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PENNY BYRNE

 

Born 1965, Mildura, Australia

 

Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia

 

EDUCATION

 

1997 Bachelor of Laws (LLB), La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

1990 Graduate Diploma (Ceramics and Glass Conservation and Restoration), West Dean College, West Sussex, United Kingdom

1987 Bachelor of Arts (BA Fine Arts Ceramics), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

 

AWARDS, PRIZES AND GRANTS

 

2017 First Prize - Linden Postcard Show, Linden New Art, Melbourne

2017 Woollarha Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney, finalist

2016 Contemporary Small Sculpture Award, Deakin University, Melbourne, finalist

2015 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramics Award, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton, finalist

2015 Australia Council for the Arts, Venice Biennale Artist Assistance Grant

2014 The Young Masters Ceramics Award, London, UK, finalist

2014 Australia Council for the Arts, Publicity and Promotion Grant

2012 The Fisher's Ghost Art Award, Cambelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, finalist

2012 Adelaide Fringe Festival Visual Arts Award, finalist

2012 Sidney Myer Ceramics Award, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton, Victoria, finalist

2012 Albury Art Prize, Albury, finalist

2011 Woolarah Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney, finalist

2011 National Association of Visual Arts (NAVA) Grant: Janet Holmes a Court Artist Grant

2010 City of Hobart Art Prize, Hobart, finalist

2009 Stan + Maureen Duke Award, finalist

2009 Woolarah Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney, finalist

2008 Woolarah Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney, finalist

2008 Stan + Maureen Duke Award, finalist

2008 Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, finalist

2007 Ripe, Art and Australia and ANZ Emerging Artists, finalist

2006 Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery New Social Commentaries 06, Warrnambool, finalist

2005 Linden Postcard Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, Post Card Winner

2002 Pat Emery Award for Emerging Ceramicists, Victorian Ceramic Group, Honourable Mention

2001 Pat Emery Award for Emerging Ceramicists, Victorian Ceramic Group, Honourable Mention

 

COLLECTIONS

 

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia

Artbank, National Collection, Australia

Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria

City of Yarra Art Collection, Melbourne, Victoria

Deakin University Collection, Melbourne, Victoria

Henning V. Claassen Collection, Germany

Holmesglen TAFE Collection, Melbourne, Victoria

Lyon House Museum, Melbourne, Victoria

Mildura Art Gallery, Mildura, Victoria

Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria

Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, New South Wales

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, New South Wales

RMIT University Art Collection, Melbourne, Victoria

Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton, Victoria

Warrnambool Art Gallery, Warrnambool, Victoria

Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, New South Wales

 

Private Collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Turkey, USA, New Zealand, Hong Kong, France, Belgium, Singapore, Germany, The Netherlands

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2019 HIGH VIS: Protest, People annd Power in a time of Fake News, St helier St Gallery, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne

2019 HIGH VIS: Protest, People and Power in a time of Fake News, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Vic

2017 Penny Byrne #EuropaEuropa, Michael Reid Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2017 Penny Byrne - Brutal, Linden New Art, Melbourne

2014 Ettonez Moi, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne

2013 Penny Byrne - iPROTEST, Art Basel Hong Kong, Sullivan+Strumpf, Hong Kong

2012 Life is a Riot, Albury Library Museum, Albury, New South Wales

2012 The Art of the Possible, The Jam Factory Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia

2011-12 Penny Byrne: Commentariate, Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne; Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong; Warrnambool Gallery, Warrnambool; Mildura Art Gallery, Mildura

2011-12 Political Porcelain, Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, Canberra

2011 Plausible Deniability, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2011 Penny Byrne, Gear Box Gallery, The Motor Works, Melbourne Grammar School, Melbourne

2010 Ill gotten Gains, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2009 Interesting Times, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2008 Collateral Damage, Melbourne Art Fair, Sullivan+Strumpf, Royal Exhibition Centre

2007 Blood, Sweat and Fears, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

2006 Penny Byrne: Mantlepiece, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2020

Guns to Roses, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland, NSW

 

2019

Pleasure, (2019 - 2020), RMIT University Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

Craftivism: Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms, 2018 to 2020, Shepparton Art Museum, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Museum of Australian Democracy, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Warwick Art Gallery, University of the Sunshine coast Art Gallery

Between the Moon and the Stars, Museum Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, NT

SODEISHA: connected to Australia, Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW

Enucleo - Subversive Clay, Australian Ceramics Triennale, Hobart, Tasmania

 

2018

Chaos & Order: 120 Years of Collecting, RMIT University Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

