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A PhD Candidate at the Australian National University School of Art, Genevieve Swifte is an award winning contemporary artist whose practice-led research explores transgressions of sensory experience and embodiment via lens-based imagery and mark-making. Emerging from the darkroom of an alternative school in the 1990s, Swifte’s sensibilities are also informed by an undergraduate degree in drawing and printmaking, interdisciplinary collaborations and residencies in remote corners of the globe. Recent exhibitions include The Poetic Lens at Tamworth Regional Gallery; Quotidean, Elements of the Everyday: Water, CelerySpace, Berkeley, California; Sur Polar: Arte en Antarctica, Galeria de Arte Contemporaneo de Xalapa, Mexico and the Museo de Arte Tigre, Buenos Aries, Argentina.

 

The recipient of numerous grants and awards, Swifte’s works are held in public collections in Australia and internationally.

 

Genevieve Swifte also directs a series of creative courses ranging from one on one tuition to large groups, masterclasses, and commissioned workshops. She also facilitates ephemeral and community art projects for festivals and public events. 


 


 

 

It is pertinent to remember that the process of photography neither begins nor ends with the click of the camera shutter. Swifte’s work is slow photography; she collects images over years, travels vast distances and looks with intent. Her gaze is investigative and poetic – calling up and creating a play between strands of history, theory and photographic practice as she works across analogue and digital; in the landscape and studio; archive and domestic environment.

 

From Closer by Ellis Hutch

 

 

 

The drawings are so delicate and detailed in the rendering that the photographic image appears to be a slightly tinted fine transparent film placed over the drawing. The effect is of ambiguity. It is hard to tell whether the photograph overlays the drawing or replaces the drawing. The edge of the photographic image also acts as an aperture through which we see a more distant, vaster landscape that softens and disappears into the expanse of the white paper, allowing our imagination to travel further.

 

From She is Always Beautiful, On the Arctic landscapes of Genevieve Swifte by Helen Maxwell

 

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CV

 

Education

Candidate, Doctor of Philosophy, Photography and Media Arts, The Australian National University School of Art.

2007, Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), The Australian National University School of Art.


 

Public Collections

Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly

Upernavik Museum, Greenland

State Library of Queensland, Australia

Australian National University

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

 

 

Arts Educator

Eye to Hand Workshops and Masterclasses

Gorman Arts Centre, ACT

Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT

Australian National Botanic Gardens, ACT

 

 

Awards

2016

Program Funding, ACT Arts Fund

 

2015

ACT Arts Fund, Out of Round Funding

 

2014

Canberra Arts Critics' Circle Award

 

2011

ACT Arts Fund, Out of Round Funding

 

2010

ABAF Donations, Australia Cultural Fund

ArtStart, Australia Council for the Arts

Program Funding, ACT Arts Fund

Janet Holmes à Court Artists’ Grant

Out of Round Funding, ACT Arts Fund

 

2009

Donovan Astronomical Trust

 

 

Exhibition History and Professional Background

 
2016


Visual Arts Graduate Season, SoA Gallery, ANU School of Art, ACT

 

Sila, collaborative project of composition and live video projection with musical performance by Cheryl E. Leonard, Polar Soundscapes, David Brower Center, Berkeley, California.

Exhibiting artist, SYNTHESIS, M. Contemporary, Woollahra, Sydney.

Exhibiting artist, The Poetic Lens, with Relative Constructions, Carlton Project Space,
Chippendale Creative Arts Precinct, Sydney.


2015


Exhibiting artist, The Poetic Lens, with Relative Constructions, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Sydney.

Exhibiting artist, Photoactivism, Photoaccess, Canberra.

In collaboration with composer Cheryl E. Leonard, Soundings, School of Art Gallery, ANU, Canberra.

Threshold, collaborative project of composition and live video projection with musical perfomance by Cheryl E. Leonard, Outsound New Music Summit, San Francisco.

Solo exhibition Trespass, Barometer Gallery, with Head On Photography Festival, Sydney.

Exhibiting artist Photology, Art Not Apart, New Acton, Canberra.

Exhibiting artist Light Years, Photoaccess, Canberra.


2014


Solo exhibition Trespass, The Front, Lyneham, Canberra.

Exhibiting artist and donor, CAPO 31, Canberra Arts Patrons Organisation Annual Auction,
Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Exhibiting artist, Quotidean, Elements of the Everyday: Water, CelerySpace, Berkeley, California.
A CaliforNoyers Production co-created with La Porte Peinte, Noyers, France.

Exhibiting artist, The Poetic Lens, M16 Artspace, Griffith, Canberra.

Speaker, Photography and Fictions, Conference hosted by the Queensland Center of Photography, Brisbane.

Exhibiting artist, Altered States, Left Hand Gallery, Braidwood, NSW.


2013


Exhibiting artist and donor, CAPO 30, Canberra Arts Patrons Organisation Annual Auction,
Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra.

