'Two worlds, one of them being ideal'

March 7 - March 31, 2012




Sarah Ryan / Curriculum Vitae



1998-2002 PhD Fine Arts, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, Hobart

1997 Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (First Class), Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, Hobart

1993-95 Bachelor of Visual Arts in Fine Art, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane



2008-09 Kunstlerhaus Bethanien Australia Council Studio, Berlin

2003 Rosamund McCulloch Studio, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris


Solo exhibitions

2012 Two worlds, one them being ideal, Ryan Renshaw, Brisbane

2012 Two worlds, one them being ideal, RAYGUN, Toowoomba

2011 The Fourth Dimension, Centre of Contemporary Photography (CCP), Melbourne

2009 THE CLEARING, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin and Gitte Weise Galerie, Berlin

2007 like never before, Gitte Weise Galerie, Berlin

2005-06 flock, Gitte Weise Galerie, Berlin

2005 flock, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney

2004 it’s a complex world, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney

2003 it’s a complex world, Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane

2001 I LOVE U, Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania (CAST), Hobart


Selected group exhibitions

2011-12 Continuity, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba

2009 Australian Art for Berlin, Gitte Weise Galerie, Berlin

ZOMBIE KUNSTHALLE, 34 Saarbrucker Strasse, Berlin

2008 City of Hobart Art Prize, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart

inside out, ie gallery, Toowoomba

Décor, Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne

one plus one, University of Southern Queensland Foyer Gallery, Toowoomba

2007 Perfect for every occasion: photography today, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

20/20, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane

Summer Exhibition, Gitte Weise Galerie, Berlin

Kirra Jamison, Rhys Lee, Sarah Ryan & Heidi Yardley, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

2006 Light Sensitive, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Art Movement, UTS Gallery, Sydney

Rendezvous mit Gitte volume 6 part II, Gitte Weise Galerie, Berlin

Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Gold Coast

2005 The Year in Art, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney

This Urban World, Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport

ABN AMRO Emerging Artists Award, ABN AMRO Tower, Sydney

Citigroup Private Bank Australian Photographic Portrait Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Rendezvous mit Gitte volume 5, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney

2003 Rendezvous mit Gitte volume 3, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney

2002 Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Octopus 3: Still Time, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne

There, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart

2001 What the World Needs Now, 1/143 Collins Street, Hobart

City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart

2000 Too Late, 1st Floor, Melbourne

Pivot V: About Photography, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart

1999 7th New York Digital Salon, Visual Arts Museum, New York, New York

Transmaterial, Arts Foyer Gallery, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand

fall and cry, Foyer Space, Hobart

Sublime Absence, Smith + Stoneley, Brisbane

Liquid Evasions, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart

Transmission, CAST Gallery, Hobart

1998 Blind Spot, 180 Collins Street, Hobart

you might just forget, Smith + Stoneley, Brisbane

Suite, Smith + Stoneley, Brisbane

1997 Exit, CAST Gallery, Hobart

1996 Stevie, The Development Space, Metro Arts, Brisbane

'All enquiries', Plötz Gallery c/- the HUB, Brisbane

Logan Art Award, Logan Regional Gallery, Brisbane

Nexus, Whitebox Gallery, Brisbane


Prizes and awards

2011 Art & Australia / Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award

2010 Australia Council Grant (New Work)

2008 Australia Council (Kunstlerhaus Bethanien Residency, Berlin)

2006 Arts Queensland Grant (New Work)

2004 Australia Council Grant (New Work)

2003 Arts Queensland Grant (Small Grants Program)

Dean’s Commendation for an Outstanding Doctorial Thesis, University of Tasmania

2002 Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant

2001 City of Hobart Photo/Digital Media Prize

Bill Roberts Memorial Tasmania University Scholarship in Fine Arts

2000 Australia Council Grant (New Work)

1999 NAVA Pat Corrigan Artist Grant

1998 Australian Postgraduate Award

NAVA Pat Corrigan Artist Grant

professional activities

2010 Fixed-term appointment, Development Coordinator, CAST Gallery, Hobart

2009-current Contributing Editor, mono.kultur magazine, Berlin –

2006-07 Fixed-term appointment, Lecturer in Visual Arts Theory, Faculty of Arts, Department of Visual Arts,

University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba

2001 Invitation introduction workshop at Fabrica, (Benetton's research centre on communication for young

artists/researchers), Treviso, Italy

Part-time Lecturer, 'Introduction to Digital Imaging', Adult Education, Hobart

2000 Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) Alchemy: International Masterclass for New Media

Artists and Curators (participant)

Co-curated an exhibition titled (painting) with Troy Ruffels, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart (the exhibition toured

nationally 2000-2002)

1999 Fixed-term appointment for Head of Department, Computing Studio

Acting Head and Lecturer in Digital Imaging, Computing Studio, University of Tasmania, Hobart School of

