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Peter Westwood

Born

1960 Australian

Biography/General

Peter Westwood is an artist, curator and arts writer living in Melbourne. His art practice has centered on ideas of the reflective self within a complex and amorphous society. Westwood has worked through a long-standing interest in painting, and also works with performance (realised through video-media) as well as drawing and collage. He has also focused on the complementary relationship of artist/curator.
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After graduating from RMIT University and Monash University Westwood has held group and individual exhibitions in a range of public and commercial galleries throughout Australia. His work is included in national public galleries and corporate collections and he has curated two to three annual exhibition projects for the past 20 years in Australia and overseas.

Westwood’s PhD (current) research topic is titled The Blip: glitches and anomalies within the field of painting, investigating the implication that there may be anomalies where values ascribed to, and within painting may be re-examined, while also considering the location of painting in late capitalist society.
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Westwood is currently employed at RMIT University as a lecturer within Expanded Studio Practice in the School of Art. He Coordinated the School of Art International Artist in Residence (iAIR) Program until the end of 2010, having initiated and established this project in 2004 as part of a larger program of international initiatives and collaborations for the School. In 1995 he established and opened Project Space and Spare Room Gallery (PSSR), which he managed until 2004.

Education

2013 Research Higher Degree candidate: PhD. School of Art, RMIT University (concurrent)
1995 Master of Arts, Research. School of Art, Monash University
1982 Graduate Diploma in Education. School of Education, University of Melbourne
1981 Graduate Diploma of Fine Art (Hons equiv). School of Art, RMIT University
1976 Diploma of Fine Art. School of Art, University of Ballarat

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013 Tailing, BLINDSIDE, Melbourne
Staring back at the world, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney
2011 Look out, Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne
2010 Dieback, Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne
2009 48 Portraits, Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Hard Times (collaboration with fiction writer Janet Drake), The Doll’s House,
Melbourne
2004 Similarities and differences, Crossley and Scott Gallery, Melbourne
2003 Shape, Crossley and Scott Gallery, Melbourne
1996 Things that have happened, Temple Studio, Melbourne
1995 Fruit of the forest, School of Art, Monash University, Melbourne
1992 Bandwagons, Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne
1991 Untitled (Paintings), Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne
1989 Assemblages, Reconnaissance Gallery, Melbourne
1988 Paintings, Reconnaissance Gallery, Melbourne
1986 Drawings, Reconnaissance Gallery, Melbourne

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012
_A place to eat from, Michael Jäger Collection, Atelier Dorrit Nebe, Köln (http://www.mesamis-mesamies.de/)
People … ahh People, Gallery Mesh, Seoul, South Korea; curator Mihwa Park
The Rick Amor Drawing Prize, The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat
Contemporary Australian Drawing Exhibition 2, University of Arts London, curated by Dr Irene Barberis, London
2011 Crossing the Line: Drawing in the Middle East, intersections of understanding, the
American University (Dubai), United Arab Emirates. An exhibition involving the work
of six artists from Australia, six artists from the UK and eight artists from the United
Arab Emirates, curated by Princess Shiekha Latifa and Dr Irene Barberis.
Australian Art of the 1970’s. The Art Gallery of Ballarat Ballarat
2010: How can a Network…..? The South Project, curator Zara Stanhope, West
Wing (part of the program of West Space Gallery), Melbourne
1918 ArtSPACE, No,20 Moganshan Rd, Shanghai, PR China
Winter, Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne
2010 Beleura National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery,
Mornington (invitation).
Magnetic Islands, Project Space and Spare Room Gallery, RMIT University (Joint
survey of contemporary drawing from Seoul University and RMIT University –
project component of the international Drawing Out Conference conducted by RMIT
University and the University of Arts London), Melbourne
Distinction, curator Song Kexi; writer/theorist Qui Min. 99 Creative Centre, Shanghai
University Academy of Fine Arts, M50 (Moganshan Lu Arts Complex), Shanghai, PR
China
2009 - 2010 The Shilo Project, curator Dr Chris McAuliffe. The Ian Potter Museum of Art, the
University of Melbourne. NETS touring exhibition: Mildura Arts Centre, SH Ervin
Gallery, Sydney, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery,
Gippsland Art Gallery
Imagine, The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat
2008 The Mars Project, Project Space and Spare Room Gallery, RMIT University,
Melbourne
2007 Eye to ‘I’ - the self in recent art, curator Geoff Wallis. The Art Gallery of Ballarat,
Ballarat. NETS touring exhibition: Warrnambool Art Gallery, Hamilton Art Gallery
2006 Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Regional Gallery, Bendigo
The men’s gallery, curator, Rebecca Mayo. The Doll’s House, Melbourne
2003 Group Show 2, Crossley and Scott Gallery, Melbourne
2002 Group Show, Crossley and Scott Gallery, Melbourne
2001 31st Alice Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
Mediations, curator, David Harley. Mass Gallery, Melbourne
1997 The Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1996 Superstar, Billboard project funded by Arts Victoria, Melbourne
A Centre of Culture, The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat
1992 Scotchmans Hill Art Prize, Geelong Regional Gallery, Geelong
1991 Painting, Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne
1989 The ICI contemporary exhibition, traveled to Regional galleries in Victoria and NSW
Decadence–10 years of 200 Gertrude Street, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne
Adelaide Festival, The Living Arts Centre, Adelaide
New Work, Reconnaissance Gallery, Melbourne
Reconnaissance, Launceston Community Arts Centre, Launceston
1988 New Work, Reconnaissance Gallery, Melbourne
1987 New Work, Reconnaissance Gallery, Melbourne
Young Australians, traveled to State and Regional galleries in Australia and a range
of museums in the USA; inaugural exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria,
Melbourne
The Golden Shibboleth, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne
1985 Acquisitions for the Michell Collection, Melbourne University Gallery, Melbourne
The McCaughey Prize, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne
1983 The new art: works from the Michell Endowment, Banyul (NGV), Melbourne
1979 Still life still lives, Visual Arts Board traveling exhibition. Regional galleries traveling
exhibition in Victoria and NSW; inaugural exhibition at the The Art Gallery of
Ballarat, Ballarat
Michell Endowment, inaugural exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV),
Melbourne
1976 Some Recent Art of the Ballarat Region, The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat

Writing and Curating Practice
2011 Hivemind
Raphael Buttonshaw, Tyler Clark, Dylan Hammond, Daniel Stojkovich. The School of Art Gallery, RMIT University.
(http://schoolofartgalleries.dsc.rmit.edu.au/SOAG/exhibitions/2010/index.html)

2010 The Proposition
Boe-lin Bastian, CJ Conway, Ed McAleice and Sean Crossley, The School of Art Gallery, RMIT University.
(http://schoolofartgalleries.dsc.rmit.edu.au/SOAG/exhibitions/2010/index.html)

Can this be a painting?
Catalogue essay (writing collaboration with Julia Powles) discussing the work of Michael Jäger (Germany), Project Space and Spare Room Gallery, RMIT University (http://www.projectspace.rmit.edu.au/)

Desire and what you end up doing. Bringing fiction into reality: Who are you talking to, me?
Catalogue essay discussing the work of Barbara Kapusta (Austria), Project Space and Spare Room Gallery, RMIT University (http://www.projectspace.rmit.edu.au/)

The moment where you think that that’s all it takes …
Catalogue essay discussing the work of Julia Powles for the exhibition Dancing Without Lessons, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne (www.blindside.org.au/)

Representation in the meaning of a metaphor for a forest as endoscopy / links between locations
Hoang Duong Cam (Vietnam). Project Space and Spare Room Gallery, RMIT University (http://www.projectspace.rmit.edu.au/)

Like No Place Known
Collaborative curatorial exhibition project and catalogue essay with Katarina Frank. Works by Kieran Boland (Australia), Cecilia Darle (Sweden), Gunilla Hansson (Sweden). Patrick Nilsson (Sweden), Jin Shan (PR China) Andreas Soma (Sweden). The School of Art Gallery, RMIT University. (http://schoolofartgalleries.dsc.rmit.edu.au/SOAG/exhibitions/2010/like_no_place_known.html)

Bus stop
Catalogue essay discussing the work of Michael Wegerer (Austria), Künstlerhaus Vienna, Austria
Catalogue title : Multiple Matters - Grafische Konzepte
Author: Wojcech Krywoblocki and Georg Lebzelter
Publisher: Künstlerhaus Vienna, 2010.


