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Colin Langridge

an art practice reflects that reflects the artist's interest in ontology


Colin Langridge’s art practice is varied but predominately reflects his interest in ontology – how artworks can reveal aspects of being not usually noticed. Through his artworks he pursues the relationship between knowledge and indeterminacy. Though he has explored other artistic strategies he is best known for coopered wooden vessels that sit somewhere between the organic and the manufactured.

Originally from WA he has been working in Tasmania since 2000 he has exhibited nationally and internationally. Colin researched ontological questions regarding sculpture through an MA and a PhD at The Tasmanian School of Art in Hobart where he has taught on a casual basis in the Sculpture Department since 2005.

He has won several awards – notably the Rosamund McCulloch studio residency in Paris, the Australia Council Residency in Rome and the City of Hobart Art Prize in 2011. Colin has also completed several public art commissions and his work is held in private, public and international collections.


2006 PHD, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, Hobart
2002 Masters of Fine Art, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, Hobart
1998 Honors in Sculpture BA Fine Art, Curtin University, Perth
1991 Bachelor of Fine Art, Curtin University, Perth

2014 Others, Devonport Regional Gallery
Augmentor II, Devonport Regional Gallery
2010 Agency, Colville Gallery, Hobart
2009 Concordia, Colville Gallery
2006 Nothing Without You, Kelly’s Garden, Hobart
Snag, Kings ARI, Melbourne
2004 Snug, Inflight Gallery, Hobart
1998 Making Space, Moores Building, Perth

2013 Augmentor, Outward ARI, Launceston
City of Hobart Art Prize, TMAG, Hobart
2012 Sculpture Now, Colville Gallery
2011 Design Biennale, Long Gallery, Hobart & Design Centre, Launceston
City of Hobart Art Prize, TMAG
Faraway Neighbor, Flux factory, New York
2010 Installs, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart
Green, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
Zero, Pomenia Gallery, Launceston
2009 The Wentworth Project, Palimpsest 7, Mildura
City of Hobart Art Prize, TMAG
Test, 146 Arts Tasmania Gallery, Hobart
marcher sur les pelouses, Plimsoll Gallery
Onalog, Plimsoll Gallery
2008 The Stuff of History, Plimsoll Gallery
Fold, CAST Gallery, North Hobart
Ephemeral Art at the Invisible Lodge, Friendly Beaches, Tasmania
2007 Port Arthur Project, Ten Days on the Island festival, Tasmania
Party at the American Academy, British School at Rome, Italy
2006 Object, Devenport Regional Gallery, Tasmania
Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award
Woollahra Sculpture Prize, Sydney
2005 Peppermint Bay Sculpture Prize, Woodbridge, Tasmania
Letitia Street Studios, Plimsol Gallery
2004 Bodybag, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart
Sculpture Trail, Mountain Sculpture Festival, Hobart
2003 Bodybag, Academy Gallery, Launceston
Woollahra Sculpture Prize, Sydney
Future Perfect, Bett Gallery, North Hobart
2002 The Shape of Air, Plimsol Gallery
Mountain Sculpture Festival, Hobart
Creative Landscapes, Panorama Vineyard, Tasmania
Seven Warehouses, Long Gallery, SAC
2001 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney
The Shed, CAST Gallery
Sculpture by the Sea, Tasman peninsular
2000 Gravitate, Lawrence Wilson Gallery, Perth
Lumpen, Long Gallery, SAC
1999 Albany Art Prize, Albany
1998 Mosman Park Art Award, Perth
CURT, John Curtin Gallery, Perth
Sculpture by the Sea, Albany

2014 Solo Commission Exhibition, Devonport Regional Gallery
2013 Assistance to Individuals Grant, Arts Tasmania
Community Grant for Koonya Garlic Festival, Tasman Council
2012 Exhibition Development Fund Grant, for Subtle at CAST
2011 City of Hobart Art Prize, 1st Prize Category Wood
Artsbridge Grant, Arts Tasmania
2010 Professional Development Travel Grant, Gordon Darling Foundation
2009 Brooker Highway Beautification Project, Glenorchy, Public Art Commission
Artsbridge Grant, Arts Tasmania
2008 Exhibition Development Fund Grant, for Dis-covery at SAC
2007 British School in Rome Artist Studio Residency, Australia Council
2006 Sculptural Ship Project, Port Arthur Historical Site, Public Art Commission
Exhibition Development Fund Grant, for Liminal at Carnegie Gallery
2005 Kingborough Council Acquisitive Award, Peppermint Bay Sculpture Prize, Tasmania
Visual Arts Grant, Fold exhibition, Arts Tasmania
2004 Grand Tourer, Rosny High School, Public Art Commission
2003 Rosamund McCulloch Studio Residency in Paris, Tasmanian School of Art
Goddard Sapin-Jaloustre Scholarship Trust Award, Hobart
Cultural Grant Award, Painting the Home exhibition, Hobart City Council
2002 APA Scholarship, PHD University of Tasmania
2001 Directors Prize, Sculpture by the Sea, Tasman Peninsula
Curatorial Mentorship Award, CAST

