CONSTANCE is an off-site, project based A.R.I (Artist Run Initiative) based in nipaluna / Hobart. CONSTANCE is focused on creating critical dialogues and engagement within, and beyond, the local Tasmanian arts community through supporting experimental and critical praxis.
We create paid opportunities for early career arts practitioners to develop and present innovative and experimental work in varied settings. CONSTANCE provides artists with critical support, resources, and audience engagement to realise quality projects.
CONSTANCE projects are situated in, and responsive to, a wide variety of sites. Our projects have occupied historic buildings, vacant real estate, underground spaces, city streets, arts festivals and partnered with conventional galleries.
CONSTANCE’s site-less model minimises ongoing administrative expenses, allowing us to position artist remuneration and production quality as the priority of all our projects. Furthermore, this model allows CONSTANCE to be flexible and adaptive, pushing the organisation into ambitious, new territory with every show.
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THE BOARD OF CONSTANCE 2021
Priscilla Beck is an artist and writer living in nipaluna/Hobart. Priscilla completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane in 2011, and received Honours (first class) from the University of Tasmania, Tasmanian College of the Arts in 2016. Priscilla was a founding director of Addition ARI, and is currently Chair of the Board of Constance ARI. Priscilla was an Artist In Residence at UTas in 2017 and a studio resident at Contemporary Art Tasmania in 2018/19. Her work has been shown both locally and interstate. Priscilla’s art practice is open-ended and speculative, she often works within set frameworks to create subtle, material-based installations. Each work is deeply connected to process and place, and uses art practice and systems as the ‘site’ within which to respond. Her practice is complemented by a portfolio of critical and creative writing and facilitating projects in the community.
Nadia Refaei is an artist based in nipaluna/Hobart. She received a Bachelor of Arts in 2014 and Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in 2015 from the University of Tasmania and has exhibited locally and interstate. Drawing on both personal and broader histories, Nadia uses photography, installation and video to explore cultural tropes and intersectional identity from a de-colonial perspective and as an Arab-Australian. Alongside her arts practice, Nadia is a freelance creator and has worked in migrant support, event management, and communications, including most recently at Contemporary Art Tasmania and Dark Lab.
Chris Arneaud-Clarke is a writer and critic from Hobart.
Tess Campbell is a media artist and freelance videographer based in nipaluna/Hobart, Tasmania. She regularly collaborates with other artists and film makers and has worked in areas of dance, theatre and performance. Her own practice is preoccupied with speculative fiction in film.
Caitlin Fargher is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sculptural installation and curating, receiving a Bachelor of Media Arts/Fine Arts (Hons) at UNSW Art & Design (2017). Her work is created through an embodied practice that explores the space between romantic and colonial/destructive understandings of landscape. Her curatorial practice aims to bring artists together to create a necessary conversation concerning both personal and entangled histories, materials and sites. Alongside her arts and curatorial practice, Caitlin is an arts administrator at Rosny Farm Arts Centre (Clarence City Council), Public Officer at CONSTANCE ARI and Treasurer at Good Grief Studios.
Pirrin Francis is an artist based in Hobart, Tasmania. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology in 2011 and has exhibited interstate and internationally. Prior to moving to Tasmania, Pirrin worked at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern art in Brisbane as a public program’s officer where she had the opportunity to work on programming for the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial and the GOMA turns 10 Summer festival in 2017. Pirrin uses installation, video, sound and sculpture to present personal narratives using material derived from ephemeral experiences like dreams and recollections to explore ideas of belonging, place and identity.
Sophie specialises in creating events. She is an avid daggy dancer + festival freelancer, living in nipaluna/Hobart. Specialising in festival operations and good times.
Maria BlackwellMaria Blackwell is a visual artist based in Hobart, Tasmania. She began her Fine Art studies in Dublin (Colaiste Dhulaigh) before relocating to Melbourne to complete a BA in Fine Art (RMIT). She received a scholarship to study Photography and Painting in Mexico (UDLAP), and in 2015 completed Honours in Painting at the University of Tasmania.Her work explores the strange ebb and flow between displacement and belonging. She is interested in people, the construct of memory, and personal narratives informed by location and relocation. She experiments with communicating these stories through visual material and sound.
Theia Connell is an artist, curator and producer living in nipaluna/ Hobart. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne (Art History/Anthropology) in 2010, followed by a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) in Sculpture and Spatial Practice at the Victorian College of Arts in 2014. She has recently worked as Creative Associate at Darklab and Creative Producer - Visual Art for Dark Mofo. Theia co-founded and directed Visual Bulk, an experimental art space in Hobart (2015-19), and is now working freelance with a range of organisations and contemporary artists.
Her arts practice centres on a desire to derange the built environment through performative and sculptural intervention. Theia has exhibited across Australia and internationally including Incheon Art Platform (Seoul), Snehta (Athens), BUS Projects, Watch This Space ARI, Firstdraft, Kings ARI and more.
Hannah Foley An inter-disciplinary artist, currently based in nipaluna/Hobart. Hannah’s practice considers the political, phenomenological and conceptual body, as a means to explore existing and speculative ways to be with/in the world.
Director of Hobiennale
Grace Herbert is an artist and facilitator based in Hobart, Tasmania. She studied a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture) at RMIT University and Honours in Sculpture at the University of Tasmania. Her work uses a mix of installation, sculpture, video, photography and digital media to examine practices of material production, architecture, construction and ownership of property. Grace has exhibited her work in solo and group shows and festivals locally and internationally. Grace’s individual arts practice is co-constituted by curatorial and arts writing activities. Alongside her arts practice, Grace is the Co-Founder and Facilitator of Visual Bulk and Co-Founder and Facilitator of HOBIENNALE.
Rebecca is an artist, art educator and administrator. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Newcastle in 2010 and a Master of Art Curatorship at the University of Sydney in 2013. Rebecca moved to Hobart to work as an Art Educator at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, where she started the TMAG Children’s Festival. She now works as the Visual Arts Program Officer at the Moonah Arts Centre.
Georgia Morgan is a Tamil Australian artist who lives and works in lutruwita/Tasmania. Georgia’s practice explores the assumed hierarchies of materials and places through site based research, performance/invented ritual and sculptural installations.She uses photocopies, building materials and detritus, assembled with ceramics, videos and paintings that result in a blending of ‘high’ and ‘low’.Georgia’s re-reading of non-prescribed spaces as charged with spiritual energy is an act of transformation. Remarkable experiences are conjured from her resourcefulness, pragmatism and imagining.
Nadege Philippe-JanonNadège Philippe-Janon is an emerging artist based in nipaluna/Hobart.
Nadège frequently works at the intersections of science, nature, culture and personal narrative to question our physical and learned ways of perceiving, often critiquing anthropocentric relations with the more-than-human world.
Jay Song Their artistic practice centres on audience interaction and activation. Potentiality is key. Through installations, ephemeral and temporal spaces filled with created and found objects, audience members complete a work by either engaging or refusing to engage – both equal validations of a work’s existence.