b. New Zealand
I am a multi-disciplined artist, educator and remote community arts worker currently based in the Kimberley, North West Australia.
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 live and work in remote communities. 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 in 2012 where I managed the development of Dolord Mindi, Mowanjum's Collection and Media space until 2018.
My art practice moves between different mediums and the materials I use change depending on the concept or story I am exploring. I commonly move between analog and digital photography, printmaking, and three-dimensional drawing.
2019 Ochre & Light, Fox Galleries, Melbourne 2018 Ochre & Light, Perth Centre For Photography at Holmes n Court Gallery, Perth 2018 Safe Keeping, Fox Galleries, Melbourne 2018 Safe Keeping, PS Art Space Perth 2014 Set This House In Order, Edmund Pearce Gallery, Melbourne 2014 Real State, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington, NZ 2013 Set This House In Order, 30 Upstairs, Wellington 2013 Set This House In Order, Perth Centre for Photography 2012 Like A Thief In The Night, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne 2010 The Monitor, Govett-Brewster, New Plymouth 2009 Project Window, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin
2019 Baldessin Studio - The Story, closes September 15, Montsalvat, VIC 2019 Party of Special Things, Fox Galleries, Melbourne 2018 Not Standing Still, Blue Oyster, Dunedin, NZ 2018 New Dawn, Group Show, Fox Galleries, Melbourne 2017 Trace Elements, Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery 2017 Clip Award, Perth Centre For Photography 2017 Inflorescence, Studio Hovea, Perth 2017 CCP Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne 2015 CCP Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne 2014 Degrees of Remembrance, Quay Gallery, Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua 2012 Wallace Art Awards, Pah Homestead and Pataka Museum, NZ 2012 This Must Be The Place, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington 2010 Open Studios, Lyall Bay Studio, Wellington 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 2004 Creatures and Creations, Gallery Dalgleish, Whanganui
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
COLLECTIONS • University of Western Australia • Janet Holmes a Court Collection • Artbank Collection • Shire of Broome Collection • Shire of Derby West Kimberley • Athenaeum Club, VCA Art Collection, Melbourne
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 2013 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
GRANTS 2018 Quick Response Grant, Country Arts WA 2018 National Digital Forum Scholarship, NZ 2017 Creative Development, Culture and the Arts WA, Safe Keeping production and exhibition 2017 Quick Response Grant, Country Arts WA 2016 Projects Grant, Country Arts WA 2016 Creative Development, Department of Culture and the Arts 2014 Quick Response Grant, Country Arts WA 2013 Artflight, Department Culture of the Arts, WA
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
PUBLICATIONS / REVIEWS 2018 Art Collector, exhibition preview 2014 Artist Profile: Fabric Magazine, USA 2014 Exhibition Review by Emma Jameson for Eye Contact, 'Connotative Distortions', reviewing Real State at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, NZ 2014 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
ARTS WORKER, HERITAGE AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE 2018 Dambimangari Rangers, Audiovisual archive support, West Kimberley 2018 Wunggurr Rangers, Audiovisual archive support, West Kimberley 2018 Melbourne University Research Assistant, Junba (traditional west/north Kimberley song and dance) in partnership with Mowanjum 2012 - 2018 Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre, Dolord Mindi, Collection and Media Space Manager, WA 2011 - 2012 Relief teaching for remote Aboriginal Community schools along the Dampier Peninsular, West Kimberley 2012 One month contract with Elcho Island Arts, North East Arnhem Land 2012 Volunteer Gapan Gallery, Garma Festival, 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 2006 Heide Museum of Modern Art, Visitor Services Volunteer, Melbourne 2006 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Visitor Services + Install Volunteer, Melbourne 2006 Arts Project Australia, Archive Volunteer, Melbourne