Megan Cope has a diverse practice that investigates issues relating to identity, the environment, and mapping practices. She is a descendant from the Quandamooka region (North Stradbroke Island) in South East QLD and through her art, explores decolonising methodologies which have become a primary concern in her work. Her focuses on the toponymy (the study of place names) and geomorphology (the study of the nature and history of landforms) of heavily populated tourist destinations along the east coast of Australia; locations many Australians hold a personal affiliation to.
Megan Cope is a contemporary Australian Aboriginal artist with a strong profile nationally and internationally. Her work is part of various public art collections nationally, some of which include: Australian Parliament House (Canberra), Mater Hospital (Brisbane), Gold Coast University Hospital (Gold Coast), Redlands Art Gallery (Redlands) and NEWflames Anne Gamble Myer collection (Brisbane). Megan has undertaken various residencies including 2012 Arts QLD, Rural Residency, Tambo QLD (2012), NEWflames Inc, Canopy Artspace, Cairns FNQ (2011) and Deakin University – Indigenous Arts Faculty (2009).
Her work has been presented throughout Australia including: ARC Biennial (Brisbane, 2009), The Blaktism Careof Gallery (Italy, 2014), Saltwater Country Gold Coast City Art Gallery (Gold Coast, 2014), The Blaktism | Next Wave Festival Screen Space (Melbourne, 2014), The Black Line | proppaNOW, Bett Gallery (Hobart, 2014), Insurgence | proppaNOW Museum of Democracy (Canberra, 2013), Mapping Memory Incinerator Gallery (Sydney, 2013), My Country: I Still Call Australia Home Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane, 2013). Cope’s work has been featured in various international exhibitions including: Pay Attention ~ Tony Albert Wellington City Gallery (New Zealand, 2010), A Journal of the Plague Year. Fear, ghosts, rebels. SARS, Leslie and the Hong Kong story Para Site Gallery (Hong Kong, 2013). Her work was also exhibited in ‘Lie of the Land: New Australian Landscapes’ (2012) at the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC, USA, curated by Alex Taylor (Terra Foundation of American Art Predoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum).
In 2008, Cope was highly recommended for the Gold Coast Indigenous Art and Design Award. She has also been selected as a finalist for the Clayton Utz Travelling Scholarship (2009), Sunshine Coast Art prize (2009), the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize (2011) and the Victorian Aboriginal Art Award (2014).