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Vivienne Binns

Emeritus Fellow
Location: Painting

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.



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.


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


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 




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


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