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.
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
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.