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Karla Dickens

Karla Dickens
The nips are getting bigger 2014 (Detail)
Mixed media
Dimensions variable
 
 

Works…

  Karla Dickens

Biography

Born
1967, Sydney
Heritage
Wiradjuri

Education

2000
Bachelor of Fine Arts, National Art School, Sydney
1993
Diploma of Fine Arts, National Art School, Sydney

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018
Lucky Bastards and Fast Food, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
Warrior woman, Andrew Baker Art Dealer @ MAF, Southbank Arts Precinct, Melbourne
Mother of All—works from the crypt, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2016
Black and Blue, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
Focus on the Collection: Karla Dickens, Artspace Mackay, Queensland
2016–17
King-hit by a life-like liquid, Allens, Sydney
2015
Black Dogs, Love and Crutches, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
You Winesome you lose some, Glasshouse Port Macquarie, New South Wales
On This Site, Verge Gallery, University of Sydney Union, New South Wales
2012
Field and Game, The Hughes Gallery, Sydney
2011
Home is Where the Rabbits Live, Firstdraft, Sydney
2010
The Black Madonna, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney; Grafton Regional Gallery, New South Wales
Beloved Mother, Dacou, Alstonville, New South Wales
2009
In Loving Memory I Found the Black Madonna, Museum of Brisbane, Queensland
2008
Karla Dickens, Iain Dawson Gallery, Sydney
Loving Memory, Lismore Regional Gallery, New South Wales
2005
Home, Next Contemporary Art Space, Sourthern Cross University, Lismore, New South Wales
2004
Our Lady of Triana, Black Fellas Dreaming, Sydney
Urban Aboriginals, Black Fellas Dreaming, Bangalow, New South Wales
2003
Love, Luck & Lust, A-Space on Cleveland, Sydney
2002 
Sheilas Downunder, Pine Street Gallery, Sydney
2001
Unwind, A-Space on Cleveland, Sydney
2000
Now Nowhere Here, DQ Gallery, Sydney
1998
Cross Works, Guardella, Italy
No Limits, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

Joint Exhibitions

2014
The Honey and the Bunny (with Monica Oppens), Southern Cross University Library, Lismore, New South Wales
2011
Mother of All (with Ishta Wilson), Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, New South Wales

