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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, and ‘In the Garden of Good and Evil’ at QAG in 2018.

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:

2021
Carnivale: Second Stage' Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
2021
Covid/Carnivale' Jan Manton Art, Brisbane
2019
‘Sightlines’ Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
2018
‘In the Garden of Good and Evil’ Queensland Art Gallery
2018
‘Fragments from the Garden of Good and Evil’ FOXJENSEN Sydney
2018
‘Fragments from the Garden of Good and Evil’ Sophie Gannon Gallery Melbourne
2017
‘Lines of Confluence’ Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
2016
‘Significant Others’, Jensen Gallery Sydney
2015
‘Tree of Life’ Sophie Gannon Gallery Melbourne
2014
‘Judith Wright:Desire’, QUT Art Museum, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
2014
‘Desire’, Fox/Jensen, Auckland, New Zealand
2013
‘Destination: Through a Glass Darkly’, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
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
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

2021
The National 2021: New Australian Art' Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2021
Know My Name ; Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now' National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2020
Two Sisters - A Singular Vision' Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
2020
‘Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres’ Art Gallery of South Australia
2019
Here we Are' Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2019
‘Second Sight: Witchcraft, Ritual, Power’ UQ Art Museum
2019
‘The lover circles his own heart: MCA collection’ MCA Sydney
2019
‘Come Close’ University of Sunshine Coast Art Gallery, Queensland
2016
‘A World View’, QAGOMA, Brisbane
2015
‘Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its Echoes’, NGV, Melbourne
2013
‘Ten Years of Things’ UQ Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane
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
2008
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.