Christian Thompson

Born 1978, Gawler, South Australia

1996, Bachelor of Visual Arts in Fine Art, University of Southern Queensland
1999, Bachelor of Visual Arts in Fine Art (Honors), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
2004,Masters of Fine Art, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
2008, Dasarts Advanced Studies in Performing Arts, Amsterdam

Awards & Prizes

2007
Australian Post Graduate Award
RIPE Art & Australia / ANZ Private Bank Contemporary Art Award (Highly Commended)

2006
Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces Studio Artist 2006–2008
Centre Contemporary Photography, Kodak Summer Salon, Best Portrait for ‘In Search of the International Look’
City of Melbourne, Arts and Culture Grant

2005
Curatorial Internship at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Creative Fellow State Library of Victoria
Visual arts and Crafts Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
New Media Arts Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

2004
New Media Arts grant, Australia Council for the Arts

2003
City of Melbourne Arts and Culture Grant
Australia Council for the Arts, emerging artist Grant

2002
City of Melbourne Arts and Culture Grant

Collections

National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Private Collections

Solo Exhibitions

2009
Lost Together, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

2008
Australian Graffiti, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

2007
The Sixth Mile, Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney

2006
The Sixth Mile, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
Vote Yes – An Aboriginal Thompson Project, Westspace, Melbourne
Ethnoaerobics, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

2004
The Gates of Tambo, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

2003
Emotional Striptease, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

2002
Show Me the Way to Go Home, George Adams Gallery, Melbourne
Blaks Palace, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

Group Exhibitions

2007
Andy and OZ: Parallel Visions, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA
Culture Warriors – National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gertrude Studio Artists, Gertrude Street Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne
Workin Down Under, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Eye to “I”, Ballarat Regional Art Gallery, Ballarat
Raised by Wolves, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Apropos: Human Rights in Contemporary Art, BUS Gallery, Melbourne
I Spy (The Start of Something), Westspace, Melbourne

2006
Terra Incognita, Gertrude Street Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne

2004
Skin, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
Sguardi Australiani, Camogli, Italy
A Matter of Time, Tamworth Textile Biennale, Tamworth
Spirit and Vision, Kunst der Gegenwart Sammlung Essl, Vienna
IMAGE - Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, Netherlands
The Space Between, Curtin University, Perth
A Matter of Time, Tamworth Textile Biennale, Tamworth
Art Paris, The Louvre, Paris, France
MAAP Gravity, Multimedia Arts Asia Pacific, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

2003
Drama is Conflict, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
Australiens, Perth Insitute for Contemporary Art, Perth
Tactility 200 Years of Indigenous Textiles, National Gallery of Australia
TRAFFIC, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
Emotional Striptease, 24 hour art, Darwin
Drama is Conflict, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

2002
Crossing (New Australian Art), ATSKI Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

2001
LUMO Intohimo, Photographic Triennial of Finland, Helsinki
Message Sticks, Sydeny Opera House

2000
Use By, Contemporary Centre for Photography and 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne
Biennale D’art Contemporain, Biennale De Noumea, Biennale of Contemporary Art, Noumea, New Caledonia

Bibliography

2007
The Canberra Times, ‘After Andy – Pop art Down Under’ by Christine Wallace, 27 October 2007
The West Australian, ‘Running with the Pack’ by Rick Spencer, 24 February 2007

2004
The Age, ‘Age Review’, ‘Evidence of Art’ by Kyla McFarlane, p. 7, Monday 7 August 2004
LocalArt, Issue #13, ‘Potrait of an artist as an angry young man’ by Susan Lowish, July 2004

2003
Real Time, Issue #52, Digital Indigeneity, Christine Nichols ArtsYarn Up, Summer 2002–2003, p. 17, Dec 2002 – Jan 2003
Melbourne Magazine, ‘Stripping Identity Bare’ by Lucinda Strahan, March 2003

2002
Real Time, Issue #48, Next Wave Free at Last, April/May 2002
Melbourne Star, Issue #16, Home Sweet Home, 16 May 2002
The Age, ‘Fashion Sashays into Art’ by Robert Nelson, Wednesday 20 March 2002
Gray Anne (ed) Australian Art in the National Gallery of Australia, NGA, Canberra

2001
ARTLINK – ‘Indigenous Art for the Twenty First Century‘, Vol 20 #1
ART MONTHLY – ‘UseBy: Asia Pacific Artist Initiatives Project’ by John Mateer, pg 19, Issue 135

Residencies

2008
Dasarts, Advanced Studies in performing Arts, Amsterdam

2006
ARTPLAY Residency – Cherbourg State Primary School, Melbourne

2005
RAWSPACE, Brisbane

2004
MAAP online Residency, Singapore

2003
Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada

2001
Project 304, Bangkok, Thailand

2000
Alchemy Master Class for Artists, Powerhouse, Brisbane

Curated Exhibitions

2007
No Fun Without You, Mahoney Galleries, Melbourne

2006
A lot of Love Goin Around, Project Space, Melbourne

2005
Contemporary Commonwealth 06, ACMI and National Gallery of Victoria
Intern – Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne

2004
If You Only Knew, City Gallery, Melbourne
White Hot – New Art from Different Places, Hush Hush Gallery and City Lights, Melbourne

2003
High Tide – Contemporary Indigenous Photography, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

2002
What’s Love Got To Do With It? RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

2000
Beyond the Pale, Adelaide Biennale of Contemporary Australian Art, Assistant to Curator Brenda L. Croft, Adelaide