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b 1987
Awabakal, australia


2015 First Class Honours, Bachelor of Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Australia

2009 Bachelor of Creative Arts, Melbourne University, Australia


2018 Sucking Breath Jolly Lolly, Chapter House Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2017 Rhyming Stance,  TCB Gallery Inc, Melbourne

2015 Paintings for Performance, Fort Delta, Melbourne


2020 ‘Crystalline Surfer’ With Rebecca Jensen, Blindside Gallery April 2020 (Postponed 2021)

2020 ‘Improvements and Reproductions’ Westspace, Collingwood

2019 ‘Glass Eye’ Lon Gallery Collingwood, curated by Adam Stone

2018 “Feild of Spring Onions’ Costume and video collaboration with Angela Goh for Mel X NYC Festival, Mechanics Institute

2018 Winter Sun, Daine Singer Gallery, curated by Laura Couttie and Daine Singer

2018 Winter Blues, Daine Singer Gallery, curated by Laura Couttie and Daine Singer

2018 Crowd Stance Dance, choreographed dance performance Rebecca Jensen in response to public artwork comission ‘Crowd Stance’ at City Square

2017 Real Life Fantasies, West Space Gallery, curated by Patrice Sharkey

2017 Pose Like This, The Substation, with Emma Collard

2017 Midsumma Art Prize Award

2016 Saturn Returns, Fort Delta, Melbourne

2016 Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, with Natasha Gabriella Tontey (IND) on ‘Angkot Alien’

2015 The Kaleidoscopic Turn, National Gallery of Victoria, with Briony Galligan on ‘Movement Behind the Backdrop’

2015 Mailbox Art Space, Melbourne, November 2015 with Briony Galligan, Amina McConvell (Darwin, NT), Sadat Laope (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

2015 Benwell/Halpern, a wall mural in response to the collection of ceramics by Stephen Benwell and Deborah Halpern, Shepparton Art Museum

2014 Hatched: National Graduate Exhibition, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, with Briony Galligan on Bell Ballet video

2013 Makette: An Exhibition showcasing the creative side projects of 8 designers, Design Institute of Australia, Melbourne

2013 One Night Stand, Cemeti House, Yogyakarta Indonesia

2013 The Poetic Everyman, Sangkring Art Space Yogyakarta, Indonesia and 2014, Darwin Visual Arts Association

2012 The Specialists, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne


2019 City of Melbourne, Boyd Studio Grant (Jan - June 2019)

2017 Melbourne Metro Authority City Square Commission

2017 Creative Victoria Grant for Residency at Little House Gallery, Los Angeles

2017 Midsumma Art Prize Award - Winner

2016 Greville Street Mural Commission, City of Stonnington

2015 Residency at KUNCI, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, ‘Angkot Alien’ Development

2015 National Gallery of Victoria Acquisition: ‘Movement Behind the Backdrop’ with Briony Galligan

2014 City of Moreland Individual Development Grant

2014 Uncommon Places, Readings Carlton, Commissioned Artwork for Melbourne Fringe Festival

2014 Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund - Professional Development Grant

2012 Dharmasiswa Scholarship Program, study at Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta