Megan Evans - curriculum vitae

EDUCATION

2003                Doctorate of Philosophy - Victoria University

1999                Advanced Diploma of Arts -Electronic Design and Interactive Media, RMIT, Melbourne.

1996                Certificate in Small Business Management.

1991                Masters in Fine Art, - Victorian College of the Arts,(University of Melbourne)

1980                Bachelor of Education, Art and Craft, Melbourne College of Advanced Education.    

      

EXHIBITIONS

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

2018                 PARLOUR - Art Gallery of Ballarat                       

                         SQUATTERS AND SAVAGES – Benalla Art Gallery (with Peter Waples-Crowe)

                         Out Front – Gallery There, Melbourne

2017                 SQUATTERS AND SAVAGES – Art Gallery of Ballarat (with Peter Waples-Crowe)

2015                 UNreconciled, As a part of TREATMENT at Melbourne Water Western Treatment

                         Plant, Werribee Australia

                         UNsettling, Trocadero Art Space, Footscray, Melbourne.

2014                 KELOID in Knots, Linkages and Grafting – Roslyn Smorgon Gallery,FCAC.     

2013                 MEET YOUR CRIMINAL ANCESTORS – The Royal Standard, Liverpool, UK

                         SIMPLICITY – BOXO Projects Joshua Tree California USA.

2012                 REQUIEM – G3 Artspace, Parkdale, Victoria

2011                 TO bee – BoxoFFICE Gallery, New York NY.

                                    - fortyfivedownstairs Gallery, Melbourne

2009                 The Fall – fortyfivedownstairs Gallery, Melbourne

2008                 Precious – Ochre Gallery, Melbourne

2007                 It’s so still there’s not a leaf moving – Ochre Gallery, Melbourne.

2006                 Woven, (collaboration with Gayle Maddigan) Ballarat Fine Art Gallery

2003                 The Sublime Sleep, Span Galleries, Melbourne.

2001                 Sleepwalker, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.

2000                 Virtual Kelly (collaboration with Lisa Young) Bunker project, Linden Gallery

2000                 Velvet Blue (collaboration with Lisa Young) First Floor Gallery.

1997                 Immaterial  Westspace Gallery, Melbourne.

1996                 Vanished Madonna - re viewing landscape – Westspace Gallery, Melbourne.

1994                 Viewpoint - Steps Gallery, Melbourne.

1993                 Inexternal - Linden Gallery, Melbourne.

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018                State of the Union – Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne

                        Staying Power – MARS Gallery Melbourne

                        TWS in Singapore – Australian High Commission, Singapore

2017                Bureau for the Organisations of Origins – BOO, Blindside, Melbourne

                        RESTLESS – Margaret Lawrence Gallery - Melbourne.

                        9 x 5 - VCA 150 Alumni exhibition – Margaret Lawrence Gallery – Melbourne

2016                Sign of the Times – Not Fair Art Fair 2016

2015                London Summer Intensive – Camden Art Centre, London UK

                        Differences on Identity, San Lorenzo, Sala del Portale, Venice Itally

                        Joshua Tree Treenial, BoxoHOUSE, Joshua Tree, California

                        Finitude, Plimsol Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania

2014                The Meek Shall Inherit, The Hampden Gallery Fine Arts Centre, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

2012                The Meek Shall Inherit, BoxoFFICE Gallery, New York NY. USA

                        Wilson Visual Art Award, Lismore, NSW.

2010                2010 National Photography Prize, Albury Art Gallery

2008                Crossing Currents – New Indigenous Perspectives, Maroondah Art Gallery.

2005                Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum.

2004                Wyndham Contemporary Art Prize, Wyndham Cultural Centre.

2002                Synthetic Image, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne.

2002                Wyndham Contemporary Art Prize, Werribee

2001                Stellar, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.

1999                Exposed, Linden Gallery, Melbourne

                       Handle with Care, Steps Gallery, Melbourne

1997                Transition Transcendence, Lyall Burton Gallery, Melbourne.

                       Work, Westspace, Melbourne.