Art, Hobart



2011 Hill, Wes. ‘Art & Australia / Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award’, Art & Australia,

Winter 2011, Volume 48, Number 4, Page 768

Hornung, Sonja. ‘Honest Illusions’, Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax, 20.02.11,


2010 Zimmer, Jenny (ed.). Look: Contemporary Australian Photography since 1980, Macmillan

2009 Eichler, Dominic. THE CLEARING (, The Green Box Kunst Editionen, Berlin

2007 Schulte-Fischedick, Valeria. 'Berlin / Sarah Ryan', Art & Australia, Winter 2007, Volume 44, Number 4,

Page 611

Doropoulos, Tania. 'Art Movement: explorations of motion and change', Eyeline, Winter 2007, Number 63,

Page 65

Always, Lesley. French, Blair. McFarlane, Kyla & Stanhope, Zara. Perfect for every occasion: photography

today (, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

McBride, Frank. 20/20 (, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane

2006 Crombie, Isobel. Light Sensitive: Contemporary Australian Photography from the Loti Smorgon Fund

(, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Leggett, Mike. 'Time sliced, perception shifted', RealTime, October-November 2006, Number 75

Finnane Gabrielle. 'River Sections', Art Movement: Explorations of Motion and Change (, UTS

Gallery, Sydney

2005 Cook, Robert. 'Growing up and Breathing', flock (, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney/Berlin

Manford, Susan. 'Multiple Absolutes', Aurora, December 2005. Page 28

Ruffels, Troy. This Urban World (, Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport

Moore, Catriona. 'Decoration Aspiration & Nostalgia - Contemporary Australian Photography', Art &

Australia. Autumn 2005. Volume 42. Number 3. Page 424-433

2004 Cook, Robert. ‘Sydney, Australia – it’s a complex world’, Art Papers. September-October 2004.

Pages 59-60

Handran, Chris. ‘it’s a complex world’, Photofile. Winter 2004. Pages 67-68

2003 Martin-Chew, Louise. ‘Season-ender for umbrella group’, The Australian, 16.12.03.

Page 14

Storer, Russell. it's a complex world (, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

Millner, Jacqueline. ‘Primavera’, Broadsheet, Volume 32. Number 1. 2003. Page 29

2002 Bergmans, Jeroen. ‘The Agenda – the pick of the world’s exhibitions

and shows’, Wallpaper, October 2002. Page 308

Broker, David. Primavera 2002 (, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Hutak, Michael. ‘Primavera 2002: Art for a Post-Critical Era’, Australian Art Collector, Issue 22, October-

November 2002. Page 104-106

Strahan, Lucinda. ‘Attention Please’, Harpers Bazaar, November 2002. Page 102

Brown, Suzanne. ‘Art/Contemporary’, Qantas Magazine, October 2002. Page 31-32

Day, Charlotte. Octopus 3 (, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne

Storer, Russell. ‘Look at Me’, Photofile, Number 65, May 2002. Page 4-8.

Rhodes, Briony. ‘What the World Needs Now’, Eyeline, Number 47, Summer 2001/2002. Page 42-3

2001 Klaosen, Diana. ‘Sarah Ryan: I LOVE U’, Eyeline, Number 46, Spring 2001. Page 47-48

Klaosen, Diana. ‘Spectacular! Lenticular!’, Broadsheet, Volume 30. Number 3. 2001. Page 19

Rankin-Reid, Jane (ed.). What the World Needs Now (, Hobart

Langley, Kim. ‘Framed – Sarah Ryan’, Vogue Australia, August 2001. Page 67

Kelly, Sean. ‘Photo Gaga’, Broadsheet, Volume 30. Number 2. 2001. Page 17

Watkins, Philip. I LOVE U (, CAST Gallery, Hobart

Rankin-Reid, Jane. ‘Magazine Look, with Added Irony’, The Australian, 28.05.01. Page 15

Rankin-Reid, Jane. ‘Art Through a Lens Creatively’, The Sunday Tasmanian, 20.05.01. Page 20

Palmer, Daniel. ‘Shorts’, Photofile, April 2001. Page 31

Hart, Bill. ‘Pivot V – About Photography’, Photofile, April 2001. Page 56

Rankin-Reid, Jane. ‘New media images frame the mundane’, The Australian, 02.04.01. Page 15

2000 Colless, Edward. ‘Smart Art’, Australian Art Collector, Issue 14 October-December 2000. Page 64

Cuthbert, Simon. Pivot V: About Photography (, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart

Nelson, Robert. ‘Back-seat driving’, The Age, 27.09.00

Watkins, Philip. Too Late (, 1st Floor, Melbourne

Hill, Peter. ‘Extracts from: The Encyclopaedia of Photofictions’, Photofile, April 2000. Page 22



Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Australian Consulate, Frankfurt, Germany

Artbank, Sydney

Hobart City Council, Hobart

Griffith Artworks, Brisbane