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June 2011
CONGRATULATIONS TO Anne Smerdon, Jessica Charlotte, JME Pool & Nolwenn Stephan, who have been chosen to participate in a group show hosted by our New York partner Raandesk Gallery of Art.  The show is entitled 'A Portrait A Part' and will examine contemporary portraiture historically but moreso as a true representation of contemporary art as a whole.
January/February 2011
Congratulations to Kitty HortonMichael Candy and Marie Larkin for being invited to display their work in the Brisbane Square Library.
November 2010
Congratulations to JME Pool for completing her Master of Contemporary Arts program at University of Tasmania with Distinction!
19 KAREN and our partnership with Raandesk Gallery was feautured in their newletter.
Marie Larkin has been selected to be part of the Illustrators Australia 2011 Calendar
October 2010
Marie Larkin was recently interviewed by Kelly Fuller of ABC Radio about her new body of work.  Listen to the interview here.
September 2010
Congratulations to Nolwenn Stephan & Dan O'Tool for becoming part of The Charlatan Ink Art Collective, New York.
Congratulations to Kate McCarthy. Her work was used for promotional material & collectors cards for the 2010 SUFF (Sydney Underground Film Festival).
August 2010
Congratulations to Jill McFarlane for being chosen as a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize with her work 'Cradle'
Congratulations to Ben Sheers for winning People's Choice in the Metro Art Award for his work 'sleeper'
July 2010
Congratulations to Ben Sheers for being chosen as a finalist in the 2010 Metro Art Award.
The Metro Art Award is an annual prize for Australian artists under 35 years of age.  The Award now in its’ eighth year, is Australia’s richest prize for painting for emerging artists.
June 28, 2010
Congratulations to Sonya G Peters for being shortlisted in the Clayton Ulz Art Award
June 25, 2010
Sonya G Peters exhibition at Tweed Gallery "Beyond The Given" opens
June 18, 2010
Congrats to Jesse Dolman for being accepted as a Finalist in the Paul Guest Prize at the Bendigo Art Gallery.
May 27, 2010
Lightmares featured in Gold Coast SUN.
May 26, 2010
Lightmares Editorial is featured in Art Monthly June issue.
May 19, 2010
Lightmares exhibition is featured in Pedestrian.
May 18, 2010
Lightmares exhibitionis featured in Fourthousand.
May 6, 2010
Fiona Kennedy Altoft's new work is featured in The Courier Mail

