Vivienne Binns OAM was a lecturer in the Painting Workshop from 2008 until 2012. She currently remains advisor on some postgraduate panels and is a regular visitor to the workshop.
Vivienne came to prominence in the late 1960s, producing paintings with a bold, psychedelic aesthetic. She has pursued diversity as a deliberate artistic position and the meaning of being an Australian artist with local and European histories in the Asia Pacific region. Her abiding interests lie in art -making as a human activity, which occurs in all social groups. The series In Memory of the Unknown Artist reflects this through pictorial and patterned surfaces.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2008 Vivienne Binns Solo survey exhibition ANU Drill Hall Gallery
2006-7 Vivienne Binns Solo survey exhibition Tasmanian Museum and Gallery, TAS, touring VIC & NSW
2004 The Cross Art Project, Sydney NSW Vivienne Binns Twenty First Centuey Paintings
1988,90,3,6,9,2003,06 Bellas Gallery, Brisbane QLD
2010 MIlani Gallery, Brisbane QLD
1992,4,7,9,2001,05,08 Sutton Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2001, 2003,2004,2007 Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra
1995,97 australian Girls’ Own Gallery (aGOG), Canberra
1985,7,9,92,94,96 Watters Gallery, Sydney
1998 New England Regional Art Museum, NSW Small Works
1967 Watters Gallery, Sydney; first solo exhibition.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCE
2009 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award, Curated by Alex Baker, Kelly Gellatly and Jane Devery. NGV Federation Square, Melbourne VIC
2007 Cross Currents: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art. Guest curator John Stringer. MCA Sydney NSW
2005 Retroactive CCAS Manuka, superspective CCAS Manuka ACT curated by Julian Laffan.
2003 Reflecting Canberra Canberra Museum and Gallery ACT…..SHIT Vivienne Binns and Collaborations with Derek O’Connor, Geoff Newton CCAS ACT, curated by Merryn Gates….Hung Drawn & Quartered Twenty Five years, Twenty five artists. Tin Sheds Gallery Sydney curated by jim Anderson and Robert Lake
2000 Suburb Curated by Peter Emmett, Museum of Sydney
On the brink abstraction in the 90’s Heide Museum of modern Art, VIC
1999 a letter to PICASSO The Stamp in Contemporary Art. Post Master Gallery, National Philatelic Centre VIC
1997 Patterning Layers of Meaning in Contemporary Art. Manila, Touring Asia, CSA Gallery & Asialink.
I had a Dream Australian Art in the 1960’s, NGV Melb. VIC
1995 Island to Island Australia to Cheju, Cheju Pre-Biennale , Korea. 1968 National Gallery Australia, ACT
1991 Frames of Reference Aspects of Feminism and Art, Pier 4/5 The Wharf, Walsh Bay, Sydney
1989-90 Tower of Babel Group Work with 29 contributors, Watters and Bellas Galleries.
1989 ARX 89, Australia and Regions Artist Exchange, PICA and AGWA, Perth WA.
1988 20 x 20 Crafts in Society 1970 - 1990, travelling exhibition from Craft Council, NSW
1983 Eureka, Exhibition of Australia Artists, ICA, London, UK.
1982 Biennale of Sydney, Vision in Disbelief AGNSW
1981 Mothers’ Memories Others’ Memories Westpoint, Blacktown; Australian Perspecta 1981, AGNSW
1980 MMOM Blacktown Project, Watters Gallery, Sydney; Ewing and G Paton Galleries, Uni Melbourne
1979 Mothers’ Memories, Others’ Memories, John Clark Gallery, UNSW, Artist-in-Residence Gen Studies Dept
1976 Portraits of Women in Enamel, & Marie McMahon WattersSyd; Ewing/George Paton Melb Fantasia Gal ACT
1972 The Jo Bonomo Story - A Show of Strength, group happening, Watters Gallery, Sydney
1971 Woom, environmental lightshow with Roger Foley (Ellis D Fogg), Watters Gallery, Sydney
SELECTED COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECTS
1989-90-on “Tower of Babel”
1986-87 Country City Connections Artist-in-Community North Sydney
1985-86 Artist/Curator/driver Art Express travelling exhibition of Higher School Certificate art works
1981-83 Full Flight Central Western Arts Project. Artist-in-Community in Central Western region NSW
1979-81 Mothers’ Memories, Others’ Memories. Artist in Community proj. UNSW and Blacktown NSW
1972 The Artsmobile Project, 3 artists Grafton-Wollongong, Waratah Festival Sydney, Fusions Fest Wollongong
2001 London; Venice, Paris ANU FRGS Grant..Research; Artists of the Cook Voyages 18C & Contemporary surfaces in painting 21C
2000 Artist in Residence Australia Council Studio London UK visited Derry Bogside Artists Ireland, Glasgow School of Art Scotland., Paris France.
Noumea,New Caledonia; Eighth Pacific Festival of Arts.
1996 Western Samoa, Seventh South Pacific Festival of Arts.
1995 Germany, Switzerland, Visited Museums with Oceanic collections esp.Tapacloth; Italy, Visited Venice Biennale
1993 Papua New Guinea, Sepik River and villages, with South Pacific Arts Association group
1992 Attended Sixth South Pacific Festival of Arts at Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Attended Arx 3, Artists's Regional Exchange, Perth WA
1991 Artist in Residence VA/CB Studio; Tokyo, Japan
1980 Visited Burma, Malaysia, Thailand, Sumatra
1977-78 Visual Arts Board AC Travel Grant, VA/CB Studio New York.Visited artists in New York and England
EDUCATION AND TRAINING (selected)
1962 Diploma, Painting and Drawing: National Art School, Sydney
1982 Artist in Community Training Program - Bowral NSW Co-ordinated by Community Arts Board Australia Council
2008 One of four final nominees John McCaughey Memorial Award, 5oth Anniversary National Gallery Victoria.
2003 Capital Arts Patron Fellowship Canberra ACT
1990-93 Australian Artists Creative Fellowship
1986 Ros Bower Memorial Award for visionary contribution to Community Arts
1983 Order of Australia Medal for Service to Art and Craft.
BINNS, V Ed Community and the Arts: History Theory Practice; Australian Perspectives,Pluto Press Syd
National Gallery Australia, ACT, National Gallery Victoria; Art Gallery of Queensland; Art Gallery of W A; Parliament House, Canberra; Australian National University; Univ of Queensland; Wesfarmers WA; BHP Billiton VIC: Canberra Museum And Gallery; Regional Galleries; Private collections