Proposal for tinning Street: Dog’s Country God’s Bones

Two-artist exhibition featuring the work of Emma Magnusson-Reid (Tasmania) and Matt Chun (Bermagui, melbourne and Taipei)

Contact for this proposal:

Please contact Matt at / +61 403 755 672

social media Links

Emma’s Instagram @theflowerthief

Matt’s Instagram: @matt.chun

Preferred gallery and month(s)

We have prepared this proposal based on Gallery 1.

Our preference would be to exhibit in June, or towards the end of 2020.

written outline of idea and themes

Dogs Country Gods Bones will feature new video, sculpture installation and wall-based works by Emma Magnusson-Reid and Matt Chun. Both artists are situated in regional Australia, engaging critically with their respective immigrant family histories. Through their art practices, Emma and Matt share an interest in ‘Australian’ national identity, landscape and cultural semiotics.

Emma’s contribution to the exhibition will be the results of a long-term, interactive investigation of landscape: including film documentation of both the pristine landscapes and areas of deforestation of her home in rural Tasmania. She populates these landscapes with handmade sculptural works, constructed from found and recycled materials, decorated skeletal remains (and the occasional appearance of a dog named Archibald). Emma utilises the state of Tasmania as an experimental site; a place that is currently experiencing rapid social, cultural and environmental change. Her body of work will act as the catalyst for this two-artist show, which will include large scale drawings by Matt in response to Emma’s multi-disciplinary practice. 

Matt’s contribution to this exhibition will also be formed through his current tenure as 2019-20 Creative Fellow at the State Library Victoria, and as the current 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s Emerging Writer. In both roles he is conducting a depth of research and art-making around colonisation and landscape.

The exhibition, Dog’s Country God’s Bones will confront perceptions of the ‘Australian’ landscape, in an ostensibly ‘post-colonial’ and ‘post-god’ era. Blurring the line between the sublime and grotesque, Emma and Matt will offer a provocative future hypothesis, exploring paradoxes of race and belonging, genetics, inter-species connection and the dichotomy of creationism vs evolution.

A description of what is in the space

The Gallery One space would include one wall of video work, to be played on a loop on a flat screen television or projector with accompanying sound. In the middle of the gallery there will be a suspended installation from the ceiling of the textile sculptural works featured from the video (between 15-20). Beneath the sculptures will be a large collection of animal bones, both decorated and natural (pending quarantine). On the surrounding walls will be a significant number of large drawings and mixed media works by both Matt and Emma, pinned to the wall or similarly fixed.

work samples

NB: Matt will be creating new work for this exhibition, in response to Emma’s existing body of work.

Emma Magnusson-Reid / 'Lake Mackintosh 2045' / photograph_2018 /

Emma Magnusson-Reid / 'Singularity of Lake Mackintosh-2045' / Video Still / 2018 /

Emma Magnusson-Reid / 'The Blackest Scat; The Pinkest Stink', Collage and Mixed Media on Archers Paper, 76cm x 280cm, 2018, (image by, Jan Dallas)

Matt Chun / 'Landscape Drawings', pencil and watercolour on paper, each 60cm x 1200cm, 2018

Matt Chun / 'Landscape Drawings', pencil and watercolour on paper, each 60cm x 1200cm, 2018

Matt Chun / Landscapes / drawing on archival photography, originally taken and hand-coloured by the artist’s grandfather / 1920 - 2019

Matt Chun / Landscapes / drawing on archival photography, originally taken and hand-coloured by the artist’s grandfather / 1920 - 2019

CV / emma

2014-2017 / Tasmanian College of the Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts; Double Major in Sculpture and Printmaking

2013 / TASTafe, Devonport; Certificate IV in Visual Arts: CUV40111 in Sculpture and Printmaking

2012- /UTAS Inveresk Art School, Launceston, University College Program


2017 / ‘The Inaugural Salamanca Art Centre Scholarship Emerging Artist of 2017’

2014-2017 / ‘Long Tan Bursary’ For Tertiary Education, Fine Arts Degree

2013 / ‘North West Pathology Art Student Scholarship’

