Alive LR

CIAF 2019 – Sonja Carmichael, Elisa Jane Carmichael & Tamika Grant-Iramu

Onespace Gallery is very excited to return to the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair in 2019 for its 10th Anniversary (12-14 July).  This year we will proudly present new work by Sonja Carmichael, Elisa Jane Carmichael and Tamika Grant-Iramu.

A catalogue essay by Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Queensland, Sally Butler, has contextualised their respective bodies of work under the theme of Taking cultural heritage personally.

“The Australian art scene is experiencing a new generation of artists who remind us that art inspired by First Nations cultural heritage also involves a high degree of personal expression. In these artworks, we see evidence of stories, techniques, and imagery passed down from ancestors through a twenty-first-century lens of individual interpretation. The collaborative work between mother and daughter Sonja and Elisa Jane Carmichael and the wall installation by Tamika Grant-Iramu both exemplify this heritage-inspired expression of individuality. These artists apply ancient First Nations techniques of weaving and carving respectively to forge a complex image of what it means to be a contemporary artist guided by cultural heritage”.

Sonja, Elisa and Tamika will be present and giving scheduled artist talks during CIAF and their artworks will be available to view online from midday 11 July 2019.

Short artist biographies are provided below and we look forward to welcoming you at Stand 20.

SONJA CARMICHAEL is a Quandamooka woman from Moreton Island/Moorgumpin and North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah, Queensland. She is a descendant of the Ngugi people, one of three clans who are the traditional custodians of Quandamooka, also known as Yoolooburrabee – people of the sand and sea. Sonja works mainly in fibre basketry and woven sculptures, reflecting her family’s cultural connections with the land and seas of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). Weaving is central to Sonja’s deep-rooted connectedness to Country. She draws inspiration from the Quandamooka traditional woven bags. Sonja also explores contemporary materials and techniques, incorporating discarded items that wash up on Minjerribah – particularly ‘ghostnets’ and fishing lines – which she integrates into new forms. Sonja’s work is represented in the QAGOMA collection and she is undertaking a Master of Philosophy in Art History at the University of Queensland.

Juno LR


ELISA JANE CARMICHAEL is a Ngugi woman from Quandamooka Country (Moreton Island/Moorgumpin and North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah, Queensland). Her practice honours her cultural heritage by incorporating materials collected from Country, utilising traditional techniques and expressing contemporary adaptations through the mediums of painting, weaving and textiles. Elisa is very passionate about preserving her strong connection to the sand and sea. Her practice explores the beauty of nature and the environment, drawing inspiration from her cultural identity and heritage. Elisa holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, QCA (Griffith University); and a Master of Fine Arts, QUT. Elisa’s creative works and collaborations have been exhibited nationally and internationally in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and India. Her work is collected by: QAGOMA, UQ Art Museum, QUT Art Museum, Queensland Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Redland Art Gallery, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, and the University of the Sunshine Coast.

TAMIKA GRANT-IRAMU graduated from the QCA (Griffith University), with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2017, majoring in Interdisciplinary Print Media. Her work focuses on Torres Strait Islander printmaking techniques and storytelling aesthetics. She was a finalist in the 2018 (35th) Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Works on Paper Award and was recently awarded an Australia Council for the Arts grant (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Panel). Inspired by the immediate environment of Brisbane, her striking large-scale print installations focus on minute areas of native flora within urban ecosystems creating a diverse range of organic patterns and forms. In 2019 Tamika has been curated by Blaklash Projects into Brisbane City Council’s Indigenous Art Program and selected for the Haugensund International Festival (Artistic Relief Print), Haugensund Art Gallery, Norway.

Propogation LR


Top left: Elisa Jane Carmichael, Alive, ungaire, lomandra, pandanus, fish scales, shells, discarded sea rope, raffia, synthetic fibres, fishing net and metal, 140cm x 58cm x 8cm.

Centre: Sonja Carmichael, Juno, 2019, ungaire, 67cm x 40cm x 5.5cm depth.

Bottom: Tamika Grant-Iramu, Carving Memories: propagation by roots (detail), 2019, Linocut on hahnemuhle paper, 2AP + Edition of 3, Approx. 200cm x 275cm in total,

All photos: Louis Lim. Courtesy of Onespace Gallery.

