ABOUT

I should have gone to art school as soon as I graduated high school, but that would have been too easy. Instead I studied for a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Anthropology, but since it was proven in the course of four years that I would make a lousy economist, and there weren’t many jobs being listed for anthropologists, I chose to make advertising my career.

After working as a copywriter and art director from 1985 to 2008, I quit advertising to go back to university and formalise my knowledge of art, which I had pursued and developed through drawing, (some) painting and, most importantly, photography. In that time, I had also become a dedicated and systematic art collector.

In 2010, I completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) and followed this with an Honours year in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the College of Fine Arts (COFA) in 2011. In mid-2013 I enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program at SCA. 2014 and 2015 will be spent completing a Masters at Parsons New School of Design in New York.


CURRICULUM VITAE

Lives and works in Sydney and New York.

m: 0412 503 878 (AUS) & +1 917 375 370 (USA)
e:  georgeshaw01@optusnet.com.au

 

EDUCATION

2010

Bachelor of Visual Arts
Sydney College of Arts (SCA)
University of Sydney

2011

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours)
College of Fine Arts (COFA)
University of New South Wales

2013 (ongoing)

Master of Fine Arts
Sydney College of Arts (SCA)
University of Sydney

Master of Fine Arts
Parsons New School of Design
New York

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013

Perambula, At The Vanishing Point, Sydney

2014

Nothing Left Unsaid, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney

2014

Always, Verge Gallery Projects, Sydney

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2009

Blank Collective, Blank Space Gallery, Sydney

2009

Kodak Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

2009

The Desired Object, Sydney College of Arts, Sydney

2009

Freecloud, Sydney College of Arts, Sydney

2011

Modern Windows, Monstrosity Gallery, Sydney

2011

Half Way House, COFASPACE, Sydney

2011

The Final Word, COFASPACE, Sydney

2011

Virtually Reality, At The Vanishing Point, Sydney

2012

Process Emergent 2, At The Vanishing Point, Sydney

2012

Phone-Tics, At The Vanishing Point, Sydney

2012

What Now?, Index Art Space, Sydney

2012

Robert McNamara Exhibition, Collingwood Gallery, Melbourne

2014

Redfern Biennale, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

2014

December, 10×8 Gallery, Sydney

2015

Cementa15, Kandos Projects, Kandos NSW (upcoming)

2015

Passionfruits, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney

 

ART PRIZES

2007

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize
Moran Prizes, Semi-finalist

2008

Contemporary Landscape in Photography (CLIP) Awards
Perth Centre for Photography, Finalist

2008

Iris Portrait Award
Perth Centre for Photography, Finalist

2008

makehistory.eu, Lee Worldwide Magazine, Finalist

2008

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize
Moran Prizes, Semi-finalist

2009

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize
Moran Prizes, Semi-finalist

2009

stArt Student-Art Prize
University Co-operative Bookshop, Finalist

2010

Head On Portrait Prize
Head On Foundation, Semi-finalist

2011

Historic Houses Trust
MyBurb Photographic Competition, Finalist

2011

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize
Moran Prizes, Semi-finalist

2012

John Fries Memorial Prize, Finalist

2012

Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize, Winner

2012

Tidal: City of Devonport Art Award, Finalist

 

GRANTS

2011

GBK Award (Mid-year BFA Honours Project)
Halfway House, COFASPACE, Selected

2011

GBK Award (Final BFA Honours Show)
The Final Word, COFASPACE, Selected

 

DIRECTORSHIPS

2013

Co-director at At The Vanishing Point

 

RESIDENCIES

2014

Kandos Projects, Kandos NSW

Visiting Scholar at Parsons New School of Design

 

ART WRITING

2014 (ongoing)

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