HANNAH BERTRAM
Lives and works in Australia.

Hannah Bertram’s work is elegant, precious, unique and completely unattainable except for the few moments it is beheld by the eye. She is an unconventional artist whose work cannot be wrapped nor delivered. She uses dust, ash, dirty water and grime to create ornate and decorative installations, which exist briefly before being swept up, washed away or disposed of. At once breath taking but also fragile and impermanent, her pieces explore the concept of passing time and also question the value of art.

EDUCATION

2005
Master of Fine Art, RMIT

2003
Bachelor of Fine Art with distinction, RMIT

1998
Short Courses - Art Theory, Curtain University

1996
Diploma of Visual Art, Frankston TAFE

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010
The Silence of Becoming and Disappearing, Dianne Tanzer Gallery and Projects
The Silence of Becoming and Disappearing, 11 installations in private homes throughout Australia
Fragments (with Serge Clement), 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong
Blackfriars off Broadway, John Fries Memorial Prize winner, Sydney

2009
Now they are gone, I hold them, Dianne Tanzer Gallery

2008
An Ordinary Kind Of Ornament, Gershwin Hotel, New York
The Impermanent City, Melbourne City Museum

2007
An Ordinary Kind Of Ornament, Westspace
Things that come and go, Birraurung Artist in Residency
Ordinary Relics, Dianne Tanzer Gallery

2006
Preciousness, the poetry of transformation through ornamentation,
Upstairs Flinders at Flinders Lane Gallery

2004
Visible/Invisible, First Site Gallery

2003
False Principles of Decoration, Intrude 2, Melbourne Fringe Festival

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011
Art Paris + Guess 2011, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery (Hong Kong), Paris, France

2010
Sculpture Now!?!, Yarra Scultpure Gallery, Melbourne

2009
Decadence and Decay (The Mansion Project), Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, New Jersey
Zero & Not, fortyfive downstairs
Le Fil, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney

2008
Strange Facade, Gippsland Regional Gallery
Embodied Energy, Counihan Gallery
An Ideal for Living, Linden Gallery

2007
A Night of a thousand drawings, Artist Space, New York
Artefacts, Melbourne City Museum Gallery
Exploration 7, Flinders Lane Gallery
Mesh, Span Gallery
Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize

2006
Debris, Manningham City gallery
Float, Project Space / Spare Room
Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize

2005
How long is a short while? Area Contemporary Art Space Inc

2004
Siemens Scholarship Exhibition, RMIT Storey Hall Gallery
Phenomena, Conical

2003
Siemens Scholarship Exhibition, RMIT Storey Hall Gallery

 

AWARDS and GRANTS

2010
Winner of the John Fires Memorial Prize

2009 - 2010
Australia Council New Work Grant- allowed the artist to create ephemeral site sensitive dust works in 12 private homes throughout Australia.

2008
Janet Holmes A'Court Visual Arts Grant

2007           
City of Melbourne Arts Grant

2005            
RMIT School of Fine Art MFA Award

2003            
Siemens Undergraduate Travel Scholarship

2007            
Shortlisted. Hutchins Prize, Tasmania
Shortlisted. British Council Scottish International Scholarship

2004
Short listed. Siemens Postgraduate Scholarship

 

RESIDENCIES

200
Perth School Of Art Artist in Residence, Perth School of Art,

2008
Gershwin Hotel Artist in Residence, Gershwin Hotel, New York

2007
Laughing Waters Artist in Residence, Nillumbik Shire Council

2005
Rocketart Collaborative Artist in Residence.
Including collaborative exhibition with Niomi Sands
To the Nothings with the courage to turn into Something, Rocketart Gallery