Artist in residence, BigCi, Bilpin, Blue Mountains, NSW.

Exhibiting artist, Sur Polar: Arte en Antarctida, Galeria de Arte Contemporaneo de Xalapa, Mexico.

Assessment panel member, ArstACT.

Exhibiting artist, Intensity of Purpose: 21 years of ANCA, Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Exhibiting artist, 100%: Books by Canberra Artists, Watson Arts Center, Canberra.


2012


Exhibiting artist, Assisted Reproduction, SoA Gallery, ANU School of Art, Canberra.

Sila, collaborative project of composition and live video projection with musical performance by Cheryl E. Leonard, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival.
 
Speaker, IV Antarctic Art and Culture International Conference and Festival, Buenos Aries.

Exhibiting artist, Sur Polar IV, Museo de Arte Tigre, Buenos Aries.

Exhibiting artist and donor, CAPO 29, Canberra Arts Patrons Organisation Annual Auction,
M16 Artspace, Canberra.

Exhibiting artist, Transit of Venus,  Photospace, The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra.


2011


Exhibiting artist and donor, CAPO 28, Canberra Arts Patrons Organisation Annual Auction,
National Archives of Australia, Canberra.

Solo Exhibition, She Is Always Beautiful, Drawing and Photography from Northwest Greenland, Lowrise Projects, Melbourne.

Open Folio, Impact7, International Multi-disciplinary Printmaker’s Conference, Monash University, Melbourne.

Speaker and exhibiting artist, Antarctica, Music, Sounds and Cultural Connections Festival and Conference,
The Australian National University School of Music, Canberra.

Solo exhibition, Drawing and Photography from Northwest Greenland, Photospace,
The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra.

Feature Artist, National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) website.

Graduate in residence, Photomedia Workshop, The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra.

Exhibiting artist, Solar, ANCA Gallery, Canberra.

Studio Artist, Australian National Capitol Artists Studios, Canberra.


2010


Technical Officer, Book Studio, Printmedia & Drawing Workshop,
The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra.

Exhibiting artist and donor, CAPO 27, Canberra Arts Patrons Organisation Annual Auction,
National Archives of Australia, Canberra.

Artist in residence, Upernavik Artist's Retreat, Greenland.

Public installation, 94th Moon, Steven Holland and Genevieve Swifte, Mount Stromlo Observatory, Canberra.

Exhibiting artist, Shifting Signs, Nicci Haynes and Genevieve Swifte, ANCA Gallery, Canberra.

Speaker, Focus on Artists’ Books V, conference, Artspace Mackay, QLD.

Finalist, Libris Award, Artspace Mackay, QLD.

Studio Artist, Australian National Capitol Artists Studios, Canberra.


2009


Solo exhibition, Apogee/Perigee, Drawing on Astronomy, Canberra Contemporary Artspace, Manuka, Canberra.

Exhibiting artist and donor, CAPO 326, Canberra Arts Patrons Organisation Annual Auction, National Archives of Australia, Canberra.

Exhibiting artist and Curator, Dark Space, Light Work, M16 Artspace, Canberra.

Exhibiting artist and artist’s talk, Sig.na.ture, ANCA Tennant’s Show, ANCA Gallery, Canberra.

Exhibiting artist and artist’s talk, Cut.Paste, ANCA Gallery, Canberra.

Exhibiting artist and artist’s talk, Books to Hold and Let Go, Craft ACT, Canberra.

Finalist, Phoenix Prize for Spiritual Art, SoA Gallery, Australian National University School of Art, Canberra.

Studio Artist, Australian National Capitol Artists Studios, Canberra.


2008

 

Graduate in residence, Print media and Drawing Book Studio, The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra.

Finalist, Acquisitive Artist’s book Award, Next Art Gallery, Southern Cross University, NSW.

Exhibiting artist, Make Way, M16 Artspace, Canberra.

Finalist, Swan Hill Print and Drawing Acquisitive Awards, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, VIC.

Finalist, Jed Art Awards, Shepparton Arts Festival, VIC.

Finalist, Libris Awards, Australian Artists’ Book Prize Exhibition, Artspace Mackay, QLD.

2007


Exhibiting artist, Graduate Exhibition, SoA Gallery, The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra.

Exhibiting artist, Explorations ‘07, Gallery Gaffer, Sydney.

Feature artist, National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) website.

Exhibiting artist, Water/Water, SoA Gallery, The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra.


2006


Solo Exhibition, Nephology, SoA Gallery, The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra.

Finalist, Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, VIC.

Finalist, Acquisitive Artist’s book Award, Next Art Gallery, Southern Cross University, NSW.

Finalist, Swan Hill Print and Drawing Acquisitive Awards, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, VIC.

Exhibiting artist, Second International Biennial For The Artist’s Book, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt.


2000


Performance, Zhang Huan’s My Australia, The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.



 


 

 

 

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