Past Residents

Courtney Coombs

Courtney Coombs makes art, writes, facilitates and collaborates to try to make sense of the world and their place in it. Their practice responds to the cis-heteronormative, patriarchal structures of both the art world and society more broadly using strategies such as subjective voice, personal narrative, humour and metaphor. Coombs is suspicious of the allure of expensive, shiny, impressive and/or ‘finished’ things and as such uses personal vulnerability, collaboration, intimacy, everyday items and gesture to explore human connection and/or disconnection. 

Coombs is also a founding Co-Director of the artist-run initiatives and collectives, No Frills* (2008-2010) and LEVEL (2010-current). They graduated from QUT in 2008 with First Class Honours, and has been awarded a PhD (practice-based research) in Visual Art at the same institution. Coombs has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions in venues that include: Casino Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Villa Merkel (Esslingen), Roji to Hito (Tokyo), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Melbourne), Bus Projects (Melbourne), Artspace (Sydney), Performance Space (Sydney), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney),  the Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane), QUT Art Museum (Brisbane), Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space (Brisbane) and Metro Arts (Brisbane). 

Past Residents

Corinne Lestch

Corinne Lestch's fiction explores the fluctuating states of female adolescence, as well as how identities change over time into adulthood. Using humor and empathy, she investigates the nuances and complications of relationships, and the subtle shifts in dynamics between people. She is working on a collection of short stories as part of her thesis for Columbia University's Master of Fine Arts program. While at Columbia, she was awarded a Creative Writing Teaching Fellowship and served as a Communications Fellow. She has taught creative writing at Rikers Island and at Marian House, a transitional housing program in Baltimore for women recovering from addiction.


Corinne's fiction and nonfiction have been recognized by numerous publications and organizations. Her short story "EDP" was selected as a finalist for Narrative magazine's 30 Below Short Story & Poetry Contest, and she was named "Writer of the Month" by the Inner Loop Literary Series in Washington, D.C. Before enrolling in Columbia, she was an award-winning journalist for the New York Daily News, where she covered crime, education and City Hall. She was the recipient of a Front Page Award for Beat Reporting from the Newswomen's Club of New York for a series of articles on disciplinary shortcomings at a Harlem school.