Andrew McQualter


Andrew McQualter’s drawings, installations and collaborative projects are concerned with making the connection between things visible. He is interested in the act of conversation as a metaphor for the relationships that we create and maintain with each other, our culture, our institutions and history.

McQualter’s work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, University of Melbourne and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, he shows regularly in museums, public galleries and artist-run spaces. He was born in Newcastle, N.S.W. and has lived and worked in Melbourne since 1991.

Andrew McQualter (b. 1970 Newcastle, Australia, lives Melbourne, Australia)

Education
1988  Certificate in Art and Design, Hamilton College of TAFE, Newcastle
1994  Bachelor of Arts/ Fine Arts (Painting) Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne

Solo Exhibitions
2014  November Compositions, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
2014  Drawings 1997-2014, Daine Singer, Melbourne
2013  Sketches and Certainties, Daine Singer, Melbourne
2013  A realised gesture, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton
2012  A partial index, Daine Singer, Melbourne
2009  new work, T.C.B. Art Inc., Melbourne
2007  Studies for the shape of government, Victoria Park Gallery, Melbourne
2006  Twee Projecten, Stichting Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2005  Studies for the shape of government, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, N.S.W.
2005  Stalking horses, Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W.
2003  Study for metaphysics, Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W.
2002  Pioneer, 1st Floor Artists’ and Writers’ Space, Melbourne
2002  Lucy is sending her energy into the furthest corners of the universe, Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne
2001  What we do here, Gallery 4a, Asia Australia Arts Centre, Sydney, N.S.W.
1999  Collaborative project, Lovers gallery, Melbourne
1996  tree; pier and ocean 1st Floor Artists’ and Writers’ Space, Melbourne
1996  diagram, The Fictional and Actual Artists Space, Melbourne
1995  magic square, 1st Floor Artists’ and Writers’ Space, Melbourne

Group Exhibitions
2014  Work, Slopes, Melbourne
2014  2014 National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria
2014  Solitaire, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria, curated by Anthony Fitzpatrick
2014  Assembly: Contemporary Ceramics, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, curated by Kay Abude
2014  Liminal Narratives, The Gallery at BACC, Melbourne, curated by Frances Lindsay
2013  Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2013  Direct Democracy, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne
2013  Occasional Miracles, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton
2012  Permanent collection display, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2012  Volume One: MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2012  City Within the City, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, curated by Artsonje and Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne >>
2011  Networks: Cells and Silos, curated by Geraldine Barlow, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne >>
2011  City Within the City, Artsonje, Seoul, curated by Artsonje and Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne >>
2011  Death in the Mourning, curated by Helen Johnson, Death Be Kind, Melbourne
2011  Galaxy Garden, curated by Utako Shindo, Sutton Gallery  Project Space, Melbourne
2010  Since we last spoke, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, University of Melbourne
2010  Cluster and Connect, curated by Helen Hughes & Genevieve Osbourne, Sutton Gallery Project Space, Melbourne
2009  Why we do the thing we do, curated by Jacqueline Doughty, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth
2008  To Make a Work of Timeless Art: MCA Primavera Acquisitions, curated by Isabel Finch & Clare Lewis, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2008  When you think about art, curated by Helen Vivian with Sandra Bridie, George Patton Gallery, The University of Melbourne
2008  Informal Rituals, curated by Helen Johnson & Alex Vivian, T.C.B. Art Inc., Melbourne
2007  New Acquisitions 2007, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2007  Translations, curated by Clare Lewis and Sarah Rawlings, public art project for Terminus Projects, Sydney
2006  Three large drawings, Hotel Mariakapel, Hoorn, The Netherlands
2006  Trans Versa, curated by Zara Stanhope & Danae Mossman, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago, Chile
2005  Make it Modern, curated by Juliana Engberg, Deloitte Touche Tomahatsu Offices, Melbourne
2005  A short ride in a fast machine, curated by Samantha Comte, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne
2005  Pitch Your Own Tent: Art Projects|Store 5|1st Floor, curated by Max Delany, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne
2005  Artists in Focus: wall power, curated by Jenepher Duncan, Art Gallery of West Australia, Perth
2005  The Grey Voice, curated by Jacqueline Rose & Jasmin Stephens, Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney, N.S.W
2004  multipleMISCELLANEOUSalliances, coordinated by Bianca Hester, CLUBSproject Inc., Melbourne
2003  Fraught Tales, curated by Anonda Bell, Macquarie Bank Project Space, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2003  NEW03, curated by Juliana Engberg, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
2002  Gertrude Project Room, Melbourne International Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne
2002  Studio, Bus, Melbourne
2001  rubik#13, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
2001  Travels in Time, curated by Samantha Comte, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne
2000  Are You Experienced? (rubik #11), The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand
1999  Primavera, curated by Rachel Kent, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1999  Dazzle, curated by Russell Storer and Andrew McQualter, 1st Floor Artists and Writers’ Space, Melbourne
1998  Graphic, curated by Zara Stanhope, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne
1998  We Are Electric, Arts Victoria, Melbourne
1998  Video vs. watercolour (rubik #4), private residence, Wellington Street, Collingwood
1997  Another Green World, 1st Floor Artists and Writers’ Space, Melbourne
1997  BAD GAY ART, curated by Robert Schubert, Raw Nerve Gallery, Sydney. Part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival
1997  TEXTBASE@200 Gertrude Street, 200 Gertrude Street Artists‘ Spaces, Melbourne
1996  ExtraTexta, 1st Floor Artists and Writers’ Space, Melbourne
1996  Exactly, curated by Vivienne Shark le Witt, 200 Gertrude Street Artists’ Spaces, Melbourne

