The Honeymoon Suite is a new temporary non-profit gallery with adjoining artist studios. The gallery’s name takes cue from the rise in apartment developments and display suites being built in the Brunswick area, and seeks to engage with notions of domesticity and temporality within the gallery’s curatorial outlook. The Honeymoon Suite will engage with a broad scope of artists who are both independent and commercially represented, based locally and internationally. The gallery intends to foster the careers of emerging local practitioners through the presentation of their work alongside that of established artists.
The Honeymoon Suite is led by Charlotte Cornish through the mentorship of Melissa Loughnan. Charlotte previously worked with Melissa at Utopian Slumps, Melbourne. There are three additional board members: Justin Hinder, Andre Piguet and Lauren Ravi.
Charlotte Cornish holds Master Art Curatorship (First Class Honours), University of Melbourne, and Bachelor Visual Arts/Bachelor Business, Monash University. Charlotte worked under Melissa Loughnan at Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, for three years, and has previously worked at and interned for a range of local and international arts organisations including the Naomi Milgrom Foundation’s MPavilion project, National Gallery of Victoria and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (NY).
Melissa Loughnan is the founding director of Utopian Slumps, which operated as a non-profit curator-run art gallery in Melbourne, Australia from 2007 to 2009, and as a commercial gallery from 2010 to 2014. The gallery closed in December 2014 and now exists as an art-consulting agency, working directly with artists and clients on major public art commissions and curatorial projects. Melissa is currently writing An A to Z of New Australian Contemporary Art (working title) to be released by Thames and Hudson in 2016.
Justin Hinder is a practicing artist, curator and writer living and working in Melbourne. Selected solo and group exhibitions include Dark Paradise, Tans Martial Arts, 2016; Parallels, Rubicon ARI, 2015; Tethered in the Shade, Rockies, Auckland, New Zealand, 2014; heaven-sent crumbs (with Sarah CrowEST), Utopian Slumps, Melbourne 2014; Draw Backs, Fort Delta, Melbourne, 2014; MOVEMENTS, C3 Contemporary, Melbourne, 2014; and A MILLION BUCKS a curated installation, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2013. He is represented by This Is No Fantasy, Melbourne.
Andre Piguet is a practicing artist living and working in Melbourne. Selected solo and group projects include Selected Ambient Works Vol. II, Station, 2016 (forthcoming); House: Resurrection, air bnb apartment with Simon Mcglinn and Holly Childs, 2016; 2000, Sydney, 2016; House, Basement 746 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 2016; Le Hobbit, Hekla, Brussells, 2015; Pestilient Underground; Epidemic Openness, Station, 2015; Casual Conversations, Minerva, 2015. He is represented by Station Gallery, Melbourne.
Lauren Ravi is a multidisciplinary artist originally from Perth, Western Australia. She holds a Bachelor Fine Art (First Class Honours), University of Western Australia and worked at Perth Institute for Contemporary Art, Fremantle Arts Centre and Venn Gallery before relocating to Melbourne to complete her Master in Conservation at Melbourne University. She currently works as an invigilator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and as a conservation intern for the Koorie Heritage Trust.