                       30 Years on, Linden Gallery, Melbourne.

1996                Accessioned, De-accessioned, Reaccessioned, Old Port Melbourne Police Station, Melbourne Fringe

                       Festival.

                       Studio, past and present studio artists, Linden Gallery, Melbourne.

                       Rubert Bunny Foundation 2, Linden Gallery, Melbourne.

                       The Art of Collecting #2, Linden Gallery, Melbourne.

                       Swan Street Spectacle, Everyone Goes to Dimmeys, Windows of Dimmeys, Swan Street Richmond.

1995                The Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.

                       Shifting Grounds, Linden Gallery, Melbourne.

1994                Domain of the Other, Access Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria. 

                       Richmond City Council Art Award, Richmond Town Hall.

1992                Banners of the World, Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow, UK

                       Public Sphere - Personal Vision - Public Space - Linden Gallery,

1991                Nineteen Artists, Ian Potter Gallery, Melbourne.

1990                Similar Differences, Remand Centre Public Art Project - Museum of Modern Art, Heidi, Melbourne.

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS

2009                Artist in Residence, Victoria University

                       Artist in Residence, The Avoca Project.

2005                Arts Victoria, New Works Grant

2004                Wyndham Contemporary Art Prize (Open Category)

2002                Wyndham Contemporary Art Prize (3 Dimensional Category).

2000/02            Victoria University Post Graduate Scholarship

1999                Australia Council, Visual Arts and Crafts Fund

1994                Australia Council, Community Cultural Development Board Fellowship.

                       Australia Council, Community Cultural Development Unit Project Grant.

1993                Joan Baird Tower Studio Art Award - Highly Commended.

1992                Australia Council, Visual Arts Board Grant.

1991                Sir Ian Potter Award.

1990                Dorothy Francis Lawrence Award.

1984-89            Project Grants from - Victorian Ministry for the Arts, Australia Council, Myer Foundation, Reichstein

                        Foundation.

 

PUBLICATIONS

The Flash of Recognition: Photography and the Emergence of Indigenous

Rights by Jane Lyndon, NewSouth Books, 2012

Internal Landscape, Rational Emotional, Artlink September Issue 2009

Aboriginal Art: Creativity and Assimilation by Donna Leslie, Macmillan 2008

Art Detectives by Michele Stockley, Second edition, Heinemann, 2006

The Courier, 1/7/06

The Age, 14/3/06

The New Indian Express, Chennai, Reuters, 14/3/06

The Makers Mark by Julie Shiels, in Artwork issue 62 Sept 2005

Cross Currents in Contemporary Australian Art by Traudi Allen, Craftsmen House, 2001.

The Age – Megan Backhouse 1/2/02

The Herald Sun – Alison Barclay 1/2/02

The Age – Robert Nelson  21/7/01

Geographies of Resistance, ed Steve Pike, Michael Keith, Resisting Reconciliation, essay by Jane Jacobs

Sightlines, Women’s Art from a Feminist perspective, by Sandy Kirby - Gordon and Breach.

Art Studies, by Max Darby - Published by Jacaranda Press.

Art Connections, by Jenny Aland and Max Darby - Heineman Education Australia.

Melbourne Our City Our Culture, City of Melbourne, Hyland House.

Art and Australia, Autumn Ed. supplement - Melbourne a City for the Arts.

Feminising Art Practices, by Sandy Kirby - Art Monthly, Sept Ed.

Reviews and articles between 1985 – 2004 in The Age, The Australian, The Herald Sun and The Leader newspapers

 

PUBLISHED WRITING

From the Ridiculous to the Sublime: Reflections on Learning, Life and Work, Ed Maureen Ryan, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam 2012.

