The idea of 'the SWICH Contemporary Art Space' emerged from a longstanding collaborative dialogue between photographer and artist LeAnne Vincent and philosopher and author Gilbert Burgh.

LeAnne Vincent - Gallery Director, Photographer
LeAnne has a background in public sector administration and has travelled widely. She has created photographic based artwork for several years including social documentary, portraiture and conceptual imagery, investigating themes of environmental issues, public and private spaces, and feminism. She has worked with various mediums such as film, silver gelatin prints, digital pinhole, Holga, TTV, and Type C emulsion lifts.

LeAnne’s formal art and photography qualifications began in Ipswich at the Bremer Institute of TAFE where she completed the Certificate III in Arts. She then went on to complete the Diploma in Photography at the Southbank Institute before returning to study to complete the Bachelor of Photography at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. It was here that she pursued and developed her interest in art theory and majored in Photographic Art Practice. She received the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence in 2007 and 2008.

She has exhibited works in various exhibitions in Ipswich and Brisbane, including The Brisbane Powerhouse, Metro Arts - Brisbane, the Flipbook Gallery - West End, the White Box Gallery – Southbank, the cactus espresso bar - Ipswich and several years at the Ipswich Art Awards. Her most recent series, Ways of Seeing: a photographic study of the Top of Town, was on display at the SWICH Contemporary Art Space in December 2010.

LeAnne is a member of the Ipswich Art Awards committee, the Community Arts Action Group for Creative Generator SEQ, and the Bremer Institute of TAFE Arts Industry Reference Group.

Gilbert Burgh - Project Director, Events Coordinator
Gilbert has many years experience as a university lecturer teaching social and political philosophy, and has provided consultancy services in teacher education and professional development. He is co-author of many books and articles in the field of educational philosophy and democratic education, and has served on professional bodies and advisory committees promoting philosophy in education. His research and extensive experience has led to many invitations both in Australia and internationally.

Gilbert has a personal and professional interest in the role of the arts in changing perceptions, and creative thinking as an educative process. Living nearby and working in the Ipswich CBD means being able to regularly enjoy the culture of the city and support the arts in Ipswich.

He is Southern Regional Director on the Board of the Queensland Arts Council, and is on the Ipswich Regional Arts Development Fund and the Ipswich Art Awards committees, the Community Arts Action Group for Creative Generator SEQ, and a member of the Friends of the Ipswich Art Gallery. He also has collaborated with artists and community groups on various arts and cultural projects, and is a regular guest speaker at art events in Ipswich and Brisbane.
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