ARTISTS | Lynda Draper


Lynda Draper was born in Sydney and currently lives in the Illawarra region of NSW, Australia. She is primarily an object maker working in the ceramic medium. Lynda has received numerous national and international awards and grants including a Skills and Development grant and two New Work grants from the Australian Council for the Arts. Awards include: The Premier Acquisition Award at the 54th International Competition of Contemporary Ceramic Art, held at the International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy; 16th International Gold Coast Award, Gold Coast Regional Gallery and the sass & bide COFA Art Award held at COFA UNSW.

Lynda’s works are included in significant National and International collections including: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Artbank, Australia; International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy; Renwick Alliance Gallery, Smithsonian Institute Washington; Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) Victoria; FA Grue collection, Italy; Collection of the Dutch Royal Family; Myer foundation; Campbelltown City Art Gallery; Gold Coast City Art Gallery; University of Wollongong and the IAC Collection FLICAM Museum, Fuping, China.

Linda Draper, Barb, 2013, earthenware and glaze, 23x15x15cm


The Other, 2017

Sydney Contemporary, 2015

Summon, 2014

Home Altar, 2011

Early works

Available works:


The Other | An Exhibition By Lynda Draper

The Other | An exhibition by Lynda Draper

The Other LYNDA DRAPER 25 May - 1 July, 2017

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Born 1962, Sydney Australia. Lives Thirroul, NSW

2010          MFA (Research) University of NSW College of Fine Arts
2013          TAFE Cert IV in Training and Assessment
2006          MFA Award Scholar at University of NSW College of Fine Arts
1991           Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts – Sculpture, COFA UNSW
1987           Post Certificate, East Sydney Technical College
1984 – 85  Ceramic Certificate, East Sydney Technical College
1980 – 83  Bachelor of Education (Art) City Art Institute, UNSW

2016   Appointed as Head of Ceramics, National Art School, Sydney
2005   Lecture and Workshop, Ecole des Arts Decorative, Geneva, Switzerland
1989 – 2016   TAFE Art & Design (Ceramic) Sydney Institute
1999 – 1996   University of NSW School of Architecture (Painting, Drawing & Visual Communication)
1984 – 1996   Department of Education (Art Teacher)

2017  The Other, Gallerysmith

2014  Summon, Gallerysmith

2013  Revisit, Firstdraft, Sydney

2010  Home Altar, Gallerysmith
Sam, HOME ALTARED, Shepparton Art Gallery

2008  Kangaroo, Gallerysmith, Gallery 2

2006  Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

2005  Galerie Marianne Brand, Geneva, Switzerland

2003  Ceramic Art, Sydney

2002  Haecceity Arts, Melbourne

2001  Mura Clay Gallery, Sydney

1996  Mura Clay Gallery, Sydney

1993  Black Gallery, Sydney

1988  Breewood Gallery, Katoomba

1987  Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

Weird Ceramic, Gippsland Art Gallery, curated by Simon Gregg

Borne, Stanley St Gallery
602 Melbourne, represented by Gallerysmith
Collective Material, Craft Melbourne
Overundersidewaysdown, Manly Art Museum, curated by Glenn Barkley

Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks represented by Gallerysmith, Melbourne
TURN TURN TURN: The Studio Ceramics Tradition at the National Art School curated by Glenn Barkley
Biggie Smalls, curated by Toni Bailey, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Friends with Benefits, curated by Chris Dolman, Gallery
Gesture and the Hand: drawing from the Margaret Lawrence Australian Ceramic Collection, Blue Urchin Gallery, Victoria

Loose Canon, curated by Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Artbank, Sydney
Slow Burn, Kudos Gallery, Sydney
Compassionate Voices, Koskela Gallery. Sydney curated by Liane Rossler
Danger Will Robinson, Airspace, Sydney
Monuments to the Frontier Wars, Damien Minton, Sydney
The Course of Objects, Manly Art Gallery & Museum curated by Sue Ostling
Terra firma: The Inquisitive Collector, Chapter House Melbourne
The Democracy of Drawing, Airspace Projects, Sydney
Collectors Space, Art Month, the collection of Lisa Havilah & Glen Barkley.