Heteropia: New Spaces, Imprint, Vol 44, Number 4, Summer 2009

Internal Landscape, Rational Emotional, Artlink September Issue 2009

Shaking Down Art, Spirituality and Community, in Art and Soul, Flossie Peitsch, Published by Macmillan, 2006

Object, essay written in collaboration with Helen Lucas, in Writing Art, a series of essays on the Nillumbik Art Collection, 2006

Negotiating Public Space, Dialogue Dec 1996, essay Public Art Private Decision by Megan Evans

Artists Talk – Issues Facing Australian Artists, edited by Richard Holt and Brett Jones, Published by Westspace Inc. 1996

Opportunities and Challenges for Artists – Visions of Reality; Art in the Community and the Future – Published by City of Melbourne 1998.

 

PUBLIC LECTURES

2009                Landscape and Belonging, Examining the Place of Nature, Footscray Community Arts Centre.

2003                Illuminating the Exegesis – Ballarat University

2001                Women in the Arts - Footscray Community Arts Centre

1998                The Arts and Community – Exploring Links and Connections, Footscray Community Arts Centre

                       Visions of Reality, Art in the Community and the Future, City of Melbourne.

1996                Art Critical Political - Ian Burn Memorial Lectures, RMIT.

1994                ArtVictims - Next Wave Festival Public Forums, National Gallery of Victoria.

                       Cultural Barriers to Public Art, St Kilda Public Art Strategy.

                       Celebrating Women Artists, Forums, Domain of the Other, National Gallery of Victoria.

1993                Community Arts Versus the ‘Real Thang’, Arts Access.

                       Community Arts and Politics, Gippsland College of TAFE

1992                Australian Trade Union Banners, Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow, UK.

                       Art and Hard Work - Hidden Imagination Forum, National Gallery of Victoria.

                       Public Art, Who is it for? - Linden Gallery, St Kilda Arts Centre.

                       New Directions for Public Art, Queensland Art Gallery.

1991                Art and Social Change, Our Place, Our Culture, Our Future, Fourth Annual Conference, Arts Council of

                       Australia National Conference, Canberra.

1990                Industrial Issues, Cultural Tools, National Art and Working Life Conference, Melbourne.

1987                Women Art and Culture, Public Forum, Melbourne University.

 

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS / COMMISSIONS

2009                A Place of Dwelling (collaboration with Gayle Maddigan) Avoca Eco Living Festival, Avoca.

2005                Produced Second Helping, a play written by John Harding from Collaboration, ‘Sit Down at my Table’

2004                Woven Histories – (collaboration with Gayle Maddigan for the Department of Victorian Communities for

                       Eureka 150th)  Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

2004                Tracks Commission by Wyndham City Council

2002                Venetian Houses (collaboration with Shanrah Austin) for Next

                       Wave Festival – Melbourne City Square.

2000/01            Confluence – A Meeting of Waters - Australian Bulk Alliance Silo’s Urban Art Project (collaboration with

                       Glenn Romanis) Appleton Dock, Melbourne Docklands

1999                Aboriginal Cultural Signage Project Stage 1, Research and Consultation

1998                St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, Stone Pavement Inlay (collaboration with artist Glen Romanis) for the

                       Aboriginal Catholic Ministry within the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

1997                Simulacra Mural Gilles St Fairfield, (collaboration with artist Sal Cooper)

1995/94            Another View Walking Trail, Pathway of the Rainbow Serpent. (collaborative project with Ray Thomas and

                       Robert Mate Mate) - Melbourne City Council.

1994                Queen Victoria Hospital/Women’s Centre,  Artists collaboration on conceptual proposal for Art content as

                       addendum to Architectural brief.

1989                Paintings Drawing and Prints for the public access areas of the Melbourne Remand Centre - Office of

                       Corrections.

1988                Australian Bank Employees Union Banner - ABEU.

1987                Operative Painters and Decorators Union Banner - OPDU.

 

INDEPENDENT CURATOR

2009                A New Silk Road – exhibition of work by Students from Northwest University in China and Victoria

                       University.

