Madeleine Kelly


Tertiary Education

2013 PhD, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University; 2001 Bachelor of Secondary Education, Griffith University; 1999 Bachelor of Visual Arts with First Class Honours in Fine Art, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University


2018 - Lecturer in Visual Arts (painting), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney

2013 – 2017  Lecturer in Painting (convener), Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong 

Awards, prizes and grants

2018 Winner, Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2018 ($25 000) Judge: Dr Campbell Gray

       Sydney College of the Arts Individual Research Support Funding 2018 ($4000)

2015 Australia Council Development Grant for Leipzig International Art Programme Residency, Germany (February – June 2016) ($20 000)  

2011 Australia Council New Work Established Grant ($20 000)

2009 Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship  

2007 Artist in residence, Gadens Lawyers, Brisbane ($9000) 

2007 Arts Queensland Project Grant ($3500)

2006 Metro Arts Artist in Residence (March – October 2006) 

2004 Australia Council Arts and Crafts Paris Studio Residency Grant ($10 000) 

2004 Winner, Churchie Exhibition of Emerging Art ($5000) Judge: Dr Rex Butler

2003 Arts Queensland Project Grant ($5000) 

2001 Arts Queensland Project Grant ($2700) 

1998 Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship, Queensland Art Gallery (Studio Residency from 20 August – 20 December 1999)

Select Solo Exhibitions/Publications

2019 Spin out, spun in, Milani Gallery (2 February – 23 February) Brisbane, QLD.

         What the centre cannot hold: New work by Madeleine Kelly, Ipswich Art Gallery, QLD.

         New Woman, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane

2018 Forms of Agency c3 Contemporary Art Space (31 January – 25 February) Abbotsford, Melbourne VIC. 

2017 Diversity and Demise: Encounters with pelagic birds and sub-linguistic form, Wollongong City Gallery (11 February - 14 May), Wollongong NSW.

2016 Cooking Culture, Leipzig International Art Program, Leipzig, Germany.

2013 The Surface of Language, Griffith University Webb Gallery, Brisbane, QLD.

Picturing Archaeologies, Griffith University White Box Gallery, Brisbane, QLD.

2011 Hollow Mark, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, curated by Simon Wright, essay by Abigail Fitzgibbons. 

2010 The Crevice, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

Select Group Exhibitions

2019 I thought I heard a bird, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Canberra

2018 Sedimente, Spinnerei Werkschau (Halle 12), Leipzig, Germany, curated by Anna-

Louise Roland (March 8 – 24); Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Gallery (9 June – 19 August); Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery.

2017 Paradigma Blickwechsel - neue arbeitswelten (Paradigm Exchanging Glances – New Labor worlds) Tapetenwerk Leipzig, Germany, curated by Anna-Louise Roland (13 October – 11 November); 

Affects on Absorbtion Spinnerei Autumn Gallery Tour, LIA Gallery, Leipzig, Germany, curated by Anna-Louise Roland (Sep 16 – 17); Contemporary Still Life, Casula Powerhouse (28 April – 2 July), curated by Toni Bailey and An Le; Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2017 (20 May- 16 July); 

2016 The Waiting Room, Artbank, Sydney, NSW, Australia, curated by Daniel Muddie Cunningham; Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital commission, Barren Grounds 2016 curated by Lynne Seear (permanent display,); Patterns Beyond the Obvious, LIA Gallery, Leipzig, Germany, curated by Anna-Louise Roland; Reflexive Encounters: Fabric and Form, LIA Gallery, Leipzig, Germany, curated by Laura Bierau (March); 64th Blake Prize Exhibition, Casula Powerhouse, Casula, Sydney, NSW, (13 February to 21 April).

2015 GOMA Q: Contemporary Queensland Art, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLD, curated by Peter McKay (11 July – 11 October); 

2014 Conquest of Space, UNSW Galleries, COFA, Sydney, NSW, curated by Andrew Frost; 

Processing, Alaska Projects, curated by Teo Treloar; 

15 Artists, Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Redcliffe, QLD, judged by Timothy Morrell; 

63rd Blake Prize Exhibition, UNSW Galleries, COFA, Sydney, NSW. 

2011 Ten Years of Contemporary Art: The James C Sourris Collection, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLD, curatorial manager Julie Ewington.

New Psychedelia, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD, curated by Sebastian Moody. Australia Felix, Crane Arts Philadelphia, Philadelphia, USA, curated by Ross Woodrow. 

2010 The Ipswich House: Heritage house portraits by contemporary Queensland Artists, Ipswich Art Gallery, Ipswich, QLD, curated by Michael Beckmann; 

2009 Temperature 2, Museum of Brisbane, curated by Frank Mc Bride, Brisbane, QLD. 

The Brisbane Line, The Narrows, Melbourne, VIC, curated by Ross Woodrow.

2008 Stan and Maureen Duke Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast Arts Centre, QLD.

2007 Twenty Twenty, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD, curated by Frank Mc Bride; 

Voiceless: I feel therefore I am, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, NSW, curated by Charles Green.

2006 ABN Amro Emerging Art Award, Finalists Exhibition, Sydney NSW.

Colonial to Contemporary: Queensland College of Art 125 Years. A Contemporary Overview, Dell Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD, curated by Timothy Morrell.

Primavera, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Muswellbrook, NSW, curated by Felicity Fenner.

Animals and Allegory, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD, curated by Simone Jones.

2005 Primavera 2005: Exhibition by Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW, curated by Felicity Fenner.

Authored Publications

2018 Kelly, Madeleine, ‘The dark glow of the mirror in Santiago Carbonell’s mural, Mexican City’, Garland 10, April,

2017 Kelly, Madeleine, ‘Claudia Fernandez: Ceremonia’,Garland 8, September 2017. <>.

2016   Kelly, Madeleine, Mimicry and Mimesis: Matrix Insect, Animal Studies Journal, 5(1), 2016, 48-64.

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2015   Kelly, M. T. "Creation and preservation: teaching colour theory." ACUADS Conference 2015: Art and Design Education in the global 24/7. Australia: Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools, 2015. 1-13.


2018 Allowable forms and unconscious facts wins Sunshine Coast Art Prize’, see

2017 Smith, Jason Diversity and Demise: Encounters with pelagic birds and sub-linguistic form, exhibition catalogue, Wollongong City Gallery (11 February - 14 May), Wollongong NSW.

2013 MacLeod, Bridget 2013, ‘Profile: Madeleine Kelly’, in Artist Profile, no.25, pp.52-55.

2011 Richards, Bree 2011, ‘Emerging artists the Current Crop’, in Ewington, J. & Queensland Art Gallery 2011, Ten years of contemporary art: the James C Sourris AM collection, Queensland Art Gallery, 12 November – 19 February, South Brisbane, QLD, pp.97-117.

Fitzgibbons, A 2011, ‘An Alchemy of Reflection’, in Hollow Mark, exhibition catalogue, 7 October – 13 November, pp.4-7.

2010 Fitzgibbons, Abigail 2010, ‘Madeleine Kelly, The Crevice’, Artlink, vol.30, no.4, p.85.

2008 Morrell, Timothy 2008, ‘The error of our ways: Madeleine Kelly’, Artlink, vol. 28 no. 1 March 2008, pp.60-65. 


Government Galleries: Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art, Ipswich Regional Gallery, QLD Wollongong City Gallery; Caloundra regional gallery, Universities: University of Queensland Art Museum, Griffith University Art Collection, Brisbane; University of Wollongong, Companies: Artbank, Sydney, Gadens Lawyers, Brisbane, UBS Art Collection, Sydney KPMG Corporate Collection, Sydney.

Griffith University, Brisbane

KPMG, Sydney

UBS, Sydney