Meredith Turnbull

Meredith Turnbull’s practice engages diverse scales, art historical traditions and genres – and manifests in connections between sculpture, images, decorative objects and jewellery. She has an ongoing interest in combining sculpture, craft and design through approaches to excess, adornment and decor. More broadly her practice focuses on the work of women artists and the related histories of modernism and abstraction across visual art, craft and design.

Meredith Turnbull completed a Bachelor of Art (Honours) in Art History at LaTrobe University in 2000, a Bachelor of Fine Art (Gold and Silversmithing) at RMIT University in 2005 and a PhD at Monash University in the field of Sculpture and Spatial Practice in 2016. She is a lecturer in Art History at RMIT University specialising in C20th Craft and Design and Contemporary Art and a tutor in Fine Art in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University.

Turnbull has previously exhibited at Daine Singer in Hardbody Sculpture (2017),  Return (2015) and Lifestyle Concept (2014). Turnbull has held solo exhibitions at Ian Potter Museum of Art at Melbourne University, Station, MADA Gallery, Pieces of Eight, Bus Projects, The Other Side, West Space, CCP, TCB and The Narrows. She has exhibited in group exhibitions at galleries including the National Gallery of Victoria, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Craft Victoria (with Manon van Kouswijk), Jam Factory, Adelaide (with Tom Borgas and Kate Beckingham), Glen Eira Council Gallery (with Manon van Kouswijk and Anna Varendorff), Melbourne Art Fair, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery and the George Paton Gallery. 

In 2016 Turnbull was co-editor (with Shelley McSpedden) of un Magazine issue 10.1. From 2006 to 2010 Turnbull was the Gallery Manager and Curator of the VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery. She was editor of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art’s online magazine ACCAMag from 2004 to 2005 where she also worked as a Project Manager and Assistant to the Artistic Director. She has been a guest speaker and assessor for RMIT University in Sculpture and Interior Design and a teaching associate in Theory of Art and Design at Monash University.

Recent curated projects include Form and Flex (2015) and Rock Solid (2011), Pieces of Eight, Melbourne, A Condition of Change, Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne, 2011; Risk Potential, Die Ecke, Santiago, 2010, and Once More with Feeling, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2009.

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Meredith Turnbull (b.1977 Melbourne)

2010 PhD Candidate Fine Art, Faculty of Art and Design, Monash University. Australian Postgraduate Award
2003 – 2005 Bachelor of Fine Art, Gold and Silversmithing, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne
2000 Bachelor of Arts, Honours, Art History, La Trobe University, Melbourne
1996 – 1999 Bachelor of Arts, La Trobe University, Melbourne
1995 – 1996 Certificate of Photography, Photographic Imaging Centre – PIC, Melbourne

Solo Exhibitions
2018  Closer, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne University
2017  Hardbody Sculpture, Daine Singer, Melbourne
2017  Softbody Sculpture, Pieces of Eight Gallery, Melbourne
2016  Co-workers: Complex Forms and Fragmentary Structures, Monash Faculty Gallery, Monash University
2014  Ensemble, Station, Melbourne
2014  Co-workers: Objects, Pieces of Eight, Melbourne
2014  Compositions, Bus Projects, Collingwood
2013  Co-workers, Interior World, The Other Side, Melbourne
2012  The Edible Woman, West Space, Melbourne
2012  Co-workers, Rae and Bennett
2011  Target Practice, Centre for Contemporary Photography
2009  Some Become Strangers, Pieces of Eight Gallery, North Fitzroy
2008  Transmission, Slide, Gertrude Street Contemporary Art Spaces, Fitzroy
2008  I thought that love was science fiction, TCB art inc, Melbourne
2007  Happiness is a complex form, The Narrows, Melbourne

Duo Exhibitions
2015  Reflections (with Anna Varendorff), Craft Victoria
2010  Scale Practice, (with Bridie Lunney), Craft Victoria
2010  You’ll be the death of me, (with Bridie Lunney), Platform, Melbourne
2009  The Body Electric, (with Ross Coulter), Conical, Fitzroy

Group Exhibitions
2017  The Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism and Australian Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art
2017  Spring 1883, Daine Singer, The Establishment, Sydney
2017  Material Politics, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Collingwood, curated by Meredith Turnbull
2016  Spring 1883, Daine Singer, Hotel Windsor, Melbourne
2015  Return, Daine Singer, Melbourne
2015  Provisional Objects, Jam Factory, Adelaide
2015  Setting, Glen Eira Council Gallery, Melbourne
2014  The Sievers Project: Satellite at the Art Fair, Melbourne Art Fair, curated by Naomi Cass and Angela Brophy
2014  The Sievers Project, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy, curated by Naomi Cass and Kyla McFarlane
2014  Lifestyle Concept, Daine Singer, Melbourne
2014  Dusty Chair, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, curated by Alana Kingston and Brennan Olver
2013  Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2013  Art or Cunning, Watch This Space, Alice Springs, curated by Alice Buscombe
2013  Signature Style, curated by Nella Themelios and Kim Brockett, Craft Victoria, Melbourne
2012  CLUNKY, LOOSE and TIGHT, with Ross Coulter and Sean Peoples curated by Ross Coulter, Sutton Project Space, Fitzroy
2012  The Telepathy Project: Veronica Kent, With very special guests, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne
2012  Project 12: This is Not a Love Song, Anna Pappas Gallery, Prahran
2011  sushichampagnepaintingsculpture, curated by Madeline Kidd
2011  Telepathy and Love, curated by Veronica Kent and Sean Peoples, West Space, Melbourne
2011  Telepathy and Love, curated by Veronica Kent and Sean Peoples, Australia Council apartment, Calle Enrique Granados, Barcelona
2011  Annual Manual: A Guide to Australian Design Now
2010  Celebrating 20 years of Platform, Platform Public Contemporary Art Spaces
2009  someone looking at something..., curated by Kelly Fliedner
2009  De Architectura, curated by Kirsten Rann, Counterpoint @ MARS Gallery, Melbourne
2009  Monobrow, Hell Gallery, Richmond
2008  Folded, curated by Kyla McFarlane, Faculty Gallery, Monash Art and Design, Caulfield
2008  De Architectura, curated by Kirsten Rann, Counterpoint @ Level 17 Artspace, Victoria University, Melbourne
2008  World’s End, Carlton Hotel & Studios, Melbourne
2008  The Space In Between: Book Project, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
2007  The Space in Between, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne
2007  Then AO, The Narrows at Peloton, Chippendale, Sydney
2006  Selekta, West Space