Ross Coulter is an artist working on the traditional lands of the Yalukit Willam clan. He is a visual artist with a BFA (Hons) and MFA (Research) from the Victoria College of the Arts. Ross has exhibited widely in a variety of artist-run initiatives and public institutions locally and internationally including a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria and in a group exhibition at the Matsudai Nohbutai Arts Centre in Japan. In 2009-2010 Coulter developed and danced with Lucy Guerin Inc.’s production of Untrained, performing at the North Melbourne Meat Markets, the Sydney Opera House and at the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Coulter has received a number of awards and grants including the George Mora Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria and the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Traveling Fellowship for his 10,000 Paper Planes project. In 2013-2014 he undertook the 2 year studio residency program at Gertrude Contemporary. The recent focus of his work has been an exploration of photographic portraiture, performance and community participation. Ross has lectured in visual arts and photography for a several of years at different tertiary institutions including Monash University and Deakin University and has received a number of arts grants and awards.
“I create situations, event, environments and atmospheres that I photograph or video. Often I don’t know what the work will look like or what it means until later.”
2012-2014 MFA, Victorian College of the Arts
2004-2007 BA Fine Art (First Class Honours) Photography
Victorian College of the Arts
2018 Corporate Portraits, The Studio, Arts Centre, Warburton
2017 Audience, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
2016 Positions, Gertrude Glasshouse, Collingwood.
2015 iWork, Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary, Fitzroy.
2014 Spaces, Platform, Melbourne.
2013 Masters Graduate Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.
2010 Prelude, Seventh Gallery, Fitzroy.
2010 Multiplex, Techno Park, North Williamstown.
2009 Ad Hominen, West Space, Melbourne.
2008 MC VD, Seventh Gallery, Fitzroy.
2008 Man Running…, Center for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy.
2002 Based on a True Story, Flying Horse, Windsor.
2002 Based on a True Story, FUN – Under the Manhattan Bridge, New York City.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Roma & Ross, Musee du Strip, Carlton
2018 Figuratively Speaking, CCP, Fitzroy.
2018 Shakespeare Grove Artists Exhibition, Carlisle Street Art Space, St Kilda.
2018 Blindside B-Side, Fundraiser for Blindside ARI Melbourne.
2016 Lots Of Nudes, LON Gallery, Collingwood.
2016 West Space Fundraiser, West Space, Melbourne.
2016 CCP Fundraiser, CCP, Fitzroy.
2015 C3 Fundraiser, C3, Abbotsford.
2015 Gertrude Studios, Gertrude Contemporary, Fitzroy.
2015 Forgetting the Ordinary: The Last Straw, Blindside, Melbourne.
2015 Seventh Fundraiser, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne.
2015 Bus Fundraiser, Bus, Melbourne.
2015 West Space Fundraiser, West Space, Melbourne.
2014 Gertrude Studios (Pt. 1), Gertrude Contemporary, Fitzroy.
2014 Notes on Performance, The Art Incubator, Singapore.
2014 untitled (in absentia), Barim, Gwangju, South Korea.
2014 Something Happened, Kings ARI, Melbourne.
2014 Performing Absence, West Space, Melbourne.
2014 Formality, Trocadero, Footscray.
2013 Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
2013 Olive Cotton Portrait Prize, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah.
2013 Luminescence, The Windsor Hotel, Melbourne.
2013 Bowness Photographic Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Wheelers Hill.
2013 A4 Art Show, West Space, Melbourne.
2013 CCP Fundraiser, CCP, Fitzroy.
2013 Seventh Fundraiser, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne.
2013 Sedition – Bus Fundraiser, Bus, Melbourne.
2012 The Space Between Our Hands, Echigo-Tsumari Snow Art Project Matsudai, Japan.
2012 This Is Not A Love Song, Anna Pappas Gallery, Prahan.
2012 Forget ting the Ordinary, Sawtooth, Launceston.
2012 CCP Declares: At the Art Fair, Melbourne Art Fair, Carlton.
2012 CCP Declares: On the Nature of Things, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy.
2012 Clunky, Loose and Tight, Sutton Project Space, Fitzroy.
2012 Forgetting the Ordinary, Paradise Hills, Richmond.
2012 Enchanted Dome, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne.
2012 A4 Art Show, West Space, Melbourne.
2011 Body Language (Getting Lost in Translation), Bus Gallery, Melbourne.
2011 Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Traveling Scholarship, Margaret Lawrence Gallery – VCA, Melbourne.