2009 The city lost in snow
Catalogue essay discussing the work of Katarina Frank (Sweden/UK), Project Space and Spare Room Gallery, RMIT University (http://www.projectspace.rmit.edu.au/)

Man in the Cold
Catalogue essay discussing the work of Godwin Bradbeer for the exhibition Portraits in Exile, Ardel Gallery of Modern Art, Bangkok, Thailand


2008 Things that remain
Steve Cox, Jess Crowe, Julia Powles, Greg Pryor and Leonie Zylberberg, Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne
http://www.jennyportgallery.com.au/exhibitions/thingsthatremain.html

The World in Painting
Curatorial advisor and contributing writer to the catalogue essay discussing the work of Lê Quôc Viêt (Vietnam) for the exhibition project The World in Painting, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. Curator Zara Stanhope. Regional galleries traveling exhibition.


2007 An obvious problem
Catalogue essay discussing the work of Jan Svenungsson (Sweden) and Katrin von Maltzahn (German) for the dual exhibition project A Place on Earth & Tracking and Jorge Luis Borges visited Melbourne for 10 days; School of Art Gallery. RMIT University (http://www.projectspace.rmit.edu.au/)


2006 The brain hand thing
Catalogue essay discussing the work of David Palliser for the exhibition Imagine…the creativity shaping our culture, Heide Museum of Modern Art. Curator Zara Stanhope. (http://www.davidpalliser.com/essay.html)


2005 One another’s otherworld
Curatorial project installation and catalogue text, at the invitation of the French Cultural Centre, Melbourne. Featuring the works of Laetitia Bourget (France), Philippe Charles (France), Steve Cox, Sanné Mestrom, Dominic Redfern, Philip Samartzis, Ania Walwicz and Louiseann Zahra. Alliance Française de Melbourne (French Cultural Centre / Alliance Francaise)

Various Presence: the human spaces in new technology
Curatorial project, installation and catalogue text, Shanghai International Science and Art Exposition, China, 2005. Featuring the works of Mark Burry, Martine Corompt, Ho Sui Kee, Nicole Jaquard, Lyndall Jones, Dominic Redfern, Philip Samartzis, Daniel Von Sturmer, Christian Bumbarra Thompson, Jason Wade, Yandell Walton


2004 Siblings
Two concurrent curatorial projects with accompanying catalogue text titled
Similarities and differences. Featuring the work of Loretta Quinn and Paul Quinn, Fiona Mc Monagle, and Tim McMonagle, Project Space and Spare Room Gallery, RMIT University

Beyond horizons / Horisonttien takana
Curatorial project, and catalogue essay referring to the work of environmental artist Markku Hakuri (Finland). Faculty Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne

The Drawing Room
Curatorial project and catalogue essay, titled Insideout, accompanying an installation work by John Kelly. Project Space and Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne


2003 Benjamin Armstrong and Katherine Huang
Curatorial project and exhibition text (text drawing / poster). Works by Benjamin Armstrong and Katherine Huang. Project Space and Spare Room, RMIT University, 2003


2002 Crossing: New Art from Australia
Curatorial project with catalogue essay. Works by Adam Bunny, Linda Erceg, Fiona Foley, Peter Graham, Katherine Huang, Dianne Jones, Tim McMonagle, Vera Möller, David Noonan and Simon Trevaks, and Christian Bumbarra Thompson. Lume Gallery, UIAH (University of Art and Design), Helsinki, Finland

David Potter
Curatorial project (posthumous exhibition) and catalogue essay, Project Space and Spare Room, RMIT University


2001 Berenice’s Hair /Bereniken Hiukset
Exhibition catalogue with curator Leena Lohiniva. Rovaniemi Museum, Finland and Project Space and Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne


2000 Seen something more
Curatorial project and catalogue essay.
Works by Tim McMonagle and David Palliser. Project Space and Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne


1999 rubik 10 – are you experienced
Catalogue essay discussing the work of Tim McMonagle. The Physics Room, Christchurch New Zealand


The trouble with Harry
Curatorial project and catalogue essay. Works by Judith Duquemin, Diena Georgetti and Daniel Noonan. Project Space and Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne

Collections/Commissions

Representation in public collections
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne
Works included in the Shell Collection, the Michelle Endowment Collection and the Prints and Drawing Collection
The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat
Works included in the Painting Collection and the Prints and Drawing Collection
Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong
Auckland Art Gallery / Toi O Tamaki, Auckland
Victoria University, Melbourne
Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong
Art Bank, Sydney
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Representation in private collections in Australia, England, France, Germany and New Zealand.

