Previous Exhibition

Dr Leah Bullen —
Underland

Apr 28 – May 8, 2022

About the Artist      

Dr Leah Bullen is an Armidale-based, prize-winning artist using a PhD-developed method of hybrid painting monotypes to create the transcending and simply, beautiful pieces she is known for.

Underland is a series of works detailing the underwater built environments of aquariums and fish tanks, with the bleeding and blurry quality of water-based media techniques adding strength to the otherworldly overtone of this series. 

We can't wait for you to see what she's been up to! Join us for opening night drinks on Thursday 28 April from 6.00 pm

About the Artist

Dr Leah Bullen

Dr Leah Bullen completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts, Honours (2005) and a Doctor of Philosophy (2019) at the School of Art & Design at the Australian National University (ANU). She currently lives and works in Armidale NSW on Anaiwan country.

Bullen has exhibited regularly, both locally, nationally and internationally. Her work is represented in the collections of Artbank, the ACT Legislative Assembly, New England Regional Art Museum, Australian National University Collection, Charles Sturt University Art Collection, University of New England Art Collection and many private collections.

She has been in numerous curated group exhibitions, including the Redlands Art Award, nominated by Raquel Ormella, curated by Julie Rrap; Sentiment, 10 days on the Island Festival, curated by Patrick Sutczak and Aaron Fell-Fracasso; Establishment – Clean Living, curated by Fernando do Campo and Catherine Wolfhagen; Placemarks at Lingnan University Hong Kong, curated by Carol Archer; Art, Word Place, curated by Caroline Downer; and Painting Amongst Other Things, curated by Peter Alwast and Raquel Ormella.

Bullen has been a finalist in numerous art prizes, including the Splash: McClelland Watercolour Prize (2018), the Mosman Art Prize (2017), the Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize (2017, 2019), the Wynne Prize (2016, 2021) and the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award (2015, 2017, 2019). She was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship (2012), the Jasco Studio Scholarship (2016), the Art Gallery of New South Wales Trustees' Watercolour Prize (2016) The Pring Prize (2021) and a Vice Chancellor’s Creative Research Fellowship at ANU (2021).

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About the Curator

Laura Brinin

Laura Brinin is a Brisbane-based curator of contemporary art. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) in 2012 and continued her visual art practice overseas in 2013 in Canada with a Visual Art residency. Upon returning home, Laura has since pursued a determined curatorial practice as noted through five years’ professional practice with the Creative Industries Precinct exhibitions and public programs office, and a practice-led curatorial development internship through Queensland University of Technology. In 2014 Laura assisted in the facilitation of multiple new media exhibitions including ANtIMATION and The New Aesthetic? at The Block. 

Laura has exhibited her own work both in Australia and overseas as well as working as an independent freelance curator across Brisbane. This primarily focussed on engagement and activation of public spaces, including running bi-monthly exhibitions at The Menagerie, and public programs such as the Papergirl Brisbane project. Laura also worked with Brisbane City Council, QUT and Brisbane Street Art Festival to produce ReForm at Kelvin Grove’s ex-military base upon Gona Parade and Parer Place.