May 6, 2010
Mymo and Mariam Arcilla are interviewed on 91.7 Coast FM.
May 6, 2010
Lightmares Project Residency is featured in Fourthousand.
May 6th, 2010
Abigael Whittaker  & Sonya G. Peters were chosen as a Finalist for the Lethbridge 10000 Small-Scale Art Award. The Lethbridge Gallery has established a strong reputation for exhibiting works demonstrating exceptional detail and creativity. With the intention of fostering the next generation of artists, Lethbridge Gallery is now hosting the Lethbridge 10 000. This is an exciting new art competition open to national and international artists for small-scale artworks.
April 7, 2010
Marco Wagner  work has been Selected to appear in the American Illustration 29 annual. From an impressive 8,033 pictures entered by over 1,200 illustrators, magazines, agencies and publishers, the jury selected only 388 images by a majority vote or better to appear in the book and represent the best images from 2009. AI29 will be printed in full color and distributed world-wide in hard-cover immediately after The Party, November 11, 2010, again as part of Illustration Week in New York City.
March 31, 2010
Johnny Romeo was recently commissioned to paint a 9-metre media wall in front of a live audience and streamed live on TV. This event celebrated the launch of STVDIO, a new channel by SBS and Foxtel, focusing on the arts. Footage from the live painting event and Johnny's studio will be available soon. Check out our Newsletter of Johnny creating his super-hero  Ned Kelly masterpiece here.
March 28, 2010
View opening night/installation images featuring Solo shows by: MARCO WAGNER, LEIGH PEARSON and RYUZO KOJIMA. Hundreds of local and international visitors were a-buzz with entertainment by Japanese drumming band Kizuna, while our photographer Nicola rollerskated around to get shots of guests and works from these three talented artists.
March 26, 2010
Marco Wagner has been selected to create a limited edition work for the Alfa Romeo 100 Year Anniversary in Berlin. Marco is currently exhibiting his first Australian solo show, on display until April 24.
March 25, 2010a
Rebecca Murphy is featured in the latest Cleo Magazine - read the article here.
Rebecca is exhibiting her first solo show on the Gold Coast 16 October - 13 November, 2010 at 19 KAREN.
March 19, 2010
Congratulations to Damien Kamholtz for being selected as a finalist in the 2010 Sulman Art Prize.
Damien will be exhibiting his first solo show on the Gold Coast on 26 - June - 24 July, 2010 at 19 KAREN.
February 22, 2010
View opening night/installation images from our well-received group show 19 MOOD SWINGS.
What a great start to the year, with our show attracting over 900 visitors, who viewed over 70 new works by 20 artists, including  Vitor Dos Santos, Jessica Charlotte, Guy L. Warren, Ben Frost, Natasha Zraikat, Sonya G. Peters, Ben Sheers, Ghost Patrol and more. See complete list here.
Feb 10, 2010
Jessica Charlotte has been interview by NOISE Young Artists Network.  Jessica  is exhibiting in the upcoming group show 19 Mood Swings. Read the interview here.
Feb 5, 2010
Mariam Arcilla will be on ABC radio 91.7FM on February 11 to discuss discuss the upcoming  group show 19 MOOD Swings, showcasing over 70 works that explore the playful complexities of mood and emotion.  Dload Media Release PDF | Dload 24-page E-Catalogue
Jan 10, 2010
Reminisce with a slide show featuring our various exhibition opening nights/ events held at 19 KAREN from the past 1.5 years. View opening night/installation shots from 2008-2009 here.

Oct 29, 2009
Fleur Harris's solo exhibition Soft Cuts has been featured in Frankie online. View blurb here.
Soft Cuts is Melbourne-based Fleur's first solo exhibition outside her home town, and is currently on show until November 21 at 19 KAREN.Fleur Harris was also interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald about her doll collection.Read article here.

Sep 30, 2009
Black Falcon Press is pleased to announce the recent publication of: Balloons and Airships. A limited edition publication featuring a collection of recent works by Australian artist Johnny Romeo.The book will soon be available for purchase at 19 KAREN. Alternatively Balloons and Airships can be ordered direct from the publisher. Johnny's first solo show in Queensland 'Candyland' is currently on show at 19 KAREN until October 17, 2009.
Sep 27, 2009
19 KAREN have been reviewed by the lovely BATS Magazine girls, check out article and pics on their batzina blog hereViewing opening night/installation shots.
Sep 20, 2009

