Curriculum Vitae

Aden Sargeant is a Brisbane-based visual artist, graphic designer and musician. Graduating from their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2017 at the Queensland University of Technology, they are currently undergoing a Master of Philosophy at the same institution. Directing System Label, an artist run initiative dedicated to producing immersive multimedia experiences, Aden has curated events like AV Video Art Festival, Panorama and 2001: The System Cut. They have headed creative projects for Anglicare, Jugglers Art Space, AYCF, and in 2017 directed a complete website redesign for St Francis Theological College. Since 2011, Aden has managed, promoted and designed media for his band Three Point. Topping the Triple J Unearthed charts in 2013, the house music duo continues to release music and perform. Working as a studio assistant at Paper Boat Press since 2015, he has gained experience in curatorial and studio practice, as well as retail. In 2017 Aden commenced employment at QUT as a Widening Participation Officer, presenting design and visual art workshops throughout Queensland. In 2018, they began work as a sessional academic, tutoring first year units for QUT’s Creative Industries faculty.

Artist Statement
Through installations of video, sculpture and audio, Aden Sargeant’s work subverts notions of political messaging and critically investigates the elements which make up political spectacle. He responds to notions of disillusionment with the political establishment in Australia, critiquing the dysfunctions of Australian political systems. Through these investigations, he applies a Rancierian lens and practice-led research methodology. Concerns regarding the current jingoistic status quo are manifested in their evolving exploration and production of creative work. Their work further examines how the augmentation of material forms and spaces by digital technologies can extend the interpretative range of the work.

Selected Solo Works, Exhibitions
2018 Aden Sargeant for Contra
2017   2001: The System Cut, New Globe Theatre, Brisbane
2016   Undue Damage, Amped, Brisbane
2015   The Darksound Transit, BrisWest Centre, Brisbane

Selected Group Works, Exhibitions
2019 Status Unknown, POP Gallery, Brisbane
2018  HATCHED National Graduate Show 2018, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth
2017  On Sight, QUT Visual Arts Precinct, Brisbane
2017  Status Unknown, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane
2017  BED, Home Space Indooroopilly, Brisbane
2017  New Formation, Frank Moran Gallery, Brisbane
2016  'Tender Turf' Post Datum, Hassell Architects, Brisbane
2016  ‘Suss It Out’ Post Datum, Hassell Architects, Brisbane
2016  AV Short Film and Video Art Festival, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane

Curatorial Projects
2017  Panorama - The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane
2017  AV2 Video Art Festival, New Globe Theatre, Brisbane
2016  ‘Suss It Out’ Post Datum, Hassell Architects, Brisbane
2016  AV Short Film and Video Art Festival, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane
2016  Reverb - St Lucia Cathedral, Brisbane
2014-16  SOL Music and Arts (Monthly ’14-’16), BrisWest Centre, Brisbane
2014  YOB - Bardon Community Hall, Brisbane
2014  The Reverb Tour, Queensland, New South Wales

Professional Experience
2018-Current   QUT, sessional academic, Creative Industries Faculty
2017-Current   QUT, widening participation officer and student ambassador
2015-Current   Paper Boat Press, studio assistant, graphic design and retail assistant
2015-Current   System Label (Artist Run Initiative), director
2018                AYCF, web design
2017                St Francis Theological College, photography, web design director
2013-17           Reverb, event management, graphic design
2015                Soul on Latrobe, graphic design
2015                BTM Management, graphic design
2015                Anglicare, graphic design
2014                Lachy Lyne ‘Sleepless’ campaign graphic design
2013                SN@P Bardon, graphic design
2012                SN@P Wynnum, graphic design

Academic Qualifications
2017                Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Art), Queensland University of Technology
2018-19           Master of Philosophy (Creative Practice), Queensland University of Technology

Selected Leadership and Engagement
2019 Queer Unionists in Tertiary Education - Queensland Representative, NTEU
2018  Create X Festival, Project Co-Ordinator, QUT
2018  Experience Day, Visual Art Workshop Leader, QUT
2018  THL322 Theology, The Arts and Film, Guest speaker, Charles Sturt University
2018  QUT Open Day 2018, Visual Art Studio Tours
2018  Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Art) First Year’s Opening Workshop Leader, QUT
2017  ‘On Sight’ Graduate Exhibition Catalogue Design, QUT
2017  Graduate Exhibition Management Committee Member, QUT
2017  Experience Day, Visual Art Workshop Leader, QUT
2017  Visual Arts Studio Tours, QUT
2017  Explore Uni Workshop Leader, QUT
2016  Post Datum ARI, treasurer and curator
2016  Soul on Latrobe, curator

2018  The Hilde Chenhall Memorial Scholarship in Visual Arts
2018  The Schenberg Art Fellowship (Nominee)
2017  NAVA Ignition Prize, Queensland University of Technology

Professional Memberships
2017-18   National Association for the Visual Arts Membership
2016-18   Primary Arcade (Artist-Run Initiative)