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 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.