Unbreakable – Ceramics Redefined, Jankossen Gallery, New York, USA

Hearts and Minds, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra, ACT

 

2017

Linden Postcard Show, Linden New Art, Melbourne, Victoria

Woollarah Small Sculpture Prize finalists exhibition, Woollahra Council Gallery, Sydney, NSW

BLOOD: Attract & Repel, Science Gallery Melbourne, Victoria

Survival Bias, La Trobe Art Institute, Bendigo, Victoria

VOLTA13, with Coates and Scarry, Basel, Switzerland

Time and Tide, ClimArte Festival, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

The Extractive Frontier: Mining for Art, Castlemaine Art Gallery, Victoria

Selected works - Coates and Scarry, Gallery8, London, UK

 

2016

Birds: Flight Paths in Australian Art, Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery, Victoria

Wildthing: Animals in Contemporary Art, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW

10+3, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

80/80. Eighty Years of SAM. The Collection, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton, Victoria

Art16 London, Grand Hall Olympia, with Fehily Contemporary, London, UK

GlassFever Contemporary Art in Glass, Huis van Gijn, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

Contemporary Small Sculpture Award, Deakin University, Melbourne

Wait, weep and be worthy, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, NSW

New16, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne, Victoria

Antipodean Inquiry, Yuvaz Gallery, Singapore

 

2015

GLASSTRESS Gotika, Venice Biennale, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice, Italy

Sidney Myer Australian Ceramics Award, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton, Victoria

Storm in a Teacup, Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery, Mornington, Victoria

Vestige, Gallery8, Coates and Scarry, Duke Street, London, UK

First Landing to Last Post, Australian Parliament House, Canberra, ACT

Guarding the Homefront, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney, NSW

 

2014

The Object Divine, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne, Victoria

Young Masters Ceramics Award, Lloyds Club, London, UK

START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, with Fehily Contemporary, London, UK

Paradise Again, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton, Victoria

Animal Ark, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA

Art14 London, Grand Hall Olympia, with Fehily Contemporary, London, UK

Made to Last, NETS (Victoria) Touring Show, CDU Art Gallery, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT

Private assembly: a contemporary collection, Tweed Regional Gallery, NSW

 

2013

Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria

Made to Last, NETS (Victoria Touring Show), McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery, Victoria

Australia – Contemporary Voices, The Fine Art Society, London, UK

Censored, Fehily Contemporary, Collingwood, Victoria

In the Public Interest, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, Victoria

Enucleo – Contemporary Clay, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston and 146 Artspace, Hobart, Tasmania

Auckland Art Fair, Fehily Contemporary, The Cloud Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand

Made to Last, NETS (Victoria Touring Show), QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, Queensland

(What’s so funny ‘bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?, Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Brighton, Victoria

Diorama, Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong, NSW

Made to Last, NETS (Victoria) Touring Show, Manningham Gallery, Doncaster, Victoria

 

2012

Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, NSW

Subvert, Australian Ceramics Triennale Group Show, Light Square Gallery, AC Arts, Adelaide, South Australia

Made to Last, NETS (Victoria) Touring Show, La Trobe Regional Gallery, Ballarat Art Gallery, Victoria

iPROTEST - installation in Haunts and Follies, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

Like, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney, NSW

Hello Dolly, Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith, NSW

Albury Art Prize, Albury Art Gallery, Albury, NSW

SSFA12, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney, NSW

Art by Wendouree, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, Victoria

 

2011

Capriccio, Red Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

SSFA11, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney, NSW

 

2010

Power Chicks and Men Who Sew, Deloitte, Sydney, NSW

New Acquisitions, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, Victoria

Recent Acquisitions, Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton, Victoria

Ceramics Now! Whitehorse Art Space, Melbourne, Victoria

The Navigators, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

Recent Acquisitions, Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton, Victoria

ARTHK10, Hong Kong Art Fair with Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Hong Kong

Clash: Contemporary Sculptural Ceramics, Newcastle Region Gallery, Newcastle, NSW

SSFA10, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney, NSW

Time Travel, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW

 

2009

Copenhagen Art Fair, ADCO:VENUE, Copenhagen, Denmark

Horror – Come Darkness, Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW

Thing: Beware of the Material World, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA

White Heat, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, NSW

Facing the Future, Australian Ceramics Triennial, National Art School, Sydney, NSW

The Climate Show, Copenhagen, Denmark

Salon des Refuses, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW

SSFA09, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney, NSW

 

