PENELOPE CAIN         RESUME                                2017

Lives and works in Sydney


2001: Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) (Hons),The Australian National University

Previously completed veterinary science degree, The University of Sydney

2016: MFA awarded, Sydney College of Arts, the University of Sydney.


Selected solo exhibitions

2015:    Growth at all Costs! A-M Gallery, Sydney

2014:    Superdry and Other Panoramas, MOP Projects, Sydney

2011:   Cubicle Farming paste-up series, Sydney CBD. Commissioned: City of Sydney for Streetware 2/Laneways

2010:   Parklife, Centre For Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.

2009:   Meshing on the Grid,  MOP Gallery, Sydney

2009:   Infestation, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia

2009:   Sink or Swim: The Screen, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane

2006-2009:   Beam, video projections, assorted venues in Canberra CBD, Australia


Selected curated and group exhibitions

2016:    The Sulman Prize exhibition, Art Gallery NSW

2016:    Creative Accounting, touring exhibition curated by Holly Williams: touring 8 venues in NSW, Vic and QLD.

2016:     View, Artereal Gallery, curated by Barbara Dowse

2015:    Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award Exhibition, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney

2015:  Paramor Art + Innovation Exhibition, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney

2014:  The Blake Prize Exhibition, Galleries UNSW, Sydney

2014:    Postgraduate Degree Show, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney

2014:    Fractured fairytales: Penelope Cain and Barbara Doran, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane.

2012:   Dobell Drawing Prize exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW

2012:   Mostly Agree, Stills Gallery, Sydney. Curated by Josephine Skinner

2011:   Selectively Revealed, Aram Art Gallery, Goyang, Seoul. Curated by Claire Needham + Sarah Bond. Toured Seoul, Taiwan and Thailand 2012.

2011:   Experimenta Utopia Now, Museum of Old and New Art, Launceston, Tas. Curator  Clare Needham

2011:   A-to-Z, University of East London Gallery, London

2010:   Experimenta Video Program, Australian Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo. Curator Kat     Vane-Tempest

2010:   Coded,  Blacktown Regional Arts Centre. Curator Sophia Kouyoumdijian

2009:   Contemporary Flânerie: Reconfiguring Cities, Oakland University Art Gallery, MI, USA.

2008:  Shanghai Intrude:366 Shanghai, China, curated by Shen Qibin, Zendai MoMA

2008:  Age of Enlightenment, The Quad, Derby, UK. Curator Alfredo Cramerotti

2008:  Shadow Boxing, MOP Gallery, Sydney, Australia. Curator Holly Williams

2007:  Figuratively Speaking: the Figure in Contemporary Video Art, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia. Curator Simone Jones


Awards, Scholarships, Grants

2017:    Parramatta Studio recipient

2011:     Power Institute Award for Artists: Residency at the Cite International des Arts, Paris

2010:    ArtsNSW grant travel and new work

2008:    Australia Council for the Arts skills and arts development award: residency, British School of Rome, Italy



2016:   Finalist, The Sulman Prize, The Art Gallery of NSW

2015:   Finalist, Paramor Art+ Innovation Award, Casula Powerhouse

2014:   Finalist, The Blake Prize, Sydney

2013:   Finalist, Hazelhurst Works on Paper Award.

2013:   Finalist, Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, Adelaide Perry Gallery, Croydon, Sydney.

2012:   Finalist, Dobell Drawing Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney



Artist Statement

I have an ongoing obsession with the urban and city environment and how we experience, negotiate and narrate the built urban environment- the contemporary urban condition.

I am interested in glitches and porosities in the narratives of the city and in my practice I frequently operate within the terrain of the porous, to generate propositional alternative readings to elements and narratives within the urban and city environment. I am attracted by the irrational, the imagined and poorly understood within this landscape.

I also find myself increasingly drawn to concerns about power and the economy within the city and the visible and unseen influence on the urban condition.