Born 1949, Buxton, Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Anne Graham is an artist and Head of School of Fine Arts, Faculty of Arts and Education, at the University of Newcastle. Known principally for her public artworks and sculptural installations, a continuing theme in Graham’s work has been performance and interaction with the community. Her tent series, begun as a response to the Artspace project, ‘Working in Public with Walla Mulla’ (1992), often involves sustained interaction with communities, including displaced and marginal dwellers.

One aspect of Graham’s interactions has been collaboration with the subjects of her portraiture. In these works she collects possessions, photographs personal spaces and interviews the ‘sitters’ to develop a complex assemblage of material that provides a portrait of their life rather than their appearance.

In addition to this research-based performance and installation, Graham creates objects that function aesthetically and have a life of their own but carry with them the intensity of experience arising from the other activities. On occasion these are residues and by-products of the performance, experienced not as reliquaries but as unique and self-sufficient artworks.

Graham has held over 23 solo exhibitions, with representation in many prestigious national and international exhibitions, including the 2003 Echigo-Tsumari Necklace project, organised by Art Front Gallery, Tokyo; ‘Construction and Process’, an exhibition featuring artists from 25 countries held in Poland in 2000; and the 6th Biennale of Sydney: ‘Origins, Originality + Beyond’ (1986). In 1995, she held a solo exhibition at Tokyo’s Hinode-Machi Gallery as part of the residency exhibition programme.

Anne Graham is the recipient of many grants and awards, including the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Merit Award for Passage, 2000, located in Martin Place as part of the City of Sydney Sculpture Walk.

2006 Anne Graham, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2004 Anne Graham, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2003 Anne Graham: Selected Works 1983–2003, project manager John Walsh, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Bond University Gallery, Gold Coast, QLD
2002 Memory and Things, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
Memory and Things, School of Fine Art Gallery, University of Newcastle, NSW
The Cultivated Garden, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney
2001 Eating and Grooming, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Art and Food, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW
2000 The Silk Plaza, performance, Echigo-Tsumari Triennale, Japan
1999 People in Glass Houses, Royal Botanic Gardens, Historic Houses Trust, Sydney
1998 Timepiece, Sculpture Forum, Canberra
Tunnel Vision, Canberra School of Art Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra
1997 The Cooling Tower, Museum of Sydney, Historic Houses Trust, Sydney
The Macleay Women, Elizabeth Bay House, Historic Houses Trust, Sydney
Transitions, Melbourne Festival, VIC
1996 The Chain of Chambers, for Volt, Brisbane Festival, QLD
Off the Rails, Adelaide Festival, University of South Australia, Adelaide
1995 Sweat, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Sarashi, Hinode-Machi residency exhibition, Hinode Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Steriliser, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide
1994 Sweat, street performance, Manhattan, New York, USA
1993 Through the Glass, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Lap, Artspace, The Gunnery, Sydney
Toll, Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest, Sydney
1992 Noemata, Performance Space, Sydney
1991 Anne Graham, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1988 Sew What, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

2005 Black Epiphanies, Virginia Wilson Art in association with William Wright, Sydney
The Nine Dragons, 10th International Environment Art Symposium, Cheong-ju City Art Gallery, Daejeon, Korea
2004 Site: [unseen], Sherman Galleries at Danks Street, Depot Gallery, Sydney
2003–04 Life Stocking, Museum of Art, BYU University, Utah, USA
Tenth Anniversary Japan Cultural Centre Sydney, Celebrating Cross-Cultural Transformations, Archive project, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney 2001 The Cultivated Garden, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney
Space: Moons, Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest, Sydney
7th NICAF: International Contemporary Art Festival, Tokyo International Forum, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
2000 Soft House 2: Construction and Process, International Artists Museum, Poland
1999 Ten Faces of Australian Contemporary Art, Czech–Australian Cultural Alliance, Prague
Construction in Process: The Hide, International Artists Museum, Melbourne
Wardrobe, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, WA; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Performance Space, Sydney; Mad Love Gallery, Adelaide
Thin Skin, Performance Space, Sydney
1996 Parking: Caburetta, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Liverpool Regional Museum, Sydney
The Tamworth Fibre Biennale: Doing Time, Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW
A Sense of Place, Bede Gallery for Northern Arts, Newcastle, UK
The Beggars Banquet, A Progressive Dinner, Performance Space, Sydney
1995 Seven Histories of Australia, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
Doing Time, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Liverpool Regional Museum, Sydney
Compound Time, Canberra National Sculpture Forum, Canberra
The Nuns Pool, Viewers and Audiences, Wollongong Regional Gallery, NSW
1994 Working with the Wall, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney
1993 Hypothetically Public, Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest, Sydney
Black, Regional Galleries Touring Exhibition
Fifth Australian Sculpture Triennial, Melbourne
1992 Working in Public, Public Art Project, Artspace, Sydney
Transgressions, Australian National Gallery, Canberra
1991 Dissonance: Aspects of Feminism and Art, The Wharf, Sydney
1987 The Third Australian Sculpture Triennial, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1986 Biennale of Sydney, Pier 2, Sydney

