Penny Algar CV

Academic Qualifications
2009 Master of Arts - Art in Public Space, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
1997 Graduate Diploma of Applied Science -Environmental Horticulture, Burnley Horticultural College.
1979 Graduate Diploma of Fine Art – Sculpture, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
1977 Diploma of Education (Arts/Crafts Method) - Melbourne State College
1975 Associate Diploma of Fine Art – Sculpture, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Art Prizes
2005 Saxton Speakers Prize, Bonanza exhibition, Contemporary Sculptors Association
2000/1 Finalist Fundere Sculpture Prize, Yarra Sculpture Gallery
1998 Kingfisher Sculpture Prize, Moreland City Council
Arts Grants
2009 Moreland City Council Project Grant (with Melinda Venticich) for Gilpin H’Art
2008 Arts Victoria for “Embodied Energy” exhibition
2008 Moreland City Council – Major Project Grant for “Embodied Energy “exhibition
1983 Australia Council - Visual Arts Board Grant
1981/2 D.A.A.D Scholarship to Berlin (German Government Academic Exchange).
Solo Exhibitions
2012 Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne
2009 “Conversations in the Garden”, Orr St, RMIT
2006 Manningham City Art Gallery, Doncaster
2006 Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne
2005 Galerie Koenigshof, Bonn, Germany
1994 Mechanics Institute Gallery, Brunswick
1991 Christine Abraham’s Gallery, Melbourne
1985 Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
1984 Christine Abraham’s Gallery, Melbourne
Group Exhibitions (selected)
2017 “Red Gum”, Wangaratta Art Gallery
2016 Libris Awards, Artspace McKay,
2014 Swan Hill Print and Drawing Prize
2014 Langford 120 Gallery, Melbourne
2013 Libris Awards, Artspace Mackay
2011 Lorne Sculpture 2011
2011 “Artrecycle”, Incinerator Gallery
2010 Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize
2008 Wangaratta Sculpture Prize, Wangaratta Art Gallery
2008 Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne, “Works on Paper”
2006 Shepparton Art Gallery, “Coathanger”, Shepparton
2006 Yarra Sculpture Space, “Coathanger”, Collingwood
2003 Stoney Creek Environmental Art Project, Maribyrnong City Council
2002/1 Yarra Sculpture Space, Fundere Prize, Collingwood
2002 Yarra Bank Park, Yarra Sculpture Trail “Terra Firma”, City of Boroondara
2001 Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, City of Moreland Art Collection
1998/7 CERES Environmental Park, Moreland Sculpture Prize
1997 Mechanics Institute Gallery, Brunswick, “Save the Brickworks”
1994 Roar Gallery, Fitzroy, “Teetering on Technology”
1990 Box Hill City Art Gallery, Box Hill, Invitation Art Award
1987 Queensland College of Art Gallery, Brisbane “Delight in Suspicion”
1987 Community Gallery Rockhampton, “Seven Queensland Women Artists of Distinction”
1986 Queensland College of Art Gallery, Brisbane, “The Demolition Show; A Documentation”
1985 Queensland College of Art /Observatory Gallery Brisbane, “The Demolition Show”
1984 Ballarat Art Gallery, Ballarat, “The Hugh Williamson Art Award”
1984 Artspace, Sydney
1982 Quergalerie, Berlin, “Klasse Tajiri”
1981 Latrobe University, “Australian Sculpture Triennial”
1979 Niagara Galleries, Richmond, “Australian Women Artists”
1978 Latrobe University “Australian Contemporary Sculpture and Performance”
Project Management, Art and Environment events, Euroa; collaborations between the Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network. Euroa Primary School and local artists. Events include 2012 “Lepidoptera”, 2013 Stories From Country, 2014 Wild Strathbogie, 2016 & 2018 The Festival of Fungi
2017 “Red Gum”, The story of the River Red Gum (Eucalyptus Camaldulensis), at the Wangaratta Art Gallery. Co-curator together Simone Nolan. Exhibiting artists; Lorraine Connelly Northey, Damien Wright and Penny Algar. The exhibition celebrated the cultural significance of an iconic Australian Eucalypt species and was enriched by a significant public program which included experts across a range of science based professions
2008 Co- curator (with Edwina Bartlem), “Embodied Energy” Exhibition at the Counihan Gallery in Brunswick. Thirteen artists were invited to explore issues of sustainablility within their own art practice.
Public forums and workshops
2009 Convenor (with Ann McGregor), Merri Creek, Art and Nature Walk in association with Counihan Gallery and “Walk” exhibition
2008 Speaker, VEIL (Victorian Eco Innovation Lab) on Art and Waste
2008 Co-chair (with Edwina Bartlem), “Art and Sustainability” public forum, Counihan Gallery
2006 Radio Interview ABC Radio National; “The Deep End”
2002 Coordinator (with Contemporary Sculptors Association), Koori Weaving Workshop
1998 Radio interview 3RRR with Roger Taylor
1995 Community representative Moreland City Council Open Space Group
1986 Artist in residence; Brisbane Community Arts Centre.
Public Art and Landscape Design commissions
2010 Hume City Council, public art concept plan for Craigieburn Family and Child Centre
2010 Shortlist (with Fiona Hillary) Melbourne City Council laneway commissions
2009 “Gilpin H’Art” (with Melinda Venticich) concept development to enhance Gilpin Park, Brunswick
2009 Art and Environment garden, Brunswick Secondary College
2008 Laneway commission, “Insect Ladder Pod” City of Greater Dandenong.
2002 Landscape design, Dianella Community Health Centre, Meadow Heights;
2002 Delhi Reserve Public Gallery project, Moonee Valley Council and Transurban
2001 City of Greater Dandenong, Athol Rd public art project; with RMIT Public Art Unit.
2000 Federation Garden project, Lyndale Primary School; public art and landscape design
2000 AEDIS, “Artscape “(Artists and Environmental Designers in Schools), Mill Park Heights Primary School.
2000 Youth Public Arts project, Broadmeadows; Hume City Council and Kangan TAFE.
1998 Land Art project “Temple”; Moonee Ponds Creek, Glenroy; Moreland City Council.
1998 Land Art” project; “Remnants”; Kelvin Thomson Park, Moreland City Council.
1999 AEDIS (Artists and Environmental Designers in Schools) Brunswick South West Primary School
1998 D.S. Aitken Reserve, Craigieburn, community arts project; Hume City Council.
2015 “Wild Strathbogie at Euroa Primary School”, writers Penny Algar & Pauline Fraser, Imprint Vol. 50, No. 2
2013 Penny Algar, “Art Revealing Nature”, writer Barbara Hall, Imprint Vol.48, No.2
  Artspace Mckay
  Moreland City Council
  National Gallery Australia
  Private collections Australia and Germany
2010/11 Guest Lecturer RMIT, Art in Public Space
2009/10 Teacher, curator and assistant program co-ordinator, Dianella Community Health Centre, ATSI(Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Youth Arts program, “Landed”
2001/2 Associate, RMIT Public Art Unit, external assessor Diploma of Public Art course
1984-6 Sessional Lecturer Sculpture and Intermedia, Queensland College of Art.
1981 Sessional teacher Sculpture, Box Hill TAFE Technical College
1978/96 Victorian Education Department, art teacher in various Secondary schools