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Pat Brassington

Australia’s most highly respected and influential photomedia artist creating surreal imagery that blurs the boundaries of reality and fantasy, desire and repulsion


Pat Brassington was born in 1942 in Tasmania, where she continues to work and live today. She has been producing images for over 30 years and is considered one of Australia’s most highly respected and influential photomedia artists.

Celebrated for a unique aesthetic, Pat’s surreal images blur the boundaries of reality and fantasy, desire and repulsion. Dominated by the recurring themes of interior and domestic spaces and strange bodily mutations on predominantly female forms, Pat’s images rouse a sense of disquiet. They open up like a flower, gorgeous and dream-like, then morph into a psychological Rorschach.

Pat won the prestigious Bowness Photography Prize in 2013. She has been featured extensively in national and international exhibitions, including Á Rebours, a major survey exhibition at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in 2012, which toured to the Australian Centre for Photography (2013), the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (2014) and The Devonport Regional Gallery (2014). Her work is held in numerous private and public collections.


Select items from year 2000 onwards, click here to view Pat’s full CV.


2014 – A Rebours, Devonport Regional Art Gallery, Devonport 2014 – A Rebours, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
2013 – In search of the marvellous, Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania, Hobart
2013 – Quill, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2012 – Pat Brassington, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia
2012 – A Rebours, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
2012 – Pat Brassington, Stills Gallery, Sydney
2010 – Pat Brassington, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne
2010 – Pat Brassington, Stills Gallery, Sydney
2009 – A Perfect Day, Criterion Gallery, Hobart
2008 – Pat Brassington, Survey Show, the Lonnstrom Art Museum in Rauma, Finland
2007 – Heat, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne
2007 – Pat Brassington, Institute of Modern Art, Queensland
2007 – Cambridge Road, Stills Gallery, Sydney
2006 – The Sweet Hereafter, Criterion Gallery, Hobart
2005 – In the Same Vein, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne
2005 – You’re so vein, Stills Gallery, Sydney
2003 – Pat Brassington, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2003 – A Little Waltz, Stills Gallery, Sydney
2002 – Pat Brassington: Works in Progress, Ian Potter Museum of Art; University of Melbourne and Carnegie Gallery, Hobart
2002 – Default Blue, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
2001 – Gentle, Stills Gallery, Sydney
2001 – Gentle, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne


2012 – Flatlands and everyday Space, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2012 – Parallel Collisions, 2012 Adelaide Biennale, Art Gallery of SA, Adelaide
2012 – Theatre of the World, MONA, Hobart
2011 – Journeys, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
2011 – The Devil Had a Daughter, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne
2011 – Install, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart
2011 – Pingyao International Photography Festival, China
2011 – Pat Brassington, WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle
2010 – Generosity of Spirit, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane
2010 – Feminism Never Happened, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
2009 – Dark Dreams and Fluorescent Flesh, SASA Gallery, Adelaide
2009 – Trust, Ten Days on the Island at Runnymede, Hobart
2008 – 50X50 summer show, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne
2008 – Bal Taschit: Thou Shalt Not Destroy, Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne
2008 – Dream Home: the domestic in current art practice, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
2008 – Parallel, Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre and touring nationally
2008 – Bit Perfect, City of Fremantle Art Collection Gallery, Freemantle
2008 – Moving Forward…, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Western Australia
2008 – Melbourne Art Fair, Victoria
2007 – Human, Hous Gallery, Chelsea, New York
2007 – The Betty Quelhurst Gift Exhibition, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane
2006 – Before the Body – Matter: Works from the Monash University Collection, MUMA, Melbourne
2006 – The Tallis Foundation, 2006 National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
2006 – Extra-Aesthetic: 25 views of the Monash University Collection, MUMU, Melbourne
2006 – Light Sensitive: Contemporary Australian Photography from the Loti Smorgon Fund, National Gallery of Victoria
2005 – Resonator, Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
2005 – Print Matters – 30 years of the Shell Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, Freemantle
2005 – Points of View: A Survey of Australian Photography 1985-95, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2005 – MCA Collection: New Acquisitions in Context, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2005 – Uncanny (the unnaturally strange), Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand
2005 – In Focus: Contemporary Women Photo-artists, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, N.S.W.
2004 – On Reason and Emotion, 2004 Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Art Gallery of N.S.W. and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2004 – Supernatural Artificial, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan and toured to Thailand and Vietnam
2004 – Pressing Flesh: Skin, Touch, Intimacy, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand
2004 – The Line Between Us: The material relation in contemporary photography, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne
2004 – Penumbra, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Melbourne
2004 – Imaging the Apple, RMIT University, Project Space, Melbourne
2003 – Anxious Bodies, Art Gallery of N.S.W, Sydney
2003 – Jet: Digital Art Prints, Devonport Gallery and Art Centre, Tasmania
2003 – Make-believe – Photographic Fictions, Sir Herman Black Gallery, Sydney
2003 – Second Sight…, Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria
2002 – Jet: Digital Art Prints, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart
2002 – Photographic Australia, ARCO 2002, Sala del Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, Spain
2002 – Love at First Sight, Contemporary Centre for Photography, Melbourne
2002 – Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968-2002, Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria
2001 – Poets and Painters, Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart
2001 – The Lightness of Being…, Neue Berliner Kunstverein/NBK and touring to Dresden, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart and Monash University Gallery, Melbourne
2001 – Pinhole to Pixel, The Sir Herman Black Gallery, University of Sydney
2001 – Australian Paper Art Awards 2001, The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne
2000 – Telling Tales: The Child in Contemporary Photography, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne and touring nationally
2000 – World without end: Photography and the 20th Century, Art Gallery of N.S.W, Sydney

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2 Wellington Street, Launceston

A sweeping showcase of work by female artists.

Past events

Pearl by Pat Brassington
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EN ROUTE – Pat Brassington


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‪Level 1 /65 Murray Street‬, Hobart

art opening, photomedia, surreal,
Selected works in 40 Years of collecting featuring Edith Holmes, Jill Ferral, Owen Lade, Philip Wolfhagen, Patrick Grieve & Anne Morrison
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Salon Tour

Workshops + seminars

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45-47 Stewart Street, Devonport

Join the curators, Ellie Ray and Emily Kennel on a tour of 40 Years of Collecting: DCC Permanent Collection
TIAF2015 Mad women in the attic
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Mad women in the attic?


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Centre for The Arts, Hunter Street

A Feminist Revisioning of the Archive
The secret
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A Rebours


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45-47 Stewart Street, Devonport

An exhibition of works by Pat Brassington
Gallery install shot
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Bett Gallery


‪Level 1 /65 Murray Street‬, Hobart

Museum quality contemporary Tasmanian art