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About Robert Andrew

Robert Andrew is a descendant of the Yawuru people, whose Country is the lands and waters of the Broome area in the Kimberley Region, Western Australia. Andrew’s work investigates the personal and family histories that have been denied or forgotten. His work speaks to the past yet articulates a contemporary relationship to his Country—using technology to make visible the interconnecting spiritual, cultural, physical, and historical relationships with the land, waters, sky, and all living things. Andrew’s work often combines programmable machinery with earth pigments, ochres, rocks and soil to mine historical, cultural and personal events that have been buried and distanced by the dominant paradigms of western culture.

Robert Andrew

Education
  • 2019 – Doctorate in Visual Arts, 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
  • 2021 – Inscribed, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2019 – Presence, Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2019 – Our Mutable Histories, Ellenbrook Art Gallery, Perth, Western Australia.
  • 2018 – Data Stratification, Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • 2018 – an unforgetting, Pop Gallery (QCA Galleries), Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 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
  • 2021 – Data Imaginary, Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2021 – On Earth, Queensland University of Techinology, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2021 – Block Party, La Boite, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2021 – Myall Creek and Beyond, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
  • 2021 – TarraWarra Biennale: Slow moving waters, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Tarrawarra, Victoria.
  • 2021 – Hyper-local: Indigenous Art Program, Blaklash Creative, Brisbane City Council, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2020 – Overlapping Magisteria: The 2020 Macfarlane Commissions, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) Melbourne, Victoria.
  • 2020 – The Power of Harmony, Jinan International Biennale, China.
  • 2020 –  Brisbane Festival, Metro Arts, Brisbane.
  • 2020 – Afterglow, Yokohama Triennale, Japan.
  • 2019 – A Fierce Hope, Adderton House, Brisbane.
  • 2019 – Experimenta Make Sense, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria.
  • 2019 – The National 2019, Art Gallery NSW, Sydney, New South Wales.
  • 2019 – After Technology, UTS Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales.
  • 2018 – Tree Place, Noosa Regional Gallery, Noosa, Queensland.
  • 2018 – Experimenta Make Sense, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton, Queensland.
  • 2018 – Cross-mending, Outer Space Artist Run Initiative, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2018 – Open Actions, Enoggera Reservoir, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2018 – The Art and Consequence of Collaboration, South Australian School of Art Gallery apart of Spectra, Art + Science 2018, Adelaide, South Australia.
  • 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 Dirty, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Stanthorpe, Queensland.
  • 2018 – Experimenta Make Sense, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre,  Murwillumbah, New South Wales.
  • 2018 – Experimenta Make Sense, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart.
  • 2018 – Experimenta Make Sense, The Lock-up, Newcastle, New South Wales.
  • 2018 – Colony: Frontier Wars, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV, Melbourne, Victoria.
  • 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, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2017 – St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital Art Award 2011–17, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2017 – Experimenta Make Sense – Experimenta Commission, in partnership with the Australian Network for Art and Technology, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria.
  • 2017 – Ars Electronica: Artificial Intelligence, Linz, Austria.
  • 2017 – Maiwar, Brisbane laneway Project, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2016 –  St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital Art Award 2011–16, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 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, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2015 – Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, Brisbane, Queensland
  • 2015 – Discerning Judgement, Supreme Court Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland
  • 2015 – Superlinear, Spiro Grace Art Rooms, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2015 – Moving Backwards into the future exhibition, Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria.
  • 2015 – Human Resources, The Hold Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2014 – Offset, Kuril Dhagun, State Library Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2014 – St. Andrew’s War Memorial Art Prize Exhibition, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2014 – Solid!, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns, Queensland.
  • 2013 – Xmas Exhibition, The Hold Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2013 – GAS exhibition, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2013 – Honours Exhibition, CAIA, QCA, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2013 – Middle Ground, The Hold Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2012 – Sovereignty, Webb Gallery, QCA, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2012 – Remap, CAIA, QCA, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2011 – Art for Soul, Kurilpa gallery, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2010 – CAIA Silent auction, CAIA, QCA, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • 2010 – Mixed Works, Brisbane Mater children’s hospital, Brisbane, Queensland.
Awards
  • 2019 – The Lumen Prize, shortlist, UK.
  • 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.
Public Art
  • 2020 Grounded to the present, 12 Creek St, The Annex.
  • 2018 Garabara, Faculty of Arts and Social Science Building, Sydney University, New South Wales.
Collections
  • Private collections
  • Gadens Lawyers
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
  • St Andrew’s Hospital Collection
Professional Activities
  • 2021-2023 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Griffith University.
  • 2014/17,19 – 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.