ELLA CALLANDER
(they/them)
Ella Callander is a Meanjin (Brisbane) based artist focusing on the logical and diagrammatic representation of thought, memory, and feeling. Their works seek to bring representation and importance to underappreciated, mundane constants within suburban Australian life. Ella completed their Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) with Distinction at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2019. During their degree Ella interned at not-for-profit art residency space, House Conspiracy, eventually becoming a board member before leaving to co-found their own not-for-profit initiative, Nextdoor ARI, with a group of good friends. Through the co-directing Nextdoor ARI, Ella hopes to support emerging contemporary practices and help foster a friendly, art loving community.
JOAQUIN GONZALES
(he/him)
Joaquin Gonzales is a Meanjin (Brisbane) based artist whose practice focuses predominantly on self identity in relation to his personal experience as a lapsed Catholic. Responding to his upbringing in a traditional Filipino home, his practice is heavily informed by Roman Catholic ideology. Aiming to incite dialogue in regards to the somewhat unquestioned absurdity of organised religion and the existence of an omnipotent deity, his work addresses his ever-changing relationship with Catholicism through sculpture and installation. Often recontextualising everyday objects through the integration of Catholic iconography and symbolism, Joaquin emphasises an almost comedic link between religious tradition and modern living.
Joaquin recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) at Queensland University of Technology. Since graduating, he has undertaken volunteer positions with Outer Space ARI and the Institute of Modern Art. In early 2020, Joaquin co-founded Nextdoor, a Meanjin based Artist Run Initiative.

Photo Credit: Metro Arts' Young Artist Forum, 2021. Image by Benjamin Garcia.

AMELIA MCLEISH
(she/her)
Amelia is a multidisciplinary artist, administrator and researcher. She is a founding co-director of Nextdoor ARI and loves supporting people in their creative pursuits, she achieves this by bringing a ‘get shit done’ attitude and through previous experience of managing arts-focused outputs. Amelia is passionate about supporting emerging artists, writers and workers. In addition to her role at Nextdoor ARI, Amelia is an ARI organiser of Wreckers Artspace and completing a Masters of Philosophy at QUT. Her practice examines the value of art, art institutions and the portrayal of art in pop culture. These concerns produce community-focused participatory projects, installation and performance art; which is applied through pop art strategies, parody, sound and institutional critique-based approaches. Amelia has exhibited across South East Queensland, including at The Walls (Miami, Gold Coast), Boxcopy, IMA Belltower and completed a residency with Outer Space.​​​​​​​
ABIGAIL RUTTER
(she/her)
Abigail Rutter is a Canadian born Brisbane (Meanjin) based artist whose practice involves a multidisciplinary approach to making. Rutter often incorporates mediums such as painting, installation, soft sculpture and mixed media as a mode of meditating on themes of collections, life cycles, traces of memory, and erasure, as well as preservation. Abigail completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) in 2020 at the Queensland University of Technology. It is through her involvement in Nextdoor ARI that Abigail hopes to foster a space where emerging artists may congregate to exhibit, discuss and form meaningful connections pertaining to contemporary artistic practices.​​​​​​​
KIMBERLY STOKES
(she/her)
Kimberly Stokes is an emerging artist living on Yugambeh Country (Gold Coast), whose practice explores concepts of identity and digital culture. Her interest lies at the intersections between social networking, performativity and the digital photograph; with a particular focus on self-portraiture. Kimberly’s work has been shown at The Walls Artspace (Gold Coast), Metro Arts (Brisbane) and Wreckers Artspace (Brisbane). Through her role as Creative Director in Nextdoor ARI, she hopes to support the creation of a welcoming and accessible arts community across Brisbane and the Gold Coast. ​​​​​​​
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