2013 / ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for Exceptional Achievement in Art Studio Practice

2012 / Summer School Education Scholarship, Drawing From the Environment, UTAS Inveresk Art School

Solo Shows

2021 / ‘Agents of Disturbance’, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Burnie (forthcoming- December) TAS

2019 / ‘Dazzle Ships, The DON Space, Wynyard (forthcoming) TAS

2018 / ‘Where is My Soul, The Gallows Gallery: Launceston College, Launceston TAS

2018 / ‘Physical Anomalies, Kickstart Arts; Parlor Gallery, Resident Exhibition, St. Johns, Newtown TAS

2017 / ‘Products of Conception’, Top Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart TAS

2016 / ‘As Pink As Flesh’ Visual Bulk Show and Residency, Hobart TAS

Selected Group Shows

2019 / ‘Soliloquy I: Metamorphosis’, Junction Art Festival, Launceston (forthcoming- September) TAS

2019 / ‘Causes of Failure in Jam’, Academy Gallery, Launceston TAS

2018 / ‘The Blackest Spat’, Contemporary Arts Tasmania (CAT), Hobart TAS

2018 / ‘Glenorchy Open Art Exhibition’, Moonah Arts Centre (MAC), Hobart TAS

2018 / ‘SHRINES’, Visual Bulk, Curatorial Project, Hobart TAS

2017 / ‘Panopticon’ Dark MOFO Performance Artist, The School of Creative Arts, Hobart TAS

2017 / ‘GRAD SHOW’, Printmaking Major, The School of Creative Arts, Hobart TAS

2016 / ‘A-COC (Without a K)’,With Tim Steiner (Tattoo Tim), The Macquarie Point Site, Hobart TAS

2016 / ‘PLATFORM’ Exhibition, Youth ARC, Hobart TAS

2016 / ‘Graduation Show’, Sculpture Major, The School of Creative Arts, Hobart TAS

2016: ‘SUGARTIME’, Entrepot Gallery, Hobart TAS

2016 / ‘Spineless’, Mister Jones, Curated by Matt Chun- NSW

2016 / ‘Derwent Estuary’ Morris Miller Library UTAS, Hobart TAS

2016 / ’Seed Stitch’, Warringah Creative Space, NSW

2015 / ‘Expressions of Private’, Salamanca Arts Centre; Kelly’s Garden, Hobart TAS

2014 / ‘NOWISH’, Contemporary Arts Tasmania (CAT), Hobart TAS

2012 / ‘Summer Show’, Powerhouse Gallery, Launceston TAS

Professional Appointments

2019 / Artist In Resident, University of Tasmania, Launceston (forthcoming)

2019 / Art Residency with Katoomba Art Gallery, Blue Mountains, NSW (forthcoming)

2019 / University of Tasmania Honors Forum; Artist Talk, Launceston

2019 / Art Residency with Tarkine Wilderness Lodge, Meunna (ongoing)

2018 / Concept and Development Workshops, Launceston College

2018 / ‘A Stitch in Time’, Textile Workshop, Burnie Regional Museum

2018 / Kickstart Arts Visual Arts Resident, St. Johns, Newtown

2018 / Moonah Arts Centre, Youth Arts Tutor for School Holiday Program, Hobart

2018 / Reclaim the Lane Mural Artist for 2018; Youth Week Tasmania, Devonport Regional Gallery

2018: Devonport Regional Art Gallery; Arts Tutor, for Youth Week Tasmania in Devonport and Reece High

2017 / Internship under artist Anne Noble (NZ), Institute of Marine and Arctic Studies (IMAS), Hobart

2012 / ‘Cross Currents’ Tasdance Youth Company, With Dean Cross and Amelia McQueen, Statewide Tour

2010 / Creative Internship with Stompin Dance Company, Launceston

cv / Matt


31 August - 15 September 2019 / Solo Exhibition / Two Hundred Things / Pon Ding 朋丁 / Taipei / Taiwan

2019 - 20 / Selected as Children’s Literature Fellow / State Library Victoria / Melbourne / Australia

