Vernon Ah Kee
Richard Bell
Tony Coleing
Tony Coleing
Sam Cranstoun
Fiona Foley
Fiona Foley
Julie Fragar
Ian Friend
Gordon Hookey
Madeleine Kelly
Noel McKenna
Margaret Olley
Ian Smith
Arryn Snowball
Madonna Staunton
Tyza Stewart
Vanghoua Anthony Vue
Judy Watson
about trace

TRACE is a biennial exhibition and art auction in unexpected West End venues. It raises needed funds for Community Plus’s vital services, and integrates contemporary art within the community. The artists in TRACE are among Australia’s most important, and many have strong connections to the area.

Visit the art in a fruit shop, book stores, a barber, a record store, a bakery, and lots of other unlikely venues along Boundary and Vulture Streets in West End. Then bid for the work online, with proceeds supporting the indispensable, indomitable Community Plus+ and their work with marginalised and vulnerable community members.

Since the 1960s many artists have investigated different ways to exhibit art outside of purpose-built galleries and museums. Often this would occur in rented spaces, or in derelict or abandoned buildings, or in lane ways or places where art could only be seen from trains, buses or cars. Some of this development was the outcome of artists using ephemeral materials intended to have no longevity like recycled materials or was only on view for one night like video projections, or involved physical performance, or work that evolved with viewers participation. But some of the art was exhibited in this way as a means to reject cultural elitism that seemed to be associated with certain art, and to press for art being part of everyday life.

TRACE draws from this trajectory of art being found in places outside of galleries and museums.

Exhibition from May 18 until June 9. Online bidding up until 9pm on June 12.

Guided walking tour of the exhibition on Saturday June 6 – meeting at West End Community House, 4 Norfolk Street, West End at 1.30pm for 2.00pm departure – with curator, Susan Ostling and local historian and Community Plus+ committee member, Tim Quinn.

about community plus

Established as West End Community House over 30 years ago, we have been a vital contributor to West End’s well-being and resilience.

Community Plus+ provides active centres for strong communities in West End, Annerley and Yeronga.

  • Through its Community Development and Support Programs the centres:
    • help to celebrate community life
  • • provide housing support
  • • help reduce social isolation
  • • provide open door & a sense of home
  • • provide legal & health support
  • • provide social activities & meal programs
  • • provide meeting spaces

Contact Community Plus+:
4 Norfolk Street, West End 4101
phone 3255 5555
info at


Curator: Susan Ostling
Project Manager: Marilyn Trad
Project Manager: Jason Grant
Gallery Advisor: Josh Milani
Creative Direction & Design: Inkahoots
Publicity: Genevieve Atkinson
Project Assistant: Ruby Parker


for general enquiries please email:
mail at

for media enquiries, please contact:
0431 030 879
media at


Avid Reader
is a bookstore specialising in new, quality fiction and non-fiction
193 Boundary St

Blackstar Coffee
is a coffee roastery & espresso bar
44 Thomas St

Box Vintage
is a shop selling vintage clothing and accessories
73 Vulture St

Charlie & Liz’s Fruit Market
is a fruit shop selling fresh produce direct from local growers and farmers
122 Boundary St

Chop Chop Chang’s
is a restaurant with a pan-Asian ‘street food’ menu
185 Boundary St

Cobblestone Fashion
is a shop selling street-style clothing and accessories that support progressive and positive ideals
120 Boundary St

Cool Shirts
is a clothing store selling screen printed t-shirts as well as hats, gifts and Bonds clothing
78 Vulture St

Egg Records
is a record store selling new and used CDs, LPs, DVDs and memorabilia
79 Vulture St

The Framer
is a framing service also selling a wide range of ready to go frames
61 Vulture Street

The Happy Cabin
is a clothing boutique selling men’s and women’s apparel
58 Vulture St

Junky Comics
is a comic book store specialising in alternative and indie comics, prints and zines
93 Vulture St

Phillip’s Barber Shop
is a traditional barber shop specialising in hair styling and colouring
74 Vulture St

is a cafe with a menu that features an assortment of breakfast, sandwiches and sweet treats
4/235 Boundary St

West End Bakery
is a bakery run by a family of pastry chefs and artisan bakers from France
163 Boundary St

Where the Wild Things Are
is a specialist childrens and young adult bookshop
191 Boundary St


TRACE is only possible through the remarkable generosity of participating artists, venues, and supporters. Please support them whenever possible.


Milani Gallery
54 Logan Road, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
Phone +61 7 3391 0455

Heiser Gallery
90 Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Phone +61 7 3254 2849

Andrew Baker Art Dealer
26 Brookes Street, Bowen Hills QLD 4006
Phone +61 7 3252 2292

Philip Bacon Galleries
2 Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Phone +61 7 3358 3555

other supporters

Carmel Dyer & Allen Hunter


Website programming:

Installation sponsor:
The Adam Nobel Team, 4101 real estate specialists

Marc Grimwade