Museums & Galleries Qld

Beyond the Walls… at the M&GSQ State Conference

Posted on: 20 July 2011

Artists, historians, galleries and museums think outside the box and beyond the institutions walls. This can be to reach a new audience, get communities involved, and sometimes to interpret historical items, events and sites. Craig Walsh is one such artist who has thought deeply about the possibilities for technology based art forms in public spaces and how current technologies allow for new forms of public art and sustained engagement with audiences.

Craig Walsh: Digital Odyssey commenced in 2010 as a national, multi-venue tour and artist residency bringing the artist, Craig Walsh, to rural and remote locations throughout Australia. The project enabled regional audiences the opportunity to not only view but also become involved in the production and presentation of unique and highly engaging new media artworks whilst the artist resided in each town for a few weeks at a time. The project formed as a collaboration between Craig Walsh and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), along with State and regional organisations and community groups.

Along the tour, Craig Walsh worked with people and sites outside the traditional realms of art galleries or museums. The works created in each town have been guided and influenced by the landscapes and histories of the local area and the project has been a catalyst for change within the communities involved.

At the M&GSQ State Conference 2011 in Mackay, North Queensland from 11-13 August, Craig Walsh will be presenting on his work, Digital Odyssey in the plenary session, Beyond the Walls… new media, public art and heritage interpretation. Also in the plenary session, will be mervin Jarman, community art activist and a founding member of the UK’s Mongrel Collective (, and Sarah Barns, Manager Strategic Initiatives – Creative Industries Innovation Centre, University of Technology, Sydney.

For further information about the M&GSQ State Conference, visit or for more info on Craig Walsh: Digital Odyssey, visit


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