Home & Hosed, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery
Zoologica, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

Cross-Pollination, COFA space, University of New South Wales
Man and Beast, Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney
Anim(us), Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney

SOFA, Chicago, USA, represented by John Natsoulas Gallery
CAA, San Franscisco USA, represented by John Natsoulas Gallery
The Narrative Knot, Manly Regional Gallery
IN CLAY, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery

Ceramics Trienniale, Manly Museum and Art Gallery
Ivy Troupes, Group exhibition curated by Melissa Loughnan, acga Gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne.
White Heat: Social, Political, Cultural issues, Manly Art Gallery and Museum
Stella Downer Fine Art, ceramics exhibition in conjunction with Ceramics Triennale  09

Wollongong City Gallery 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Wollongong City Gallery
IAC Members Exhibition, Qujaing exhibition centre, Xian, China
Rebirth, Gallerysmith, Melbourne
Salute, Fusions Gallery, Brisbane
Melbourne Art Fair with Stella Downer, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

Bloodlines: Art and the Horse, Curator Peter Fay, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery.
Celebration, Manly Art Gallery, Sydney.

Clay Statements, Verge – 11th National Ceramics Conference, Qld
Crust – Gold Coast Art Gallery traveling Exhibition
Sass & bide – COFA Art Award exhibition, COFA space, Sydney

54th Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica D’art, International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy
Europ’art, (Galerie Marianne Brand), Geneva

The Hollow and the Whole –Contemporary Ceramics, Delmar Gallery, Sydney
Vessel : Diverse, Quadrivium, Sydney

Surface, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney
White Out, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
Ceramics – The Australian & New Zealand Context, Campbelltown City Art Gallery
Hypercrafting, Monash University

Serenely Vital, Haecceity Arts

Ceramics – The Australian Context, Campbelltown City Art Gallery

Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne

4th Cairo International Biennale for Ceramics, National Art Centre of Fine Arts, Egypt

50th Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica D ‘art, Faenza Museum, Italy

Australian Ceramics at SOFA, Chicago, USA
Homebrand, Casula Regional Gallery

National Ceramic Symposium Exhibition, Canberra, ACT

Finalist – Gold Coast International  Ceramic Award
Finalist – Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Nominated – Museums & Galleries of NSW 2015 Imagine Award
Finalist – City of Hobart Art Award, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery

Finalist – Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Grant – Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant for Established Artists
Finalist – 62nd Blake Prize for Religious Art
Finalist – The Fishers Ghost Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre
Finalist – Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

2012, 2011, 2010
Finalist – Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Scholarship – Planex Scholarship COFA UNSW

Finalist – Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
Merit Award – Cowra Art Prize
Elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics

Finalist – Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramic Award, Shepparton
Winner – COFA Art Award – Sass & Bide
Scholarship – UNSW Research MFA

Grant – Australia Council VAFC Skills and Development
Premier Acquisition Award – 54th Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica D’art, International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy
International Ceramic Award, Carouge Museum, Switzerland

2nd Prize – Maroogal Women’s Art Prize

Acquisitive Award – 18th International Gold Coast Ceramic Award
Finalist – Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramic Award, Shepparton
Finalist – 19th International Gold Coast Award, Qld

2000, 2001, 1999
Winner – Port Hacking National Pottery Award

Winner (ceramics section) – Fisher’s Ghost Art Award1998
Grant – Australia Council VAFC New Work Grant

Winner – 16th International Gold Coast Award
Finalist – Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Award, Auckland Museum, NZ
Finalist – 16th International Gold Coast Ceramic Award, Gold Coast City Gallery, Qld
Winner (ceramics section) – Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown City Gallery

Finalist – Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award, Auckland Museum, NZ

Finalist – 3rd Commonwealth Bank National Ceramic Award, Canberra, ACT

Residency – Canberra School of Art in conjunction with the National Symposium of Young Ceramic Artists

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2009, 2003)
International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy (2005)
Collection of the Dutch Royal Family (1991)
Renwick Alliance Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, USA (2000)
F’A’Grue Collection Castelli, Teramo Italy (1997)
IAC Collection, FLICAM Museum, Fuping China (2008)
Shepparton Art Gallery, Victoria (2006)
Myer Foundation (1986)
Campbelltown City Art Gallery (1997)
Gold Coast City Art Gallery (1997, 2002)
University of Wollongong (2012, 2001)
Artbank (2014, 2016)
Bluestone collection, Melbourne (2016)