Curatorial Projects
1999  Dazzle, co-curated with Russell Storer, 1st Floor Artists and Writers’ Space, Melbourne
1996  SUPERMODELS, co-curated with Jacinta Schreuder, 1st Floor Artists and Writers’ Space, Melbourne
1996  melancholia, The Fictional and Actual Artists Space, Melbourne
1995  Drawing, co-curated with Amanda Ahmed, VCA School of Art Gallery, Melbourne

Collaborative Exhibitions and Projects
2010  Constructed woodland (wall drawing), with Raquel Ormella, exhibited as part of “Since we last spoke” Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne
2009  Constructed woodland (wall drawing), with Raquel Ormella, exhibited as part of “She went that way” at Artspace, Sydney
1999  A new installation from the Outer Space Workshop, with Julia Gorman, exhibited as part of Primavera 1999, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1999  Studies for Public Sculpture, with Kate McMahon, exhibited at RMIT University Gallery in Melbourne and Taipei
1998  Art for a Future Generation, with Chris Ulbrick, exhibited at 200 Gertrude Street Artists Space
1997  Diagram #3, with Stephen O’Connell, exhibited at Stripp Gallery, Melbourne
1997  New Design from Outer Space, with Julia Gorman & Sarah Tuke, Grey Area Inc., Melbourne
1996  Diagram #2, with Stephen O’Connell, exhibited at CBD Gallery, Sydney

