Jugglers works with a range of groups, artist collectives and individual artists around a shared dream to provide a conduit for exhibitions and curatorial experience. Our values are strongly weighted in favour of a collective and community shared passion for the arts mostly at an emerging and mid career entry level engagement. A recent series of exhibitions and installations by three separate groups of artists from Southbank TAFE at Jugglers in the LEVEL 1 space expanded our collaboration into visual arts academies. The idea of and organised by Zoe Mary [Jugglers Administrative assistant] with Scott Avery [Southbank TAFE art teacher] The Upstairs Thing [TUT] provided some curatorial formation experience for students in a low key gallery space outside of their institutional boundaries.
Jugglers waived the normal 22% commission on sales to facilitate returns on sales to the artists, removed all but one of our permanent collection to open up the space and Zoe and Scott managed the installations in team with the students. Each student’s body of work found its own way into the sight of punters in all three well – curated shows. Though not a high turn over of sales there was a sense of positive achievement and excitement at each show. We are planning the 2015 TUT’s – this time without Scott Avery who has retired. We are confident that this small initiative continues to be part of the web of arts and cultural infrastructure building in Brisbane.