Notable private collections:
Steve Cox (artist and writer, Australia)
Michael Jäger (artist, Germany)
Zhang Lansheng (artist) and Catherine Hlvaka (China)
David Palliser (artist) and Liz Shugg (Australia)
Dr Alastair Phillips (Author, and Reader: international film history, UK)
Jenny Port (gallerist, Australia)

Awards/Grants

Recent awards and residencies
2012 Project Grant, City of Melbourne
2010 Artist residency: East China Normal University, Shanghai
2002 Curatorial residency: Crossing: New Art from Australia, an exhibition of contemporary Australian art, ÄLTO Finland.

Bibliography

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Cox, S. catalogue essay accompanying the exhibition Staring back at the world, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney. 2013
An order of sorts, Powles, J. Online essay accompanying the exhibition Dieback, 2010
http://www.jennyportgallery.com.au/exhibitions/dieback.html
Distinction, Song, K. and Qui, M., Shanghai University Academy of Fine Arts, 2010
The Shilo Project, McAuliffe, C., The Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne, 2009.
ISBN: 978-0-7340-4146-3
Eye to "I" - the self in recent art, Wallace, G., The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, 2007
Rhapsody 21C, ch. (essay) Artist Curator Academic, Zahra, L., University of Tasmania Press, 2005
The Shell Collection of Contemporary Australian Art, Lindsay, R., Shell Company of Australia Ltd,
1995
ICI Contemporary Exhibition, Lindsay, R., ICI Australia Ltd, 1989
The Golden Shibboleth, Lindsay, R., Gertrude Street Contemporary Art Spaces, 1987
Young Australians, Lindsay, R., Budget Transport Collection, 1987
The Golden Shibboleth, Lindsay, R., Gertrude Contemporary, 1987
Still Life Still Lives, Radford, R., The Art Gallery of Ballarat, 1979
Some Recent Art of the Ballarat Region, Radford, R., The Art Gallery of Ballarat,1976

CRITICAL REVIEWS (recent)
Nelson, R., The Age (newspaper), November 3, 2010. Review of the work of Michael Jäger
expanded into a review of the accompanying exhibition (catalogue) text written by Julia Powles and
Peter Westwood
Makin, J., Herald Sun (newspaper), March 23, 2009


Curatorial and writing activities
2013
Not too close, not too far
Catalogue essay discussing the work of Lim Dong Seung (Korea), for the exhibition On Familiar Things, Lee C Gallery, Seoul.

2011
Hivemind
Catalogue essay discussing the work of Raphael Buttonshaw, Tyler Clark, Dylan Hammond, Daniel Stojkovich. The School of Art Gallery, RMIT University.
(http://schoolofartgalleries.dsc.rmit.edu.au/SOAG/exhibitions/2010/index.html)

2010
The Proposition
Catalogue essay discussing the work of Boe-lin Bastian, CJ Conway, Ed McAleice and Sean Crossley, The School of Art Gallery, RMIT University.
(http://schoolofartgalleries.dsc.rmit.edu.au/SOAG/exhibitions/2010/index.html)

Can this be a painting?
Catalogue essay (writing collaboration with Julia Powles) discussing the work of Michael Jäger (Germany), Project Space and Spare Room Gallery, RMIT University (http://www.projectspace.rmit.edu.au/)

Desire and what you end up doing. Bringing fiction into reality: Who are you talking to, me?
Catalogue essay discussing the work of Barbara Kapusta (Austria), Project Space and Spare Room Gallery, RMIT University (http://www.projectspace.rmit.edu.au/)

The moment where you think that that’s all it takes …
Catalogue essay discussing the work of Julia Powles for the exhibition Dancing Without Lessons, BLINDSIDE, Melbourne (www.blindside.org.au/)

Representation in the meaning of a metaphor for a forest as endoscopy / links between locations
Curatorial project, installation and catalogue text involving the work of Hoang Duong Cam (Vietnam). Project Space and Spare Room Gallery, RMIT University (http://www.projectspace.rmit.edu.au/)

Like No Place Known
Collaborative curatorial exhibition project and catalogue essay with Katarina Frank. Works by Kieran Boland (Australia), Cecilia Darle (Sweden), Gunilla Hansson (Sweden). Patrick Nilsson (Sweden), Jin Shan (PR China) Andreas Soma (Sweden). Project component of the international Drawing Out Conference conducted through RMIT University and the University of Arts London. The School of Art Gallery, RMIT University. (http://schoolofartgalleries.dsc.rmit.edu.au/SOAG/exhibitions/2010/like_no_place_known.html)