Select Bibliography
2013  Rule, D. ‘Andrew McQualter: Sketches and Certainties’, The Age, May 4, 2013. >>
2013  Mayer, P. ‘Andrew McQualter: Sketches and Certainties’, cat. essay. Daine Singer, Melbourne
2013  McSpedden, S. ‘Occasional Miracles: Contemporary artists respond to the Shepparton Art Museum ceramics collection, Shepparton Art Museum, Un Magazine 7.1 >>
2012  Cormack, E. ‘Andrew McQualter: A partial index’, Artlink, Vol 32 #2, 2012, p.137. >>
2012  Rule, D. ‘Andrew McQualter: A partial index’, The Age, February 4, 2012.
2010  Douglas, A. Since we last spoke (ex. cat.) Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Faculty of the VCA and Music, The University of Melbourne, 2010.
2009  Doughty, J.  ‘Words don’t come easy’ in why do we do the things we do (ex. cat.) Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 2009
2007  MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2007 (ex. cat) Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, 2007
2006 van Zuijlen, D., Lodewijks, B. & Gremmen, H. (Eds.)  ‘3 Large Drawings’ in Book Hotel Maria Hotel Mariakapel (Hoorn, N.L.), 2006.
2006 Stephens, A. & Parker, L. (commissioning editors)  ‘On originality’ a series of page works for Natural Selection Magazine Issue #5 http://www.naturalselection.org.nz
2005 Day, C. (Ed.)  A short ride in a fast machine – Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces 1985 – 2005 Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces Inc., 2005.
2005  Delaney, M. (Ed.)  Pitch Your Own Tent: Art Projects| Store 5| 1st Floor Monash University Museum of Art, 2005.
2005  Duncan, J.  Wall Power (ex cat.) Art Gallery of West Australia, 2005.
2005  ‘Andrew McQualter’ in Make it Modern (ex. cat) Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2005.
2005  Juers, E.  ON DRAWING: The Grey Voice Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney, 2005.
2005  Snell, T.  ‘Work becomes the gallery’, The Australian, September 8 2005.
2003 Engberg, J.  NEW03 (ex. cat.) Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2003.
2003  Bell, A.  Fraught Tales: Four Contemporary Narratives (ex. cat) National Gallery of Victoria, 2003.
2003  Magner, B.  ‘Parable’ in NEW 03 (ex. cat.) Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. 2003.
2003  Travis, L. ‘Pier and Ocean’ in See here now: The Vizard Foundation Art Collection of the 1990’s Thames and Hudson (Melbourne), 2003.
2001  Comte, S.  Travels in Time (ex. cat.) Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Inc., 2001.
2000  ‘Sign of the Times’ in Good Thinking, 1st Floor Artists’ and Writers’ Space Inc, Melbourne, 2000.
1999  Kent, R.  ‘Future Imperfect’ in Primavera 1999 (ex. cat.) Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, 1999.
1998 Palmer, D.  Art for a future generation (ex. cat.) Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Inc., 1998.
1998  Stanhope,  Z. graphic (ex. cat.) Monash University Museum of Art, 1998.
1997 Kiley, D.  BAD GAY ART (ex. cat.) Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1997.

Awards, Grants and Residencies
2014  finalist, National Works on Paper Prize, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria
2013  My House is Too Small Residency, Melbourne >>
2011  Australia Council VACB Studio Residency, Static Studios, Liverpool U.K.
2011  Linden Contemporary Art Gallery Postcard Exhibition Award
2010  Arts Victoria New Work Grant
2005  Australia Council VACB Skills and Arts Development Grant
2001-2003  Studio Residency, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces
2000  Federation Residency Program, Castlemaine.

Collections
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
The Vizard Foundation Collection of Australian Art of the 1990s
Private Collections Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Brussels

Professional Experience & Affiliations
2007  Visiting Artist, Painting Workshop, Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra
2006  Guest Artist, Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
2003-2007  Coordinator, Clubs Feedback. Clubs Feedback is a service for cultural practitioners that provides structured and impartial critical response to a presented work. Artists, writers, performers or curators were able to request feedback by approaching the coordinators, who then assemble a group of peers and experts to provide feedback.
2001-2003  Studio Residency, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne
1997-2002  Founding Member, rubik Artists’ Project. rubik was formed by Andrew McQualter, James Lynch, Julia Gorman and Ricky Swallow as a publishing project. rubik produced low-cost publications of artists’ drawings, video compilations, postal projects and exhibitions in a variety of different venues, including the members’ homes, public galleries and artist-run spaces.
1996-1998  Editorial Board, Globe-E Journal. Monash University
1996-1997  Textbase – writers working in the gallery. An independent group of art-writers affiliated with 1st Floor Artists’ and Writers’ Space.
1994-1999  Core Group Member, 1st Floor Artists’ and Writers Space, Melbourne

Writing
Between 1994 and 2000, Andrew McQualter was active as a writer on the visual arts, producing criticism and commentary for various arts based publications in Australia and New Zealand and writing catalogue essays for exhibitions. His most recent published writing is in the catalogue for the exhibition Time and time again by Mira Gojak, published by ClubsProject Inc. in 2006. His critical writing can be found in Globe-E Journal (Monash University), Like, Art Magazine (RMIT University), and Log Illustrated (The Physics Room, NZ).