Biography and CV

 

Collecting, repurposing and extending the material possibilities of natural ephemera, found detritus and recycled domestic objects play a key role in a practice investigating contemporry social and environmental concerns.

Liz uses an extensive range of resources gathered from around the inner city and rural sites to construct sculpture, assemblage, installations and ephemeral site specific responses to people, time and place. She is fascinated by the aesthetics of decay and the visual language created by the passage of time; willingly exploiting this to magnify the underlying issues explored in her work.

In recent years community engagement through creative workshops and collaborative project delivery has become increasingly inportant to her practice and development as an artist.

Liz has exhibited widely in both solo and group exhibitions, undertaken public artworks, received awards, grants and residencies and her work is held in public and privte collections in Australia, Japan, Malaysia  and Ireland.

 

 

 

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

EDUCATION

2007-2008     Master of Fine Art, RMIT

2005-2006     Bachelor of Fine Art, drawing, with distinction, RMIT

2003-2004     Diploma of Visual Arts, painting, RMIT 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018             Bark,Montsalvat Grounds Exhibition, Montsalvat ( August 21 - October 15)

2018             Salt Lake,Windowspace Beeac, Beeac, Victoria

2017             Shorelines, Qdos Arts, Lorne, Victoria

2015              City of dreams North, South, East, West, Morgan Court, Glenroy

2014              City of dreams , EC Window, Brunswick

2014              The Wave,Counihan Gallery In Brunswick

2013              Birds of a Feather (with Avis Gardner), Bolin Bolin Gallery, Bulleen 

2012              Fusion (with Kerry Strauss), Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Collingwood

2012              Liz Walker:Nature’s table, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst, NSW

2012              A trace of residence, Brunswick Art Space, Brunswick

2011              The Intra Muros Project, Forecourt,Mechanics Institute, Sydney Rd, Brunswick

2011              Nature's Table, Birrarung House, Laughing Waters Artist-in- Residence,Eltham

2011              Ned Kelly’s Kitchen, Yarra Sculpture Gallery,Collingwood

2009              A case for change, Sub 12, The Substation, Newport

2009              What if a thought can’t be put into words?, RMIT Union First Site Gallery, Melbourne                                           

2008              You can’t argue with dust, Area Contemporary Art Space, Fitzroy

2006              Weapons of Mass Distraction Two, RMIT Union First Site Gallery, City

2006              Weapons Of Mass Distraction, Trocadero Art Space, Footscray

2006              People Get Ready, The Old Fire Station Café Gallery, Preston

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017  finalist-Climate Change Biennale,Burrinja Art Centre, Upwey, Victoria

2017             RMIT First Site is 21, RMIT First Site Gallery, MElbourne

2017 finalist- Nillumbik Art Prize, Barn Gallery, Montsalvat, Eltham Victoria

2017  finalist- Montalto Sculpture Prize, Montalto Winery, Red Hill

2016              Bonanza, CSA, Yarra Sculpture Gallery

2016              Factivism, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick

2016              Birdhaus,Birds Gallery, Kew

2016              Toolangi Small Sculpture, Discovery Centre, Toolangi

2016              &Art Fair, CBD, Melbourne

2016              Water, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Collingwood

2016              Laughing Waters Road, Barn Gallery, Montsalvat, Eltham

2016              CSA Survey Show, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Collingwood

2016              Sculpture trail, Lorne Sculpture Biennale

2016              Laughing Waters Road, Barn Gallery,Montsalvat, Eltham

2016              Maquette, &Gallery, Melbourne

2015              Bonanza,Yarra Sculpture Gallery, COllingwood

2015              Moreland Summer Show, Science Friction, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick

2015              Pixel, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Collingwood

2015              All things botanical, Redrock Regional Gallery,

2015              Magpie,(with Dr Ros Bandt & Marion Williams), Frank Tate Gallery, Fryerstown

2015  finalist -  Who's looking at you?, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood

2014  finalist-  MoreArt Public Art Exhibition, Moreland Station waiting room, Coburg