2005                Black on White – an exhibition of photographs by Aboriginal artists representing non-Aboriginality

                       co-curator with Maree Clarke – Centre for Contemporary Photography.

2005                Operation Art – an exhibition by nurses and about nursing – Meatmarket, Melbourne.    

2000                Handle with Care – eight artists work based on stories of workplace accidents – co-curator with Lisa Young

1998                Body Object – An exhibition based on the stories of six injured workers, Steps Gallery, Melbourne.

1997                Art Working Working Art – Visual art prize for the CPSU, Steps Gallery.

1996                Swan Street Spectacle – 24 artists exhibiting in the windows of Dimmeys and the shops on Swan St

                       Richmond – co-curator with Elizabeth Boustead

1994                The Art of Nursing – for the ANF Victorian Branch – Steps Gallery, Melbourne

1988                White on Black – 200 years in question – co-curator – Northcote Town Hall.

 

ARTIST IN THE COMMUNITY

2009                Humbaba – 6 minute animation done with children from Soweto, Sth Africa and Doreen Primary School

                       Victoria.

2004                Woven Histories (collaboration with Gayle Maddigan) and Ballarat Community in Blanket Weaving

                       Sit Down at my Table  (collaboration with John Harding)

2003                Triage Artist in Schools project with Galvin Park Secondary College – 15min video

2003                Public Faces Public Spaces (collaboration with the young people of Werribee) to create a window

                       installation in the Werribee Cultural Centre

1995/96           Swan Street Spectacle, including ‘Everyone Goes to Dimmeys’ - initiated and curated exhibition of

                       installations by artists in shop windows, in collaboration with artist Elizabeth Boustead.

1993                Celebrating Women Banners, National Gallery of Victoria - researched and painted with women from

                       Flemington, Kensington and North Melbourne.

1992                Eltham Environmental Mural, Shire of Eltham - designed and painted with local youth for Eltham Council.

                       From the Mountains to the Sea K Division Mural, Pentridge - designed and painted with inmates.

                       We all wind up green in the end, Connies and Drivers painted tram designed and painted with employees

                       from six depots for the Public Transport Corporation.

                       St Kilda Health Centre Bus - designed and painted with local homeless youth.

1991                Inside / Outside Gill Memorial homeless men’s hostel - designed and painted mural with day residents.

1989                Designed and painted float for the Wurrundjeri Tribal Elders.

1988                For a World without Borders Pathfinder Press International Mural Project, New York City, USA

1987                Northcote Youth Mural, Northcote City Council - researched and designed with local youth, painted in

                       collaboration with artists Les Griggs and Marina Baker.

1987 / 89          Artist/Director of the Victorian Trades Hall Council Arts Workshop.

1986                Peace Tram, Transporting Art, Victorian Ministry for the Arts - painted with artist Eve Glenn.

1985/86            From Bonbonniere to Barbed Wire, Women’s Mural, Smiths Street Fitzroy - researched, designed and

                       painted in collaboration with artist Eve Glenn.

1984/85            Northcote Koorie Mural - Researched and designed mural in consultation with members of the Victorian

                       Aboriginal Community Built wall and painted mural with trainee artists Les Griggs, RayThomas, Millie

                       Yarran, Ian Johnson and Elaine Trott, administered by the Aborigines Advancement League.               

 

RECENT COMMTITEES

2010/2011       Chair of the City of Melbourne Public Art Advisory Panel 

                      City of Melbourne Arts Advisory Committee

2008/2012       City of Melbourne Public Art Advisory Panel

2004/06          South Project Consultative Committee

                      South Project Selection Committee.

2002/06          Arts Victoria – Artist Development for Communities and Arts Residencies Programs assessment panel.

2005/6            Donkey Wheel - philanthropic trust – Gifting committee

 

SELECT PAST COMMITTEES

1986/88          Vice President Painters and Decorators Union

1985/88          Arts Committee Operative Painters and Decorators Union