Quentin Sprague


QUENTIN SPRAGUE is a writer and curator based in Melbourne. His curatorial projects include A Short Line Between Three Points, Laurel Doody, Los Angeles (2015), and the exhibitions Groundwork (2011) and The world is not a foreign land (2014) at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne. The world is not a foreign land toured nationally until 2016 with the support of the Visions of Australia Contemporary Touring Initiative.

His essays, reviews and criticism have appeared in publications including The Monthly, Art & Australia, and Discipline, in the edited collection Double Desire: Transculturation and Indigenous contemporary art, and in artist monographs for Derek Kreckler and Timothy Cook. His recent PhD thesis – Making in translation: the intercultural broker in indigenous Australian art – examined third-party brokerage in the production and dissemination of indigenous contemporary art in Australia and drew on research in South East Arnhem Land, The East Kimberly and Mornington Island.

Between 2007 and 2009 Quentin lived on The Tiwi Islands, and in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia where he worked for Aboriginal arts organisations. In 2012 he was a recipient of an Independent Curator’s Grant from The Australian Council for the Arts.