Brand X supports Sydney-based artists with opportunities for subsidised work space to develop their creative practice, prepare for a production, form new creative relationships or retail directly to the public.
Tanja Binggeli is a letterpress artist based in Sydney and the German Language Coach for Opera Australia, with a Masters in Design. Tanja draws on her 10 years working in opera and language, using her press as an experimental medium, to create mainly text-based work. Tanja’s greatest influence are the music and performances by which she is surrounded at the opera. Using the letterpress she expands her practice in language through another medium of rich history and dynamism.
Alma Studholme is a sculptor working with multi-media and mixed media installations often explored in the context of ceramics as her core medium. Her art practice draws on her scholarly background in philosophy and religious studies. Currently she is working on an interdisciplinary PhD project for the University of Sydney, extending her sculptural practice across the light-and-sensor-technologies and the theoretical research in cognitive sciences, neurology and contemplative religious traditions.
Lisa Kotoulas has a strong interest in neuroscience and psychology, expression and gesture as the primary focus of her work. By capturing moments of suspended time, the chance to engage in an exploration of Self, Identity and Truth often presents itself. Creating dimensions where the real and imagined collide, where reality is indistinguishable from the fabricated and where consciousness meets subconsciousness meets unconsciousness are her main objectives. The disorientations of time and space continue to motivate Lisa’s work.
Susanna Chen Chow is a contemporary expressionist painter and a natural colourist working in landscape. Following a number of trips to the Kimberly, Arkaroola, the Flinders and MacDonnell Ranges, her current aim is to abstract the essence of the Australian landscape and to emphasise its vibrant colour using oils and acrylics. Susanna was a recipient of the Brand X Visual Arts Residency Program in 2015 and now has a semi-permanent studio at the TWT Creative Precinct.
LJ Polley-Peters graduated in 2009 from the National Art School with honours in painting, focusing her work on specific places in her immediate environment. Her work spans from highly descriptive, to radical reduction, with a focus on an intuitive practice in response to particular environments that take her creative attention. LJ Polley-Peters now works out of her studio at the TWT Creative Precinct in St Leonards.
Todd Fuller has exhibited annually with Brenda May Gallery since his debut in 2011 at the age of 23, having graduated from Sydney’s National Art School the previous year. His practice integrates sculpture, animation, drawing, performance and painting to construct narratives drawn from empirical experiences, personal or otherwise. Todd has a studio in the Brand X Arts Incubator as part of the TWT Creative Precinct in St Leonards.
William Mansfield is a Sydney based multi-disciplinary visual artist. Pursuing a dynamic experimental DIY aesthetic, Mansfield utilises a broad range of mediums including video, sculpture and installation. Mansfield’s unique practice conflates ideas of schlock horror and glitch art with childhood nostalgia, interrogating notions of torment and the grotesque, with irreverent and kitsch humour. He employs pre-cinematic devices and handmade dioramas to weave together open-ended narratives within his work.
Dale Trueman works across performance, sculpture and electronics. His main focus is on the production of props and devices for use in the performance of magical illusions. Using items that are handcrafted in a bespoke fashion and finished to a high degree. They are practical items for use by a magician but can also be appreciated as stand alone artworks in their own right. As a performing magician himself, Dale can build a magical prop symbiotically with a new routine or tailor one for an existing routine.
Jennifer Reid is a Sydney artist whose main interest has been the human figure and face, primarily in works on paper. She is using her time at the Brand X Arts Incubator to explore new mediums and subjects including painting and images on fabric, cartooning and abstract as well as picture book story and illustration. She continues to be a regular at various life drawing groups and frequently paints and draws au plein air.
Aesha Henderson is an interdisciplinary artist working across sculpture, installation, performance, design for theatre, events and screen specialising in puppets, creative direction and curating. Her work incorporates play, humour, beauty, darkness and the surreal to shift and investigate stories of what we are and what we may become. Aesha works from her studio in the Arts Incubator as part of the TWT Creative Precinct in St Leonards.
Toni McDowell is a painter and printmaker inspired by where she lives and what she sees around her: Sydney’s harbour, bushland and the city’s complex built environment. Working en plein air, the painting takes shape using acrylic, oil, crayon, etching and collage to abstract and develop the image. Her art has been selected as a finalist in the Glover Prize for Landscape Tasmania and the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting prize. She has also exhibited in a number of galleries in Sydney and regional centres.
Ben Morley tells the story of the city’s development through his painting. Ben completed his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2001. After relocating to Chippendale in 2004 he began to document the area’s rapidly changing environment. In 2015 Ben presented a solo exhibition at Carlton Project Space, a pop up gallery in Chippendale. After the exhibition he was contacted by City of Sydney curator, Margaret Betteridge, who purchased five of the exhibited works for the City’s permanent collection.
Intersect Arts are Pamela Lee Brenner and Johannes Muljana. We collaborate in artistic creations producing sculpture, projections, performances and digital interactive works. Our works deal with issues such as public vs private spaces, reuse of discarded materials and other contemporary issues that resonate with our ways of seeing the world. We have participated in outdoor and indoor sculpture exhibitions, virtual sculptures, performance art exhibitions and public projections around Sydney and Australia.
Anna Laerkesen is a visual artist working across various media to investigate the terrain of placement / re-placement / replacement and the vulnerable body in public space. She has worked professionally in the arts running public and her own arts programs, large scale public art events and theatre both internationally and nationally. Anna Laerkesen’s works suggest narratives that are central to colonising cultures- for example, being lost in the unmapped primal wilderness or questions of origin and sustainability.
Mark Eliott glass art practice spans sculptural abstraction informed by music, synaesthesia and improvisation, biological representation influenced by 19thcentury glassblowers: The Blaschkas, and story telling. He completed Masters of Visual and Studio arts at Sydney College of the arts, Jazz studies at Sydney conservatorium and is currently undertaking a PHD at the Australian National University, working from the Tempe Jets site.
Fiona Edmeades is a sculptor who works predominantly through process and materiality to investigate the complex nature of our human experience. Conciseness manifest through the realm of form, a reality which we all share and to which we are all bound. Fiona feels that although we may fixate on the big events, it within the banal and the everyday – in the repetition of the mundane –that we create the rich and complex fabric that is our life.