2019 / Selected as 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s Emerging Writer / Australia and Indonesia

2019 / Australian Birds Shortlisted for the Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature

2019 / Australian Birds shortlisted for the CBCA Award for New Illustrator


October 2019 / Book Release: Australian Sea Life / Little Hare Books

30 November - 23 February / Group Exhibition / On The Move / curated by Mikala Tai / Wollongong Art Gallery / Wollongong

Summer 2019 / Travel to Jakarta and Yogyakarta to produce 2 original texts for publication in 4A Papers and Art Monthly Australasia / Indonesia

Summer 2019 / Guest Artist / Overland Literary Journal (Summer 2019 Edition)

January 2020 / Guest Artist and Writer / Liminal Magazine


29 April - 05 May 2019 / Presentation / Sydney Writer’s Festival / Carriageworks / Sydney / Australia

March 2019 / Australian Birds shortlisted for the CBCA Award for New Illustrator

February 2019 / Australian Birds selected as Children’s Book Council of Australia 2019 Notable Book / Long-listed for the Eve Pownall Award

January 2019 / Travelogue / working temporarily from Vancouver and Seoul.

November 2018 / Australian Birds Launch + Live Window Painting / Abbey’s Bookshop in Sydney / Embiggen Books in Melbourne / The Curatoreum in Canberra / Candelo Books in Bega

October 2018 / Book Release: Australian Birds / Little Hare Books

10 September - 24 October 2018 / Artist-in-Residence and Group Exhibition / Guandu International Sculpture Festival 關渡國際自然藝術季 2018 / Taipei / Taiwan

24 July 2018 / Creative Response / Second Coming / Issue 37: Cinema / Runway Australian Experimental Art / Launched at Kudos Gallery / Sydney / Australia

6 - 23 June 2018 / Solo Exhibition / Still / May Space / Sydney / Australia

03 May 2018 / Writing / Notes on Anzac Day / Overland Literary Journal 


10 December 2017 / Writing / A Short Despatch from the Garden of the Generalissimos / Runway Experimental Australian Art

07 - 25 November 2017 / Group Exhibition / Out of Line / May Space / Sydney / Australia

28 October 2017 / Solo Exhibition / Edges 邊界 / Bamboo Curtain Studio / Jiu-Jiu Lai-Zuo 九九來坐 / Taipei / Taiwan

21 October 2017 / Facilitator / Children's Drawing Workshop / SheZhi Island / Taipei / Taiwan

September - October 2017 /  2 months as Artist-in-Residence / Bamboo Curtain Studio 竹圍工作室 2017 / Taipei / Assisted by Australia Council for the Arts.

29 July - 15 October 2017 / Group Exhibition / Salon des Refuses / National Trust S H Ervin Gallery / Sydney / Australia

September 2017 / Writing / National Accounts Essay / Meanjin Quarterly / Spring 2017 Issue

01 June - 01 July 2017 / Solo Exhibition / An Episode / Tuggeranong Arts / Tuggeranong / Australia

June 20 - 22 / Birds / Public Art Commission for Narrandera Shire Council / Narrandera / Australia

28 March - 22 April 2017 / Group Exhibition / Introducing V / May Space / Sydney / Australia

18 March 2017 / Live Art collaboration with Nexas Quartet / Hotel Hotel / Art Not Apart Festival / New Acton / Australia

17 June - 20 August 2016 / Finalist, Highly Commended / Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize / Bega Valley Regional Gallery / Bega / Australia

2016 / 2 months as Artist-in-Residence / Group Exhibition / Guandu International Sculpture Festival 關渡國際自然藝術季 2017 / Taipei / Taiwan

2016 / Solo Exhibition / 4 weeks as Artist-in-Residence / Far South / Nishi Gallery / New Acton / Australia

2016 / 8 weeks as Artist-in-Residence / Studio Switch / Casula Powerhouse / Western Sydney / Australia


16 July 2008 Graduation / Master of Creative Arts by Research / Wollongong University

Thank you

We appreciate your time in considering our proposal and look forward to your feedback.

Kind Regards, Emma and Matt