2014               Golf Club!, Brunswick Arts, Brunswick

2014  finalist-  The Great Mandala, Toyota Spirit Gallery, Port Melbourne

2014               Art concerning the environment,Scope Gallery, Warrnambool

2014  finalist-   Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Sculpturescape

2014  finalist-   Toorak Sculpture Exhibition, Toorak Village

2013               In the public interest, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick

2013  finalist-  Books beyond words- REVOLUTION, East Gippsland Art Gallery

2013  finalist-  The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum

2013  finalist-   Artecycle, Incinerator Complex, Moonee Ponds

2013  finalist-  Toorak Sculpture Exhibition, Toorak village

2013               Home, Reframing Craft and Domesticity, Hatch Contemporary Art Space Ivanho

2013               Mum and Dad Exhibition , Upstairs at the Napier, Collingwood

2013               3D Sustainability, Yarra Sculpture gallery, Collingwood

2012               Summer Show, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick

2012   finalist- A brave new world, Toyota Spirit Gallery, Port Melbourne

2012   finalist- St George Art Prize, Hurstville City Museum and Gallery, Hurstville, NSW 

2012   finalist -Moreart2012, City of Moreland public art exhibition

2012   finalist WNAP Travelling Exhibition,National Archives of Australia, Parkes , ACT

2012              Marquette Group Exhibition, MARS Gallery, Port Melbourne

2012   finalist-The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum

2012              Visible Horizon Return, The Library Artspace, North Fitzroy

2012   finalist-Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture, Toorak, Vic

2012              Visible Horizon, AIRY Gallery, Kofu, Japan

2012              Bonanza, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Abbotsford 

2011              Voices, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick

2011              Pathways, Whittlesea Council Great Hall, Whittlesea, Vic

2011              Flourish, Toyota Spirit Gallery, Port Melbourne 

2011    finalist- Lorne Sculpture, Lorne 2011

2011    finalist- Flanagan Art Prize, St Patricks Collage, Ballarat, Vic

2011     finalist-Tessellaar Sculpture Prize, Silvan, Vic

2011     finalist-St Michael Archangel Prize, St Michaels Grammar, St Kilda

2011     finalist-Books beyond words…Evolution, east Gippsland Art gallery, Bairnsdale

2011     finalist-aRtECYCLE, Incinerator Art Complex, Moonee ponds

2011     finalist-Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture, Toorak

2010     finalist-Woollhara Small Sculpture Prize, Double Bay, NSW

2010     finalist-Moreart Public Art Show, City of Moreland

2010     finalist-Toyota Spirit Gallery Sculpture Exhibition, Beatie St, Port Melbourne

2010     finalist-Walker Street Gallery emerging Artist Awards, Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong

2010     finalist-St Michaels Archangel Art Prize, St Michaels Grammar, St Kilda

2010     finalist-Mt Eyre Vinyard Art Prize, Hunter Valley, NSW

2010     finalist-Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture, Toorak

2010     finalist-aRtECYCLE, Incinerator Art Complex, Moonee  Ponds

2010     finalist-Human Rights Art & film festival, Compassion and Commitment,Collingwood Gallery

2010     finalist-Williamstown contemporary Art Prize, Substation , Newport

2010                Place and belonging, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick

2010     finalist-Montalto Sculpture Prize, Red Hill, Vic

2009     finalist-Lorne Sculpture Exhibition, Lorne, Vic

2009     finalist-Tessellaar Sculpture Prize, Silvan

2009     finalist-Books,beyond words, East Gippsland Art Gallery

2009     finalist-Growth, Moreland Sculpture Show

2009                Me and my Toyota, Toyota Spirit Gallery, Port Melbourne

2009     finalist-ARTrecycle , Incinerator Complex, Moonee Ponds

2009     finalist-Toorak village Festival of Sculpture, Toorak

2009     finalist-Williamstown Contemporary Art prize, Substatin , Newport

2009                Counihan Gallery Women’s Salon Exhibition,Signs of Hope

2009     finalist-St Michaels Archangel Emerging Artist prize, PRahran

2009                Sustainable Living Festival, Federation Square, Melbourne

2008                Bonanza, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Collingwood

2008                Building 49, RMIT MFA Graduating Exhibition

2008                Metal, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Collingwood

2008     finalist-Cryptozoology, Toyota Spirit Gallery, Port Melbourne

2008     finalist-the future is now, Moreland Sculpture Show

2008     finalist-Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize, Substation,Newport

