Anna Briers is the Curator at The University of Queensland (UQ) Art Museum, Brisbane. She has twenty years curatorial and project management experience, and has curated in both institutional and freelance capacities in various contexts ranging from art museums and arts festivals, through to underground tunnels and golden canola fields. She holds a Master of Art Curatorship from The University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam, The University of Auckland.
She has produced ambitious large-scale group exhibitions featuring Australian and international contemporary artists as well as artist surveys and new commissions. Key exhibitions include: the two-part series Conflict in My Outlook featuring Don’t Be Evil (2021), UQ Art Museum, and We Met Online (2021), online; Craftivism: Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms (2018-2020), a two-year national touring exhibition with Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) and NETS Victoria (co-curator); I hope you get this: Raquel Ormella (2018-2020), a two-year national touring exhibition with SAM and NETS Victoria (co-curator); Cover Versions: Mimicry and Resistance (2017-18), SAM; Cornucopia (2016), SAM; and Nell (2016), (co-curator) SAM.
With a focus on contemporary art that addresses the pertinent socio-political issues of our time, each exhibition presents a research based, multi-disciplinary approach, through artworks that are brave, experimental and critically engaged. Many projects respond to site and context, experiment with new technologies, or have an element of relationality that promotes collaboration and audience engagement towards the production of meaning.
A new book ‘Conflict in My Outlook’ was recently published with Perimeter Editions, Melbourne and launched at the Brisbane Writers Festival at QAGOMA. Focused on the techno-politics of our time, this edited anthology of texts includes Australian and international scholars, thinkers and interlocutors who have written on themes such as digital intimacies and surveillance capitalism, artificial intelligence and the internet as a neo-colonial force.