To coincide with Fleur Harris’s solo show Soft Cuts and the 2009 ARC Biennial ‘Outside In’ program Fleur will be staging an Artist talk/ Workshop at 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace on Sunday October 25, 2009.
Sept 20, 2009
Mariam Arcilla and Terri Lew have been interviewed about their roles at 19 KAREN in The Vine. Read the article  by Gemma Jones here.
September 2, 2009
To coincide with the 2009 ARC Biennial- a symposium designed to challenge the way we think about visual art, design and craft, the Opening Night for solo shows by FLEUR HARRIS, JUDY ANDERSON and BENJAMIN WERNER will be held on October 24, open to the public. Workshop by Fleur Harris on October 25 is to follow, for info and to book please email us.
Download the 2009 ARC program here.
September 1, 2009
19 KAREN congratulates Hannah Smith (Gold Coast) for winning Highly Commended Prize  at the Lloyd Reese Youth Awards held on September 1, 2009. Hannah has been awarded a prize to the value of $3000 which includes $1,500 cash and products from Faber -Castell to the value of $1,500.
June 11, 2009
Mariam Arcilla is featured on the cover of the 2009-2010 White Pages for her voluntary arts-community work on the Gold Coast. Read Release here.
Jun 20, 2009
19 KAREN artistsSonya G. Peters   Hannah Smith, andFiona Kennedy Altoft (Gold Coast) have been interviewed in Paradise Magazine in the Weekend Bulletin. The article is to coincide with the girl's solo shows currently on at 19 KAREN. Read article here: Saint Martin, Feature Story: 'Artistic Vision that's in the Bag Times Three.'
May 30, 2009
19 KAREN congratulates Laura Jones (Sydney) who has just won the FEHVA Coastal Arts Incentive Award. Her winning work 'Thursday Morning' is currently on display as part of the Bangalow FEHVA Arts Festival 2009.
May 20, 2009
19 KAREN congratulates artist Sonya G. Peters (Gold Coast) who have just been selected to be a Finalist in the  2009 Sunshine Coast Art Prize. Sonya also won People's Choice Award in the 2005 Prometheus Art Award and was shortlisted for the Stan and Maureen Duke Art Prize in 2008. Her work Bedroom Series, was acquired by the National Australia Private Bank Collection. Sonya will be staging her first solo exhibition 'From the Paperbag series...A new space' at 19 KAREN on June 6-July 4. 2009.
May 10, 2009
19 KAREN congratulates artists Hannah Smith (Gold Coast) and Renata Buziak(Brisbane) have been selected as Finalists in the 2009 Prometheus Art Award, to be held May on the Gold Coast. Hannah will be staging her first solo exhibition 'Eat, Sleep, Have Visions' at 19 KAREN on June 6-July 4. 2009.
Mar 10, 2009
semi-permanent presents 'FRIDAY: An Exhibition of Local Artists'
April 3 - 4, 2009   | Launch, Friday April 3, 6-9pm
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | FREE ENTRY | Exhibition closes  April 4, 2009 5pm
Brought to you by Design is Kinky, Sherbet Birdie and 19Karen, 'Friday'will be held on at 19 KAREN on the Gold Coast, and is a sister exhibition to 'Tuesday' , held at Nine Lives, Brisbane. 'Friday' will be full of amazing art from local Gold Coast/Brisbane artists, including Mel Stringer, Nic Plowman, Mel Baxter, Courtney Brims, Karl Kwasny, Jesse Olsen, Sam Mckenzie, Nick Chalmers, Trent Evans, and 19 KAREN artists Hannah Smith and Abigael Whittaker. SEMI-PERMANENT BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR SALE @ 19 KAREN.
Featuring a mountain-full of talented Aussie artists, including  19 KAREN artists Justin Lee Williams (Melbourne),  Andrew Gordon (Melbourne) + more. Get SP tix: www.semi-permanent.com
Mar 9, 2009
19 KAREN artist Jae Copp(Gold Coast) and Anthony Lister(Brisbane/NY) are exhibiting as part of 'New Eyes Open' at Ambush Gallery, Sydney. The group show is organized by WeAREtheIMAGEmakers and Semi-Permanent as part of the 2009 Semi-Permanent conference.
Jae will also be in the upcoming group show at 19 KAREN 'Hungry like the Wolf' in May.
Mar 1, 2009
19 KAREN artist Justin Lee Williams  (Melbourne) has been featured in the latest WeAREtheIMAGEmakers.
Also check out an interview with Justin in the May/June issue of frankie magazine.
Justin is currently exhibiting as part of the group show 'Comeback' at 19 KAREN.
Feb 10, 2009
Anthony Lister  (Brisbane/NY) has been interviewed  by Gold Coast journalist  Kieren Burke for Australian Creative Magazine. Burke also featured 19 KAREN's launch show tinygold's 'Tales from the Cold Ghost II' in The Epoch Times. Anthony previously exhibited in the group show Pap Spears, and is currently exhibiting 'The Pain of Feeling', his solo show in Italy.
Feb 1, 2009
19 KAREN artist Renata Buziak (Brisbane) has been selected as a Finalist for the 2009 Wilson HTM Art Prize, in conjuction with Artworkers Alliance.
Jan 10, 2009
19 KAREN artist Vanessa R. Williams (Gold Coast) has just recieved a Jeweller's Residencyat the Jam Factory in Adelaide! Jam Factory provides support for emerging and established designer/makers handcraftspeople, as well as providing exhibitions and the visiting artist programs.
December 2, 2008
Join renowned artist/curator Scott Redford and emerging artist Nic Plowman (Brisbane)  discuss their arts practice at 19 KAREN as part of the Gold Coast Contemporary Art Crawl.
August 25, 2008
19 KAREN launched on August 22 with a massive bang with tinygold's group show Tales from the Cold Ghost II
The 2-week show was attended by over 1200 artists, curators, musicians, fashionistas, students and general art audiences from all over Australia .19 KAREN was established by Terri Lew and Mariam Arcilla, and aims to provide emerging and mid-career artists with on-going exhibition platforms and career develpopment.
media articles
19 KAREN has been featured in selected media outlets:
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November, 2010
Andy Warde is featured in Daily Art Fixx.
Johnny Romeo is featured in The Vine.
Will Duncan is featured on Frankie Magazine website!
October, 2010
Congratulations to Nolwenn Stephen for being featured in Brisbane Style & Luxury Style magazine.
August, 2010
Gold Coast Bulletin Paradise Magazine
Marina Saint Martin, p. 17, 21 - 22 

