Sarah Pirrie

Lecturer of Visual Arts

Sarah Pirrie works across a conceptual, site-responsive and often collaborative art practice that incorporates drawing, sculpture, installation, events and public interventions. Pirrie’s work has referenced a range of social and environmental issues and is often shaped by local activity and phenomena.

Sarah Pirrie has exhibited extensively in solo and group gallery exhibitions in Australia since 1995 including solo exhibitions (2014) Terraforming at Nomad Gallery, (2012) Runoff at Northern Centre for Contemporary Art and (2011) Names on Trees (NOT Project) a Darwin Festival Events at the Jingili Watergardens, NT. Pirrie has contributed to a number of group exhibitions including (2015) SECRET WORLD: Carnivorous plants of the Howard sand sheets at Nomad Art, (2014) 135th Meridian East curated by André Lawrence at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF), (2014) Botanica & Botanica 2 curated by Cath Bowdler touring Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre and Chan Contemporary Art Space, (2014) Made to Last- the conservation of art curated by Sherryn Vardy at Charles Darwin University Art Gallery, (2013) Art or Cunning? curated by Alice Buscombe at Watch this Space, (2012) Art on Wheels, curated by Siying Zhou throughout Darwin City, (2011) Cuttings, curated by Rosemary Joy at Linden Contemporary Art Space.

Sarah Pirrie’s collaborations commenced with the establishment of Aphids in 1994. Since then Pirrie has worked on many interarts projects including (2014) Temporary Territory, Darwin Festival Event collaborating with Simon Cooper and Jakarta based Arts Collective Ruangrupa, (2013) Hidden/Pulse Disturbance by Stray (collaborative team of Sarah Pirrie and Natasha Anderson) at Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA), (2009)The States; three day performance/installation with composer Erik Griswold and author Craig Foltz at the Judith Wright Centre, (2003) Revelations, multimedia performance/installation with Natasha Anderson, Robin Fox, Elizabeth Parsons and Erkki Veltheim at the Organs of the Goldfields Festival, (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 for the Sydney Spring Festival at The Studio, Sydney Opera House

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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, Northern Territory

2011    Names on Trees (NOT Project), Darwin Festival Events, Jingili Watergardens, Northern Territory

2011    Sculptural Graffiti- Abandon Car, Intervention of Territory Day, Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Northern Territory

2010    be careful how you develop, installation at Wesleyan Church, George Brown Botanic Gardens, Darwin, Northern Territory

2010    Adaptation; featuring installation Temporary Fence Hire, Frog Hollow Gallery, DVAA, 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, Northern Territory

Selected group exhibitions

2015    Secret World: Carnivorous plants of the Howard sand sheets, Nomad Art Gallery, Parap, NT

2014    135th Meridian East, curated by Andre Lawrence, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, SA

2014     Botanica 1 & 2 Group exhibitions curated by Cath Bowdler, Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre, Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin, NT

2014    Made to Last- the conservation of art, Curated by Sherryn Vardy, Charles Darwin University Art Collection & Art Gallery, Darwin, NT

2013    Togart Contemporary Art Award (NT), Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin, NT

2013    Art or Cunning? Curated by Alice Buscombe, Watch this Space, Alice Springs, NT

2012    Art on Wheels, featuring Branching Project http://branchingart.blogspot.com.au/. Curated Arts Program which travelled around Darwin presented by DVAA, Funded by Australian Council for the Art, Arts NT and City

of Darwin

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, Curated by Rosemary Joy. An Aphids event exploring divergent approaches to sculpture and sound by five artists and musicians, Linden Centre Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Victoria

2011    Territory Times, Curated by Siying Zhou, Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin, NT

2010    Togart Contemporary Art Award (NT), Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin, NT

2008    Togart contemporary Art Award (NT), Toured Darwin convention centre, Alice Springs Araluen Arts Centre, Tennant Creek Pyramid Gallery, Katherine Civic Centre Gallery, NT

2008    Sculpture in the Park, “A Night in the Park” collaborative project by The Scat Society (Talitha Kenney & Sarah Pirrie), Darwin, NT

2007    Strand Ephemera Sculpture Exhibition, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Townsville, Queensland

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, NT

Conference presentations/journal reviews/publications

2015    Drawing International Brisbane- Ego, Artefact, Arena, 30 September- 3 October 2015, Artist Paper title: Aleatoric composing in Current Brisbane

2015    Ed Cameron, A., 2015, Catalogue contribution for Secret World: Carnivorous plants of the Howard sand sheets, 5-28 November 2015

2015    Jackett A. & Pirrie, S. 2015 Exhibition catalogue for Counting Tidelines, Nan Giese Gallery, NT, 2015 (see http://www.countingtidelines.com)

2014    Geocritical 2014 AAANZ Conference, Tasmania. Runoff - Drawing a becoming Nature

2014    Connecting the threads of string theory, Art Monthly Aust, Issue 269, May, 2014

2013    At the Studio- making in the top end, 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 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 with Amy Jackett, Nan Giese Gallery, 2015 Darwin Festival

2013    CDU Visual Arts: Art is Easy [and all music sounds the same], co-curated with Suzi Lyon and Henry Smith, Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin, Northern Territory

2012    Art of the Nomad, one of six curators, Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin, Northern Territory

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, Northern Territory

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 and awards

2015    Gordon Darling Foundation Grant for catalogue Counting Tidelines

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

2013    Vice Chancellors Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, Charles Darwin University

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

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

Sarah Pirrie

Contacts

T: 08 8946 6098
E: sarah.pirrie@cdu.edu.au

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