Bus stop
Catalogue essay discussing the work of Michael Wegerer (Austria), Künstlerhaus Vienna, Austria
Catalogue title : Multiple Matters - Grafische Konzepte
Author: Wojcech Krywoblocki and Georg Lebzelter
Publisher: Künstlerhaus Vienna, 2010. ISBN 978-3-900926-85-4

2009
The city lost in snow
Catalogue essay discussing the work of Katarina Frank (Sweden/UK), Project Space and Spare Room Gallery, RMIT University (http://www.projectspace.rmit.edu.au/)

Man in the Cold
Catalogue essay discussing the work of Godwin Bradbeer for the exhibition Portraits in Exile, Ardel Gallery of Modern Art, Bangkok, Thailand


2008
Things that remain
Curatorial project, installation and catalogue text. Works by Steve Cox, Jess Crowe, Julia Powles, Greg Pryor and Leonie Zylberberg, Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne
http://www.jennyportgallery.com.au/exhibitions/thingsthatremain.html

The World in Painting
Curatorial advisor and contributing writer to the catalogue essay discussing the work of Lê Quôc Viêt (Vietnam) for the exhibition project The World in Painting, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. Curator Zara Stanhope. Regional galleries traveling exhibition.

2007
An obvious problem
Catalogue essay discussing the work of Jan Svenungsson (Sweden) and Katrin von Maltzahn (German) for the dual exhibition project A Place on Earth & Tracking and Jorge Luis Borges visited Melbourne for 10 days; School of Art Gallery. RMIT University (http://www.projectspace.rmit.edu.au/)

2006
The brain hand thing
Catalogue essay discussing the work of David Palliser for the exhibition Imagine…the creativity shaping our culture, Heide Museum of Modern Art. Curator Zara Stanhope. (http://www.davidpalliser.com/essay.html)


2005
One another’s otherworld
Curatorial project installation and catalogue text, at the invitation of the French Cultural Centre, Melbourne. Featuring the works of Laetitia Bourget (France), Philippe Charles (France), Steve Cox, Sanné Mestrom, Dominic Redfern, Philip Samartzis, Ania Walwicz and Louiseann Zahra. Alliance Française de Melbourne (French Cultural Centre / Alliance Francaise)

Various Presence: the human spaces in new technology
Curatorial project, installation and catalogue text, Shanghai International Science and Art Exposition, China, 2005. Featuring the works of Mark Burry, Martine Corompt, Ho Sui Kee, Nicole Jaquard, Lyndall Jones, Dominic Redfern, Philip Samartzis, Daniel Von Sturmer, Christian Bumbarra Thompson, Jason Wade, Yandell Walton

2004
Siblings
Two concurrent curatorial projects with accompanying catalogue text titled
Similarities and differences. Featuring the work of Loretta Quinn and Paul Quinn, Fiona Mc Monagle, and Tim McMonagle, Project Space and Spare Room Gallery, RMIT University

Beyond horizons / Horisonttien takana
Curatorial project, and catalogue essay referring to the work of environmental artist Markku Hakuri (Finland). Faculty Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne

The Drawing Room
Curatorial project and catalogue essay, titled Insideout, accompanying an installation work by John Kelly. Project Space and Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne

2003
Benjamin Armstrong and Katherine Huang
Curatorial project and exhibition text (text drawing / poster). Works by Benjamin Armstrong and Katherine Huang. Project Space and Spare Room, RMIT University, 2003


2002
Crossing: New Art from Australia
Curatorial project with catalogue essay. Works by Adam Bunny, Linda Erceg, Fiona Foley, Peter Graham, Katherine Huang, Dianne Jones, Tim McMonagle, Vera Möller, David Noonan and Simon Trevaks, and Christian Bumbarra Thompson. Lume Gallery, UIAH (University of Art and Design), Helsinki, Finland

David Potter
Curatorial project (posthumous exhibition) and catalogue essay, Project Space and Spare Room, RMIT University


2001
Berenice’s Hair /Bereniken Hiukset
Exhibition catalogue production and development with curator/writer Leena Lohiniva. Rovaniemi Museum, Finland and Project Space and Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne

2000
Seen something more
Curatorial project and catalogue essay.
Works by Tim McMonagle and David Palliser. Project Space and Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne


1999
rubik 10 – are you experienced
Catalogue essay discussing the work of Tim McMonagle. The Physics Room, Christchurch New Zealand pp.16

The trouble with Harry
Curatorial project and catalogue essay. Works by Judith Duquemin, Diena Georgetti and Daniel Noonan. Project Space and Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne