11th-13th October 2019 || Howard Smith Wharves (East Lawn), Brisbane City


Artist Talk and Poetic Response | 5-6pm Sunday 13 October

In Between the River and the Cliff, artist Susan Hawkins asks us to clamber upon the past to consider the present. A collection of interactive sculptural pieces made from decommissioned telecommunication equipment, parabolic dishes sit ready to translate human interactions into aural transmissions. The work has been inspired by the transformation of Howard Smith Wharves from a place of industry and labour, to recreation and leisure and seeks to weave our activities of today back into the histories that preceded us.

Join us at the Artist Talk and Poetic Response to learn about the development of the work from the artist Susan Hawkins, and hear a poetic response from Kate Woodcroft.


Artist Bio

Born in Gunnedah NSW, Susan Hawkins is an interdisciplinary artist with a playful and process-oriented practice. Working with reclaimed industrial and domestic objects, her process tests their physical and metaphysical limits. This method leads her to question her position as both a producer and consumer, highlighting the broader social and environmental implications of consumer culture.  More recently Susan has been exploring the sound potential of objects and the human body's reaction to it. Relying on the materials to speak their own truth, her work explores how dualities—such as the old and the new,  the human and inhuman—play out in action. 


Susan received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Queensland College of Art in 2014, majoring in sculpture, jewellery and small objects. She has been a finalist in several prestigious prizes, including the Gas Award at Griffith University Art Museum. Susan was awarded the 2019 New South Wales Art Gallery, Moya Dyring studio residency at Cite Internationale des Arts Paris. Museum of Brisbane recently commissioned Susan to create a new work for Brisbane Art and Design. She has also exhibited solo works at Blind Side in Melbourne and Metro Arts, Outer Space, Wreckers Art Space and Milani Gallery, Brisbane. 

Program Presenter:

This project was is as a part of Brisbane City Council's Temporary Art Program 2019, produced by Metro Arts and people+artist+place. 

Executive Producers: 

Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Environment and Science. Metro Arts is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council. Metro Arts is proudly supported by TAFE Queensland as Education Partner. Metro Arts is a proud partner of Bones Accounting, Dendy Cinemas, EPSON and The Victory Hotel.

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