donna davis

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Donna Davis is a multi-discipline artist intrigued with the idea of connection and networks, her work explores the nexus between art and science with a particular focus on natural and social ecologies.

 

Working across sculpture, installation and digital media Donna captures and creates sites of ecological observation in order to provide new ways of ‘seeing’; creating new connections in the mind of the viewer that may challenge their ecological discourse.

 

She completed her Bachelor of Arts (ART) at Curtin University and has works held in both public and private collections.  She has exhibitied widely in both solo and selected group exhibitions; and has had her work feature in both state and national touring exhibitions.

 

Donna is currently working with Mycologists from the Queensland Herbarium, developing a new body of work entitled ‘Unseen’; a project that explores relationships between plants and fungi with reference to the endangered Swamp Tea-tree population at Purga Nature Refuge, Ipswich.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts (ART) Curtin University of Technology

 

ART FORM

Sculpture, Installation, Assemblage, Digital Media

 

EXHIBITIONS

     Solo Exhibitions

 2016        The Plant Room, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, 7 December - 29 January 2017

 2015        Beyond the Seed, Richard Randall Studio, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha, 21 - 29 March

2014        Escaping the Extinction Vortex (The Plant Room revisited), Queensland Herbarium, 19 - 25 August

            2013        The Plant Room, Richard Randall Studio, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha, 6-16 December

2012-13   Objects & Mementos, Artslink Touring Exhibtion

                  World Theatre Gallery, Charters Towers, QLD, Sept/Oct 2012

                  Mount Isa Civic Centre & Museum, QLD, Oct/Nov 2012

                  Logan Art Gallery, QLD, Jan/Feb 2013

                  Moranbah Art Gallery, QLD

                  Pine Rivers Art Gallery QLD, 2013

            2011         Ipswich Portraits: Objects & Mementos, Ipswich Community Gallery, QLD - July

            2010        Hidden Realms, Drawing Point Gallery, QLD - December

 

      Selected Group Touring Exhibitions

2016        Cream of the Crop, 2016 Flying Arts Queensland Touring Exhibition

              Warwick Art Gallery, February, 21 January - 28 February

              Gallery 107, Dalby, 12 March - 10 April

              Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, April

              Roma Art Gallery, 24 June - 7 August

              Munduberra Regional Art Gallery, 26 August - 19 October

              Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery, 1 November - 2 December

              Tablelands Regional Art Gallery, 16 December - 29 January 2017

2014-16   Bimblebox: art - science  - nature, National Touring Exhibition

Redland Art Gallery, QLD, 18 May - 29 June 2014

              Dogwood Crossing @ Miles, QLD, 25 July - 23 September 2014

              Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, WA, 4 October - 23 November 2014

              Flinders University City Gallery, SA, 5 December - 8 February 2015

              South Coast Regional Arts Centre, Goolwa, SA, 17 February - 10 April 2015

              Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, QLD, 18 April - 8 June 2015

              Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, QLD, 27 June - 15 August 2015

              Rockhampton Art Gallery, QLD, 29 August - 11 October 2015

              Artspace Mackay, QLD, 23 October - 6 December 2015

              New England Regional Art Museum, NSW, 5 February - 24 April 2016

              The University Gallery, University of Newcastle, NSW, 4 May - 11 June 2016

              Manly Art Gallery & Museum, NSW, 1 July - 4 September 2016

              Logan Art Gallery, QLD, 14 October - 26 November 2016

2015        Vital Signs, 2015 Flying Arts Queensland Touring Exhibition

              Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Fortitude Valley

              Tablelands Regional Gallery, Atherton, 31 March - 3 May

              Texas Regional Art Gallery, 19 May - 14 June

              Chinchilla White Gums Art Gallery, 10 July - 5 August

              Gympie Regional ARt Gallery, 18 August - 1 October

              TYTO Regional Gallery, Hinchinbrook, 20 November - 9 January 2016

            2014        Living Change, 2014 Queensland touring Exhibition : Flying Arts

Dogwood Crossing @ Miles; Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery; The Centre, Beaudesert;
Grassland Art Gallery; Childers Art Space

