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Janet Tavener


Education (selected)

1994.                College of Fine Arts, University of NSW. Master of Fine Arts.

1989                 Institute of Technical and Adult Education. Graduate Diploma in Education

1985                 City Art Institute. Graduate Diploma of Professional Art Studies

1982-84            City Art Institute. Bachelor of Art.

1978-79            East Sydney Technical College. Certificate in Fine Art.

Solo Exhibitions

2019                 Seedless, May Space, Sydney

2018                 In the Ice, Gosford Regional Art Gallery.

2018                 The Last Seed, May Space Gallery Sydney.

2015               Memento, Brenda May Gallery, Danks St Sydney.

2013               Strange Fruit, Brenda May Annex, Danks St Sydney.

2011               Melting Moments, Incinerator Art Space, Sydney.

2010               Out of the Mould, Vaucluse House, Sydney.

2006               Sugar & Spice, Legge Gallery. Sydney

2004               Bittersweet - Photographs & Bronzes, Gosford Regional Art Gallery.

2003               Bittersweet, Legge Gallery, Sydney

1994               Birth, Hero, Romance and Tragedy. Legge Gallery, Sydney

1992               Birth, Legge Gallery, Sydney

1990               Babies at Home. Legge Gallery, Sydney

1987               Photographing Unknown Beauties. Camera Lucida Gallery.

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2020                Percival Portrait Prize, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Queensland.

2019                The North Sydney Art Prize, The Coal Loader, Waverton NSW.

2018                Grace Cossington Smith Art Award, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney.

2018                reminiSCENT, curated by Megan Fizell, May Space Sydney.

2018                Ravenswood Womens Art Prize, Ravenswood School for Girls, Sydney.            

2018                Head On, Landscape finalist, Parliament of NSW, Sydney.

2018                The Red Project, Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, Sydney.

2018                Infinitesimal Investigations, Ewart Gallery Sydney.

2017                Naturgemalde, SIM Gallery Reykjavik Iceland.

2017                To Bonus and Back, SIM Gallery Reykjavik Iceland.

2017                Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Art Gallery.

2017                Hornsby Art Prize, Wallarobba Arts ans Cultural Centre.

2017                North Sydney Art Prize, Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, Sydney.

2016                Hornsby Art Prize, Wallarobba Arts ans Cultural Centre.

2016                National Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery Canberra.

2015                Multiples, Brenda May Gallery Sydney.

2015                Within and Beyond, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery.

2015                North Sydney Art Prize, Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, Sydney.

2014                Christmas Show, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney.

2013/14          National Portrait Prize Touring Show, Blue Mountains Regional Gallery, Grafton Regional Gallery, Roma on Bungil Gallery and Caboolture                                 Regional Art Gallery.

2013               Sugar, Sugar, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney.

2013               Mighty Small, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney.

2013               Christmas Show, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney.

2013               National Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery Canberra.

2012               Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Regional Art Gallery.

2012               Beyond Still Life, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney.

2012               Re-imaging Histories, Eskbank House and Museum, Lithgow.

2012               Burnt, Incinerator Art Space, Sydney.

2012               Commodified, See Street Gallery, Sydney.

2012               Man Gae, NSW Parliament House, Sydney.

2012               Moran Photographic Prize – semi finalists, State Library, Sydney.

2011               Cabinet of Curiosity, NG Art Gallery, Sydney.

2011               Dysfunctional Domesticity, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney.

2011               Willoughby Sculpture Prize, Incinerator Art Space, Sydney.

2011               The Australian Korea Year of Friendship Exhibition, The Korean Foundation Cultural Centre, Seoul, Korea.

2011               Bom Gallery, Seoul Korea.

2011               Art + Humour, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney.

2011               National Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

2010               Green, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney.

2010               Head On, short listed finalist, Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney.

2009               Head On, short listed finalist, Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney.

2009               Dog Days Too, A-Space on Cleveland Gallery, Sydney.

2008               On the Shelf, Delmar Gallery, Sydney.

2008               Doubles, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.

2008               Who Let the Dogs Out, touring exhibition, Lake Macquarie Regional Art Gallery & Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery.

2008               Pooch, A-Space Gallery, Sydney.

2007               Pocket Sculptures, A-Space Galley on Cleveland, Sydney

2007               On the Shelf, Delmar Gallery, Sydney

2007               Willoughby Art Prize, Willoughby Civic Centre, Chatswood Sydney.

2007               Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW.

2007               Weird & Wacky, A-Space Gallery, Sydney.

2007               Canine Capers, A-Space Gallery, Sydney.      

2006               On the Shelf, Delmar Gallery, Sydney

2006               Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia

2006               Willoughby Art Prize, Willoughby Civic Centre, Chatswood Sydney.

2006               Dog Show, A-Space Gallery, Sydney

2005               Artists’ Books, Next Contemporary Art Space. Southern Cross University.

2005               Sydney Printmakers Collaboration Touring Exhibition. Gosford Regional Gallery, Tweed River Regional Gallery, Noosa Regional Gallery.

