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NICOLE ELLIS Selected Curriculum Vitae

Lives and works in Sydney
Lectures at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW.

1981-82 University of Tasmania, Master of Fine Arts Degree.
1975-78 Adelaide College for the Arts and Education, Diploma of Fine Art (Painting).
1969-70 Hartley College of Advanced Education Adelaide, Diploma of Teaching.

2001 From The Floor – People’s Federal Convention, Bathurst, 1896. (permanent work, Howick St., Bathurst)
1999 All that goes with it, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide.
1998 Below the Waterline, Olympic Arts Festival, A Sea Change, Customs House, Sydney.
1997 Engram, Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide.
1996 Memorandum, Glare/Vitrine, Artspace, Sydney.
Rollcall, Casula Powerhouse, Casula, NSW (permanent work).
1995 Stripped Bare, Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide.
1993 Arrested Sites, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Sydney.
1988-89 DC-Art, Sydney.
1987 Missing Persons, Avago, Tin Sheds, The University of Sydney.
1985 Mori Gallery, Sydney.
1983 University of Tasmania.
1981 Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia.

2003 Significant Tilt – Art and the Horizon of Meaning, Macquarie University, Sydney.
2002 Third International Sculpture Symposium, Hue Festival 2002, Hue, Vietnam. (River Repose, permanent work)
A Silver Lining, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.
Paris Days, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.
2001 A Studio in Paris: Australian Artists at the Cite 1967 – 2000, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.
Histories in the Making, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.
2000 Tachikawa International Art Festival 2000, Tokyo, Japan.
Harbour, Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival, Museum of Sydney, Sydney.
1999 Shifting Currents, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.
1998 Exposition Collective, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris
Shields, Second Canberra National Sculpture Forum, Lennox Gardens, Canberra.
Co-Existence, Australian Artists Against Racism, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney.
1997 Sextet, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.
1996 In Process, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.
Tenth Anniversary Show, First Draft Gallery, Sydney.
Pulp Friction, touring exhibition, SATEP, SA.
~bimbi, /~bimbi, Performance Space, Sydney.
1995 Down the Drain, Fine Rats International, Bath Row, Birmingham, UK.
Chameleon: a decade, Long Gallery, Hobart.
1994 Circle, Line, Square, Aspects of geometry, Campbelltown City Art Gallery.
(Regional Galleries Travelling Show: Newcastle, Armidale, S. H. Ervin Gallery).
A Hundred Years, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.
Approaches to the Sublime, Ipswich Regional Art Gallery, Ipswich, NSW.
Shifting Edges: Art on Site, Open Museum, Casula Powerhouse, Casula, NSW.
Matter and Mutations, Singapore Festival of Arts, The Substation Gallery, Singapore.
1993 Virtu, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.
Approaches to the Sublime, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.
1992 Manu et Mente, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.
1991 Discontinuous Proportion, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney.
Heterogeneity/Herterogeneity, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, Campbelltown.
1990 The Lie of the Land, Landscape a Sense of Place, Australian Culture Workshop, Mitchell Library, Sydney.
Painting, Photography, Ceramics, Foyer Gallery, University of Western Sydney, Macarthur.
The Ideal Format Show, Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin.
1989 The Passion Show, Sylvester Gallery, Sydney.
Foundry Artists, The Foundry Gallery, Leichhardt.
Gallery Artists, Gore Street Gallery, Melbourne.
1988 Structures of Necessity, First Draft Gallery, Sydney.
Arienale, EMR Gallery, Sydney.
1987 First Show, DC-Art, Sydney.
1986 Expatriates: Exiles? Adelaide Festival Gallery, Adelaide.
1985 Long Gallery, School of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong.
The Loveliest Show on Earth, Mori Gallery, Sydney.
1984 Art Walk, Adelaide Festival of Arts, Design Centre, Adelaide.
Expatriates 2, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia.
1983 Raw State, Anzart-in-Hobart, Chameleon Gallery, Hobart.
Adelaide Painters Drawing, Chameleon Gallery, Hobart.
1982 From The Inside Out: Aspects of Women’s Art, Crafts Council Gallery, Sydney.
Detours by Tender Aliens, Long Gallery, Hobart.
Flights of Fantasy, Salamanca Arts Festival, Long Gallery, Hobart.
Alice Springs Art Prize, Alice Springs Art Foundation, Alice Springs.
1979-80 Annual Member’s Exhibition, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia.
1978 Channel 10 Young Artists Award Invitational, Festival Theatre, Adelaide.

