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JUDITH WRIGHT

Judith Wright lives and works in Brisbane. She came to her work as an installation artist with a background in dance having performed with the Australian Ballet. Recipient of a fellowship from Arts Queensland in 1993 and awarded a professional development grant from the Queensland Government in 1998, Judith has taught at the Queensland University of Technology and the College of Art, Griffith University.

She was appointed to the board of the Queensland Art Gallery from 1999-2002,and received a Master of Fine Arts from Queensland University of Technology in 2002. Judith participated in the India/Australia collaborative exchange project Fire and Life in Calcutta in 1996; the Fire and Life residency at the Institute of Modern Art Brisbane; and Celebrate Australia in Tokyo in 1993. She collaborated with composer Lisa Lim on Sonorous Bodies for Elision contemporary music at the Third Asia Pacific Triennial, and the Hebbel Theatre Berlin. Judith was also commissioned by Elision to produce a video work for Inferno with composer John Rodgers in 2002. In 2005, Wright completed a residency at the Australia Council’s Greene St. studio in New York. In 2009 she was awarded a Fellowship from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Most recently, Wright’s major installation ‘A Wake’ was exhibited in GOMA’s exhibition ‘Contemporary Australia: Women’ in 2012, and  ‘A Journey’ in the 18th Biennale of Sydney: All Our Relations, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, 2012.

Judith’s work is represented in several university collections and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney,  Kawaguchi Museum of Contemporary Art, Saitama, GOMA Brisbane, and the Auckland Art Gallery.

Individual exhibitions include:

2013 Destination, Fox/Jensen, Auckland, New Zealand and Jensen Gallery, Sydney
2011 Propositions, Grant Pirrie, Sydney, Australia
2010 Desire, Jan Manton Gallery, Brisbane
2009 Conversations, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Desire, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
2008 A Continuing Fable, GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney
Judith Wright – conversations, The University of Queensland, Brisbane
2007 Judith Wright: conversations, Drill Hall Gallery, The Australian National University, Canberra
Judith Wright: Breath and Other Considerations, Artspace, Mackey
2006 In Praise of Darkness: Conversations with the Father, GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney
In Praise of Darkness: Conversations with the Father, Jan Manton Art, Brisbane
2005 Relative Conversations, Jan Manton, Brisbane
Judith Wright:selected video works 1997 – 2004, Performance Space, Sydney
2004 One Dances, GRANTPIRRIE, Redfern, Sydney
One Dances, Creative Industries Precincts, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
2002 Blind of Sight III, GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney
Blind of Sight (Now), Gardens Theatre, QUT Precinct, Brisbane
Blind of Sight, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
1999 Projections for Eliza, University Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane;
Fluid, Annandale Galleries, Sydney
1998 Breathe, Milburn Gallery, Brisbane
1997 Skin of Memory, University Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane
Rhythm of Memory, Magazine Space, Griffith Artworks, Griffith University, Brisbane
1996 Blind Hands, Annandale Gallery, Sydney
Silent Measure, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
Two Hands, Milburn Gallery, Brisbane
1995 Image of Absence, Milburn Gallery, Brisbane
Second stage, Seventeen mile rocks, Brisbane
Silent Measure, 184 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne (courtesy Milburn Gallery, Brisbane)
1994 Breath of Silence, Gallery Finarte, Nagoya
Breath of Silence, Gallery Lunami, Tokyo
1993 Milburn Gallery, Brisbane
Silence echoes in the Hollow of the Hand, Gallery Lunami, Tokyo;
Shadow of Silence, Annandale Galleries, Sydney
1992 Palm of the Hand, Annandale Galleries, Sydney
1991 Uncovered Language, Artspace, Sydney
1990 Judith Wright – Books and Drawings, Milburn and Arte’, Brisbane
1989 312 Lennox Street, Melbourne
Milburn and Arte’, Brisbane
1987 Milburn Gallery, Brisbane

