PENELOPE CAIN         RESUME                                2018

Lives and works in Sydney, 3 children 1 cat.  insta: @penelope.cain


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

2017:   Profiteer Chic, Artereal Gallery, Sydney

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 Streetware2/Laneways

2010:  Parklife, Centre For Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.

2010:  Meshing on the Grid,  MOP Gallery, Sydney


Selected curated and group exhibitions

2018: Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship exhibition of finalists. SCA Galleries, Sydney

2017:  PAS artists @ Ideas Platform, Artspace Sydney. Curators Talia Linz + Alexie Glass-Kantor

2017:  Glenfiddich Award Exhibition of 5 finalists, Sydney Contemporary

2016:  The Sulman Prize exhibition, Art Gallery NSW

2016-2017:  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:    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


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

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


Awards, Scholarships, Grants

2018: Winner, Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship

2018:  International Glenfiddich Artist Residency, for travel in 2019

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


2017:   Finalist, Glenfiddich Contemporary Art Prize

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

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

2014:   Finalist, The Blake Prize, Sydney

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

Artist Statement

Landscape in its broadest terms is central to my practice.

I have an ongoing interest in urban spatiality and how we individually and culturally experience, negotiate and narrate the built urban environment- the contemporary urban condition.

I am interested in landscapes of the Anthropocene- the current geological era marked by human impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems. There is a nineteenth century German word that almost predicts this cultural and geographical moment- Kulturlandschaft– a landscape created by human culture.

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