Saur, Allermeines Künstlerlexicon – World Bibliographical Index of Artists, 2003.
Pattenden, R. Significant Tilt – Art and the Horizon of Meaning, catalogue essay, Macquarie University, Sydney, 2003.
Lecht, S. World Sculpture News Magazine, Vol 8, No 4, 2002.
Minh Tu, L. ‘sculptors plant their work in statue garden’, Viet Nam News, 5 May, 2002, 8.
Radok, S. ‘a water or a light’, Artlink ‘taking in Water’, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2001, 49.
Carroll, J. ‘City proud of its role in Federation’. Western Advocate, 19 November, 2001, 1-2.
Edwards, A. ‘Watch this space for Federation art’s sake’, Western Advocate, 14 November, 2001, 3.
Lopez, A. ‘A Studio in Paris: Australian Artists at the Cite 1967 – 2000’, Sydney, CitySearch, 22 June, 2001.
Watters, J., A Studio in Paris: Australian Artists at the Cite 1967 – 2000, catalogue image, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 2001.
Namikawa, E., ‘Tachikawa International Art Festival 2000’, catalogue, Tokyo, 2000, 24.
James, B.’High water marks’, Spectrum, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 August, 2000, 10 Spectrum.
Emmett, P. ‘Sydney Metropolis+ Suburb+ Harbour’, Historic Houses Trust of NSW, 2000, 125-6
Kerr, J., Holder, J. (Ed), past PRESENT, The National Women’s Art Anthology, Craftsmanhouse Press, 1999.
Ferran, A. ‘Rollcall’, Casula Works, published Casula Powerhouse, 1999, 39-40
Editor, ‘Blue Velvet’, Adelaide Review, December, 1999.
Rowley, S. ‘Below the Waterline’, critical essay, catalogue, Below the Waterline, Customs House, Sydney, 1988
Drury, N. Images 3 Contemporary Australian Painting, Craftsmanhouse Press, 1998, 215.
James, B. ‘Four out of Six’, Galleries, The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 September, 1997.
Waterlow, N. Sextet, catalogue essay, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, 1997, 6
Harris,J. ‘Gallery champions diversity’, The Advertiser, Adelaide 30 September, 1997, 35.
Keens, L. ‘Powerhouse Arthouse’, Design, The Quantas Club, December 1996/January 1997, 38.
Bolton, K. ‘Adelaide Art Commentary’, Otis Rush, No. 11, December, 1995, 166-169.
Bolton, K. ‘Stripped Bare’, Agenda, No. 44/45, October, 1995.
Grimley, Grimley, T. ‘Happy to be down the drain’, Art, The Birmingham Post, 5 August, 1995, 38.
Longley, M. ‘Open Air Venture’, Post Reviews, The Birmingham Post, 7 August, 1995.
Freak, D. ‘Down the Drain’, Visual Arts Previews, Whats On Birmingham and Central England, July 29-August 11, 1995.
Kenneally, C. ‘The Realness of Veneer’, Artlink, Vol. 15, Nos. 2 & 3, Winter/Spring, 1995, 87.
Radok, S. ‘Under my skin’, Adelaide Review, April, 1995.
Suchy, S. Singapore Festival of Arts, Journal of the Asian Arts Society of Australia, December, 1994, 26.
Editor, State of the Art, Issue, 10 September-December, 1994.
Fenner, F. ‘An antidote to creeping craft’, Arts, Sydney Morning Herald, 23 September, 1994, 15
