CONSTANCE is an off-site, project based A.R.I 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 provide 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 within 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.
THE BOARD OF CONSTANCE 2019
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.
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. Graduating with a Bachelor of Media Arts and Honours in Fine Arts at UNSW Art and Design in 2017 in Sydney, she has now returned home to be based in nipaluna/Hobart. 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.
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. Her research driven and often site-responsive practice focuses on how the effects of capitalism are materially realised in our built environments. 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.
Tasmanian born artist Liam James completed his Bachelor of Contemporary Art at the University of Tasmania in 2010 with Honours from the Australian National University in Canberra in 2012. Now based in Hobart, he has shown work in various galleries across Tasmania, and has exhibited nationally and internationally.
He has an accompanying curatorial practice that has seen him involved with artist run initiatives, and project based exhibitions that inform and compliment his practice. James works primarily with photography, creating evocative scenes and portraits rich with references to Australian art history, his personal identity and the wider canon of art. Each image cleverly critiques its place in this dialogue, and provokes questions from the viewer about the discomfort of belonging, and our understanding of art and local history as it is presented to us and by whom.
Amy Jane Parker (b.1990, Narrm/ Melbourne) is an artist currently living and working between the unceded lands of the Boon Wurrung, Wurrundjeri and palawa people. Through a fragmented language, hinged upon both material and allegory, her work highlights the ways in which bodies are imbricated in both material and immaterial ways. Her practice draws attention to the repercussions of fictive self-containment, that sustains a denial of inter-dependency and supports extractive economies.
Recent solo exhibitions include Phrasal Breaches, Firstdraft, Sydney (2018); elslelslelslelslelslelslelslelslelslelslelslelslelslelse (running else), Punk Café (2017) and Blank Verse at TCB Art inc. (2017). Amy is currently working with filmmakers Sam Mountford and Tess Campbell as one iteration of her research project on Antarctic krill. Amy has attended residency programs at the University of Tasmania (2017), Frontyard Projects (2017), and at Textílsetur Íslands, Blönduós, Iceland (2013).
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.
Nadege Philippe-Janon is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in Hobart, Tasmania. Her practice explores the inextricably interlinked nature of systems, beings and materials, and spans across 2D/3D, installation, animation and video.