Heather B Swann

Born 1961

Master of Fine Arts, University of Tasmania 2003


Solo Exhibitions

2018 sad mouse, c a v e s gallery, Melbourne

2018             I let my body fall into a rhythm, the Ian potter museum of art, Melbourne

2018             I let my body fall into a rhythm, BUoY Arts Center, Tokyo

2018             the waiting room, Michael Bugelli Gallery, Auckland

2018             the long rock, spring1883 michael bugelli gallery, melbourne  

2017             The Lullaby Suite, Spring1883 Michael Bugelli Gallery, Sydney

2017             Luna, Michael Bugelli Gallery, Hobart

2016             Nervous, National Gallery of Australia

2014             Nervous Preview, Medley Hall, Melbourne

2013             Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

2013             Family, Bett Gallery Hobart

2011             Bone, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

2009             Troublemaker, Kristian Pithie Gallery, Melbourne

2008             Sweet, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra

2005             Dog Eat Dog, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra

2004             Animal Behaviour, Dick Bett Gallery Hobart

2003             Night Creatures, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart

2003             Beastly, Crossley & Scott, Melbourne

2002              Night Creatures, Crossley & Scott, Melbourne

1999              Ex Voto, Gallery 482, Brisbane

1996              Paper Doll, Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart

1993              Kings of Wishful Thinking, Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018            sensual nature, fremantle art centre, western australia 

2018            intimate realities, shepparton art museum, victoria 

2017            Darkside, Alaska Projects, Sydney

2017            Belonging to the Night, The Stockroom, Kyneton, Victoria

2016            AIR, The Gallery at BACC, Brighton, Victoria

2016            CAVES, Melbourne

2016            Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Magic Object, Art Gallery of South Australia

2015            Spring 1883 Sydney 2015, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Establishment Hotel, Sydney

2015             Streetwise: Contemporary Print Culture, National Gallery of Australia

2015             21st Century Heide: The collection since 2000, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Victoria

2015             Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

2014            Solitaire, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Victoria

2014             Paul Guest Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria

2014             Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Gallery, Victoria

2013             Creep Show, Strange Neighbour, Melbourne

2012              I am Heathcliff, Daine Singer Gallery, Melbourne

                      Louise Bourgeois and Australian Artists, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Victoria

                      The Substation Contemporary Art Prize, The Substation, Melbourne

                      Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea: Queer Urban Tales, The Substation, Melbourne

                      Controversy, Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery

                      Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Art Gallery of Ballarat

                      Swan Hill National Print and Drawing Award, Swan Hill Regional Gallery

                      Voiceless 3, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney

                      National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

2011             Seven Things To Do In an Emergency, The British School at Rome

                     Text (as) Image, Level 17 Artspace, Melbourne

2010             Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

2009             Marcher sur les pelouses, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart

                     The Shilo Project, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne

2008             Who Let the Dogs Out? Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

                     Domain08, Alinga Street, Canberra

2007              A Room Inside, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne

2006              The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum

                      Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra, Sydney

2004              Palmer’s Kiss, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart

                      National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria

2003              Art/History, Woolmers Estate, Longford, Tasmania

                      The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Werribee Park, Victoria

2002              Three into One, Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, Hobart

                      Drawing the Line, Crossley & Scott, Melbourne

1999             Rosamund, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart

                      Days and Nights with Christ, IHOS Opera, Princes Wharf, Hobart

1996              Pulp: The Opera, Ihos Opera, The Paper Mill, Burnie

1995              Home/Body (When You Get Behind Closed Doors), Queen Victoria Museum and Art  Gallery, Launceston and Carnegie Gallery, Hobart


Selected Awards and Commissions

2015             Newcastle East Public School National Sculpture Award

2014             Drawing prize, Paul Guest Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery

2013             New Work Grant, Arts Victoria

2012             Drawing Award, Swan Hill National Print and Drawing Award

2011             Australia Council Studio, Rome

2010             Sculpture commission for Fender Katsalidis Architects, NewActon, Canberra

2007             Laneways Commissions, City of Melbourne

2005             Goddard Sapin-Jaloustre Scholarship, France: 8 month residency

1998              Rosamund McCulloch Scholarship, University of Tasmania, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France: 5 month residency



National Gallery of Australia


Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo

Latrobe University, Victoria

Royal Automobile Club of Victoria

Shepparton Art Museum

Swan Hill Regional Gallery

Heide Museum of Modern Art

University of Tasmania

City of Port Phillip, Melbourne

Art Gallery of South Australia

detached cultural organisation, hobart