exhibition dates - 16 August - 3 September, 2011

The SWICH Team would sincerely like to thank everyone who has supported us in various ways throughout our first year including the artists, community partners, local business and the general community. We have an exciting exhibition schedule planned for the duration of 2011 and well into 2012 and we look forward to sharing these events with you.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

ARTalk Philosophy Cafe - May 2011 CANCELLED

Dear Philo-cafe goers!

Due to weather conditions tonight's ARTalk Philosophy Cafe at Bon Laneway has been cancelled.

We will re-schedule Sandy Horneman-Wren's talk on 'When art flourishes, communities benefit and business prospers'. You will be notified soon of changes to the program.

Thank you for supporting ARTalk Philosophy Cafe and we hope to see you at the next event.


Gilbert Burgh
Project Coordinator
the SWICH Contemporary Art Space
191 Brisbane Street
Ipswich, Q. 4305
Tel: 07 3281 9192
Tel (international): +61 7 3281 9192


We are pleased to announce that our new exhibition, High Voltage: music inspired art, opens to the public today. This exhibition explores music from the 20th Century and beyond through the mediums of painting, photography, mixed media,video and installation. The exhibition runs from 10 May until 4 June, 2011 and features artists from the Ipswich Contemporary Arts Network and artists from outside of Ipswich including: John Grassi, Ivan Lord, DEADMIKE, Leanne Walker, Kylie Stevens, Kate Roberts, Craig Amos, Allan Saunderson, Glen Smith, LeAnne Vincent and featuring installation art by Bud Beckett.

For more information phone 07 3281 9192 or email us at

Friday, May 6, 2011

the SWICH Contemporary Art Space welcomes The University of Queensland intern to the SWICH team

We would like to introduce the newest member of the SWICH team Elyssa Schultz who is currently studying at the School of Journalism and Communication at The University of Queensland. Elyssa is a Public Relations intern who is on board to assist us with our current community art projects, in particular our collaborative Animated Spaces Project with the Creative Generator SEQ and the Queensland Arts Council.

We look forward to working with Elyssa on our projects and to offering further internships in the future.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Animated Spaces: Alive with Music, Theatre, Poetry & Visual Art

the SWICH Contemporary Art Space (a Transforming Spaces project)
Animated Spaces: Alive with Music, Theatre, Poetry & Visual Art

Featuring a program of unique experiences (21-28 May)

Abkin + Spark: live action painting | collaborative Indigenous artwork | poster Art | sculpture | video + more

Urchins Gutter Band | Shoot! The Piano Player | Live Jazz & Blues + more

Window Theatre
An interactive living installation of performance, movement & dance

Roving Performances
Fractal Theatre Productions


PLUS other arts events you don’t want to miss!

> Window Dressing: reduce, reuse, upcycle arts project (12-28 May)
> Artisans Pop-up Shop (22-28 May)
> High Voltage: music inspired art (10 May - 4 June)
> ARTalk Philosophy Cafe (19 May)

> Bringin’ Some Rock & Punk Culture to Ipswich
Ipswich bands 1.1.1, Mum's Tennis Friends, Celebrity Stalkers, 1 cursed 1, Benny Cash and the Loose Change, and special guests French band Harmonic Generator on their 'Le Downside Up Tour' - Caladonia Hotel (28 May)


A Collaborative interactive art space proudly supported by ...

Our supporters:
An Animated Spaces Initiative supported by CREATIVE GENERATOR SEQ & Queensland Arts Council | Top of Town | Ipswich Festival

Andrew Spark: advertising + marketing consultant | Alive in Oz | Elders Real Estate (Ipswich) | ARTtime | Warigo Wines | Paint Place | David Becket carpenter & home maintenance | LeAnne Vincent Photography

Community Partners:
Ipswich Contemporary Arts Network | inRetrospect Films | Fractal Theatre Productions | Soulful Stomp Productions | Little Brown Dog | i|DANCE | SiA - Sculptors in Action Inc | Shoot! The Piano Player |Little Bird | Solidarity iKulture Club! | 1.1.1 | THAT Production Company | Bremer TAFE

Monday, April 18, 2011

BARDON STUDIOS produce documentary on photographer and social activist LeAnne Vincent

Steve and Gail Browne from Bardon Studios have just completed their latest art documentary that was shot on location in Ipswich at the beginning of 2010. Photographer and Social Activist, LeAnne Vincent, is interviewed about her art and the town she lives in - Ipswich!