Hohe Luft Magazine, November 2016
Art Monthly, August issue 291, In Every Direction ‘Overundersidewaysdown’ At Manly, by Toni Warburton I
Art Collector , New Directions by Peter Hill, Issue 75, pg 142, Jan- March 2016

Journal of Australian Ceramics, Thinking Through Colour ,  by Madeleine Preston, pg 24 Vol 54 No 3 Nov 2015
Tom Polo Important Objects: a conversation with Lynda DraperStamm
Interview by Greg Swinger for USA podcast Final Friday
Sturgeon, Changed Material by Miriam Kelly, pg 37 Issue 3
Art Collector, If I could have…Glenn Barkley, pg 197 Issue 71, Jan-March 2015

Documentary Glazed &confused Ceramics in contemporary Art practice
Glazed and Confused, by Lynda Draper The Journal of Australian Ceramics The Journal of Australian Ceramics Vol 53 No 3, November‎ 19 Feb 2014
Manuscript, Issue X 2014, News, pg 22I
Ceramic Review, A Maker Greatly Missed, Janet Mansfield’s legacy by Inga Walton, issue 269, pg 43 September/October 2014
Vogue Australia, issue 09, September 2014, pg 166
The Course of Objects: The Fine Lines of Inquiry, The Journal of Australian Ceramics Vol 53, No1
The Age March 22 2014, Your Weekend : in the Galleries, Review by Dan Rule Lynda Draper, Summon, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

Home and Hosed, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Art Centre

Julie Bartholemew, ‘Beautiful Intent; Lynda Draper and Jacqui Hudson’,  Ceramics Art & Perception, December
Gerry Wedd, curator ‘The Narrative Knot Stories in Ceramics’ Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Ceramic Sculptures, 1st ed, Lark Studio Series. USA
The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Contemporary Ceramics at Hazelhurst, 50/2 July 2011 p 53& 54
IN CLAY, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, catalogue essay Karen Weiss

Home Altared by Kirsten Paisley Director Shepparton Regional Gallery Catalogue August- September
Incubate Issue 5 COFA UNSW

Past in the Present , Lynda Draper  presentation Australian Ceramics Triennale 09, conference paper, published on Craft Australia Website, Issue 44, August
Seven 21st Century Ceramists, Object 59, October, p 10
White heat: Social, Political, Cultural Issues catalogue essay by Julie Batholomew
Fluidity, Shift and Bloom: Understandings of an Oceanic Sublime in an Age of Ecological Collapse Conference, paper presented at the 2009 Venice Biennale,
The International Journal of the Arts in Society, 2009. 95-108.
500 Ceramic Sculptures: contemporary practice, Suzanne Tourtillott, Lark books, New York/ London.

Wonderland & the Irony of Memory, by Roderick Bamford, Ceramics Art & Perception. # 73

Celebration, Prue Venerables, catalogue essay, Manly Art Gallery & Museum

54th Premio Faenza, Lynda Draper, Ceramics Art & Perception, #62
Clay Statements, Exhibition Catalogue, By Patsy Hely
Crust, Exhibition Catalogue by Steven Baxter

The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol 44 # 2, Art Monthly Australia, June No 180

Whiteout, by Sarah Bond, The Journal of Australian Ceramics 43#2
The Hollow and the Whole, Sue Buckle, Journal of Australian Ceramics 43#1

Hyperlaughing, Dr R Nelson, Ceramic Art & Perception, #53
Hypercrafting, Dr R Nelson/ Dr C Headley, Exhibition catalogue

The Age, July 14, Visual Art, Serenely Vital, Haecceity Art, review by Peter Timms
Sydney Morning Herald, March 30, Exhibitions – Critics Pick, Courtney Kidd
Sydney Morning Herald, March 28, Irregular Desires, Galleries, Review by Courtney Kid
Contemporary Australian Design, Interiors, interactive CD ROM

Ceramics in the Australian Context, Jo Litson, Ceramics Art & Perception, Issue 38, Dec

Sydney Morning Herald, September 26 , Domain Illusions, Pottery in Australia, Vol 35 No 3

It’s Hard to Know, Ceramics Art & Perception, Mark Draper, # 18 Dec

Novissime Ingobita, Dr Enzo Biffi Gentilli, Ceramic Antica Anno 111 (32)n 10 Nov

Meaning and Colour, Mark Draper, Ceramics Art & Perception, # 5