Onespace Gallery and exhibiting artists acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which this gallery stands. We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and future.


ONExchange | Glen Henderson In Conversation

Robert Biscoe and Marion Wilson hosted a ONExchange conversation with exhibiting artist Glen Henderson on Friday May 3. They discussed Glen’s latest body of work, the variety of mediums in the show and discussed Glen’s processes when creating new works. Listen to the full discussion below:




Photos: Funky Munky

On Saturday 25 May, Glen sat down with Jan Baker-Finch and Maurice McCallum to a second, more informal conversation as part of Brisbane Art Design (BAD) Festival 2019. Listen to this conversation below:

GH - Artist Talk_2019-05-25
Photo: courtesy of Onespace Gallery
Copyrighted image must credit Mick Richards on all uses.

Onespace Gallery Internship

Are you a recent graduate seeking industry experience in the visual arts?

We are seeking a motivated, enthusiastic and reliable creative to join our team and assist with our exhibition program, operations and events held at Onespace Gallery.

During this internship you will be involved in assisting the Directors and Gallery Officer of Onespace Gallery with day to day operations of the gallery program:

  • You will experience and further your knowledge of the procedures and protocols involved in overseeing the gallery space
  • You will advance your knowledge about artists, exhibits and methods involved in coordinating an exhibition each month
  • You will be encouraged to interact with artists and visitors, answer questions and field sales inquiries
  • You will gain more experience in preparing invoices, purchase orders and the coordination of events

Attributes & Skills:         

The following creative and management skills would be preferable when applying for this internship:

  • Can demonstrate a minimum level of experience working in a visual art environment such as an Art Administration, Gallery or related.
  • Be enthusiastic, reliable and effective, self-motivated, punctual and enjoy working in a team environment
  • Possess and demonstrate a positive attitude and an ability to deal with a wide range of people

Please note, this position is casual and days/hours are very flexible around existing work schedules.

To apply for this internship, please send a cover letter and a current curriculum vitae to

Applications close April 19.


ONExchange | Nicola Moss and Diana Warnes In Conversation

Greenspace is the inaugural exhibition for Onespace by artist Nicola Moss. Moss brings her City and Nature project to the gallery, examining a changing ecology – a place where town planning, heritage and personal aesthetic, mixes with maintenance regimes and sense of well-being. Greenspace explores the inner-city Brisbane suburbs of postcode 4101 – South Brisbane, West End and Highgate Hill.

Moss’ art practice explores the value of a healthy environment to communities and individuals, with a particular focus on the sense of well-being contact with plants can provide in our everyday lives.

“I take paper with me when I go – it’s an opportunity to actually get impressions of the place… It looked like there was quite a lot of greenspace in 4101 – a lot of it is private gardens combined with street trees, it’s this collective greenspace. It requires participation and I think we all add to that greenspace.” – Nicola Moss, ONExchange Conversation

Diana Warnes hosted a ONExchange conversation with Nicola Moss on Saturday February 2 where they discussed her exhibition, processes and observations travelling through 4101 during the making of this spectacular body of work. Listen to the full discussion below:


Photos: Funky Munky

SpatialCo introduces themselves to Brisbane

SpatialCo is a creative practice operating in two parts – as service provider and as researcher – exploring the application of emerging technologies. Their team is made up of architects, designers, visualisers and technicians who work collaboratively on all projects.

The process of laser scanning captures measurable spatial data to create a three-dimensional point cloud, while also recording colour panoramic images. In this exhibition they interrogate the collected data to produce a series of 2D images that explore the qualitative aspects of the skate arena at a point of transition. Their spatial investigations, using 3D laser scanning technology, documents concrete structural elements as well as the seemingly banal dust, peeling paint and discarded objects. The images created for this exhibition demonstrate the capacity of the technology to move beyond the measurable to reveal intangible aspects embedded within the fabric of this iconic Brisbane building.

