Artist-in-residence, Youkobo Artspace, Tokyo, May 2014

Open studio Loose footing
Saturday 24th May 12:00-19:00
Reception: 18:00


Peter Burke is a visual artist who uses marketing strategies and fictional characters combined with current concerns and conventions of art, especially those involving social interaction in public spaces. By these means he examines and questions the general condition of contemporary consumer society. During the residency at Youkobo Artpsace Peter Burke will create a series of performative actions in public spaces in Tokyo which will be documented with photography and video. The project extends his research around the role the street plays in the culture of a city and how marketing and interventions into the everyday, create social interactions.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

(image: Saeko Ehara)




Installation at Roslyn Smorgan Gallery




Over the Barricade, 2014, Peter Burke & Louise Lavarack

Artworks and Exchanges Exhibition Program

Artworks and Exchanges explores the ‘social turn’ in contemporary art by showcasing new and re-presented community-engaged art works. This exhibition is part of the Spectres of Evaluation conference, presented by the Centre for Cultural Partnerships, University of Melbourne and Footscray Community Arts Centre. 

Spanning two sites connected by the Maribyrnong River – Footscray Community Arts Centre and the Incinerator Gallery - the program explores tensions that exist among representational practices of art (exhibition, object, performance, presentation) that address social engagement in both form and content (intervention, interruption, event, exchange). 


3 – 9 February 2014, The Incinerator Gallery, 180 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds

10 – 22 February 2014, Roslyn Smorgan Gallery, Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray




Tree hugging in Shanghai's urban forest for an exhibition this week.
Photo: Michael Rees-Lightfoot




TRIAGE | The bandaged tree

Artists Louise Lavarack and Peter Burke have teamed up to create an art installation aimed at highlighting the value of the city’s trees.

Triage is a roadside memorial to a dying tree near the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. The 30-year-old plane tree, on the corner of Elizabeth and Therry streets, was severely pruned and poisoned through a hole drilled in its base last year. The council desperately tried to save the tree but couldn’t, so they decided to use it to draw attention to tree vandalism.

The artists used a cherry picker to wrap the tree in wadding and gauze bandages, installed a floral tribute at the base where passersby are making their own contributions.





It’s dirty out there, filthy in fact and who’s going to keep it clean?


A unique mobile cleaning and grooming service that reaches out to the great unwashed with a long mop and some latex gloves. Cleansing the crud and sanitising the soul live on the streets in a unique performative event that elevates the mundane and celebrates the beauty of a blemish. Peter Burke, Jason Maling and Torie Nimmervoll will be servicing the soiled heart of Melbourne in a 12 hour enduro-clean marathon from 7pm – 7am, on Sat 23rd Feb 2013 as part of the wonderland precinct of White Night.

They will be sterilising and decontaminating the tarnished and smeared, as well as rescuing plastic shopping bags from trees. Their White Night special service will also include personal grooming – loose nostril hair, broken flip-flops and bad language mouth rinses.

*stain removal not guaranteed after first wash