Acme Studios — Andrew Arnaoutopoulos

Supporting Artists since 1972

Andrew Arnaoutopoulos

Australia Council for the Arts Residency

Andrew Arnaoutopoulos is a Greek artist living and working in Brisbane, Australia. His practice is inspired by his earlier work as a graphic designer at a packaging factory, and issues of the environment, politics and identity have continued to inform his art-making ever since.

The installation Monoliths contrasted contemporary industrial surfaces and the prehistoric standing stones of Brodgar in the Orkney Isles. This was exhibited in the Queensland Art Gallery (1990); Canberra Contemporary Art Space (1992); and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (1992). The repatriation of artefacts was his inspiration for Consignment, an installation that explores a 200-year controversy surrounding the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece from the British Museum. This work was shown in contemporary art spaces in four Australian states during 1994–96, including the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane. The installation Trojan Horse followed, instigated by the British Museum’s refusal to exhibit Consignment. Andrew’s work is in the collection of National and State galleries and other public institutions in Australia. He was included in Australian Perspecta at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (1989) and the Adelaide Biennale of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia (1990).

Australia Council for the Arts

Since 1992, the Australia Council for the Arts has partnered with Acme to provide London work/live residency opportunities for Australian visual artists. These residencies are located at Acme's Fire Station in Poplar, E14. Application and selection is undertaken directly by the Australia Council for the Arts.

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