PENELOPE CAIN         RESUME                                2021

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

2021: Upcoming: Throwing Curses, Woollahra Gallery, curated by Sebastian Goldspink

2020:   Object Bound Curses, Artereal Gallery, Sydney

2019:   Interregnum, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

2018:   Dump, Kudos Gallery, July, 2018

2017:   Profiteer Chic, Artereal Gallery, Sydney

2010:  Parklife, Centre For Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.

2010:  Meshing on the Grid,  MOP Gallery, Sydney

Selected curated and group exhibitions

2020: Time Crystals, Museum of Minerals and Metals, Belo Horizonte, Brasil.

Curators Alexandre Milagres +Tadeus Mucelli. Working with Peruvian glaciologist,

Dr Christian Yarleque and 3D AR artist Andrew Yip.

2020: Finalist exhibition, National Works on Paper Award, Dec2020, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

2020: Art and Activism in the 21st Century, curator Roshanak Khahban, London

2019: Taoyuan ArtX Media, Taoyuan Exhibition Centre, Taiwan. curated by Yun-Ju Chen

2019: Material Flow, Museum in the Park, Stroud, UK. Curated by Patricia Brien

2019: Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award finalist exhibition, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery

2019: Connections II: Science+Art, CSIRO Discovery Centre, Canberra, curator Erica Seccombe

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:  Cubicle Farming paste-up series, Sydney CBD as part of Lanweays II. Commissioned: City of Sydney for Streetware2/Laneways

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


Awards, Scholarships, Grants

2021: IWC grant for Superorganism On The Edge (4 artist collaborative)

2019: Taipei Artist Village residency, Taiwan, to study contested landscapes, Kinmen Island

2019: Glenfiddich Contemporary Arts residency, Glenfiddich Distillery, Scotland, UK

2019: HAWAPI artist Microresidency funding and organisation, to Quelccaya glacier, Peru

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

Penelope Cain is an interdisciplinary artist working between expanded photography, video, and collage and a non-linear storytelling modality.

Landscape in its broadest definition is central to her practice. In particular the colonised, extracted and transformed landscapes of the Anthropocene.

With a research-science background, she works interdisciplinarily at the science-art interstitium, frequently utilising expanded storytelling modalities and propositional and porous readings.