It’s time to dig out those acrylic paints, woodwind instruments and poetry journals Brisbane creatives, because West End is about to get an innovative new art space. As of February 3rd, House Conspiracy will be empowering artists of all domains through the provision of free residencies, workshop, and showcase spaces.
The contemporary art space is fittingly based out of a quirky Queenslander sandwiched between two apartment complexes. After years of withstanding buyouts from developers, the house was recently purchased by an anonymous buyer in 2015, who has returned it to the West End community by placing it in the hands of House Conspiracy’s Creative Director Jonathan O’Brien.
“It started off as the idea of a café, then it became a bar, and after that a hotdesk, then a grungy commercial gallery—it became a lot of things,” Jonathan explains. “Through weeks of conversations with artists, producers, and creatives across Brisbane, House Conspiracy became what it is today: a morphing, fillable space in a city that’s in dire need of it.”
The official opening for House Conspiracy will be at their launch party on Friday, February 3rd. Starting as they intend to go on, the house will be decked out with live, installation, and participatory artworks by James Day, Curated Residents Liam Herne and Rhiannon Dionysius, David Oberg, Aron Oroszvari, Jonathan O'Brien, Cinnamon Smith, Witte Art, and Mosessa.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Brisbane bands by Requin, HHAARRPP and OJ Mengel.
OJ Mengel’s frontman Oliver Mengel feels House Conspiracy will provide an accessible location for the public to interact with Brisbane’s colourful and growing creative scene.
“Creativity is getting pushed further and further out from the CBD. There is more and more development happening in areas that used to be a mix urban and suburban living, like West End and The Valley. They are building more shops and more apartments for people to live in, but the shops are getting filled up with gyms and franchise stores. We are seeing less and less authentic spaces where people can enjoy music and art,” says Oliver. “House conspiracy is great because it gives local artists a platform where they can be noticed by a lot of people.”
By the sounds of things House Conspiracy will be anything but sinister. In a continually urbanising city, it will provide a place that showcases diverse art.
See you at the launch!