Residency Period: October-December 2014
Gina Fairley is a writer and freelance curator working between Sydney and Southeast Asia. She is currently the National Visual Arts Journalist for ArtsHub (Australia), and co-runs the window gallery SLOT, which she established with artist Tony Twigg in 2003. Spliced between a laundry and a Thai take-out, it has presented over 120 exhibitions to the street. Simply, she is interested in art that flourishes within the gaps and hyphenated spaces.
Gina worked as an arts manager in San Francisco, across Asia and in Australia for 20-years before cementing the post as Regional Contributing Editor for Asian Art News and World Sculpture News (Hong Kong) in 2005. Deciding to split her career across places, living half of year in Asia for the past decade, she has held the Editorial Desk for Philippines ArtAsiaPacific; has written regularly for the Australian magazine Eyeline and, published essays and reviews for countless art magazines internationally. Her curatorial practice fleshes out those ideas with more tangible links between Australia and Southeast Asia. She has curated the museum exhibitions: Beyond Frame Philippine Photomedia (Philippines/Australia 2008-09); retrospective Roberto M.A. Robles Salusoy, Ateneo Art Gallery (Manila 2011); Trans/portable for independent venue MO_space (Manila 2012); UnBound, commissioned by Australian Embassy Manila for Yuchengco Museum (2013), and Beyogmos: Mai Nguyen-Long for Wollongong Art Gallery (2014). She’s presented guest lectures in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia, and delivered the course for arts professionals Effective Art Writing at both the Ateneo de Manila University (2010) and National Art School Sydney (2014), a version of which she will deliver during her residency at Cannonball. Gina holds a BA with a fine arts major from the University of Sydney and a MA in Art Administration from University of NSW College of Fine Art.