Aaron is an Australian artist based in Townsville working across film, design, writing and photography with a love of music, arts, community and black comedy. He devotes his time to documenting, creating, brooding over the meaninglessness of existence and occasionally teaching. His previous work includes 5 years at the contemporary art gallery Umbrella Studio, several grant projects, numerous group exhibitions, numerable months teaching art through TAFE and workshops and involvement in many publications.

Aaron currently works with The Rec Room, Movimiento, Full Throttle Theatre Company, Flinders Social, Artgaze Magazine and several other clients. He is available for freelance work within the arts and philosophical conversation over coffee.

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
2013 – present | Freelance Artist
2014 | Editor for The Music Rag
2013 – 2014 | Graphic Designer / Photographer / Writer for The Music Rag
2012 | Photography Teacher at Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE
2012 | Digital Art Teacher at Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE
2009 – 2012 | Design and Development Officer at Umbrella Studio
2010 | Project Manager for Compact Prints 2010 & Students In-case
2008 – 2009 | Project Manager for Tonite We RUN
2008 – 2009 | Graphic Designer for ArtGround Magazine
2007 – 2008 | Business Administration Trainee at Umbrella Studio

EDUCATION
2008 | Business Administration Certificate IV from Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE

AWARDS / GRANTS
2011 | RADF Grant through RADF to create short films for a collaborative projections exhibition
2011 | Matt Clark Scholarship to travel to Outpost Project 2011
2010 | Starburst Grant through YAQ for short film Maladaptive
2009 | RADF Grant through RADF to financially assist with Ignite exhibition and Open Studio
2008 | Ignite Grant through Perc Tucker Regional Gallery to curate group exhibition of young artists 2008 Artist Run Initiative Grant through Arts Queensland for Tonite We RUN project
2006 | Education Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Art, Chroma Regional Encouragement Award
2006 | Townsville Young Artists Awards, First Prize, Open Drawing Section

CURATORIAL PROJECTS
2012 | Audio-Technica Young Artist Exhibition – Umbrella Studio contemporary arts
2010 | Compact Prints 2010, Touring Print Exhibition – Umbrella Studio contemporary arts
2009 | Ignite Youth Exhibition – Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
2008 | ArtGround Frontiers Exhibition – Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

COMMISSIONS
2014 | Sinew – Performance at Umbrella Studio
2014
| National Youth Week Documentary, FYI (Focus on Youth Initiatives) – Townsville City Council
2014
| Artwork for SHIFT project – Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
2013 | Projections for FYI Townsville City Council event
2011 – 2012 | Artwork for light box installation, Flinders Square, Townsville
2011 | Projections for Flinders Street mall launch, Townsville

ARTIST GROUPS AND INITIATIVES
2013 – Present | Artgaze Lab Inc – Treasurer
2011 | Volunteer at Artist Run Space Cereal Box
2010 | Volunteer for Renew Townsville
2007 – 2008 | Volunteer at A Little White Space

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014 | Luxlumin, Townsville CBD
2014
| Compact Prints 2014, Umbrella Studio
2012
| Audio-Technica Young Artist Exhibition, Umbrella Studio
2011 | Decked Out, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
2011 | Strand Ephemera, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
2011 | Interpretation of Nature, Cereal Box
2011 | The Sketchbook Project, Touring exhibition by the Brooklyn Art Library
2010 | Compact Prints 2010, Touring print exhibition by Umbrella Studio
2010 | Percival Portrait Award, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
2010 | Live it Now, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
2010 | Distractions, Old Courthouse Building, Townsville
2009 | Tonite We RUN Montage, Umbrella Studio
2009 | Ignite Youth Exhibition, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
2009 | Tonite We RUN, Umbrella Studio
2009 | Christmas Propaganda Show, ArtSpaced
2008 | Prints and Pencils, The Space (ARI space at the Bank Court Building in Townsville)
2008 | Travelbug, Little White Space
2008 | Compact Prints 2008, Umbrella Studio
2008 | ArtGround Frontiers, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
2007 | Impulsive, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
2007 | A Pony in the Post Office, Little White Space |
2006 | Minister’s Art Awards, Umbrella Studio
2004 & 2006 | Young Artist Awards, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

PUBLICATIONS
2014 | The Music Rag Issue 10, 11, 12 – Editor
2014 |
Three Mile Road – Interview for The Music Rag
2014 | Zilch Launches EP – Review for The Music Rag
2013 | The Essential Bookmarks of Travel – Article for Mayhem Magazine
2013 | World Wars, Walls and Art – Welcome to Berlin – Article for Artgaze Magazine
2011 | Splendour in the Grass – Review for The Place Street Press
2010 | Nocturnal – Review for Artgaze Magazine

CONFERENCES / TALKS
2011 | Flying Arts workshop talk – alongside Anneke Silver
2010
| Australia Council Marketing Summit – Delegate
2009 | Northern Lights Film Festival, James Cook University – Judge
2007 | Young Artist Awards, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery – Judge

WORKSHOPS
2014 | Way Out Films, Julia Creek – Workshop Facilitator
2013
| Art-in-a-Suitcase, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery – Workshop Facilitator
2013 | Playing with Paper, Pinnacles Gallery – Workshop Facilitator