2011 ANL Art Prize and Exhibition, Mission to the Seafarers, Southbank.
2011 Telepathy & Love: The Spanish Apartment, The Australia Council for the Arts Barcelona Studio, Barcelona, Spain.
2011 Telepathy & Love: The Spanish Apartment, West Space, Melbourne.
2011 Today Your Love, West Space, Melbourne.
2011 A4 Art Show, West Space, Melbourne.
2010 Imaging the Apple, AC Institute, NYC.
2010 Sub 12 Substation, Newport.
2010 A4 Art Show, West Space, Melbourne.
2010 Seventh Fundraiser, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne.
2009 The Body Electric (with Meredith Turnbull), Conical, Fitzroy.
2009 Seppuku, Lindberg Contemporary Art, Collingwood.
2009 Someone looking at something… ,West Space, Melbourne.
2009 We Only Ever Meet On The Astral Plane (with Michael Georgetti), Michael Koro Gallery, Melbourne.
2009 Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Traveling Scholarship, Margaret Lawrence Gallery – VCA, Melbourne.
2009 A4 Art Show, West Space, Melbourne.
2008 Fuck Your Heroes, West Space, Melbourne.
2008 Worlds End, Carlton Hotel, Melbourne.
2008 Play Heads, Alliance Française Gallery, St Kilda.
2008 Contemporary Australian Video Screening, Institute of Contemporary Art, London.
2008 Chris Doyle’s Ecstatic City Miniplex, (Melbourne International Arts Festival) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
2008 Prosthetic Animals, Cube 37, Frankston.
2008 Mono Brow, Hell Gallery, Richmond.
2008 A4 Art Show, West Space, Melbourne.
2007 Experimental & Conceptual Shorts Program, Melbourne International Film Festival.
2007 National Graduation Exhibition, Federation Square, Melbourne.
2007 Camera Obscura,TCB Gallery, Melbourne.
2007 Melbourne Operatic, Te Tuhi, Auckland, New Zealand.
2007 Melbourne Operatic, Loop, Melbourne.
2007 Hungry Like The Wolf, VCA Student Gallery, Melbourne.
2007 Athenaeum Club Award Exhibition, Athenaeum Club, Melbourne.
2007 VCA Graduation Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.
2006 Pleasantries, Alliance Française Gallery, St Kilda.
2006 Wallara Traveling Scholarship, Margaret Lawrence Gallery – VCA, Melbourne.
2006 VCA Graduation Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.
2006 Check This Video, Melbourne.
2005 ViDEO 24/7, @ Glitch, North Fitzroy.
2005 Making Conditions of Love, Melbourne Art Rooms, Port Melbourne.
2005 Proud 05, Margaret Lawrence Gallery – VCA, Melbourne.
2005 Dark Room, VCA Student Gallery, Melbourne.
2004 Tweed River Josephine Ulrich National Photographic Prize, Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, Tweed River.
2004 Proud 04, Margaret Lawrence Gallery - VCA, Melbourne.
2004 Photography Grad Show, Span Gallery, Melbourne.
2013 - 2015 Slide Night (various locations)
2008 Fuck Your Heroes, West Space, Melbourne.
2006 Check This Video, Melbourne.
2005 Dark Room, VCA Student Gallery.
2015 Storm Cloud, PSC, Southbank.
2015 An Instructive Introduction to the Basics of Dry Fly-Fishing for Trout on the River, for the exhibition Forgetting the Ordinary: The Last Straw, Blindside, Melbourne.
2011 10,000 Paper Planes, La Trobe Reading Room, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne.
2009 - 2010 Untrained, Lucy Guerin Inc. Dance Massive – Arts House Meat Markets, Melbourne. Spring Dance - Sydney Opera House. Adelaide Festival and APAM, Adelaide. Asia Pacific Dance Platform, Hong Kong, Awesome Festival, Perth.
Grants, Awards and Residencies
2018 Australia Council for the Arts Creation Grant
Yarra Ranges Council Arts Grant
2017 Shakespeare Grove Artist Studios, St Kilda
2014 - 2016 Gertrude Contemporary Studio Artist.
2014 City of Melbourne Arts Grant.
2013 Kozica-O’Callaghan Award.
2012 Echigo-Tsumari Artist-in-Residence Program, Japan.
2012-2013 Australia Postgraduate Award.
2011 Keith & Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship.
2010-2011 Georges Mora Foundation Fellow.
2010 Arts Victoria Creation (Visual Arts) Grant.
2009 Janet Holmes à Court Artist Grant.
2008 City of Melbourne Arts Grant (presentation).
2007 Orloff Family Charitable Trust Scholarship.
Alliance Française Award.
2006 National Gallery of Victoria Trustees Award.
2005 Proud 05 “Best Video Art Work” (ACMI).
Proud 05 “Highly Commended” (Tolarno Gallery).
Stella Dilger Encouragement Award.
1998 Community Broadcasting Association of Australia–“Best TV Entertainment”
1996 Community Broadcasting Association of Australia–“Best TV Entertainment”
1995 Community Broadcasting Association of Australia–“Best TV Entertainment”
2010 Director and producer of video interview for John Meade’s traveling survey exhibition “Objects to Live By: The Art of John Meade.”
National Gallery of Victoria.
The State Library of Victoria.
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra.
The Victorian College of the Arts – University of Melbourne.
2013 - 2015 Co-founder and co-curator of Slide Night
2009 - 2012 Member of West Space Program Committee
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