Previous Exhibition

Catherine Parker —
Urban Calm

Mar 10 – Apr 1, 2022

About the Artist      

Join us Thursday 10 March from 6 pm to celebrate the opening night of urban calm, Catherine's latest body of work.

Catherine Parker brings an incredible collection of work to Side Gallery to invite the viewer to feel optimism through the magnetic pull of water, to rest, and reconnect with nature’s elements. This collection of work in urban calm, created over two years, captures glimpses of life by the water. Depictions of the sublime; cool bodies of water amidst the warm tones of the Australian environment. We are transported, remembering the feeling of being near or in water with endearing and calming nostalgia.

Urban calm is not just an exhibition to view but a place to go.

About the Artist

Catherine Parker

Catherine Parker is a painter / mixed media artist and educator based in Toowoomba, Queensland. 

Parker has a metaphysical interest in nature and spiritual systems and celebrates the beauty in both the Australian urban and natural landscape, choosing to honour, rather than divide the two. Although her landscapes are essentially Australian they also have a universal quality. She takes heart that within any landscape there are always mysterious elements, an invisible presence perhaps that restores the balance.

Catherine Parker has been exhibiting since 1989 and has held 17 solo exhibitions and exhibited in close to 100 group exhibitions nationally and internationally

About the Curator

Laura Brinin

Laura Brinin is a Brisbane-based curator of contemporary art. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) in 2012 and continued her visual art practice overseas in 2013 in Canada with a Visual Art residency. Upon returning home, Laura has since pursued a determined curatorial practice as noted through five years’ professional practice with the Creative Industries Precinct exhibitions and public programs office, and a practice-led curatorial development internship through Queensland University of Technology. In 2014 Laura assisted in the facilitation of multiple new media exhibitions including ANtIMATION and The New Aesthetic? at The Block. 

Laura has exhibited her own work both in Australia and overseas as well as working as an independent freelance curator across Brisbane. This primarily focussed on engagement and activation of public spaces, including running bi-monthly exhibitions at The Menagerie, and public programs such as the Papergirl Brisbane project. Laura also worked with Brisbane City Council, QUT and Brisbane Street Art Festival to produce ReForm at Kelvin Grove’s ex-military base upon Gona Parade and Parer Place.