B. 1979 : Wellington, New Zealand. Based in Australia

Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, I am an artist, educator and remote community arts worker currently based in the West Kimberley outback. I am a multi-disciplined artist exhibiting under my surname, Breckon.

After studying at Victorian College of the Arts I traveled to the Kimberley outback to gain a fresh perspective on Australia, an experience that introduced me to Aboriginal culture and motivated my decision to develop teaching skills. After teaching photography within the New Zealand education system, I returned to Australia searching for opportunities within community arts organisations. After several short-term placements in Arnhem Land, I returned to the West Kimberley region where I have been based for the last six years. My time is shared between my independent arts practice and employment at Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre where I manage the community collection and multimedia space, a project called Dolord Mindi.

Living in the Kimberley is isolating and I maintain connected to art news and industry networks through online resources and opportunities to exhibit and attend workshops. Conceptually, my artwork benefits from being isolated in an unfamiliar landscape and culture. The unfamiliar stimulates fresh creative ideas and the vast amount of unpopulated land allows for unrestricted making space. In 2016 and 2017 I was awarded several grants supporting a program of intensive creative and professional development to support the creation of new work.

 

 
 
 

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

3 - 25 Aug, Solo Show, Ochre & Light, Perth Centre For Photography at Holmes n Court Gallery, West Perth Australia

7 August, Group Show, Not Standing Still, Blue Oyster, Dunedin, NZ

PAST EXHIBITIONS

2018

17 May - 15 June, Safe Keeping, Fox Galleries, Melbourne

23 February - 23 March, Safe Keeping, PS Art Space Perth

3 February - 22 February, New Dawn, Group Show, Fox Galleries, Melbourne

2017

Trace Elements, Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery

Clip Award, Perth Centre For Photography

Inflorescence, Studio Hovea, Perth

CCP Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

2015

CCP Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

2014

Set This House In Order, Edmund Pearce Gallery, Melbourne

Real State, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington, NZ

Degrees of Remembrance, Quay Gallery, Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua

2013

Set This House In Order, 30 Upstairs, Wellington              

Set This House In Order, Perth Centre for Photography

2012

Wallace Art Awards, Pah Homestead and Pataka Museum, NZ  

This Must Be The Place, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington  

Like A Thief In The Night, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

2010

Open Studios, Lyall Bay Studio, Wellington              

The Monitor, Govett-Brewster, New Plymouth

2009

Project Window, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

2007

Residency Exhibitions, Wardlow, Melbourne

2006

William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne

2005

Final Product, Expressions Art Centre, Wellington

2004

Drawing Show, Gallery Dalgleish, Whanganui              

Creatures and Creations, Gallery Dalgleish, Whanganui

                                                                                                        Image credits: Bo Wong, 2018

 

 

EDUCATION                                                                                                                                       

2016 : Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment, North Regional Tafe

2015 : Art Business Basics, NAVA

2011 :  Diploma in Photography (first year) Photographic Studies College, Melbourne

2008 : Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand

2005 : Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts (Hons), Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Uni

2004 : Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction, Whanganui Quay School of the Arts, New Zealand

2002 : Diploma in Visual Arts, Wellington Institute of Technology, New Zealand

 

AWARDS

2018

Kimberley Art Prize, Overall Award

2017

Deakin University Photographic Award, CCP Salon, Centre For Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

2016

Kimberley Photography Awards, Best Portrait

2015

Shinju Matsuri Art Awards, Broome, Overall Award - Shire of Broome Acquisitive Prize

2014

Kimberley Photographic Award, Overall Award and Best Black and White Photo

2013

CCP Salon, Best Inkjet Print, Centre For Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

American Aperture Awards, Best Still Life Award in entered category, USA

2011

Highly Commended Award, Picture This, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

2005

Athenaeum Club Visual Art Award, Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne

2004

Media Award, Quay School of the Arts, Whanganui

 

AWARDS CONTINUED - SELECTED FINALIST/NOMINATIONS

2017 :  Australian Print Commission, selected finalist

2016 : Nominated for the Prix Pictet - Space

2012 : 21st Wallace Art Awards, selected for Finalists Traveling Exhibition, NZ          

2006 : William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize at Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne      

 

RESIDENCIES

2018 : Fremantle Art Centre, Jan/Feb, Perth WA

2017 : Baldessin Press, 5 weeks, St Andrews, VIC

2017 : Fremantle Art Centre, Jan/Feb 5 weeks, Perth, WA

2016 : Basil Hall Editions, 2 weeks, Braidwood, NSW

2007 : Wardlow Art Residency, 6 months, Melbourne, Australia

 

INTERVIEWS

2017

Un Projects, Treading Lightly, with Alana Hunt, AU

Fremantle Art Centre, Artist in Residence

2014

Lucinda Magazine

2015

Queensland Centre for Photography, AU

 

PUBLICATIONS / REVIEWS

2018

Art Collector, exhibition preview, AU

2014

Artist Profile: Fabric Magazine, USA

Exhibition Review by Emma Jameson for Eye Contact,  'Connotative Distortions', reviewing Real State at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, NZ

Exhibition Review by Peter Ireland for Eye Contact, 'Lifelike', Degrees of Remembrance curated by Greg Donson at Quay Gallery Whanganui, NZ

2013

Design Files, AU

2011

Ampersand Magazine, issue 3, The Fade, AU

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PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Artbank Collection, Shire of Broome Collection, Shire of Derby West Kimberley, Athenaeum Club, VCA Art Collection, Melbourne

 

GRANTS

2017

Creative Development, Culture and the Arts WA, Safe Keeping production and exhibition

Quick Response Grant, Country Arts WA

2016

Projects Grant, Country Arts WA

Creative Development, Department of Culture and the Arts

2014

Quick Response Grant, Country Arts WA

2013

Artflight, Department Culture of the Arts, WA

 

ARTS WORKER AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Present

Melbourne University Research Assistant, Junba (traditional west/north Kimberley song and dance) in partnership with Mowanjum

2012 - present

Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre, Keeping Place and Media Project Coordinator, WA

2011 - 2012

Relief teaching for remote Aboriginal Community schools along the Dampier Peninsular, West Kimberley

Elcho Island Arts, North East Arnhem Land

Buku Larrngay Mulka Yirrkala, North East Arnhem Land

2009 - 2011

Wellington East Girls College, Senior Photography and Junior Art Teacher

2006 :

Operation Preservation, Art Photographer, Melbourne

Heide Museum of Modern Art, Visitor Services Volunteer, Melbourne

Centre for Contemporary Photography, Visitor Services + Install Volunteer, Melbourne

Arts Project Australia, Archive Volunteer, Melbourne