            2013       Essential Character of Queensland, 2013 Queensland Touring Exhibition : Flying Arts

Roma Community Arts Centre; Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum;
Mundubbera Regional Art Gallery; Texas Regional Art Gallery; White Gums Art Gallery;
State Library of Queensland

 

      Selected Group Exhibitions

            2016

 People & Places, Ipswich Community Art Gallery, QLD, 5 January -  22 January

 

     2015

     Biodiversity / Extinction, New York Hall of Science, USA, 10 October 2015 - 26 February 2016

     Sunshine Coast Environmental Art Prize, Arts & Ecology Centre, Maroochy Botanic Gardens, November

     Sunshine Coast Art Prize, QLD, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, August - October

     Residence, EcoScience Precinct, Brisbane, 13 - 27 August

     Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast Art Gallery, 6 December 2014 - 8 February 2015

2014

                            Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, QLD  - August

                            Art : Science, Ecoscience Precinct (CSIRO), QLD - August

                            Moreton Bay Regional Art Prize, QLD - May

                            Stanthorpe Art Prize, QLD - February

            2013

                            Art : Science, Ecoscience Precinct (CSIRO), QLD - August

                            document;//bimblebox, Sawtooth Gallery, Launceston, TAS - April

            2012

                            dialogue, Swich Contemporary Art Space, QLD - April

                            Stanthorpe Art Prize, Stanthorpe Regional Gallery, QLD - January

            2010

                            Size Matters, Swich Contemporary Art Space, QLD - November

                            Future Nurture, Toowoomba Regional Gallery, QLD - September/October

                            Changing Perceptions, Ipswich Community Gallery, QLD - April

                            Transforming Space: Project No. 1, Swich Contemporary Art Space - December/February

 

PRIZES & AWARDS

2015

    Major Prize Winner, Sunshine Coast Envrionmental Art Prize

      Finalist Sunshine Coast Art Prize

2014

                            Finalist Sunshine Coast Art Prize

                            Finalist Moreton Bay Regional Art Awards

                            Second place: Photography, Ipswich Art Awards

            2013

                            Best of Show: Photography, Ipswich Art Awards

                            Second Place: Sculpture, Ipswich Art Awards

                            Finalist Flying Arts, Queensland Regional Art Awards

                            Finalist Moreton Bay Regional Art Awards

                            Ipswich Art Gallery Acquistion Prize, Ipswich Art Awards

            2012

                            Winner: Wayne Kratzman Art Prize, Queensland Regional Art Awards

                            Highly Commended: Sculpture, Ipswich Art Awards

            2011

                            Objects & Mementos exhibition selected to tour as part of 2012/13 Artslink’s Touring Program

                            Best of Show: Photography, Ipswich Art Awards

                            First place: Sculpture, Ipswich Art Awards

            2010

                            First place; Photography, Ipswich Art Awards

            2009

                            Highly Commended: Photography, Ipswich Art Awards

                            Ipswich Art Gallery Acquisition Prize, Ipswich Art Awards

 

RESIDENCIES

2015        Art / Science Collaboration Queensland Herbarium - Mycology Department

     2014        Artist-in-residence Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha

     2013        Artist-in-residence Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha

            2012        Bimblebox Artist-in-residence, Bimblebox Nature Reserve, September

 

GRANTS

            2015        RADF Concept Development - Unseen Project

2012        RADF Concept Development - The Plant Room Project

            2011        RADF Professional Development - Digital Storytelling

            2010        RADF Concept Development - Ipswich Portraits Project

 

COLLECTIONS

            City of Ipswich Collection, Ipswich Art Gallery, QLD

            SWICH Contemporary Art Space Collection, QLD

            Wayne Kratzman Collection, QLD

            Milanovic Neale Consulting Engineers, QLD

Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, QLD

     Private collections

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