2008     finalist-Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture, Toorak

2008                Woman's Salon Exhibition, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick 

2008                Sustainable Living Festival,Make Sustainability Your Sport,BMW Edge Fed Square

2007               Contemporary Sculpture Association Bonanza exhibition

2007               Toyota Community Spirit Gallery Crossroads Exhibition, Port Melbourne

2007     finalist-Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize,Substation Arts Centre, Newport

2007               Linden Postcard Show, Linden Gallery, St Kilda

2007               Women’s Salon Exhibition Homely / Unhomely, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick

2006               Verisimilitude, RMIT Graduate Drawing Exhibition, Jackman Gallery, St Kilda

2006               Women’s Salon Exhibition”Sister Ships”, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick

2006               Notations 2, Passage Gallery, RMIT 

2005               Art Holes Self Portrait Show, Gertrude St, Fitzroy

2005               Two Women, Ten Years, One Show, Mitchelton Winery, Nagambie

2005               Beneath The Surfaces, Fire Station, Bar and Bistro, Ivanhoe

2005               Womens Salon Exhibition, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick

2004               Couch Art Exhibition , Area Gallery, Fitzroy ,as part of Fringe Festival

2004               Graduation Exhibition, Cardigan 04, Diploma Visual Arts, RMIT, The Foundry, 

                         

AWARDS & GRANTS

2018              Police Point Artist in Residence, Portsea

2017              Family Choice Award, Montalto Sculpture Prize, Montalto Winery, Red Hill

2017              Art + Climate=Chenge Acland Street Public Art Commission ( with Avis Gardner)

                     shortlisted

2017              G.R.A.I.N.Store Artist in Residence ( with Avis Gardner),March 2019 , NAthalia       

2016              Artsbox Footscray Artist In Residence, City of Maribyrnong, 1 -30 November, 2017

2016              Banyule City Council Pinpoint Art in Public Places grant, with Avis Gardner

2015              Moreland City Council Community Project Grant 

2014              Contemporary Sculptors Association Bonanza Cash Prize

2013              Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, Museum South Australia,Highly   Commended

2012              Pink Lady Art Exhibition Sculpture Excellence Award

2012              Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize,Museum South Australia, Highly Commended

2011              City of Whittlesea, Mayoral Art Award

2011              S.A.F.E.  Rural Art Sculpture Award

2011              Brunswick Arts Entry Exhibition Award

2010              Hill End Artist In Residence, Bathurst, NSW,January 2012

2010              Laughing Waters Artist–in-Residence April 1 – 30, 2011

2010              Moreland City Council Community Project Grant

2010              Commended, Cancer Council Art Awards

2010              Yarra Sculpture Gallery Exhibition Award

2009              Emerging Artist Award, Lorne Sculpture Exhibition

2009              Me and my Toyota, Toyota Spirit Gallery, highly commended

2007              Barnes prize, CSA Bonanza exhibition, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Abbotsford

2006              Area Contemporary Art Space Exhibition Award

2005              Artholes  Gallery Self Portrait Exhibition,Female Portrait Prize, Fitzroy

 