2008

Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, NSW

Stan and Maureen Duke Award, Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast, QLD

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney, NSW

SSFA08, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney, NSW

 

2007

Arc Biennial, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane QLD

SSFA07, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney, NSW

Exquisite Palette, St Luke The Colourmen, Melbourne, Victoria

 

2006

New Social Commentaries 06, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Warrnambool, Victoria

The (Royal) Melbourne Show, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney, NSW 


SSFA06, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney, NSW

Linden Postcard Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
, Victoria

 

2005

Sydney Affordable Art Fair, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney
, NSW

Linden Postcard Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Victoria

 

2004

It's Murder on Easey Street, Easey Street Studios Gallery, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne, Victoria

2003

Castlemaine State Festival Ceramics Award, Castlemaine, Victoria

2002

Pat Emery Award for Emerging Ceramicists, Victorian Ceramic Group, Montsalvat, Victoria

 


2001

Pat Emery Award for Emerging Ceramicists, Victorian Ceramic Group, Northcote Pottery Kiln Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

2000

The White Cube Project, Dante's Gallery, Melbourne
, Victoria

 

1988

RMIT Graduate Show, Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria



BIBLIOGRAPHY

“Penny Byrne: Armed and vulnerable”, Art Monthly Australia, Issue 305 (Mar 2018), Arjmand Aziz

https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=423389763935541;res=IELLCC

 

“Penny Byrne, ceramicist: Four Horsemen of the 21st Century Apocalypse”, The Australian, October 7th, 2017, Bronwyn Watson

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/penny-byrne-ceramicist-four-horsemen-of-the-21st-century-apocalypse/news-story/d1241c0d8f8126d25f4b895a431b44d3

 

“Penny Byrne on Europe’s Refugee Crisis and the Power of Porcelain”, October 5th, 2017

https://www.juxtapoz.com/news/sculpture/europaeuropa-penny-byrne-on-europe-s-refugee-crisis-and-the-power-of-porcelain/

 

“Penny Byrne – Brutal”, Arts Review, February 7th, 2017

http://artsreview.com.au/penny-byrne-brutal/

 

Exhibition:Brutal at Linden New Art, The ArtMUSEum, Paul Costigan, 5 March 2017

http://www.theartmuseum.com.au/2017/03/05/penny-byrne/

 

"Wings of Desire, Demise and Adaptation: Birds in Australian Art", Grainne Cleary and Hannah Tribe, The Conversation online, 5 December, 2016

https://theconversation.com/wings-of-desire-demise-and-adaptation-birds-in-australian-art-69884

 

"Harrowing Photojournalism inspires a tragic Greek Sculpture" by Catherine Chapman, The Creators Project, VICE, 16 June 2016

http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/penny-byrne-homemade-gas-masks-sculpture

 

NewGlass Review 37, page 8, Penny Byrne "Hurt Locker" one of 100 cutting edge glass artworks selected in 2016, Corning Museum of Glass, New York, 2016

 

"Melbourne artist Penny Byrne creates suit of armour out of hand-blown glass for prestigious Venice Biennale show', Kylie Northover, Fairfax media, 15th April, 2015

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/melbourne-artist-penny-byrne-creates-suit-of-armour-out-of-handblown-glass-for-prestigious-venice-biennale-show-20150416-1mlp7c.html

 
Penny Byrne changes medium and scale in riotous new exhibition, Dylan Rainforth, 11th November, 2014

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/penny-byrne-changes-medium-and-scale-in-riotous-new-exhibition-20141111-11ka83.html


“Feisty figurine fitted with baton and grenade”, The Art Newspaper Online, 23rd November, 2013

http://old.theartnewspaper.com/articles/The%20feisty%20figurine%20fitted%20with%20baton%20and%20grenade/31036


‘Penny Byrne featured artist’, Australian Art Collector, Issue 64, 2013


‘Figuring out sincerity without irony’, Robert Nelson, The Age, August 15, 2012

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/figuring-out-sincerity-without-irony-20120814-246l7.html


‘Artist’s delicate figurines have plenty to say’, Sun Herald, August 28 2011

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/artists-delicate-figurines-have-plenty-to-say-20110827-1jfat.html


Pryor, Sally. ‘Porcelain conservator goes to pieces over politics’, The Canberra Times 30 June 2011


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artingeelong, Commentariat by Penny Byrne at Geelong Gallery (blog), 1st June 2011
http://artingeelong.com/2011/06/01/commentariat-by-penny-byrne-at-geelong-gallery/


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