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Biography / Publication

SARAH PIRRIE: CURRICLUM VITAE
Positions & Academic Studies
2006- Lecturer Visual Arts / Coordinator VET Visual Arts, School of Creative Arts and Humanities, Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory
2009-2013 Chairperson Darwin Visual Arts Association, Darwin, Northern Territory
2013 City of Darwin Arts and Cultural Development Advisory Committee member, Darwin, Northern Territory
2009-2011 MRSLBA Masters by Research, School of Creative Arts and Humanities, CDU, NT
1993-1995 B.A. Fine Art – Painting Honours RMIT University, City Campus, Melbourne, Victoria

Selected Exhibitions/Events
2014 Terraforming, Nomad Arts Gallery, Parap, Northern Territory
2012 Runoff, installation at 24HrArt Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art, Parap, Northern Territory
2011 Thales Touch, installation at Nan Giese Gallery, Charles Darwin University, NT
2011 Names on Trees (NOT Project), Darwin Festival Events, Jingili Watergardens, NT
2010 be careful how you develop, installation at Wesleyan Church, George Brown Botanic Gardens, Darwin, Northern Territory
2008 Left Over Wreath (LOW), Box Set Gallery 24HrArt, Parap, Northern Territory
2008 Helen's Wreath, Darwin Visual Arts Association, Frog Hollow, Darwin, NT
2005 & 2006 Spider Alignment, Melbourne street venues & CDU Gallery, Darwin, NT
2005 Nature Alignment, Trocadero Artspace, Footscray, Victoria

Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 Secret World: Carnivorous Plants of the Howard Sand Sheets, curated by Nomad Art, Nomad Art Gallery, Parap, Northern Territory
2014 135th Meridian East, curated by Andre Lawrence, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, South Australia
2014 Made to Last; the conservation of art,, curated by Sherryn Vardy, CDU Art Gallery, Northern Territory
2014 Botannica, Curated by Cath Bowdler, Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Cultural Centre, Katherine, Northern Territory
2013 Hidden/Pulse Disturbance,by Stray (collaborative team of Sarah Pirrie and Natasha Anderson), Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA), Darwin
2013 Togart Contemporary Art Award (NT),Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin, Northern Territory
2013 Art or Cunning? Curated by Alice Buscombe, artists Sia Cox (Alice Springs, NT), Dan Murphy (Alice Springs, NT), Julie Taylor (Alice Springs, NT), Sarah Pirrie (Darwin, NT), Yvette King (Melbourne, Vic), Meredith Turnbull (Melbourne, Vic), Louise Owen (Southern Highlands, NSW), Watch this Space, Alice Springs
2012 Art on Wheels, featuring Branching Project. Curated Arts Program which travelled around Darwin presented by DVAA, Funded by Australian Council for the Art
2011 Here &/ Or There: Art From Northern Australia Jogja Gallery, Jalan Pekapalan, Northern Square of the Sultan Palace, Jogja Biennale Arts Festival, Indonesia
2011 Cuttings, exploration in divergent approaches to sculpture and sound by five artists and musicians, Linden Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne
2011 Territory Times, Curated by Siying Zhou, Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin, Northern Territory
2010 Togart Contemporary Art Award (NT), Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin, Northern Territory
2008 Togart contemporary Art Award (NT), Toured Darwin convention centre, Alice Springs Araluen Arts Centre, Tennant Creek Pyramid Gallery, Katherine Civic Centre Gallery, Northern Territory
2008 Sculpture in the Park, "A Night in the Park" collaborative project by The Scat Society (Talitha Kenney & Sarah Pirrie), Darwin, Northern Territory
2007 Strand Ephemera Sculpture Exhibition, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Townsville, Queensland
2007 airing out - Curated by Talitha Kennedy, CDU Gallery, Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory

