group exhibitions

selected

2021      

The National, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Flesh After Fifty, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne

A World of One's Own, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC

Fest Anca, Slovakia

Film Festival Breman, Germany

Burnt Experimental Video Art Festival, Montreal, Canada

Little Islands Festival, Greece

2020   

Cut It! Collage to Meme, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLD

Queer Contemporary, National Art School Galleries, Sydney

2019      

Being Human Wellcome Trust permanent exhibition, London UK

Cementa, Kandos biannual festival/exhibition, NSW

Here We Are, Art Gallery of NSW
KuirFest, Bi’bak Gallery, Berlin, Germany

The Dora Ohlfsohn Commission, Art Gallery of NSW Channels Video Art Biennial, Melbourne
52 Artists, 52 Actions, Artspace, Sydney

2018      

Who We Are Now, The Oratory, Liverpool UK

Craftivism Shepparton Art Museum (touring 2019-2020)

Spaced3: North by Southeast, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

2017     

 Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art & Feminism ACCA, Melbourne Australia

Bideodromo Festival, Sarean Cultural Centre, Bilbao, Spain
Moving Histories//Future Projections, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, QLD, National tour to 2019

Festival of (In)appropriation, Los Angeles USA (touring USA and Canada)

2016      

London Experimental Film Festival

National Works on Paper Award Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. Winner, Acquisition Award.

The Art of Parts Art Gallery of NSW

2015      

Biennale of Thessaloniki

Open One, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool UK

Ghostwriter Project, Museum of Transitory Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Performance Presence/Video Time Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide

MONA FOMA, Hobart, TAS

2014      

Biennale of Sydney

Zero Tolerance, MOMA PS1, NYC

TarraWarra Biennial, (in boat-people artist collective)

Ada & After, ICA, London

2013      

Meine Liebe Schwan, ACC Galerie, Weimar, Germany

Cut with the Kitchen Knife Gippsland, Swan Hill Art & Central Goldfields Galleries (tour)

2012      

Contemporary Australia: Women Gallery of Modern Art/Queensland Art Gallery Brisbane

Festival Imagem-Contato, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Urban Festival, The Mosque, Zagreb, Croatia

2011       

Burn What You Cannot Steal Gallery Nova, Zagreb, Croatia

From Blank Pages Art Space Pool, Seoul, Korea

2010      

An das Gerät! Halle 14, Baumwollespinnerei, Leipzig, and Galerie ACC Weimar, Germany

Crosstalk Video Art Festival 2010 Budapest, Hungary

awards and

residencies

selected

2021     

Recipient, Sydney Opera House Artist Commission

Recipient, Destination NSW Solstice Festival Commission

2020     

Shortlisted, Fivex Public Art Prize, Melbourne 

Finalist, National Works on Paper Award MPRG

Artist in Residence C-Lab, Arts House, Melbourne

Recipient, Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant

Recipient, Create NSW New Work Grant

Recipient, City of Sydney Project Grant

2019      

Winner, Fotogenia Dulac Avant Garde Award (first prize) Mexico City 

International Artist in Residence Wellcome Trust, London Nov-Dec

2018     

Artist in Residence: Noosa Regional Gallery QLD; Bankstown Arts Centre NSW; Bundanon Trust NSW; Cementa NSW

2017      

Artist in Residence, Kvindemuseet, Aarhus, Denmark for the European Capital of Culture program

2015      

Winner, Cayte Latta LGBTIQ Visual Arts Award

2012      

Winner, Albury Art Prize

2011       

Research Fellow, Copyright Agency Limited

reviews/

critical writing

Critical engagement in recent books and journals here.

solo exhibitions
selected

2021      

The Gods of Tiny Things, Australian Centre of the Moving Image, Melbourne (Jul-Oct)

CREATION: SONG, Antidote Festival, Sydney Opera House (Sep)

CREATION: Installation and performance, The Lockup Gallery, Newcastle (Oct)

CREATION: Event and exhibition, Lismore Regional Gallery (Nov)

CREATION: Publication and exhibition, Griffith University Art Museum (forthcoming 2022)

The Monstrous and the Sublime (with James Gleeson), Wagner Contemporary, Sydney

2020    

Deborah Kelly VS the Archive, Cross Arts Projects, Sydney (postponed Covid-19)

Always Coming Home, Finkelstein Gallery, Melbourne (postponed Covid-19)

2019      

Magical Thinking, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney (online)

2018      

No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory) tour: Twelve city / regional galleries, 2014-2018

Life in the Ruins, Fabian + Claude Walter Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

2017      

Venus Envy, Kvindemuseet, Aarhus, Denmark

2016      

Scenes From The Death of Books, Galleries UNSW

2015      

Deborah Kelly: Bodies of Work, Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewer’s Bequest, NSW

2014      

The Miracles, Tweed Heads Regional Gallery, touring to WPCC Dubbo, BRAG Bathurst, Counihan Gallery Melbourne

Between Thresholds, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin

2011       

Make More Monsters, Artspace, Sydney

2009     

Deborah Kelly, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide

Big Butch Billboard, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

installation/

performative

works

selected

2021      

CREATION: the collective dance commissioned by Solstice Festival/MCA, Sydney

CREATION: the Liturgy presented at Queer Nu Werk, Performance Space, Sydney NSW

2020      

CREATION: the Dance, group-devised dance project with Angela Goh for Liveworks, Carriageworks NSW

2019      

 Women With Knives, durational community collage learning-teaching collaboration for the Cementa Festival

2018      

 The Gods Of Tiny Things, landscape installation, public collaboration animation + music for Siteworks Festival

2017       

Imagining A Future, durational workshop-based collaboration with Kirsten Kjaers Museum, Denmark

2015       

Kampung Kolase, collaborative collage performance/installation on Siliwangi Bridge village, West Java

2014       

Lucy, Olivia, Emma collaborative portrait performance work commission for Bill Gates Foundation, Seattle USA

2009      

Tank Man Tango, dancing memorial for the Tiananmen Square protests, performed in 24 cities on 4/6/2009

2001-10 

BOAT-PEOPLE, co-founder of unauthorised performance/intervention artist protest group