The IMA is thrilled to announce that the IMA Annual Gala and Benefit Auction 2023 will be held in honour of artist Megan Cope.
Cope is a Quandamooka artist from Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) in Southeast Queensland, whose striking site-specific sculptures, paintings, and videos explore issues relating to place, identity, colonial histories, and the environment.
Cope’s work was widely exhibited in 2022, including in We, on the Rising Wave, the Busan Biennale, Reclaim the Earth, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and Embodied Knowledge: Queensland Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.
Captivating local and international audiences with Quandamooka histories and care for Country, Cope is at a pivotal moment in her career.
“Megan Cope is one of Meanjin/Brisbane’s most dynamic artists. From maps exploring rising sea levels on Quandamooka Country to large installations of middens and mining tools, she warns us of the need to change our extractive relationship with nature and reminds us of the resilience of Country,” says IMA Director Robert Leonard.
Image: Megan Cope with her works Yarabindja Budjurung I and II, 2021. Courtesy the artist, National Gallery of Victoria, and Australian Print Workshop. Photo: Tim Carrafa.