Thank you to Steve and Gail from Bardon Studios for their expertise, professionalism and patience!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Negativity Bin: Opening speech by John Acutt, Head of English at Ipswich Grammar School

Ladies and Gentleman
It is with a great deal of pleasure that I say few words about Brett’s latest poetic release.

Brett is a rare individual. He possesses a vast knowledge of the world, its history, geography, cultures and its mythologies and he combines this knowledge in his poetry with a fanatical obsession of a diverse range of subjects that include: Steve Irwin, Astro Boy, other extinct species, Victoria Cross winners, the US Space Program, the Bremer River, American kidnappers and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. All of these things, and more, have been grist for the mill of Brett’s pencil. A pencil he grips tightly in his left hand and through some alchemist’s art is able to transubstantiate words into poetry. Very bloody good poetry.

The knowledge and the obsessions in this work, The Negativity Bin, that have come together in some process of liquefaction, are a disparate band of individuals in a Job Search Training scheme and the 1974 documentary series, “The Ascent of Man”. Those of you who are as old or older than me will remember Jacob Bronowski, the presenter in the series, who walked the audience through the phases of homo sapiens’ intellectual development. These phases became the 13 episodes of his series. The titles of these episodes have been taken by Brett as thematic headings in The Negativity Bin.

Bronowski describes evolution, man’s socialisation, his discovery of fire and agriculture through to the burgeoning fields of Mathematics, Astronomy and Physics – hundreds of thousands of years of progress. The irony is that for Brett, Bronowski's “The Ascent of Man” template fits neatly over a small slither of our world. There are many of us who are still proto-apes, foragers, tool makers and a rare few, at the top of our ascent, who are visionary artists and scientists.

Jacob Bronowski's heroes in “The Ascent of Man” were radical physicists who believed passionately in their theories in the face of controversy and violent attacks by conservative elements in the Scientific world. Bronowski says the ascent of man is entirely dependent upon these people of passion, who devote their lives to enlightening the non-believers. Poets too enlighten the non-believers, they reveal truths to us that are at times unpopular and force us to alter our view of the world.

In his last reflection on the program Bronowski doesn’t look to Science but to poetry to articulate the vision of his heroes. He finds in William Blake’s, Auguries of Innocence, the language to express their vision:

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

So it is the great achievement of modern science that has led us to our knowledge of the physical world.

It is however the great challenge of poetry to make us understand the worlds within the world.

Bronowski and Dionysius have wed Science and Poetry.

Jacob Bronowski said that “Cultural evolution is a constant growing and widening of the human imagination.” Brett asks us to grow and widen our imaginations. He asks us to see “The Ascent of Man” superimposed on the lives of a group of Job Seekers.

And more than that – he gives to us social observation in accelerated montage, a flickering collage of suburban narratives, historical artefacts of the then and now pasted onto a fast moving mirror ball – If you know Brett’s work, you’ll know, “he's plugged into the galaxy! He's got the power cosmic!”

Brett, congratulations. And with that I am very happy to launch the good ship, The Negativity Bin.

John Acutt
Head of English
Ipswich Grammar School

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Negativity Bin

Book launch and works on paper exhibition

The SWICH Contemporary Art Space is pleased to announce that we are hosting 'The Negativity Bin', a joint launch of works on paper by Ipswich artist Jodie Weller and Woodend poet, B.R. Dionysius’s latest chapbook, 'The Negativity Bin'.

