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We offer our respect to Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people

The UFO Knowledge Association, 1986 – 1994

Charlie Donaldson

Side Gallery
26 Oct 2019–16 Nov 2019
Opening 6pm Friday October 25th

In early 2019 the artist purchased a storage locker located in the outer Brisbane suburb of Underwood. Inside, they found a trove of information related to a UFO awareness group known as the UFO Knowledge Association that appeared to have been active from 1986 to 1994. Their activities included art therapy for alien abductees and witnesses, scientific testing, UFO hunting, and frequent recruiting for new members. Collected here is Charlie Donaldson’s extensive and meticulous archival research and cataloguing of the information contained inside the locker. Donaldson has corroborated much of the evidence with material borrowed from Australian archival institutions such as the Queensland State Archives, National Library and the Queensland State Library. By using the materials loaned from these archives combined with the contents of the locker, Donaldson investigates a curious period in the history of the late Bjelke-Petersen era of Brisbane.


Image: Charlie Donaldson, UFO Knowledge Association Patch, acquired from the State Library of Queensland (2019). Fabric patch.

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  • Charlie Donaldson has completed a Bachelor of Photography (Honours) from the Queensland College of Art. In 2015 he exhibited inDouble Take, The Hold Artspace, Brisbane; in 2014, the QCA Graduate Showcase, at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane and the (selected) Graduate Art Show, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane. In 2013 he showed in Hearts of Gold #9, Bleeding Heart Gallery, Brisbane, Surface Tension, The Hold Artspace, Brisbane; in 2011 he exhibited in Tenterhooks, Tidy Gallery, Brisbane; in 2010 in No Longer So Linear, Queensland Centre for Photography.