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Quentin Sprague is a writer and curator, and Acting Director, Curatorial Program, Monash Art Design & Architecture.

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His essays, reviews and criticism have appeared in The Monthly since 2013, as well as in publications including Art & Australia, Discipline and Sturgeon. He has also published essays in recent artist monographs for Derek Kreckler (Derek Krecekler: Accident and Process, Perimeter Editions, 2015) and Timothy Cook (Timothy Cook, University of Western Australian Press, 2015), in the collection of critical writing Double Desire (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014), and in exhibition catalogues for No Boundaries (Nevada Museum of Art, 2015) and Painting. More Painting (The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2016).

Curatorial projects include A Short Line Between Three Points, Laurel Doody, Los Angeles (2015), and the survey exhibitions Groundwork (2011) and The world is not a foreign land (2014) at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne. The world is not a foreign land toured nationally until 2016 with the support of the Visions of Australia Contemporary Touring Initiative. His recent PhD thesis – Making in translation: the intercultural broker in Indigenous Australian art – examined third-party brokerage in the production Indigenous contemporary art in Australia and drew on research in South East Arnhem Land, The East Kimberley and Mornington Island.

Between 2007 and 2009 Quentin lived on the Tiwi Islands and in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia where he worked for Aboriginal arts organisations. In 2017 he received a Creative Victoria Grant to research and develop a forthcoming book. Research interests include collaborative intercultural practice, the anthropology of art, curatorial practice as intercultural brokerage, painting, and the ethics of representation in postcolonial contexts.

Quentin Sprague, Lecturer
The world is not a foreign land

Installation view, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, 2014. Photo: Christian Capurro

Quentin Sprague, Lecturer
A short line between three points

Installation view, Laurel Doody, Los Angeles, 2015.

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