2005 Walking on the Moon, Mount Stromlo Observatory, Australian National University (awaiting construction)
2003 The North Wing Project, collaboration with Alexander Tzannes and Associates,
Newcastle City Council, NSW
The Three Bowls, Tweed River Regional Art Gallery for Casuarina Development Corporation, NSW
2003 Snake Path, Echigo-Tsumari Triennale, Japan
The Seven Bowls, Nanatsugama, Nigata Prefecture, Japan
The Fishermen’s Table, Nanatsugama, Nigata Prefecture, Japan
2002 Wish Transmitter, Art Avenue, Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan
Tachikawa Calendar, Art Avenue, Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan
Hide and Seek, Art Avenue, Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan
Iwadeyama Station, Iwadeyama, Japan
2000 Passage, Martin Place, City of Sydney Sculpture Walk, Sydney Open Museum

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Brisbane City Gallery, QLD
Broken Hill Regional Gallery, NSW
Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW
University of Western Sydney, NSW
John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, WA
The Belgiorno-Nettis Collection
Corporate and private collections worldwide

Laura Murray Cree (ed.), Twenty: Sherman Galleries 1986–2006, Craftsman House (Thames and Hudson), Melbourne, 2006
Sally Couacaud, '2003 Echigo-Tsumari Triennial', Art & Australia, vol. 41, no. 4, winter 2004, pp. 535–7
Donna Brett, ‘Anne Graham: The alchemy of becoming’, catalogue essay, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, February 2004
Bruce Barber, ‘Marking the limit: Re-framing a micro-economy for the arts’, Parachute, 106,
Pub Integria, Canada, 2002
Susan Best, ‘Anne Graham’s Passing Through: Between performance and the object’, Eating and Grooming, Sherman Galleries, exhibition catalogue, 2001
Susan Best, ‘Elemental constructions: Women artists and sculpture in the expanded field’, in Adam Geczy & Benjamin Genocchio (eds), What is Installation? An Anthology of Writings on Australian Installation, Power Publications, The University of Sydney, 2001, pp. 193–95
Anne Graham, ‘Soft architecture’, in Elizabeth Mossop & Paul Walton (eds), City Spaces, Art and Design, Fine Art Publishing, Sydney, 2001, pp. 78–87
Elizabeth Farrelly, ‘A walk on the short-sighted side’, Sydney Morning Herald, 4 June 2001 Martin Thomas, ‘The cooling tower’, Uncertain Ground: Essays Between Art and Nature,
Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000
Juliana Engberg, ‘Breadline’, Artlink, vol. 19, no. 4, 2000
Louise Dauth, Site, Parliament House Construction Photography Project, Parliament House, Canberra, 2000
Susan Best, ‘Elemental constructions: Women artists and sculpture in the expanded
field’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, vol. 1, no. 2, September 2000
Sally Couacaud, ‘New look Martin Place’, City of Sydney Quarterly, Public Affairs Unit,
City of Sydney, 2000
Susan Best, ‘Public art in the Olympic City’, Architecture Australia, September – October 2000, p. 82
Dinah Dysart, ‘In house intervention’, Art & Australia, vol. 36, no. 3, 1999, pp. 350–59
Susan Best, ‘Art in other spaces’, Watch This Space: A Conference on Public Art,
in Deborah Malor & Heather Johnson (eds), Australian Journal of Art, Sydney, 1999, p. 73
Richard Thomas (ed.), The Bridge, Construction in Progress VI, International Artists
Museum, Melbourne, 1998
Paul McGillick, ‘The Bridge, Construction in Progress VI’, Monument, vol. 2, no. 5, 1998
Charles Green, ‘The Bridge, Construction in Progress VI’, Art and Text, August – October 1998
Sally Couacaud, ‘Sculpture Walk’, Architectural Review Australia, vol. 6, no. 5, 1998
Peter Emmett, ‘Harbourings: Remaking Sydney’s industrial landscape’, Australian Perspecta: Between Art and Nature, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1997
Gay Bilson, ‘The beggars banquet’, Object, winter 1996
Benjamin Genocchio, ‘Situations: The work of Anne Graham’, Telstra Adelaide Festival, 1996
Norrie Neumark, ‘A stitch in time’, Photofile, no. 46, 1995
Susan Best, ‘Walla Mulla Park’, Working in Public, exhibition catalogue, Artspace, 1994
Catriona Moore, On Women and Sexual Identity, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1994
Susan Best, ‘Space and sexuality’, Transitions, vol. 42, autumn 1994