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018–21
Safe Space, Logan Art Gallery, Queensland; Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, Queensland; Rockhampton Art Gallery, Queensland; Dogwood Crossing, Miles, Queensland; Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Queensland; Grafton Regional Gallery, New South Wales; Maitland Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales; Devonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania; Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, South Australia; Latrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria; New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, New South Wales; University of Sunshine Coast Gallery, Queensland
2018
Cook and the Pacific, National Library of Australia, Canberra
National Art—Part One, National Art School Gallery, Sydney
The Ideal Home, Penrith Regional Gallery, New South Wales
Let her rip, Byron School of Art, Mullumbimby, New South Wales
King & Wood Mallesons Contemporary ATSI Art Prize, New South Wales Parliament House, Sydney
2017–20
Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin; UQ Art Museum, Brisbane; Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, New South Wales; Mildura Art Gallery, Victoria; Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania; Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
2017
The National 2017: new Australian art, Carriageworks, Sydney
Everyone Has a History: Part One: Plain Speak, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Grounded: Contemporary Australian Art, National Art School, Sydney
Faith, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
Four Women: (I do Belong) Double, Lismore Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
National Self-Portrait Prize 2017: Looking at me looking at you, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane
We’re Closer Than You Think, The Old Gallery, Lismore, New South Wales
Unwelcome Boats and Black Bones (as a part of North Head Project), Quarantine Station on Car-rang gel Country/Northern Beaches Council/Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney
2016
Lighting the Sails: Songlines (part of Vivid LIVE), Sydney Opera House, New South Wales
Darkness on the Edge of Town, Artbank, Sydney
Sixth Sense, National Art School, Sydney
At the Junction of Two Rivers: the Wellington exchange project, Old Western Stores Building, Wellington, New South Wales
Old Land, New Marks, Dubbo Regional Gallery, New South Wales
2017 NSW Visual Artist Fellowship Exhibition, Artbank, Sydney
All dressed up: the culture, drama and play of clothing, costume and disguise, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, New South Wales
2015
Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2015, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
The Colour of the Sky Today: Prague Quadrennial of Space and Design (PQ), Collorado Mansfeld Palace, Prague, Czech Republic
Bungaree’s Farm, The Tanks/Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
Blak Nite Screen 2015, City of Melbourne, Treasury Gardens, Melbourne
Cementa 15: Biennial Contemporary Arts Festival, Kandos, New South Wales
Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu, Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), New South Wales
C3West Blacktown Native Institution Corroboree, Blacktown Arts Centre/Museum of Contemporary Art Australia/UrbanGrowth NSW, Sydney
Talk the change//Change the talk: An exhibition of Aboriginal self-determination, Fairfield City Museum & Gallery, New South Wales
Rough Medicine: Life & Death in the Age of Sail, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
2014
TarraWarra Biennial 2014: Whisper in My Mask, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria
Hereby Make Protest, Carriageworks, Sydney
2013
The Art of Sound, Grafton Regional Gallery, New South Wales
The Native Institute, Blacktown Arts Centre, New South Wales
Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize, Parliament House, Sydney
2012–15
Bungaree: The First Australian, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney; Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, New South Wales; The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, New South Wales
2012
Home, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Feminage: The Logic of Feminist Collage, The Cross Art Projects, Sydney
2011
People We Know—Places We’ve Been, Goulburn Regional Gallery, New South Wales
Thank you for the days: My Teenage Years, Lismore Regional Gallery, New South Wales
Pink Sunrise, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, Sydney
Freedom Riders, University Art Gallery, The University of Sydney, New South Wales
Fairytales in Fairyland, Grafton Regional Gallery, New South Wales
2010
Safari: Biennale of Sydney Fringe, MOP, Sydney
Parliament of New South Wales Indigenous Art Award, Parliament House, Sydney
Articles of Interest, SCI Next Art Gallery, Lismore, New South Wales
Lest We Forget, Dacou, Alstonville, New South Wales
2009
Parliament of New South Wales Indigenous Art Award, Parliament House, Sydney (touring New South Wales regional galleries)
Connections, NPWS Art, Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina, New South Wales
2008
Messages of Peace, Gallery XX, Settembre, Italy
Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown City Art Centre, New South Wales
Confidential Business Project, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
Australian Values, Next Art Gallery, Southern Cross University, Lismore, New South Wales 
Premier State, Campbelltown City Art Centre, New South Wales
Identity, Grafton Regional Gallery, New South Wales
The Year of the Apology, Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina, New South Wales
2007
Parliament of New South Wales Indigenous Art Award, Parliament House, Sydney (touring New South Wales regional galleries)
Past, Present, Future, Grafton Regional Gallery, New South Wales
3 in 10, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, Sydney
2006
Chrysalis: The Emergence of Northern Rivers Artists, Lismore Regional Gallery, New South Wales 
The Pink, The Black and the Beautiful, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, Sydney
Our Spirit Our Country, Bungjalung Art Award, Lismore Regional Gallery, New South Wales
2005
Group of Eleven Artists—NAIDOC Week, Waverley Library, Sydney
2004
Nice Coloured Dolls, 24HR Art Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin
2003
Hung, Drawn and Quartered, Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney, New South Wales
2001
Aboriginal Ways of Knowing, Macy Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
1999
Perspecta: Love Magic, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Arone Meeks & Co., Cooee Aboriginal Gallery, Sydney
1998
National Indigenous Heritage Art Award, Old Parliament House, Canberra
Co-existence—Sorry, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
1997
Stars on the Net, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1996
Never the Less, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle, New South Wales
1995
Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1994
Festival of Fisher’s Ghost, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, New South Wales
Recognising the Republic, Michael Nagy Fine Art Gallery, Sydney

Awards and Commissions

2018
Finalist, King & Wood Mallesons Contemporary ATSI Art Prize, NSW Parliament House, Sydney
2017
Commission, ‘The Queen’s Road’ (8 minute video), Wynscreen, Wynyard Station, Transport for NSW, Sydney
2013
Winner, New South Wales Parliament Art Prize, NSW Parliament, Sydney
2009
Runner-up, NPWS Northern Rivers Region Aboriginal Art Award, Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina, New South Wales
2007
Winner, NPWS Northern Rivers Region Aboriginal Art Award, Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina, New South Wales
2006
Winner, NPWS Northern Rivers Region Aboriginal Art Award, Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina, New South Wales

