Thomas Quirk is an artist working across theatre, performance, video, sculpture and spatial installation. Thomas is most excited about the strange possibilities that are discovered when theatre collides with these other forms. Sometimes the product might be an immersive theatre experience, an online interactive performance, a festival program, an audio walking tour, a filibuster or a panel discussion. Thomas is interested in how these forms can be in discussion with each other, rather than situating themselves along a spectrum of ‘what art is’. Often driven by small clusters of existential and identity crises questions Thomas practice is concerned largely with notions of queer identity and a repulsion of the homogenization of culture. Thomas is passionate about using his work to place an emphasis on encouraging a sense of ecology and community around contemporary art practice among artists and audiences.
In 2014 Thomas’ theatre work The Theory of Everything was developed through Metro Arts’ Work in Residence program and his long term community/art project The Walking Project was commissioned for its premiere season at Junction Arts Festival in Tasmania. Thomas has also co-created untitled/HEDDA/untitled (2high Festival 2013), The Raven (presented by Metro Arts Independents and Laura Kwiatkowski, 2012), The Pact (Junction Arts Festival 2012 and World Theatre Festival 2011) and Pro-stasis (Brisbane Festival’s Under the Radar 2009). Thomas has exhibited work as part of Metro Arts’ CROSS-STITCH: Without Apology (Curated by Steven Mitchell Wright, 2011), Metro Arts’ CROSS-STITCH: Night of the Dead Trees (Curated by Sarah Winter, 2012), Lauren Clelland’s curatorial project, I Don’t Think This Is Happiness (Metro Arts’ Freerange Festival, 2012) and existence: a festival for live art, performance art and action art (Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, 2010). Thomas has worked as a Co-Director for exist ARI (2011 – 2012) and Brisbane Emerging Art Festival (2011), Program Coordinator for Brisbane Festival’s experimental arts program (2011), Performance Coordinator for 2high Festival (2010) and Festival Manager for 2high Festival (2011 – 2012). Thomas has also acted as a peer advisor for the Australia Council for the Arts’ Emerging and Experimental Arts Department.
Thomas is currently based in Melbourne and is studying a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture, Sound and Spatial Practice) at RMIT. Thomas also holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama) from QUT.
Thomas is proud to continue working with Metro Arts in 2015.
WORK WITH METRO ARTS //
2014-2015 Work in Residence / The Theory of Everything, Creator/Director
2013 Creative Development / The Theory of Everything, Creator/Director
2013 CROSS-STITCH / CROSS-STITCH: Thunderbox – Artistic Director Britt Guy, Contributing Artist
2012 Season of the Independents / The Raven – co-presented by Metro Arts and Laura Kiwatkowski, Director
2012 CROSS-STITCH / CROSS-STITCH: Night of the Dead Trees – Artistic Director Sarah Winter, Contributing Artist
2012 FreeRange / I Don’t Think This Is Happiness – curated by Lauren Clelland, Contributing Artist
2011 CROSS-STITCH / CROSS-STITCH: Without Apology – Artistic Director Steven Mitchell Wright, Contributing Artist