Selected Collaborations
2014 Temporary Territory, Darwin Festival Event, Collaboration with Simon Cooper and Jakarta based Arts Collective Ruangrupa
2013 Hidden/Pulse Disturbance, by Stray (collaborative team of Sarah Pirrie and Natasha Anderson), Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA), Darwin, Northern Territory
2011 TEASE, curated arts program presented by Corrugated Iron featuring outdoor interactive banner installation
2011 Maze, public art installation with Siying Zhou, Parap Arts Festival, Parap, NT
2011 Tags and Flags, public art installation with Siying Zhou, Seabreeze Festival, Nightcliff foreshore, Northern Territory
2010 Paper in the Sand, iMoves Event, collaboration with Darwin Dance Collective, Directed by Alex Jordon, The Studio, Darwin Entertainment Centre, 2010 Darwin Festival, NT
2010 TEASE, curated arts program presented by Corrugated Iron featuring outdoor interactive visual art installation by Siying Zhou, Sarah Pirrie and Rebecca Arbon
2009 The States, collaboration with composer Erik Griswold and author Craig Foltz, Included Bundanon Residency and 3 day performance/installation Judith Wright Centre, Shop Front, Brisbane (see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8FRP7cezzQ)
2009 Unpacking a Wave (Paper), with Contact Improvisation Artist; Alex Jordan, Improvisation Singer; Anja Bretfield, Fringe@The Bank, Darwin Festival, Darwin, NT
2004 Silkcut Awards Exhibition, collaborative print work with Jodi Heffernan, Lorna's Reserve purchased by the National Gallery of Australia
2004 Secret Fire Historian June-July Residency at Bundanon, collaborative project with Jodi Heffernan
2003 Revelations, multimedia performance/installation with Natasha Anderson, Robin Fox, Elizabeth Parsons and Erkki Veltheim, Organs of the Goldfields Festival, The Mining Exchange, Ballarat, Victoria
2002 Permanent Transit collaboration with composer Erik Griswold and author Craig Foltz, PATU Studio, University of Adelaide, South Australia
2001 Other Planes, collaborative with Erik Griswold, Sydney Spring Festival, The Studio, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Conference Presentations & Journal Reviews
2014 Geocritical 2014 AAANZ Conference, Tasmania. Runoff - Drawing a becoming Nature
2014 Review of "string theory: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art", Art Monthly Australia, No 269, May 2014
2013 At the Studio- making in the top end, Introduction essay, Published by Darwin Visual Arts Association. Funded by Arts NT, Aus Co. and City of Darwin
2013 Balance/Unbalance International Conference: Future Nature, Future Culture, Noosa May 31-June 2. Peer Reviewed paper Precarious and poetic interpretations of the anthropocene: return to nature through beer cans, bottles and fireworks
2012 Review of "Yalangbara: Art of the Djang'kawa", Art and Australia Vol 49 No 1 Winter 2011
2012 Catalogue essay "On the Move- Travel Practice of the Nomads", for exhibition Art of the Nomads, Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin, Northern Territory
2011 Review of "Troika", Art and Australia, Vol 49, No 2, Summer 2011 pg161
2011 Review of "The Nature of Things", ArtLink Vol 31 no 3, Surveillance, 2011
2010 AAANZ Conference, Tradition and Transformation, Adelaide 1-4 December, Remaking the world in a Sustainable Register, Convener Angelique Edmonds, Paper title; Artists with Axes: The construction of a resource in a sustainable aesthetic
2010 Regional Arts Australia Conference, Junction 2010, Launceston 26-29 August.
2010 ACUADS Conference 2010; A View into Future of Australian Art and Design Schools, 1-3 September, University of Tasmania, Tasmanian School of the Arts.
2007 upgrading and evolving Sarah Pirrie looks into videdromo 1.5 at 24hr art, RealTime issue #78 April-May 2007 pg. 27
2007 perspective play Sarah Pirrie at Darwin's 24hr art, RealTime issue #80 Aug-Sept 2007 pg. 38
2007 sound worlds past and present Sarah Pirrie listens into sounds unusual in Darwin, RealTime issue #82 Dec-Jan 2007 pg. 40
2007 Exhibition Review for Pete Volich: Tales from the Rear View Mirror Series Here We Go Again at 24Hr Art – Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin Photofile, contemporary photomedia +ideas issue #81 Spring 2007

Resent Curated Projects
2015 Counting Tidelines, co-curated by Sarah Pirrie and Amy Jackett, Darwin Festival Event, Nan Giese Gallery, Darwin, Northern TerritoryT
2013 CDU Visual Arts: Art is Easy [and all music sounds the same], co-curated by Sarah Pirrie, Suzi Lyon and Henry Smith, Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin, NT
2012 Art of the Nomad, one of six curators, Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin, NT
2009 Raw Infusion; Co-Curated film &dance event with Bobbie Ruben and Bryn Wackett. Ausdance dancers including Bryn Wackett, Jenelle Saunders, Lisa Quinell, Tara Robertson, Alex Jordon, Venaska Cheliah, Fringe@The Bank, Darwin Festival, NT
2008 Topophilia: love of land, Co-curated with Birut Zemits exhibition at CDU Gallery and SL jokaydia gallery as part of AAEE 15th Biennial Conference, Casuarina Campus, Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory

Grants & Awards
2014 Art NT Quick Response Grant, ArtsNT, Department of Arts and Museums, NT Government
2013 Arts Grant for Hidden, ArtsNT, Department of Arts and Museums, NT Government
2013 Project Funding for Chan Contemporary Art Exhibition, CDU Visual Arts: Art is Easy [and all music sounds the same], ArtsNT, Department of Arts and Museums, NT Government
2012 ArtStart Grant, Australian Council for the Arts
2010 Art NT Travel Grant, for Presentation at Junction2010, Regional Arts Conference
2010 Postgraduate Student Bursary Award, AAANZ 2010 Conference, Tradition and Transformation, Adelaide, South Australia
2009 Australian Postgraduate Awards Scheme (APA) Scholarship for Masters by Research, Charles Darwin University, Faculty of Law, Business and Arts
2007 The Gordon Darling Foundation Travel Grant, Used to travel to Perth, Melbourne, Sydney & Townsville for Contemporary Drawing Research
2003 Art Victoria Grant, Revelations, multimedia performance/ installation with Natasha Anderson, Robin Fox, Elizabeth Parsons, Erkki Veltheim and Sarah Pirrie
2002 Project Development Grant, Australian Council for the Arts, Permanent Transit with Composer Erik Griswold and author Craig Foltz
1998-1999 Presentation and tour of ricefields, an Aphids production, Curated by Sarah Pirrie, Rosemary Joy & David Young. Supported by New Media Fund, Australia Council for the Arts Arts Victoria, The City of Melbourne, Shimane Prefecture Government Japan Australian Embassy in Tokyo, The Performance Space, MetroArts, La Mama

Written Publications about my work
2012 Murray, Daena, Hot springs- The Northern territory and Contemporary Australian Artists, Chapter 4 Elemental Dynamics, pg. 108-109Macmillan Art Pub. , Melbourne, Australia
2012 Troup, Cynthia, Precarious living Boundaries: Sarah Pirrie's Runoff, Essay to accompany Runoff exhibition at 24HrArt Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art