2014 Curator Subtle, Contemporary Art Tasmania (CAT)
Touring and Exhibitions Coordinator (2010-14) CAT
Sessional Teacher (2005-14), Tasmanian School of Art, UTAS
Coordinator CAT Curatorial Mentorship Program (2009-14)
Director Koonya Garlic Festival
2013 Co-curator, Acts of Exposure, TMAG/CAT
AIR Program mentor, managed through Arts Tasmania
Provocateur/guest speaker Situate Art in Festivals, SAC
2011 Curator Dis-covery, SAC (NETS national tour)
2010 Curator Conceptual, CAST
Program Coordinator (2009-10), CAST
Brooker Highway Beautification Strategy – Design Team (2009-10), Glenorchy
2009 Attended Australia Regional Galleries Summit, Townsville
Represented CAST Touring at NETS meeting, Townsville
2008 Curator Liminal, Carnegie Gallery (NETS national tour)
Acting Exhibitions Officer, CAST
2007 Associate Lecturer Sculpture Studio, Tasmanian School of Art, UTAS
Exhibitions Coordinator (2006-07), SAC
2006 Curator Quote, Long Gallery, SAC
Coordinator Artforum Program (2004-06), Tasmanian School of Art, UTAS
2005 Coordinator Isolation/Solitude: Tasmanian Wilderness Residencies group exhibition for the
Salamanca Arts Centre/10 Days on the Island Festival, Hobart
Guest speaker for Arts At Work Emerging Artist Program, Hobart
2004 Gallery assistant (2000-04), Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
2003 Co-curator Painting the Home, INFLIGHT, ARI Gallery, Hobart
2002 Curator Clearing, CAST, Hobart and Academy Gallery, Launceston
2002 CAST Exhibition Program Committee
1991/2 Co-founder of The Plain Bland Gallery and The Art Market artist run initiatives, Perth

2014 The Advocate, August 16
2010 Green by Jude Abell, Artlink, 30, 3
Agency by Clyde Selby, The Mercury Magazine, Sept 18th
2008 Objects unearth lure of nature by John McDonald, The Sydney Morning Herald, Feb 23rd p.16
Seven View Change by Clyde Selby, The Mercury Magazine, March 15th p.8
2007 Pallid whispers in the place of outrage by Peter Timms, The Australian, March 29th p.36
2005 Snug: Colin Langridge, by Briony Downes, Eyeline, 56, Summer 2004/05, p.50
2003 Archer wants intimacy, not perfection, by Andrew Darby, The Age, March 26th, p.6
2002 Open by Anthony Curtis, Arts Review in Togatus, 73, 1
The Shape of Air, by Kit Wise, Artlink, 22, 3, p.94
Clearing by Briony Rhodes, Artlink, 22, 4, p.96
Seven Warehouses by Maria Kunda, Artlink, 22, 4, p.86
2001 Shed by David Hume, Artlink, 21,3, p.96
1999 Galleries by Robert Cook, The West Australian – Today, Nov 10th, p.8

Devonport Council, Tasmania
Port Arthur Historical Site, Tasmania
Kingborough Council, Tasmania
Hobart City Council, Tasmania
Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania
Rosny High School, Tasmania
Private Australian and International collections

2014 Subtle, catalogue essay, CAT
Romantic Conceptualism, catalogue essay, CAT
2011 Dis-covery, catalogue essay, SAC
2010 Conceptual, catalogue essay, CAST
2009 Act, catalogue essay for Brigita Ozolins exhibition Codex, Carnegie Gallery
2008 Liminal, catalogue essay, Carnegie Gallery
2007 Warporn, p.105, Artlink, Vol 27 No 1March
2006 Quote, catalogue essay, SAC
2005 Ill and Vexed-Modernity Makes Me Sick, p.86, Artlink vol 25 no3 September
Resonator, Un-Magazine, Vol 6,
Found Again, catalogue essay, Rocketart ARI, Newcastle
2003 Painting the Home, catalogue essay, Inflight ARI
2002 Clearing, catalogue essay, CAST

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Garden Path, a painting by Zsuzsa Kollo, 2010
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Colville Gallery


91a Salamanca Place, Battery Point

Specialising in modern and contemporary Tasmanian and Australian artists.