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b. 1982, Australia

Megan Cope Biography

Megan Cope is an exciting young artist with a quickly growing profile, attracting attention for her paintings, video work, sculptural installations and site-specific commissions. A Quandamooka woman from North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, her work explores the intricate relationship between environment, geography and identity. Maps feature prominently in Cope’s work; she draws on toponymy (the study of place names) to probe myths and methodologies around colonisation.

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Cope’s work has been exhibited in Australia and internationally including at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art; Gold Coast City Art Gallery; MONA FOMA, Hobart; ARC Biennial, Brisbane; Cairns Regional Art Gallery; Koori Heritage Trust, Melbourne; City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand; Para Site Contemporary Art Space, Hong Kong; Careof Art Space, Milan; the Australian Embassy, Washington and Next Wave Festival, 2014. In 2015 Cope’s work was curated into an exhibition at Musées de la Civilisation in Québec, Canada, which has also acquired her work for their permanent collection. She undertook a Time_Space_Place: Nomad Residency 2014 awarded through Performance Space, Sydney.

Cope was commissioned to create major site-specific work for the exhibition ‘My Country, I still call Australia Home’ at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, 2013; as well as for the Melbourne Museum and the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, 2015.

Cope is a member of Aboriginal art collective proppaNOW.

Text courtesy THIS IS NO FANTASY dianne tanzer + nicola stein.

Megan Cope Represented By

Megan Cope In Ocula Magazine

Richard Bell Calls for a Reckoning Ocula Conversation Richard Bell Calls for a Reckoning By Emma-Kate Wilson, Sydney

Aboriginal Australian artist Richard Bell reflects on his largest solo exhibition yet, showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

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TarraWarra Biennial: Thoughts on Time and Space Ocula Feature TarraWarra Biennial: Thoughts on Time and Space By Chi Tran, Tarrawarra

With 49 works presented in all four galleries of the museum by 25 artists, the core theme of this year's TarraWarra Biennial is slowness.

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Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh Ocula Conversation Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh By Rachael Vance, Brisbane

Having held the dual role of co-directors of Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art (IMA) for almost two years, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh have shaken up the city’s contemporary art landscape. The unprecedented formulation of a joint vocation of director and curator shared between two people saw two outsiders hailing from Canada and...

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Megan Cope In Related Press

From Oyster Shells to Cardboard Bales, the Politics of Everyday Materials Related Press From Oyster Shells to Cardboard Bales, the Politics of Everyday Materials 6 July 2017, Hyperallergic

When co-curators Johan Lundt and Aileen Burns mined the Institute of Modern Art's archives, they found an access point to a pivotal time in Brisbane's material and political history in the 1986 exhibit Recession Art and Other Strategies. That show was created at time when there was very little market for Australian art, and the artists featured...

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Postcard from Brisbane
 Related Press Postcard from Brisbane
 27 September 2016, Frieze

As I write this, I’m on a long-haul flight from London to Brisbane, the sub-tropical capital of the state of Queensland, Australia. I’ve grabbed a copy of The Wall Street Journal and flip to its global weather forecast. It kindly includes both Sydney and Melbourne – however, the space between Boston and Brussels gapes cruelly. For...

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Megan Cope wins Western Australian Indigenous Award Related Press Megan Cope wins Western Australian Indigenous Award 6 July 2015, The Sunday Morning Herald

Melbourne artist Megan Cope has won the prestigious 2015 Western Australian Indigenous Art Award, worth $50,000. "I'm really excited because, by selecting The Blaktism, the curators have set a precedent and taken a bit of a risk," Cope says of her overtly political work. "I'm really pleased I've won, of course....

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