Zimmer, J. Circle, Line, Square, Aspects of geometry, critical essay, catalogue, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, 1994.
rcle, Line Garside S. Circle, Line, Square , Aspects of geometry, introduction, catalogue, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, 1994.
Forsyth, Forsyth, G. ‘A Certain Form of Eternity’, critical essay, catalogue ‘Approaches to the Sublime’, Ipswich Regional Art Gallery, 1994.
Forsyth, G. ‘Matter and Mutations’, critical essay, catalogue, The Substation Gallery, Singapore, 1994.
Forsyth, G. ‘Standard Deviation’ (Australian Perspecta 1993 review), Art and Text, 47, 1994. 13.
Lynn, E. ‘Sublimity to Ridicule’, TheWeekend Australian, November, 1993, 13-14.
Fenner, F. Arts, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 October, 1993, 20.
Forbes, J. ‘Preterite traces’, catalogue essay, ‘Arrested Sites’, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, October, 1993.
Collins, L. catalogue essay, ‘Arrested Sites’, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, October, 1993.
Hepburn, L. Press, Press, March, 1992.
Fern, L. Fern, L. Galleries, Sydney Morning Herald, 16 August,1991.
Rowley, S. ‘Discontinuing Tradition. Constraint and Affirmation in Discontinuous Proportions’, critical essay, catalogue, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney 1991.
Van den Van den Bosch, A. ‘Heterogeneity/Herterogeneity’, critical essay, catalogue, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, 1991.
Scripsi, Scripsi Vol. l7/No 1, p. 292 Oxford University Press 1991.
Scripsi, Scripsi Vol. 16/ No 3, Oxford University Press 1990.
Rowley, Rowley, S. ‘The Lie of the Land’, catalogue essay, Mitchell Library Sydney, 1990. 1.
Allen, C. Allen, C. The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 June, 1989.
Ewingto Ewington, J. ‘Structures of Necessity’, Eyeline, March, 1989.
Cameron Cameron-Wilson, S. From Shadow into Light, Women Artists in South Australia since Colonisation, 1988.
Burns, C. Art Commentary, Sydney. Otis Rush, Vol 3, Adelaide, 1988.
Watson, B. Arts, Sydney Morning Herald, 30 September, 1988.
Ellis, N. ‘Structures of Necessity’, Catalogue Statement, First Draft, Sydney, October, 1988.
Barker, R. ‘Arienale’, catalogue essay, EMR Gallery, Sydney, 1988.
Lynne, E. The Weekend Australian, 19-20 December, 1987.
Ranby, M. Sydney Morning Herald, Eastern Suburbs Supplement, 22 December, 1987.
Good, K. ‘Gone but not Forgotten’, The Advertiser, Adelaide, 18 October, 1986.
Neylon, J. ‘And Furthermore’, Adelaide Review, November, 1986.
Neylon, J. ‘Expatriates or Exiles’, The Advertiser, Adelaide, 1986.
Interview, University radio 5UV, Adelaide, 10 October, 1986.
Exhibition Commentary, Vol 23 No 3, Art and Australia, Autumn, 1985.
Forbes, J. Catalogue notes for solo exhibition, Mori Gallery, Sydney, 1985.
Holmes, J. ‘Flights of Fantasy’, catalogue essay, Long Gallery, Hobart, 1982.
McLean, I. ‘Flights of Fantasy’, The Mercury, Hobart, 5 November, 1982.

