The Yellow Line

Last Thursday 16th May, my new public artwork The Yellow Line was successfully launched by the Lord Mayor of Hobart. This permanent artwork is installed in the pavement just outside Parliament and opposite the law courts. It is made up of two lightboxes embedded into the pavement. The work emits a pulsing deep orange – red light. The work stands as a commemoration to the courageous actions of 130 people who defied the Hobart City Council ban of the Tasmanian Gay Law Reform stall at Salamanca Market over 13 weekends in 1988. Commissioned by Hobart City Council the artwork forms a significant part of an apology to those people and to the actions of the council at that time. The artwork marks these events as the biggest act of gay civil rights disobedience in Australian history. You can read more in this press.

Hungry for SOMA crowdfunding launched on

Dear friends, I have launched a new project Hungry for SOMA, my twenty-seven day alternative Christmas campaign! And have I got a cracker for you…I have been selected to undertake a four-week visual arts residency at SOMA – an exciting contemporary art space in Mexico City. I need your support (I know, sounds familiar already…read on) to feed my heart and stomach in this residency. You can support the project using this link:
or through the link on my home page. Here’s a bit more info on the project:

Over a period of three years, I am exploring ideas of loss through a series of temporary public encounters. I am developing a big new project, which is taking me to Mexico and Iceland. I know, it’s not fair. The project will unfold through three sites. The first site, I am taking with me. Many of you know there was once a hole in this heart of mine. Now mended in more ways than one, but still misshapen and potentially untameable at times. The second is the the over-wintering grounds of five hundred million butterflies in the Western Highlands of central Mexico and, and the third is Iceland. The only country in the world with no butterflies. These sites are now connected and the work will unfold through my experiences within them.

I will use this unique opportunity at SOMA to develop the raw material I will have gathered in the field, studying the Monarch butterfly in the Western Highlands of central mexico in the three weeks leading up to this residency. Over five hundred million Monarchs migrate from the eastern United States to a small number of roosting sites in the valleys of Michoacan State in central Mexico each year. The area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Biosphere in 2008 and supports a fragile ecosystem, communities and geography in its shadow. In January 2012, I will be living in the small village of Angangueo, photographing and interviewing local Mexicans, tour guides, tourists, lepidopterists, and exploring fragile states of loss and change in relation to my broken heart and the absence of butterflies in Iceland. Whatever that might be.

At SOMA, I will have a great studio space and a place to sleep. I’ll be writing and processing images and audio footage, and most of all I will be working with local artisans to make a series of works which I will then migrate to Iceland later in the year. I will meet local artists in Mexico City and will have the chance to speak about my work and run some public workshops. In fact, without this residency, my entire project WILL FALL APART. So I need you all, see.

Here’s my advice, you know me and you love me ( at least a little bit) so don’t waste your time traipsing around the shops this month wondering what to get me for Christmas. Save your energy, but not your money, because I have created this entire project just for YOU.

Your dreams of having coffee with me in North Hobart, or a quick bite in Melbourne, Hackney, Liverpool, Carcassonne, New York, LA or Chicago this week might not be possible, but this is the perfect solution for us all. Oooohhhh and so much cheaper than wining and dining me in person. There is no need for bubbles, no deserts and no eggs benedict here, just a scrumptious request for a cheap brekky (one little five dollar note) or dinner (one big ten dollar note) in Mexico City! And if you want to spend even more on me, how about buying me a day at the coal face. Just $22 will buy you, well me, a glorious day of hard yakka at SOMA – studio space and bed included. What’s that you say, ‘You really want to splash out on me this year’ (that’s you James Newitt) then throw a big, fat fifty in the hat for a Mexican lottery ticket! I’ll kiss it, get someone reputable to bless it and then I’ll post it to you. With a surprise from my travels too.

The residency fee is $600 for twenty seven days plus a bit extra for some grub, so I am running this possible campaign for just 27 days in the hope that you might chip in a meal or a day towards the big bonanza. Just one person a day that’s all I need! Go on have a heart for art. It’s Christmas.

Arts in Society conference 2012

Just a note to say that I will be presenting a paper ‘Emotional Lies?: Sentimentality and the social encounter in contemporary art’ at the 7th International Conference on the Arts in Society in LIverpool, UK, 23 – 25 July 2012. Fellow RMIT postgraduate student Garth Sheridan is also presenting his research on Angolan Kuduro music. It would be great to hear if anyone else is heading that way… Here’s the conference website for more info:

Greetings from Aggaw Aggaw

If you are anywhere near our Riverina city of Wagga Wagga before September 24th, 2011 you can catch the latest collaborative works by Margaret Woodward and Justy Phillips Greetings from Aggaw Aggaw is currently on exhibition at the Links Gallery, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery until the end of September. Better still, come to the artist’s talk on Saturday 3rd September and the souvenir closing sale on the 23rd September. For more information on the exhibition, you can open the e-catalogue through our home page or download the catalogue essay on this page. Vintage tourism ephemera, neon, and floating desert islands…

Le Barry and the Fold residency

We have formally launched our french house/ruin project blog so you can all follow the ups and downs of renovating the house and artist residency space.
Follow this link and hit SUBSCRIBE to stay in the loop and have a laugh with us.

Rolling Stock – November 20 – Junee, NSW

All Aboard! ROLLING STOCK is a series of site specific performances, installations and
collaborations between artists, visiting audiences and the local Junee community on a train
moving through the rural landscape from Midday to Midnight on Saturday 20th November

Curated by Sarah Last and the Wired Lab, artists Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward are presenting a new work Container 1 alongside the latest incarnation of The way life should be at the Junee Roundhouse. Tickets are available now and you’ll find more details in the pdf attached ROLLLINGSTOCK.

The Oyster’s Locale exhibition

The Oyster’s Locale opens this Sunday at the Mill Providore & Gallery in Launceston. Margaret and I are presenting the latest incarnation of the way life should be. It’s a great show including artists; Christl Berg, Vivienne Binns, Sonja Brough, Josh Foley, Pat Hoffie, Jamin, Denise Ava Robinson, Justy Phillips/Margaret Wooward, and TJ Phillipson, curated by Fernando do Campo. The exhibition dates are: 25 Aug-3 Oct 2010, Opening Sunday 29th of August @ 2:30pm. This project is coordinated by Artsalive Inc. and hosted by the Mill Providore & Gallery, Launceston.

Ahhhh our shop is temporarily kaput!

Just in case you’re desperate to make a purchase from our lovely shop ( it doesn’t look so great today. Sick actually) you’ll find it very hard, well impossible actually to get past the checkout. I know you’re thinking ‘rats’ I really wanted one of those spectacular new vintage linen kooky souvenir cushions today. Well, fear not. You can just email me and I will sell one to you. Couldn’t be simpler. They are really nice. Happy shopping!

Margaret Woodward presents at Sydney Biennale PK Night

Superdeluxe are hosting weekly Pecha-Kucha nights at Artspace as part of the Sydney Biennale. Margaret Woodward has been invited to present our newest project The way life should be. this Thursday

17th June. If you’re in town, get down to Artspace, 43/51 Cowper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo…it’s going to be a big night.

Pecha Kucha Wagga Wagga

Related Projects has found a formidable team to launch Pecha Kucha in Wagga Wagga in 2010. We are really excited to use this opportunity to find the odd, outrageous, kooky, inspirational minds of the Riverina and present them to more info

you. Will keep you posted in the next couple of months. Our first Pecha Kucha will happen in March 2010 at the Museum of the Riverina Historic Council Chambers.