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About Robert Andrew

I hold mixed heritage, being a decedent of the Yawuru people from the Broome area in the Kimberley, Western Australia, and also having European and Filipino influences.
In 2009 I undertook studies at Griffith University where I completed my bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art and an Honours Degree in Fine Arts. I am now continuing as a post graduate candidate studying for a Doctorate in Visual Arts at Griffith University.
My practice lead research investigates denied and forgotten personal and family histories. As a person who has a connection to different lineages, I am choosing to move between them by constantly cross-referencing the old and the new.
In my artwork I bring together two distinct aspects. One aspect of my work is to explore ways to utilise open-sourced, programmable technologies as physical technologies to create visual artworks. The other is my engagement and story-telling as an artist with Australian Indigenous heritage.
My work combines highly refined, programmable technological machinery that erodes, exposes substrates, builds stories and creates residues. These works manifest as visually scraped back and built up palimpsests that reference technology, natural materials and ‘artefact’.
Split between old and new I explore my identity and history with the use of contemporary technology. I use earth pigments, ochres, rocks and soil to build stories of relationship to land and culture and to mine historical, cultural, political and personal events that have been ignored, buried and distanced by the dominant paradigms of our western culture.

Robert Andrew


  • Current – Doctorate in Visual Arts Candidate, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane.
  • 2013 – Fine Art Honours, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane.
  • 2012 – Bachelor Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane.


Solo exhibitions

  • 2017 – Disruptive (ill) logic, Metro Arts, Brisbane.
  • 2017 – Our Mutable Histories, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City Hall.
  • 2016 – Scraping Back My Skin, SGAR, Spring Hill, Brisbane.
  • 2014 – Residual Risk, The Hold Gallery, West End, Brisbane.


Group exhibitions

  •  2018 – Myall Creek and beyond, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, New South Wales.
  • 2018 – Robert Andrew & Katie Breckon, Fox Galleries, Melbourne, Victoria.
  • 2018 – Let’s Get Dirt, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Stanthorpe, Queensland.
  • 2018 – Experimenta Make Sense, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart.
  • 2018 – Colony: Frontier Wars, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV, Melbourne, Victoria.
  • 2018 – Experimenta Make Sense, The Lock-up, Newcastle, New South Wales.
  • 2018 – New Dawn, Fox Galleries, Melbourne, Victoria.
  • 2017 – Art In Soil – Art in Soil initiative by the Queensland Branch of Soil Science Australia, Pop Gallery, Woolloongabba, Brisbane.
  • 2017 – St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital Art Award 2011–17, Spring Hill, Brisbane.
  • 2017 – Experimenta Make Sense – Experimenta Commission, in partnership with
    the Australian Network for Art and Technology, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne.
  • 2017 – Ars Electronica: Artificial Intelligence, Linz, Austria.
  • 2017 – Maiwar, Brisbane laneway Project, Brisbane.
  • 2016 –  St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital Art Award 2011–16, Spring Hill, Brisbane.
  • 2016 – Tarrawarra Biennia: Endless Circulation, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria.
  • 2015 – Drawn to Experience v2, POP Gallery, Australian National University Gallery, Canberra.
  • 2015 – Drawn to Experience v2, POP Gallery, Woolloongabba, Brisbane.
  • 2015 – Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, Brisbane.
  • 2015 – Discerning Judgement, Supreme Court Library of Queensland, Brisbane.
  • 2015 – Superlinear, Spiro Grace Art Rooms, Spring Hill, Brisbane.
  • 2015 – Moving Backwards into the future exhibition, Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria.
  • 2015 – Human Resources, The Hold Gallery, West End, Brisbane.
  • 2014 – Offset, Kuril Dhagun, State Library Queensland.
  • 2014 – St. Andrew’s War Memorial Art Prize Exhibition, Spring Hill, Brisbane.
  • 2014 – Solid!, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns.
  • 2013 – Xmas Exhibition, The Hold Gallery, West End, Brisbane.
  • 2013 – GAS exhibition, Griffith University Art Gallery, South Brisbane.
  • 2013 – Honours Exhibition, CAIA, QCA, South bank, Brisbane.
  • 2013 – Middle Ground, The Hold Gallery, West End, Brisbane.
  • 2012 – Sovereignty, Webb Gallery, QCA, South Bank, Brisbane.
  • 2012 – Remap, CAIA, QCA, South bank, Brisbane.
  • 2011 – Art for Soul, Kurilpa gallery, South bank, Brisbane.
  • 2010 – CAIA Silent auction, CAIA, QCA, South bank, Brisbane.
  • 2010 – Mixed Works, Brisbane Mater children’s hospital, Woolloongabba, Brisbane.
  • 1997 – Design exhibition, Newcastle Public Library, Newcastle.



  • 2018 – Won: The Alice Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 2016 – Finalist, Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Gallery, VIC
  • 2016 – Finalist, R&M McGivern Painting Prize
  • 2015 – Finalist: Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, Griffith University Art Gallery, Queensland
  • 2013 – Won: The GAS: Graduate Art Show and The Survey Room Award, Griffith University, Queensland
  • 2013 – Won: St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital Art Prize, Brisbane, Queensland
  • 2013 – Griffith University Medal of Excellence



  • Private collections
  • Gadens Lawyers
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • St Andrew’s Hospital Collection


Professional Activities.

  • 2015/16– Tutor, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art
  • 2014 – Tutor, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art
  • 2014 – Sessional Lecturer, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art
  • 2000/2014 – Virtually There 3D, Owner/manager, 3D visualised animations, Brisbane, Queensland