2004               City of Perth Photo Media Award. Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA).

2004               Museums Light Up Sydney. Muse Gallery, Sydney

2004               The Citigroup Australian Photographic Portrait Prize. Art Gallery of NSW.

2004               Blake Prize. The Tour. Moree Plains Gallery, Gippsland Art Gallery, ACU National Strathfield, ACU National Melbourne, Broken Hill  Art Gallery.

2003               Blake Prize for Religious Art.  Sir Herman Black Gallery, Sydney.

2003               Democracy of Objects.  Multiple Box, Danks St Sydney.

2003               Fishers Ghost.  Campbelltown City Art Gallery, NSW.

2003               Fremantle Print Prize.  Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia.

2003               National Photographic Award.  .Albury Regional Art Gallery, NSW.

1993               Herbs, Flowers, Human Sweat and Animal Breath. Long Gallery, Wollongong.

1991               Works on Paper. Legge Gallery, Sydney

1990               The Cow Show. Legge Gallery, Sydney

1989               Legge Review. Watters Gallery, Sydney

1988               Portrayal. Works Gallery, Sydney

1987               Tutors Exhibition. Roundhouse Gallery, University of NSW.

1985               Post Graduate Show. Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

1984               Printmakers. Royal College of Art, London

1983               Corpus Erectus. Arthaus Gallery, Sydney 

Community Art Exhibitions

1989               On the Bridge, Liverpool Social History. Residence funded by the Community Cultural Development Unit of the Australia Council and the         

                       Ministry of the Arts.  

1987               On Sight, A working View of Randwick. Residence funded by Randwick Council and the Community Arts Board. Exhibited toured Randwick                                Town Hall, Bondi Junction Plaza, WD & HO Wills, Bondi Pavilion and the Roundhouse Gallery, University of NSW.          

1986               Sandhills, a community radio project (photographer). Project funded by the Community Arts Board and the Literature Board.

1985               The Rites of Passage, A Look at the Family Album. Project funded by the Community Arts Board.

Publications & Reviews

2018                 Clements, Tracey. Janet Tavener : The Last Seed, Review, Art Guide Australia, September 2018.

2017                 Tavener, Janet. Postcard from Another Planet. ART + section, Australian Art Guide.

2017                 Crawford, Kate. Mosman Daily, 16 March, p23.

2017                 The Shortlist, Sydney Morning Herald 24 March.

2017                 Crawford, Kate. Mosman Daily, 9 March, p14.

2016                 The Weekend Australian Magazine – Heart of the Nation, 26-27  March, p. 6-7.   

2015                 Anderson, Patricia. “Visual Art: Memento 2015”, SMH (Spectrum), -16-17 May, p.21.

2013                 Vandepeer, Sarah. “Sugar, Sugar”, Art Almanac, Oct, p.46. “The Ticket – Strange Fruit”, The (Sydney) Magazine , 1-2 June, p.49.

2012                 Miller, Steven. Dogs in Australian Art, Wakefield Press.

2011                 Fizell, Megan. “Review”, Artlink 31.2, p.156.

2011                 Sydney Morning Herald - Spectrum, 5 March, p.25.

2011                 Adamskin, Kat. “Art Alive”, North Shore Times, 1 March.

2011                 Catalogue, National Photographic Portrait Prize 2011.

2011                 Chilling Point to Melting Pieces, Northshore Times, 1st March.

2011                 Spectrum – The Planner, Sydney Morning Herald, page 23,  5-6th March.

2010                 Out of the Mould, Insites, The Magazine of Historic House Trust,Spring 10, page 11. Article by Isobel Johnston.

2010                 The Weekend Australian, Travel & Indulgence Section, page 4,11th September 2010.

2010                 Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, page 24, October 2nd 2010

2010                 Wentworth Courier, article by Jennifer Bennett, page 6, 6th October 2010.

2010                 Best of the Weekend, Daily Telegraph, 16th October 2010.

2010                 Green Review, SMH Spectrum, 26th June 2010.

2007                 The Australian Art Market Report, Issue 22 Summer 2006/7.

2006                 Art Monthly Australia, August 2006, Number 192.

2006                 Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 15th July 2006.

2004                 State of the Arts- Review, by Lee Tran Lam.

2004                 Photo Review, Australia, June/July 2004

2002                 Metropolitan, Sydney Morning Herald, 10th September 2002.

1990                 The Australian Jewish Times, 1st June 1990.


2020                 Winner of the Percival Photographic Portrait Prize 

2017               Winner of the major award North Sydney Art Prize

2016               Winner of the major award Hornsby Art Prize

2013               Winner of the photographic Section of the North Sydney Art Prize

2007               Winner of the Willoughby Art Prize, Major 3D Sculpture Prize.

2002               Winner of the Gosford Regional Art Gallery, Photographic Award.



                        Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

                        North Sydney Council

                     Hornsby Council

                     Wagga Regional Art Gallery

                     University of Western Sydney

Artist in Residency

2017               SIM Residency Reykjavík Iceland

2010               Historical Houses Trust

1989               Liverpool Social History Project. Residence funded by the Community Cultural Development Unit of the Australia Council and the         

                       Ministry of the Arts.  

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