Megan COPE

Date Born
Place of Birth
Brisbane, Australia
Lives in Melbourne. Megan Cope is a Quandamooka woman from North Stradbroke Island in S.E Queensland. Her work explores the intricate relationship between environment, geography and identity. Maps feature prominently in Cope's work; she draws on toponymy (the study of place names) to probe myths and methodologies around colonisation. Works by Cope have been presented in Australia and internationally, including PARAsite Gallery in Hong Kong, and City Gallery, Wellington in New Zealand. Her work was exhibited in ‘Lie of the Land: New Australian Landscapes’ (2012) at the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC, USA, curated by Alex Taylor. In 2013, Cope was commissioned a major site-specific work for the My Country, I still call Australia Home exhibition in the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane and Next Wave Festival in Melbourne. Cope has also had work commissioned for public collections including the Mater Hospital, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Gold Coast University Hospital Art Collection and the Museum of Brisbane. Cope’s work is included in the NEWflames Anne Gamble Myer collection. Additionally, Cope has managed and curated several art spaces and projects including tinygold, Desperate Spaces, and the artist handbook So You Want To Be An Artist, published by Artworkers Alliance. She was the Creative Director of the Brisbane Artist Run Initiatives (BARI) Festival in 2009-10. Cope is a member of the Brisbane based Aboriginal Art Collective proppaNOW.