Dr Sarah s robson

Sarah Robson has been a practising artist for over 30 years, exhibiting nationally and internationally, with a practice encompassing painting, sculpture and installation. She has been awarded several major public commissions and is represented in public and private collections in Australia, Europe, North and South America. In 2013 she completed a Master of Cross-Disciplinary Art & Design and in 2015 a Master of Philosophy, researching creativity and its processes. In 2021 she completed a Doctor of Philosophy investigating the relational systems intrinsic to non-objective (open) artworks. Her research demonstrated how artworks are not inanimate props but vital participants in the creation of meaning and contribute to our understanding of the contingent, complexity of the world.

Her most recent body of work employs industrial felt, fabric and cotton twine to construct a vocabulary of forms that do not have a fixed mode of display. These artworks position, philosophically and practically, the rational and the organic side by side and nominate aesthetic experience as a complex of mind/body engagement.

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Born 1963.
Lives and works in Sydney.

EDUCATION

2021Doctor of Philosophy, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC.
2015Master of Philosophy, UNSW Art & Design, Sydney, NSW.
2013Master of Cross-Disciplinary Art + Design, College of Fine Art, Sydney, NSW.
1984Diploma of Visual Arts, Canberra School of Art, A.C.T.

SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS

2021

RMIT University Prize Excellence in Research HDR, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC.

2017

Post Graduate Research Scholarship, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC.

2011

Calais Deviations College Street Hyde Park, Sydney, NSW UAP

2007

Latitude East, World Square, Sydney, NSW. Multiplex Developments Pty Ltd

2004

The Playfair Pool Feature Wall. Kambala School, Sydney, NSW.

2003

Artists Creative Development Grant, Visual Arts Craft Board of the Australia Council

1981

Bruce TAFE Art Award, Canberra, ACT.

1981

National Art Award, Finalist, ACT.

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

2011

Calais Deviations. College Street, Sydney, NSW.

2007

Latitude East. World Square, Sydney, NSW.

2004

The Playfair Pool Feature Wall. Kambala School, Sydney, NSW.

2003

Eclipse, Crown Promenade Hotel, Melbourne, VIC.

2000

Lightscape, Hilton Airport Hotel, Melbourne, VIC.

1999

Altair. Sydney, NSW.

W-Hotel, Wooloomooloo Finger Wharf, Sydney, NSW.

Riverside Park, Sydney, NSW.

1998

Box Café, for BKH, Melbourne, VIC.

SELECTED INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

2021

Holding Space – Courting Potential, SITE EIGHT, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC.

2021

The Unfolding of Reason, Factory 49, Sydney, NSW.

2020

An Open Proposition, Five Walls Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.

2019

Felt Propositions, STACKS Gallery Sydney, NSW.

2017

Between Certainty and Chance, Crawford Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

2014

Spatial Interventions 1994 - 2014, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney, NSW.

2010

Infinite in All Directions, Gitte Weise Galerie at The Depot Gallery Sydney, NSW.

2008

New Work, Gitte Weise Galerie Berlin, Germany.

2004

Identical/non-Identical, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney.

Zwillinge, Gitte Weise Galerie Berlin, Germany.

2002

Eclipse, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

2000

Spring, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

1999

Sarah Robson, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

1998

Inside out, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

1997

Lightscapes, ROOM 35, Sydney, NSW.

1995

Studio Show, Albion Street, Sydney, NSW.

1994

Sarah Robson, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW.

1992

New Work, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW.

1990

Isolate, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

SNO 151, Thinking Through Doing – performative collaboration with Julian Goddard, Sarah Robson and David Thomas, SNO, Sydney, NSW.

2017

Every Brilliant Eye, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC.

2016

Ku-ring-gai pH - Art + Science collaborative project, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney, NSW.

2012

Globalisation - Connections -Time. Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover, Germany.

2008

Simplex - Komplex, Universitat der Kunste, Berlin, Germany.

2008

Gained + Lost Day 29 February 2008, International Traveling Project + Exhibition, Europe & Nth Africa

2006

Absolut Secret Drawcard 06, National School of Art, Sydney, NSW.

2006

Rendezvous mit Gitte Vol 6, Part 1, Gitte Weise Gallerie Berlin, Germany

2005

Absolut Secret Drawcard 05, National School of Art, Sydney, NSW.

Rendezvous mit Gitte Vol 5, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

ROOM 35 turns 8, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

2004

Sieben Kunstler der Galerie, Gitte Weise Gallerie Berlin, Germany

A different group, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

Rendezvous mit Gitte Vol 4, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

Contemporary Collections Benefactors, Art Gallery of NSW

Melbourne Art Fair, Gitte Weise Gallery, Royal Exhibitions Hall, Melbourne, VIC.