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 All our Relations, Museum of Contemporary Art and Cockatoo Island, Sydney, Australia
Contemporary Australia: Women, The Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
2011 Black Box White Cube, The Art Centre, Melbourne
Physical Video, The Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
2010 Contemporary Encounters, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
A Genorosity of Spirit, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane
Painthing (as one), Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide
Love Loss and Intimacy, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2008 Silver-lined: Contemporary Artists and the Performing Arts Collection,
2006 The Arts Centre, Melbourne Wilson HTM National Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, Sophie
2008 Gannon Gallery, Melbourne; GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney; Jan Manton Art, Brisbane Portal, Queensland Live, Queensland Art Gallery touring exhibition
2006 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Where Angels Tread, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide
The Tallis Foundation 2006 National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, Vic
HarriesIDA China – 06, Beijing Film Academy Gallery, Beijing
Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
The Year in Art, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Screenings: International and Australian New Media, National Gallery pf Victoria, Melbourne
2005 Slow Rushes: Takes on the Documentary Sensibility in Moving Images from around Asia and the Pacific, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
Your Sky, Gigantic Art Space, New York, USA
The Harries National Digital Art Award, QUT creative industries precinct, Brisbane, and Today Art Museum, Beijing Film           Academy, Beijing, China
2003 Way Things Are, GRANTPIRRIE, Redfern, Sydney
One SQUAREMILE Brisbane Boundaries, Museum of Brisbane
Home with No Walls, Open Circle and Sahmat, Mumbai
2002 Inferno, Elison contemporary music with John Rodgers, Brisbane Powerhouse
Meridian; Currents in Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2001 Paper works: Australian Artists exploring drawing and the printed image, Queensland Art Gallery
New painting in Australia 1: Phenomena, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Sonorous Bodies, Elision contemporary music with Liza Lim, Hebbel Theatre, Berlin
2000 Tachikawa International Art Festival 2000, Tokyo
Another Landscape, I.M.A Brisbane, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne
Spitting and Biting, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne
Five Queensland Artists, Queensland Art Gallery
Lightness of Being, with Pinaree Sanpitak, Queensland Art Gallery
1999 Agency: Living Here Now, Australian Perspecta, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
Sonorous Bodies, Elision contemporary music with Liza Lim,
Third Asia Pacific Triennial, Brisbane City Hall
Another Landscape: Life/History/Language, Max Mueller Bhavan,
German Cultural Centre, Bombay
How Long, Nanyang Technical Institute, Singapore
Output, I.M.A, Empire Building, Brisbane
1998 The Acid Test, RMIT University, Melbourne
Another Landscape: Life/ History/ Language with Kaoru Hirabayashi and
Nalini Malani; Kawaguchi Museum of Contemporary Art, Saitama; Gallery
Lunami, Tokyo; Galleria Finarte, Nagoya; and touring to Gallery Chemould
Bombay and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
1997 Fire and Life with Jayashree Chakravarty, I.M.A, Brisbane and touring
Silent Rhythm, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Clearage, University Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane
A Gift for India, SAHMAT, New Delhi and touring
Space and Gravity, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Temple of Earth Memories, between Art & Nature, Australian
Perspecta, S.H Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1996 re collection – The Griffith University Art Collection 25 years, Brisbane City Gallery
Australia: Familiar and Strange, Seoul Arts Centre, Korea
Flagging the Republic, Sherman Galleries, Sydney and touring
Reference Points 1V, Queensland Art Gallery
Fire and Life with Jayashree Chakravarty, Gallery 88, Calcutta
1995 Arco, Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, Spain
Accent on Australia: Five Contemporary Artists in Denmark, Gallerie Babette, Denmark
Seven-ness collaboration with Dominico de Clario, I.M.A, Brisbane
Nagoya Contemporary Art Fair, Nagoya
1994 Temporality, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
An Exotic Otherness, Crossing Brisbane Lines, CAST, Tasmania and touring
1993 The Nature of Space, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
1992 Unfamiliar Territory, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of SA, Adelaide
Recent Acquisitions, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1989 Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Reference Points: A New Perspective, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
1988 A Complimentary Caste: A Homage to Women Artists in Queensland Past and Present, The Centre Gallery, Gold Coast
1985 Queensland Works, 1950 – 1985, University Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane

Performance
1998 Trace, with Kaoru Hirabayashi, Kawaguchi Museum of Contemporary Art, Saitama
1997 Body as Site, erasure of work of Nalini Malini with Vanessa Mafe, Second Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery

Collections
Artbank, Sydney
Artspace Mackay
Art Centre, Melbourne
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Auckland Art Gallery
Brisbane City Gallery
Canberra School of Art
Gold Coast City Gallery
Griffith University, Brisbane
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
Kawaguchi Museum of Contemporary Art, Saitama
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Parliament House Collection, Canberra
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Launceston
University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
University Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane
University of Sydney
U.T.S. Gallery, Sydney

Represented by Jensen Gallery Sydney, Fox/Jensen Gallery Auckland, Sophie Gannon Gallery Melbourne, and Jan Manton Art Brisbane.