SNAPCAT is a collaboration between Renae Coles and Anna Dunnill. Originally from Perth, the duo have made socially engaged, performative work together since 2014. Snapcat’s work is both political and humorous, using colour, spectacle and a DIY attitude. Their projects often take place in outdoor public spaces, on bikes, football fields or in the form of protests and parades. Ongoing themes of investigation include feminism, protest, survival and bravery.
The pair have an ongoing project in the form of a feminist bike gang titled The Lightning Furies and are currently continuing their research into the history of women and sport. As part of the 2017 Perth International Arts Festival Snapcat collaborated with Lara Thoms on Before the Siren, a large-scale public artwork celebrating women’s sports teams, girl gangs and social clubs at Fremantle Oval. Previous projects include The End of Things (Fremantle Art Centre), which saw the duo build two boats and ceremoniously sail down a river, and Tiny Parades (Perth Public Art Foundation commission), a series of five public processions that ranged in tone from a mournful protest to a joyous jubilee. In 2018 Snapcat are a part of Doing Feminism / Sharing the World in Melbourne.
Anna Dunnill is a Melbourne-based artist whose recent work explores notions of identity and the creation of new rituals for a queer spiritual becoming. Incorporating practices of tattoo and embroidery, both of which involve a repeated act of puncturing the skin and surface, Anna's work questions the boundary of the self through performance, video and installation. Anna recently graduated with First Class Honours from VCA where she will also commence an MFA (Research) in 2018.
Anna has previously exhibited at Verge Gallery, Firstdraft, PICA, Fremantle Arts Centre, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, and Paper Mountain, among others. She has undertaken residencies at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, PICA, Fremantle Arts Centre, Central Institute of Technology and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Arts. Her work has been published in Runway, The Toast, Art Guide, BIG Kids Magazine, The Cottonmouth Anthology and others. Anna is a co-founder and former co-director of Paper Mountain.
Renae Coles is a Sydney-based artist and designer. Currently studying post-grad Communications Design at UNSW, Renae's creative and professional practices encompass visual art, graphic design and digital storytelling.
In 2018 Renae learned how to braid, moved interstate, worked as a freelance digital marketer, met her boyfriend's family, was a Maid of Honour twice, got her first pair of glasses, started boxing and joined a fantastic communications team at the University of Sydney. Renae was Communications Manager at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts for four years and an inaugural Paper Mountain co-director for 2.5. Prior to these roles she worked on a youth community arts program with accessible arts organisation DADAA and was a participant in their WA/UK Artist Exchange Program. Renae received an Australia Council for the Arts JUMP Mentorship in 2013 which led to a solo exhibition exploring play architecture, urban design and community development theories (Climb, free range gallery). These ideas continue to form the nexus of Renae's conceptual interests, alongside feminism and the history of women, design and craft.