Marina Saint Martin 09/08/2010

View News
Jade Stroud-Watts 09/08/2010
July, 2010

Gold Coast Bulletin, Paradise Magazine
Marina Saint Martin,p. 17, 3 - 4 
Frankie Magazine.com
Bannister, Louise (28/10/09) '19 KAREN + Fleur Harris'

BATS Magazine (27/09/09) '19 KAREN turns 1!'
Artworkers Writing for Art Edition
 Morrel, Timothy/ Wakeling, Emily / Tuloch Illi/ Williams, Jade
'Tales from the Cold Ghost III' Emerging Artwriters Program' collaboration with tinygold.
The Vine
Jones, Gemma (20/09/09) '19 Karen is not an Escort agency' The Vine, Melbourne
The Weekend Bulletin
Saint Martin, Feature Story: 'Artistic Vision that's in the Bag Times Three.'
The Weekend Bulletin [20-21 July 2009] Gold Coast

WHITE PAGES 2009/2010
Creative Australians: Inspiring our Communities Cover Gold Coast White Pages
Issue 03/09 Robinson, Pia (03/09) Artworkers Alliance, Queensland

Frankie Magazine.com
Bannister, Louise [16 Mar09]

YEN Magazine.net
Gardner, Jess, 'Laura Jones Gang'.
Yen Magazine.net [27 Mar 2009], Australia


The Weekend Bulletin
Saint Martin, Feature Story: 'Paper-Artsy.'
The Weekend Bulletin [09-10 Sep 08] Gold Coast


ABC Radio
Hicks, Sara, Feature Story: 'Artists Creating a Cultural Coast.'
612 ABC Radio [22 Aug 08],Brisbane/Gold Coast


YEN Magazine online
Brown, Sigrid, 'Tales from the Cold Ghost II'.
Yen Magazine.net [09 Aug 2008], Australia


Tuesday Magazine
King, Regina 'Out and About:'Shades of Summer
The Gold Coast Bulletin [18 Nov 08], Gold Coast


The Gold Coast Bulletin [21 Sept 08], Gold Coast
Barker, Lauren, See it! Pap Spears. Tuesday Magazine

The Weekend Bulletin
Saint Martin, Feature Story: 'Gold Coast Contemporary Art Crawl'
Surgeoner, Rachel, Pap Spears: See it!
Fourthousand, Brisbane  [30 Oct 08]


The Weekend Bulletin
Saint Martin, Feature Story: 'Ghost of a Chance' 08/2008
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