'The Negativity Bin' is a single, 40 page poem, written by Brett Dionysius who currently works in the English department at Ipswich Grammar School, that follows a series of unemployed/underemployed characters involved in compulsory job search training under the Howard government in the late 1990s. The book’s title, “The Negativity Bin” refers to a shoddy psychological method employed by Job Search providers where participants were asked to dump their negative feelings and words into a square or ‘bin’ drawn onto a whiteboard.

Jodie Weller, who also teaches art at the Ipswich Grammar School, is exhibiting her works on paper, drawings and lino reliefs, forms a series of work based on real female characters. Some are historical and iconic, some tragic and some are influenced by Jodie’s own experiences.

Exhibition dates
Tuesday 22 March to Saturday 9 April, 2011

Gallery hours are
Tue-Fri 9am-4pm and Saturday 9am-2pm.

07 3281 9192

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

NEW EXHIBITION OPENS TODAY AT THE SWICH - COHESION: visual artists from the Ipswich Contemporary Arts Network

The SWICH Contemporary Art Space presents:

COHESION - an exhibition of photography, painting, mixed media, millinery, installation and film.

Featuring eight visual artists from the Ipswich Contemporary Arts Network (ICAN):

Wade Tuck
Bonnie Hislop
LeAnne Vincent
Allan Saunderson
Donna Dobbs
Laura Phillips
Todd Manion
Gavin Lewis

Starts: Tuesday 15 February
Finishes: Saturday 19 March 2011

Opening hours:
Tuesday - Friday 9am-4pm and Saturday 9am-2pm.

Friday, February 11, 2011

ART for Ipswich - Flood Appeal Charity Art Auction - Saturday 12 February 2011

You are warmly invited to attend ART for Ipswich Flood Appeal Art Auction at the SWICH Contemporary Art Space on Saturday 12 February, 2011.  All the artworks have been donated by artists in the Ipswich region, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast including Deb Mostert with her portrait of ABC radio personality Madonna King, Raoul Slater (renowned wildlife photographer), Rod Hammond, Andrew Spark, Donna Davis, Sally Picker, Charmaine Davis and Gary Abkin.

We are pleased to announce that Les Thornton from Professionals Thornton Real Estate Ipswich is donating his time and expertise to be our Auctioneer for the evening. Live musical entertainment will be provided prior to the start of the auction and Deann’s Coffee House will be open for the duration of the auction.

All artworks are available online for viewing HERE.

The gallery will be open on the day of the auction from 9am to 2pm and will re-open at 4pm to allow bidder registration and viewing time before the auction commences at 5pm.

NOTE: If you can't attend the Live Auction we will be taking bids all week at the SWICH Contemporary Art Space, 191 Brisbane St, Ipswich, so drop in and place a bid on your favourite artwork.

Please register prior to the auction to receive your bidder number. Registration opens at 4pm.

1. Choose an artwork that you would like to bid on.
2. Decide on the maximum amount you would like to pay for that artwork.
3. Complete the bidding form and place into the bids box.
4. On Friday afternoon, 11 February 2011, you will be contacted by gallery staff to confirm your bid.
5. The highest bid placed on any artwork before the live auction starts, at 5pm on Saturday 12 February2011, will become the starting bid for that artwork.
6. If no one else bids on your artwork on the night of the live auction, yours will be the  successful bid and you will be contacted the next day to arrange payment and pickup of artwork asap (cash or credit card only).

Please note: bidding prior to the live auction does not guarantee that you will be the highest bidder. Please attend the live auction if wish to bid further.

Payment for all successful bids will need to be finalised on the night and artworks taken. PLEASE NOTE: WE ONLY ACCEPT CASH OR CREDIT CARD.

the SWICH Contemporary Art Space
191 Brisbane Street
Ipswich, Q. 4305
Tel: 07 3281 9192
Tel (international): +61 7 3281 9192

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