Open Practice Studio (OPS) draws from a network of individuals with specialised knowledge, skills and techniques, facilitated by Helen Grogan. Currently based in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia, OPS works internationally through in-person, online, and remote methods. We are experienced in adapting methods to meet diverse access requirements, including neurodiversity.
Helen Grogan holds formal qualifications in dance, philosophy, and visual art. She is an alumnus of University of Melbourne, Amsterdam University of the Arts, City University of New York, and Deakin University.
Her experience in performance archives, exhibition archives and time-based art documentation includes work with The Kitchen (New York City), PS122 (New York City), Gertrude Contemporary (Naarm/Melbourne), c3 Contemporary Art Space (Naarm/Melbourne), Movement Research (New York City), Open Archive (Naarm/Melbourne) co-directed by Jared Davis and Helen Grogan, and Hannah Mathews’ exhibition project Action/Response (Naarm/Melbourne).
As a practicing artist, her installation and performance works have been exhibited in Australia, Japan, Mexico, USA, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Sweden and online with institutions including: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Naarm/Melbourne); National Gallery of Victoria (Naarm/Melbourne); Art Gallery of New South Wales (Warrane/Sydney); Samstag Museum (Tarntanya/Adelaide); Stadtpark Gallery (Krems); Rijksakaemie (Amsterdam); Kontext Festival (Berlin); Chunky Move (Naarm/Melbourne); Netherlands Institute of Architecture (Rotterdam); Ian Potter Museum of Art (Naarm/Melbourne); HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin).
Grogan is an experienced university lecturer and practice-lead research supervisor of contemporary art inclusive performance and choreography. In 2019 her practice-based research was awarded the Jennifer Bowskill Photography Award. She has contributed to tertiary programs through guest lectures, workshops, and final project assessments. This experience includes work with Victorian College of the Arts (Naarm/Melbourne); RMIT University School of Art (Naarm/Melbourne); Deakin University (Naarm/Melbourne); Adelaide Central School of Art (Tarntanya/Adelaide); Photography Studies College, (Naarm/Melbourne); a.pas (Brussels). Grogan can draw on OPS to offer lectures and workshops in critical strategies and professional practice for art documentation.