Listen to Leonie Matthews introduce SpatialCo and how they came to be.
Photos: Funky Munky




ONExchange | Elisa Jane Carmichael and Sally Butler In Conversation

“Words, images and sculptures overlap as lines of verse become titles of artworks and share a ‘time travel’ conversation between artist, ancestors, and country. We, the viewers, are embraced by the exchange. Art that is so deeply invested in sharing and connecting is infectiously inclusive.”
– Sally Butler (University of Queensland), catalogue essay, 2018

On Friday, November 9 Onespace Gallery launched Elisa Jane Carmichael’s second solo exhibition, Will we swim together tomorrow through the Saltwater waves?

Will we swim together tomorrow through the Saltwater waves?
coincides with her inclusion in APT9 at QAGOMA and honours the natural elements of Quandamooka country which have formed the environment for thousands of years. Through paintings and woven mediums, Elisa Jane Carmichael reflects on visual ancestral experiences of Quandamooka Bujong Djara (Mother Earth) to share the beauty, power, and importance of Minjerribah yesterday, today and tomorrow, ngayigany, ngayiganya, ngayigawa (seen, seeing, will see).

Catalogue essay author, Sally Butler (University of Queensland) assisted in hosting a ONExchange conversation with Elisa Jane Carmichael to discuss her exhibition, new body of work and the beautiful poem that tied it all together. If you missed the conversation, listen to the audio here:


To read view the works, read the poem and find out more about her work click here.


Photos: Funky Munky


One Space 14112018 LR-19

EOI – Onespace Pop Up: BNE Art + Design

Onespace Pop Up: BNE Art + Design

 8 – 22 December 2018

Pop Up events allow artisans with small businesses or brands to showcase their work in a unique environment outside of traditional retail or market style set up. Selected artists are presented with the opportunity to interact directly with their customers – the more personal format allows for further conversations about their craft, processes and inspirations.

We believe in encouraging the purchase of genuine, hand made products where the artisan has been involved from beginning to end – an investment piece, a form of artistic appreciation and the opportunity to own a ‘one of a kind’ object.


Onespace Gallery is seeking Expressions of Interest for the involvement in our final show for 2018, Onespace Pop Up: BNE Art + Design, a ‘pop up’ style exhibition that allows artists and designers to present their work and brands within a gallery context. Artists are encouraged to be present in the space to both interact with visitors to the gallery and are also invited to work in the space if their practice permits.

Alternatively, artists may also apply as a group. This may present in the form of a collaboration or a space in the gallery will simply to showcase multiple artists as a collective.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please submit the following information to

  • A brief bio and CV for yourself (plus anyone else you plan to exhibit with)
  • Images and details (including price and materiality) of works you wish to present

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Alicia Hollier at Onespace Gallery

T: 3846 0642


For more information about how to apply, click here.


Works in on flyer: Georgina Hooper (left) and Kylie Bickle (right)

Jay Younger and Amy Carkeek
Exhibtion Opening
Onespace Gallery
3 August 2018

ONExchange | Jay Younger, Amy Carkeek and David Broker In Conversation

Onespace was pleased to recently open double exhibition, Jay Younger’s Demagogues and Megalomaniacs and Amy Carkeek’s Welcome to the Dreamhouse. These two exhibitions, presenting vastly different work, both come together under the roof of Onespace Gallery to comment on the way we look at the world within the current political climate. Opening night occurred on Friday 3 August, 2018 but prior to the opening night celebrations both artists were joined by journalist and Director of Canberra Contemporary Artspace, David Broker. David spoke of his personal association with Jay and Amy and discussed their process, drives and underlying key themes of these new works.

Listen to the full discussion here:


Jay Younger’s recent work employs a photographic process using smoke and mirrors, a concept based on the magician’s practice of distracting an audience with reflections and a burst of smoke. Demagogues and Megalomaniacs introduces appropriated news images of high-profile and ‘notorious’ politicians, both here and abroad, to reveal their deceptive agendas.

Welcome to the Dreamhouse conveys a nostalgic world where children play happily. As if unaware of the menacing and imminent darkness that has found them—or possibly only too aware—the small figures continue about their doings, masked and armed, yet seemingly unaffected. Through the modification of these discarded childhood, and mass produced domestic objects, the ceramic figurines take on a replacement narrative and a new veneer. By masking their past surface, the figurines now reveal their hollow façade.


Jay Younger and Amy Carkeek Exhibtion Opening Onespace Gallery 3 August 2018

Photo: Emma Wright