PUBLIC ART

2017             Montalto Winery, Red Hill

2017             Mapping Messages, Footscray Library

2015             Fly away Peter, come back Paul, Whittlesea Community Activity Centre, Whittlesea   

 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND WORKSHOPS

2018                Whittlesea Community Festival workshop, Whittlesea

2018                Spectacular Sea Dragon workshop, Lorne Sculpture Biennale, with Avis Gardner

                       Lorne

2017                All things botanical workshops, Qdos Arts, Lorne

2017                Backpackers for bugs, Whittlesea Commmunity Garden, Whittlesea, with Avis Gardner

2017                The forever forest, Whittlesea Community Garden, Whittlesea, with Adam Hoss Ayres

2017                Vintage books as planters, Whittlesea Community Gardem, Whittlesea

2016                Olympic Village Teapees, Olympic Village, Wenst Heidelberg, with Avis Gardner

2016                Sustainable Garden workshop, Whittlesea Community Garden, Whittlesea

2016                World Environment Day, Secret Garden, COPAC, Colac, with Avis Gardner

2015                The Rivers and Ranges Community Leadership Program, The tragedy of the 

                       Commons , Artist in Residence

2015                Sustainable Insect Hotels Workshop (with Avis Gardner), Whittlesea   Community Garden

2014                Shelter Workshop ( with Avis Gardner), Artplay, City of Melbourne

2014                You bring out the nest in me, Bushfire recovery workshop ( with Avis Gardner)


2013                Urban Cave Dreaming (with Avis Gardner) Ballarat city Council Interventions project

2012                Sustainable Garden Workshops, Whittlesea Community Garden 

2011                Sculpture for Schools workshop (working with Mathew Harding), Lorne Sculpture 2011

2011                Express yourself workshops, Bushfire Recovery Program, Whittlesea                  

2009                Sculpture for Schools workshop ( working with Greg Johns), Lorne Sculpture Exhibition

2008                Me, myself and I educational workshop, Heide Museum of Modern Art

 

INDUSTRY MEMBERSHIPS

Arts and Culture Advisory Panel, Mornington Peninsula Shire (ACAP)

National Association of Visual Artists (NAVA)

Contemporary Sculptors Association (CSA)

Peninsula Studio Trail (PST)

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

2014             The Wave,exhibition essay, Jane O'Neill,June 2014

2014             Exhibitions seek to give voice to asylum experience,Mabel Kwong,rightnow.org.au,13 August

2014             Asylum Seeker Plight Carved In Frustration,The Melbourne Times, 16 July

2014             Ride The Wave of debate,Moreland Leader, 4 August

2013             Exhibition, out & About, Life & Style magazine, The Saturday Age, 2 March

2012             Melburnin', Trouble mag, P 36 - 37, April 

2012             Nature’s Table provides a creative feast, Weekend Advocate, 26 May

2012             Gallery presents superb exhibitions, Central NSW Discover, May

2012             International Contemporary Artists,Vol lV,ICA Publishing,p/359

2010             Art sites, Moreland Leader, 4 October

2009             Sunday Arts ABC TV, interview by Namilla Benson, Episode 29, 1/11/09

2008             Artists get automatic recognition, Melbourne Times, 26 November

2008             Sculptors make best use of recycled materials for art’s sake,

                     Moreland Community News,March

2008             Bags of art, Leader newspaper.4 April

2008             Etchings Magazine, 4th edition, Don’t Water the Cactus

2007             Get with the spirit, Melbourne Times, Week 26 Volume 3

2006             If the message is written on a T-shirt…The Big Weekend, Herald Sun, 7 July

2006             Focus on People, Art of City Living, Moreland Leader, 10 April          

2006              People –watching on canvas, Melbourne Times Northerly Edition,19 April

2006             Focus on People, Art of City Living, Moreland Leader, 10 April    

2006             The Big Weekend, Herald Sun, 7 July,

2006             Silent voices, outspoken art, Footscray Times, 11 July, 2006                   

2006             If the message is written on a T-shirt…The Big Weekend, Herald Sun, 7 July

2006             Silent voices, outspoken art, Footscray Times, 11 July                                                                                                       2006             People 2006             People-watching on canvas, Melbourne Times Northerly Edition, 19 April

2006             Focus on People, Art of City Living, Moreland Leader, 10 April

 

COLLECTIONS

Bathurst Regional Gallery

Seymour Regional Art Gallery

City of Whittlesea

Maribyrnong City Council

Private collections in Australia, Malaysia, Japan and Ireland