Selected Bibliography

Anon. 'Freedom Riders', Sydney University Museums News, Art and Aboriginal Rights Special Feature, Sydney, June 2011
Anon. ‘Remembering 'Humanity Lost': Karla Dickens and Aris Prabawa’, Art Monthly Australia, Issue 244, October 2011, pp. 66–67
Anon. 'The medicine of creation', GPSpeak, October 2011
Balodis, Janis. 'The healing art of transformation', Health Speak, Summer 2015
Behrendt, Larissa. ‘Hereby Make Protest review—a historical reflection on Aboriginal activism’, The Guardian, 18 June 2014
Blackall, Judith. ‘Karla Dickens’, Grounded: Contemporary Australian Art [ex. cat.], National Art School, Sydney, 2017
Dickens, Karla. Lucky Bastards and Fast Food [ex. cat.], Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane, 2018
Dickens, Karla. Warrior woman [ex. cat.], Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane, 2018
Dickens, Karla. Black and Blue, Andrew Baker Art Dealer [ex. cat.], Brisbane, 2016
Dickens, Karla. Black Dogs, Love and Crutches [ex. cat.], Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane, 2015
Dow, Steve. ‘The National: New Australian Art 2017’, Art Guide Australia, 30 March 2017
Encalada, Javier. ‘Local artists ‘paint’ the Opera House with light’, The Northern Star, 17 March 2016
English, Alexandra. ‘Follow the leaders’, Harper’s Bazaar, June/July 2018
Finegan, Ann. ‘Retro Black: Interpellating History’, Sturgeon, Issue 5, 2016
Flemming, Robyn (editor). Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu [ex. cat.], Murray Art Museum Albury, New South Wales, 2015
Fraser, Virginia. ‘Bungaree, the First Australian interrupted’, Art Monthly Australia, Issue 262, August 2013, pp. 9–12
Fraser, Virginia. ‘Karla Dickens’, in French, Blair, et al. The National: New Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Syney, 2017
Geczy, Adam. ‘The Native Institute’, Art Monthly Australia, Issue 263 September 2014, p. 56 
Grishin, Sasha. ‘The National: New Australian Art in Sydney shows works at three venues’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 April 2017
Hobbs, Harry. Indigenous Law Bulletin, July–September 2017 , Vol. 8, No. 30, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Sydney
King, Natalie, Mundine, Djon and Cruikshank, Alan. 'Whisper in my mask', Contemporary Visual Art+Culture Broadsheet, Issue 43.2, 2014
Leane, Jeanine. ‘Karla Dickens: Continuing the Dialogue’, Art and Australia, May 2104, 51.4
McDonald, John. ‘Using art to making sense of the past at MAMA and Bathurst regional galleries’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 November 2015
Mandryk,Chloe, ‘Sixth Sense’, Art Almanac. September 2016
Martin-Chew, Louise. ‘MAF Collector Program Details Revealed’, Art Collector, #85 July–Sept 2018
Martin-Chew, Louise. ‘Artist Profile: Warrior Woman’, Art Collector, Melbourne Art Fair 2018 Special Edition
Mundine, Professor Djon OAM (editor). Bungaree: The First Australian [ex.cat.], Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney; Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, New South Wales, 2012, p. 11 and pp. 38–39
Mundine, Professor Djon OAM. ‘Conversations with a Crow’, Art Monthly Australia, Issue 212, August 2008, pp. 40-42
Mundine, Professor Djon OAM, in Poulos, Maria (editor). ‘The Wounded – The Scar – The Gifted‘, 16 Karla Dickens, Allens, Sydney, 2016
Nahlous, Lena (editor). Talk the change//Change the talk: An exhibition of Aboriginal self-determination, Fairfield City Museum & Gallery, Smithfield, 2015
Nicoll, Fiona. ‘Comparative Reflections on Indigenous Gambling: Sovereignty, Race and Epistemology’, Aboriginal Policy Studies, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2016, University of Alberta, Faculty of Native Studies, Edmonton, pp. 63–89
O’Riordan, Maurice. ‘Where Eagles Hover’, Artlink , Volume 18 Number 1, March 1999
O’Riordan, Maurice. ‘What’s up, Karla’, Karla Dickens: Home is Where the Rabbit Lives [ex. cat.], Firstdraft/Arts NSW, Sydney, 2011
O’Riordan, Maurice. ‘In My Painting, At My Window’, Karla Dickens: Loving Memory [ex. cat.], Lismore Regional Gallery, 2008
Parker, Luke and Stephen, Ann (editors). Freedom Riders: Art and Activism 1960s to Now, University Art Gallery, The University of Sydney, Sydney, 2011
Poulos, Maria. ‘King hit by life-like liquid’, 16 Karla Dickens, Allens, Sydney, 2016
Reed-Gilbert, Aunty Kerry ‘Karla Dickens’, in Flemming, Robyn (editor). Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu [ex. cat.], Murray Art Museum Albury, New South Wales, 2015
Roberts, Katherine. ‘Karla Dickens’, North Head Project [ex. cat.], Northern Beaches Council/Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney, 2017
Taffel, Jacqui. ‘Story of Bungaree explored on the site that was once his’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 February 2015
Taylor, Andrew. ‘Wrapped in colours of denial: Finalists in an Aboriginal art prize aren't afraid of controversy’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 October 2013
Taylor, Andrew. ‘Artists discover history casts a dark shadow over Manly's North Head’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 December 2017
Zafiriou, Yiorgos. ‘Karla Dickens: It's Not Bloody Art—It's Work!’, Artlink, Issue 35:2 Artlink Indigenous Global, June 2015

Collections

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Museum of Australia, Canberra
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
National Art School, Sydney
Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Artbank, Sydney
Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Artspace Mackay, Queensland
Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
Black Fellas Dreaming Museum, Sydney
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne
Campbelltown City Art Centre, New South Wales
City of Sydney Civic Collection, New South Wales
Grafton Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
Griffith University, Queensland
International Education Services Indigenous Art Collection, Brisbane
Lismore Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
Northern Rivers Performing Arts, Lismore, New South Wales
University of Technology, Sydney
University of Wollongong, New South Wales
UBS Warburg Collection, Sydney