Meanjin artists diversifying skills to create facilities independent of government funding

Cyber Bunker and Here Space are the most recent facilities initiated by entrepreneurial artists to build diverse communities in Meanjin/Brisbane.
Founders of Here Space, Michelle Vine and Perrin Ellis. Photo: Claudia Baxter. Two people sitting on a sofa in the middle of a brightly lit studio space.

Meanjin/Brisbane is proving fertile ground for the arts, with the late April and early May launches of experimental art space, Cyber Bunker, and artist studios, Here Space respectively. Both grassroots initiatives are run by artists who intend on enriching the cultural landscape, with greater representation of LGBITQA+, linguistically diverse and neurodiverse practitioners.

They are the most recent examples of artists pooling their resources and diversifying their skills to create facilities that meet the needs of their colleagues. Initiated and run independent of government, they provide a range of services to communities that are presently underserved by funded organisations.  

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Pamela See (Xue Mei-Ling) is a Brisbane-based an artist and writer. During her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Griffith University, she researched post-digital applications for traditional Chinese papercutting. Since 1997, she has exhibited across Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. The collections to house examples of her artwork include: the Huaxia Papercutting Museum in Changsha, the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra and the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) in Adelaide. She has also contributed to variety of publications such as: the Information, Medium and Society Journal of Publishing, M/C Journal, Art Education Australia, 716 Craft and Design and Garland Magazine.