2003

Re-Collection, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

Rendezvous mit Gitte Vol 3, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

2002/05

Fathoming: Contemporary Australian Sculpture, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, QLD touring Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria

10th Anniversary Exhibition, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

Contemporary Collections Benefactors, Art Gallery of NSW

2001

National Sculpture Prize + Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT.

Rendezvous mit Gitte, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

2000

Sculpture 2000, Access Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

Melbourne Art Fair, Gitte Weise Gallery Stand 7, Royal Exhibitions Hall, Melbourne, VIC.

1999

Contemporary Collections Benefactors, Art Gallery of NSW.

1999

MCA Art Auction, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW.

Something for above the couch! Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

Outside Inside, Sir Hermann Black Gallery, University of Sydney Union, Sydney, NSW.

1998

The Bryan Niland Collection, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Sydney, NSW.

6th Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Exhibitions Building, Melbourne

1994

Gallery Artists, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW.

4th Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Exhibitions Building, Melbourne, VIC.

1992

Painting and Sculpture, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW.

1991

Microcosm, Gary Anderson Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

Agapé, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW.

1984

Graduate Exhibition, Canberra School of Art, ACT.

Gallery 41, Braidwood. NSW

Bruce T.A.F.E Art Award, Canberra.ACT.

1981

National Art Award, traveling exhibition, all capital cities

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA, Melbourne; ARTBANK, Sydney; QANTAS, Bangkok, Thailand; QANTAS Wellington, NZ; W-Hotel, Finger Wharf, Sydney; Crown Casino, Melbourne; M.O.C.A., Brisbane; Hilton, Melbourne

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS & COMMISSIONS

1998– 2018

Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Europe, North and South America.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2015

Jackie Dunn, Spatial Interventions, Exhib. Cat. ISBN 978-0-646-92995-8

2011

Paul McGillick, ‘A World in Equilibrium’ Indesign, Issue 44

2010

Gina Fairley, “Sarah Robson” World Sculpture News Volume 16, Number 1, Winter 2010

2010

Joseph Brennan, “Precise Spatial Ambiguities” Australian Art Review Issue 23

2004

Sally Couacaud, “Hidden Treasures” Art and Australia Vol 42 No.2

2003

Profile, The Manly Daily, August 5

2002

Paul McGillick, Indesign, Issue No. 11.

Louise Martin-Chew, The Weekend Australian, June 8.

Sandra McLean, The Courier Mail, June 12.

Alison Kubler, ‘Fathoming’ Exhibition Brochure

2001

National Sculpture Prize + Exhibition, Catalogue, Australian National Gallery, Canberra
Paul McGillick, “Silencing The Room” Monument Issue # 41, April/May.

2000

Art and Australia Vol 37 No.4, Pg.591

Bronwyn Watson, SMH Spectrum, January 8.

1999

George Epaminondas, SMH Ragbag, September 21.

Bruce James, SMH City File,September 18 .

Sebastian Smee, SMH, The Galleries, September 7.

Bruce James, SMH Spectrum, September 4.

1998

Bruce James, SMH, July 14.

Sebastian Smee, SMH, Metro, July 10.

John McDonald, SMH, July 18.

1997

Bruce James, SMH, November 7.

1994

Lifestyle Design Series, Australia, May/June.

Elwyn Lynn, The Australian, January.

1993

Catherine Osborne, SMH, Good Weekend, January 9.

1991

Art and Australia, Winter.

1990

Jo Saurin, SMH Galleries, November 30.

Vogue Living, Australia, Oct 1990

AUTHORED PUBLICATIONS

2015

Sarah S Robson, Between Certainty and Chance, Master of Philosophy Dissertation, UNSW Art & Design.
http://unsworks.unsw.edu.au/fapi/datastream/unsworks:40950/SOURCE02?view=true

2014

Sarah S Robson, Spatial Interventions: The Magnitude of Absence,
Exhib. Cat. ISBN 978-0-646-92995-8

PUBLIC TALKS

2019

‘Contingency and the Singular Artwork,’ STACKS, Sydney.

2017

PHD Research, RMIT Practice Research Symposium, RMIT, Melbourne.

2016

Panel Discussion, Ku-ring-gai pH, Art + Science collaborative project, MAG&M, Sydney.

2015

MPHIL. Research, Post Graduate Research Conference, UNSW Art & Design, Sydney.

2014

Why Creativity? Creativity Forum, MAG&M, Sydney.

2014

Why Creativity? Forum, Cultural Centre, German International School, Sydney.

2012

Globalisation - Connections - Time. Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover, Germany.

2005

Fathoming: Contemporary Australian Sculpture, MAG&M, Sydney.

2002

FATHOMING SYMPOSIUM, Fathoming: Contemporary Australian Sculpture, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, QLD.

SELECTion PANEL PUBLIC ART & ART Prize

2020NORTHERN BEACHES ART PRIZE, Judge. MAG&M, Sydney, NSW.
2015Yagoona Community Centre, Public Art Commission Panel, Sydney, NSW
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