ABOUT

Michele Grimston is a visual artist and community cultural development practitioner based in the ACT.  She completed her honours degree in textiles at the Australian National University School of Art in 2009 and in 2014, she graduated with a Masters in Community Cultural Development from the Victorian College of the Arts.

She has held solo shows in Canberra, Melbourne and Perth and undertaken multiple artist residencies – creating individual works at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada and working with schools and community groups across Australia to facilitate community created work.

The common thread across her works is connection.  Grimston explores the connections which hold together the systems of our world – whether these be personal, social or ecological.  The flimsy materials and labour intensive practices that form the base of her individual practice, hint at the fragility of such systems and the ongoing effort required to sustain them, while her community based works attempt to actively engage in this effort.    

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Education

 

2014                           Masters in Community Cultural Development, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

 

2009                           Bachelor of Arts (Visual) with Honours / Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University, ACT

 

Residencies

2019                          Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany WA

 

2017                           Artist in Residence Coolgardie Primary School, Awesome Arts, WA

 

2016                           Artist in Residence Newman Senior High School, Djidi Djidi Primary School, Awesome Arts WA

 

2012                           Artist in Residence Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada

 

2011                           Artist in School, Lyons Early Childhood School, ACT Government Artists in Schools Program             

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2016                           Indefinite Landscapes, Paper Mountain, Perth

 

2016                           A Catalogue of Scattered Thoughts, Archive Room, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, WA

 

2013                           Spaces for Dreaming, Conduit Arts, Melbourne

 

2010                           Wear, Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka, Canberra

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019                         Geo: The Art of the Collection, ANU Project Space, Canberra

2018                          Nephelokokkygia, Brunswick Street Gallery, Victoria 

 

2017                           Bunbury Biennale, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Western Australia

 

2017                           Tree Street Art Safari, Bunbury, Western Australia

 

2016                           Fort, BunbARI, Western Australia

 

2015                           The Second Skin, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Western Australia

 

2015                           Artists at the Helm, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Western Australia

 

2012                           Underdog Arts Festival, Marina West, British Columbia, Canada

 

2011                           The Beetle and the Butterfly, Window 99, Melbourne and M16 Artspace Canberra

 

2010                           Coalesce (emerging artist support scheme award), Strathnairn Gallery, Canberra

 

2010                           Epidemic (Emerging Artist Support Scheme Award), Craft ACT, Canberra

 

2009                           Graduate Exhibition, School of Art Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra

 

Grants

 

2016                           Project Funding Under 15K, WA Government, Department of Culture and the Arts

 

2011                           Arts ACT Artists in Schools Program, ACT Government, Arts ACT

 

2010                           Youth Interact Grant, ACT Government, Department of Community Services