Timothy Morrell

Tim Morrell is an independent writer and curator based in Brisbane


7th Asia Pacific Triennial of contemporary art
Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
This Asian Century
Archie Moore: drilling deep
Freelance curator and writer Tim Morrell studies the art practice of Brisbane-based Archie Moore which is emphatically free from any signature style and is concerned with sharing his experience as an Indigenous Australian in order to put viewers 'in his shoes'.
Indigenous: Indignation
The James C. Sourris A.M. Collection
Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane 12 November 2011 – 19 February 2012
Pattern & Complexity
21st Century: Art in the First Decade
GoMA/QAG, Brisbane 18 December 2010 – 26 April 2011
6th Asia Pacific Triennial
Queensland Art Gallery Gallery of Modern Art 5 December 2009 - 5 April 2010
Blak on Blak
Floating Life: Contemporary Aboriginal Fibre Art
Floating Life: Contemporary Aboriginal Fibre Art Curator: Diane Moon Queensland Art Gallery 1 August – 18 October 2009
Changing Climates in Arts Publishing

Timothy Morrell provides the reader with a keen description in relation to the role that the art organisation NAVA (National Association for the Visual Arts) has within Australia's government but also the empowerment they claim to provide practicing artists. Morrell also includes some insight towards the rights of the common artworker by presenting some examples as to where they stand within Australian society but also how they operate in co-relation with the governments guidelines and in particular the controversial portrayal of nudity in art. A conclusive article articulating the importance of government organisations such as NAVA, Morrell provides an insightful discussion towards the role of the artist within Australian society but also the co-operation needed from the government to enable a sufficient means of expression from artists.

After the Missionaries
Lockhart River 'Old Girls'
Lockhart River Old Girls Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane 26 November  20 December 2008
Robert MacPherson, Vernon Ah Kee and Jeremy Hynes
Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane 8 December 2007 - 2 February 2008
Fuel for Thought
The error of our ways: Madeleine Kelly
Brisbane-based artist Madeleine Kelly's oil paintings approach big issues through precise depictions of incongruous narratives which draw on both personal and mythological sources. Her comments on global issues like oil and pollution, human folly and its consequences, are framed like dream scenarios that touch us all. Kelly came to Australia from Germany when she was two and the celebrated 19th century German childrens story Struwwelpeter written and vividly illustrated by Heinrich Hoffmann echoes in her imaginative paintings of cautionary tales and surreal spaces.
Fuel for Thought
5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT5) Queensland Art Gallery Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane 2 December - 27 May 2007
The Word As Art
In black & white: text in Indigenous Queensland art
Timothy Morrell examines the significance of words within the context of Australian Indigenous art subsequent to the efforts of colonisation in neutralising indigenous identity through assimilation. The point is made through this article that: Words give artists the opportunity to be more direct than they usually are with images. Morrell uses the case of a handful of Queensland based indigenous artists such as Gordon Bennett, Richard Bell, Ah Kee, Fiona Foley and Vanessa Fisher.
The Word As Art
The Bentinck Project
Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane 7 April - 28 May 2006
New Zealand Contemporary Art Turangawaewae A Place to Stand
Stafford and Staff: Queensland's Public Art Agency
Morrell examines the recent structural developments which have taken place at and around the precinct of Brisbanes Roma Street Transit Centre. Under Queenslands Art Built-in policy approximately $1.4 million was proposed to be spent on works of art to feature in the new precinct. Morrell was the public art curator for the Roma Street project and this article developed out of conversations held with the Public Art Agencys Executive Program Officer John Stafford.
Sculpture and Cities
Compulsion: Stewart MacFarlane
Brisbane City Gallery 25 October - 9 December
Best Practice: Export Quality
Pat Hoffie: Compassion and Anger
The element of denial ingrained in Australian society provides the basis for much of Pat Hoffie's work. The popularly constructed myths, histories and relationships that reinforce Australian society involve a certain amount of self-delusion, and Hoffie uses her work to amplify this fact. This article explores some of the political and humanitarian issues at the core of Hoffie's artistic practice, with specific reference to the 'children overboard' incident and Australia's role in the 'war against terror'.
Madonna Staunton
Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane 13 March - 18 April 2003
Critical Mass: The New Brisbane
1/2 Way: Scott Redford the Collages
Dell Gallery at Griffith University Queensland College of Art, Brisbane 13 August - 19 September 2004
Hybrid World
Space Between Words: A Collection of Subjective Narratives
Queensland Centre for Photography 17 September  16 October 2005
Ecology: Everyone's Business
Framing The Colour of Infestation: the work of Liz Woods
Liz Wood is a landscape installation artist whose work over the years has included covering rocks with wallpaper and embellishing tree trunks with roses. In July 2005 Woods was selected to be a part of Farming with Mary, a collaborative project which took place along the Mary River in four agricultural communities near Gympie in Queensland. In the case of Woods large-scale works in the landscape, their ephemeral existence has the advantage of avoiding a harmful environmental impact, whilst the visual impact is clearly assertive.
Ecology: Everyone's Business
Brad Nunn: Machine Gun Walker
Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane 30 April - 29 May 2004
Currents I
Lawrence Daws: From Mandala to Full Circle
Australian artist Lawrence Daws speaks of seven phases of his work, based on specific themes that have guided his development as an artist. There has been a gradual trend in his work from themes of archetypal symbolism and exotic portent towards the more local and personal.
New Museums, New Agendas
An Inauspicious Occasion
In May 2005 Brisbane lost a landmark. Wendy Mills water sculpture On this auspicious occasion, commissioned in November 1998 as part of a major refurbishment of Brisbanes Queen Street Mall and a broader attempt to achieve a more culturally sophisticated city, came down in the dead of the night.
Art for a Banana Republic
Morrell contemplates the Banana Republic, a tourist destination with exotic indigenous culture and good weather. An Australian Republic seems to be inevitable...but where will art sit in this new future?
Looking at the Republic
Howard Arkley
Obituary for the artist Howard Arkley who died in Melbourne on July 22 1999. Outlines his career in terms of the artistic highlights and short personal biography.
NAVA Samstag Stockroom Kyneton Bendigo Art Gallery