1983 Formal Complaint, Pier Group: Strahan, Tasmania.
Nuclear Fishin, Pier Group: Hobart, Tasmania.

2003 Faculty Research Grant, UNSW
2003 College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Research Grant.
2002 University Research Support Program, Grant.
2001 Commission, Bathurst City Council, Centenary of Federation Public Art Project.
Australia Council, New Media Arts Fund, Project Grant: New Work.
2000 NSW Ministry for the Arts, Commission Grant
dLux media/arts, Tidal Vectors, Commission.
College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Faculty Research Grant
1999 Australian Research Council (Small Grant)
1997 Australian Research Council (Small Grant)
College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Faculty Research Grant.
1996 Australia Council, Visual Arts/Craft Board Project Grant: New Work.
1995 Commission, Liverpool City Council and Casula Powerhouse for Casula Rollcall Project (part funded by the Australia Council, Community Cultural Development Board).
College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Faculty Research Grant.
1993 Australia Council Visual Art/Craft Board International Project Grant (for participation in exhibition ‘Matter and Mutations’, Singapore Festival of Arts Fringe, 1994).
1993 Australia Council Visual Arts/Craft Board Overseas Studio Grant (London Studio for 1995).
1992 College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Faculty Research Grant.
1987 Australia Council Visual Arts/Craft Board Travel Grant.
1983 Australia Council Visual Arts/Craft Board Special Project Grant.
1982 Commonwealth Post Graduate Award.


1998 University of New South Wales, Paris Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
1997 New South Wales Ministry for the Arts, Gunnery Studio.
1995 Australia Council Visual Arts/Craft Board, London Studio.
1994 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Moya Dyring Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.
1989 Charles Sturt University, Visiting Artist in Residence, Albury.
1988 British School at Rome, Visiting Artist.

Cinemedia, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne.
Museum of Sydney, Sydney.
Riddoch Art Gallery, Mt Gambier.
University of Western Sydney.
University of Tasmania, Hobart.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
National Gallery of Victoria, Michell Endowment.
Private Collections in Australia and overseas.

2003 Outside Moderator, BFA, BFA Honours Course, National Art School.
2000-2001 Examiner, MFA Program, University of Western Sydney,
2000- 2001 Outside Moderator, BFA, Conversion and BFA, Course, National Art School,
2000 External Assessor, BFA, Honours Course, University of Newcastle,
1998 • Object Galleries, Customs House, Sydney, Floor talk.
1997 • Outside Assessor, MFA program, University of Western Sydney
1995 • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 19th and 20th Century Modern Art Program, Lecture.
• Goldsmiths College, London University, London, Tutorials for Master of Art Program.
• University of Cambridge, UK, Faculty of Architecture and History of Art, Studio Teaching, Postgraduate Level Diploma. Visiting Tutor.
• University of Cambridge, UK, Faculty of Architecture and History of Art, Lecture.
1991-2002 • College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales, Lecturer, School of Art.
1990 • University of Western Sydney (Macarthur), Painting and Drawing Lecturer (full-time).
• College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales, Painting Lecturer (part-time).
1989 • City Art Institute, Lecturer, Painting (part-time); Summer School, Lecturer, Painting.
• University of Western Sydney (Nepean) Lecturer, Painting (part-time).
1988 • City Art Institute, Lecturer in Painting, Drawing (part-time); Summer School, Lecturer, Drawing.
1987 • City Art Institute, Lecturer, Drawing (part-time).
• Nepean College of Advanced Education, Lecturer in Painting (part-time).
1987 • Leichhardt/Marrickville Evening School, Lecturer, Painting, Watercolour, Oil.
• Putting on an Act, Curatorium, Women’s Performance Festival: Performance Space, Sydney.
1985-1987 • Power House Museum, Sydney, Community Services, Assist. Educ. Officer (part/time).
1985 • University of Wollongong, School of Creative Arts, Drawing Lecturer (part-time).
1984-1985 • Catholic Schools of New South Wales, Casual Teacher.
1983 • Foundation member of Chameleon Inc State and Visual Arts Board assisted studio/gallery, Hobart.
• Adelaide Centre for Performing Arts—C20th Contemporary Art Programme, Lecturer (part-time).
• Crafts Council of Tasmania, coordinated and ran design workshop for craftspeople in Hobart, Tasmania.
1982 • Education Department of Tasmania, critic for the matriculation Art Course.
1981-1982 • University of Tasmania, School of Art, Design and Drawing Lecturer (part-time).
1981 • University of Tasmania, Researcher, Art Theory Department for Dr R M Carter.
1980 • Foundation member of 211 Inc State assisted co-operative studio, South Australia.
1975-1981 • Ruth Tuck’s Art School, Teacher, Painting, Drawing (part-time), Adelaide.


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