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PERFORMANCE DRAWING INSTALLATION ARTIST Focusing on live art and performance drawing, Kellie O’Dempsey develops inclusive, site-specific installations and performances. Hybrid in form, works can incorporate projection, video, collage, architectural space, gestural line, performance and digital drawing; her interdisciplinary approach experiential and emergent. Creating in both solo and in collaborative formats with sound artists and contemporary dance practitioners, this diverse practice investigates notions of transformation through improvisation and happenstance. O’Dempsey’s public and private production enables an inclusive form of cultural interaction via performance and play.  The performance drawing works invite the audience to engage directly with the visceral process of making. Kellie’s performances include; Art after Dark, Pier 2/3 18th Biennale of Sydney, MONA FOMA, Hobart, and White Night Melbourne and The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

2014-18 PhD in Research, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane
2008-10 Masters in Visual Arts, Southern Cross University Lismore, NSW
1999 Graduate Diploma of Film and Television (Animation), Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
1996 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drawing major) Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne

2008-10 Masters in Visual Arts, Southern Cross University Lismore, NSW
2007-13 Lecturer in Drawing and Painting, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW

2019 Hardenvale – our home in Absurdia, collaboration with Catherine O’Donnell and Todd Fuller, Rayber Hoff Project Space, National Art School, Sydney
Negative Time Echo - screening at Adelaide Festival Centre, Moving Image Program
2018 The never-ending line, NGA Play, The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Missing you, Group show, Lismore Regional Gallery
Dirt and Ash, collaboration with Fiona Fell, Lismore Regional Gallery
2017 Resistance Movement, in collaboration with Jennifer Wroblewski, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, New York
Elysium, Public Art Project, Byron Shire Council, Byron Bay, NSW
2016 Lightening Field, Teneriffe Waterhouse, The Laundry Artspace for BARI Festival, QLD
Just Draw, group show, Newcastle Regional Gallery, Newcastle and Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW
Is this Art- dTour, dlux, group show, Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, NSW
It’s Liquid, Experimental Cinema And Video Art Festival (screening), Kent, UK
2016 Before I leave (silent), with Piyali Gosh (India), POP Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane
2015 Draw to Perform Symposium 2015, Number 3, London
Traces of the inbetween, Eagle Lane, Brisbane City Council Vibrant Lanes, QLD
uNatural, collaboration with Jaanika Peerna (NY/Estonia), ANU Canberra
Draw/Delay, 12 hour performance collaboration with Sound artist Michael Dick, White Night Melbourne
2014 Watershed International congress, University of Barcelona, Spain
dlux Is this Art V2, dLux Arteral Gallery, Sydney
A general map of caves: Drawing exhibition, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW
Sunshine Coast Art Prize (Finalist), Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLD
JADA Drawing Symposium, performance collaboration with Todd Fuller, Grafton Regional Gallery
2013 Live Drawing in the Vitrine, Draw International Research Centre, Calyus, France
Dear Mum, A book about Death, The Tweed River Art Gallery, NSW
Drawn to experience, POP Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane
2012 The Firehouse, Brooklyn, New York Art after Dark, Pier2/3
18th Beinnale of Sydney – Mutable+Luminous – MONA FOMA, Hobart, Tasmania
The JADA Drawing Prize (Finalist), Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW
The real and the illusory - Loughborough University Drawing Research Conference, UK
The Drawing Group, Rembrandt in the Bolten Pardigm, Lismore Regional Gallery
2011 Paper Jam Roll, Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Art, Brisbane
Moving lines – next Art Gallery, Southern Cross University, Lismore
2010 Glamor Performance, M on the Bund, Shanghai, China
Rick Amor Drawing Prize 2010 (Finalist) Art Gallery of Ballarat, VIC
2009 The Spectacle of Live Drawing Tweed Regional Art Galley, Murwillumbah
2008 Home studio & Home front – 24/7&Norco, Lismore Regional Art Gallery
Hang live hang still in the valley – Artisan 24/7, Brisbane
there is roadkill on the walls, Brisbane Powerhouse, QLD
Home Lismore Regional Gallery
2007 Convictions, Nanjing, University of Aeronautics & Astronautics, China

2018 Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant, with Todd Fuller and Catherine O’Donnell
Create NSW Grant with Todd Fuller and Catherine O’Donnell
Professional development Australia Arts Council Funding with Metro Arts for project development for Moving Through
Bundanon Trust Artist Residency, Bundanon
Finalist for 46th Muswellbrook Art Prize, Works on Paper
2016 unSeen, Metro Arts, Professional development residency with Sarah Houbolt
2014 Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship – PHD Candidature QCA, Brisbane
NAVA Travel Grant for Future Forward, Sydney
Critical Path, Taste and Testers: Artist residency and Development with Tanya Voges
Artist in Residence, at The Big Ci, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW
2013 Artist in Residence, Draw International Research Centre, Calyus, France
2012 Arts NSW, Quick response grant Artstart – Professional development grant Australia Arts Council
Artist in Residence, International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York
2011 Freerange – Artist In Residence development collaboration Metro Arts and Australia Council, Brisbane
Artist in Residence, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW
2008-10 Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship – Masters Candidature S.C.U. Lismore
2004-05 Queensland Arts Council - Regional Exhibition Tour, Drawings that Dance

2015 Drawing International Brisbane (DIB) Symposium, Exhibitions Program Co-Convenor,Presented by Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research
2013 Drawn to Experience, POP Gallery, South Brisbane and School of Art Gallery
Drawn to Experience V2, POP Gallery, Woollongabba, Brisbane and School of Art Gallery, Australian National University, Canberrain conjunction with the Drawing International Brisbane (DIB) Symposium