Sylvia Griffin | Curriculum Vitae

Education (selected)

2019, 2024Marble carving course, Carrara, Italy (create NSW 2019 Grant)
2013-2017Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Doctor of Philosophy. Thesis title: "Inscribing Memory: Art and the Place of Personal Expressions of Grief in Memorial Culture"
2012Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Master of Fine Art
2010Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Master of Studio Art

Awards, Prizes, Grants

2024Finalist, North Sydney Art Prize (11 May – 2 June)
2023Finalist exhibition, Hidden Rookwood Sculptures (21 October – 20 November)
2023Finalist exhibition, Dobell Drawing Prize, Sydney (31 March - 10 June and touring regionally until 2025)
2022Winner, Drawing Prize, North Sydney Art Prize, Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, Sydney (14 - 29 May)
2019Finalist, HIDDEN 2019 sculpture walk, Rookwood Cemetery, (7 September – 7 October)
2019Finalist exhibition, Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award (1 June – 11 August)
2018Artist Support Grant for 2019, Create NSW Arts & Cultural Development
2018Gunyah Artists in Residence Program (August)
2017Finalist, Fisher's Ghost Art Award
2017Shortlisted, John Fries Award
2013Finalist, Blake Prize, Sydney
2013-2016 2013 Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) recipient
2013-2016Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) recipient
2013Winner, Willoughby Sculpture Prize, Sydney
2012Zelda Stedman Scholarship recipient, University of Sydney
2012Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) recipient
2012Finalist, Blake Prize, Sydney
2012Finalist, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney
2012Finalist, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA
2009Finalist, Hutchins Art Prize, Hobart, Tas
2009Highly Commended, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA
2009Finalist, Mosman Art Prize ’09, Sydney
2009Shortlisted, Royal Botanic Gardens Artist in Residence 2009, Sydney
2008Finalist, Fleurieu Biennale, South Australia
2008Finalist, Mosman Art Prize ’08, Sydney
2008Linden Postcard Show 2008, Melbourne, Vic
2007Finalist, Mosman Art Prize ’07, Sydney
2007Finalist, The Churchie Emerging Art Exhibition, Brisbane
2006Finalist, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA
2004Finalist, Willoughby City Art Prize, NSW
2004Finalist, Norvill Art Prize, NSW


2024“Encounter”, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery (8 November-7 December)
2024"Light as Air", Inside Outside Sculpture Plinth, North Sydney Council (1 March - 15 Apr)
2022"Material Language", ANCA Gallery, Canberra, ACT (27 April - 22 May)
2022“Ash”, Pari ARI, Sydney, (13 February - 27 March)
2022"Fieldnotes to Survival", Duke University, Nth Carolina, USA (18-24 Jan.)
2021"Cessnock Contemporary" exhibition, Cessnock, NSW (3-12 December)
2021"In Deep", Gallery25, Edith Cowen University, Perth (21 Oct-11 Nov)
2021Solo exhibition "Second Skin", Airspace Projects, Sydney (7-23 May)
2021"From A Common Past: Contemporary glances on the shadows of the past", B#S Gallery, Treviso (15 April - 29 May)
2020-2021"The Making Effect" (On-line exhibition), Arts Health Network.
2019"Connecting Thread", Grace Cossington Smith Gallery (19 July-22 Aug)
2019The Big Anxiety festival exhibition, AD Space, UNSW Art & Design, (15-26 October)
2019"States and Senses", Kudos Gallery (30 April - 18 May)
2019"Public #Intimacy", B#Side Gallery, Treviso, Italy (7 June – 21 September)
2018-2019“The Fate of things: Memory Objects and Art”, Sydney Jewish Museum, (Joint exhibition with Anne Zahalka) (November 2018 – March 2019)
2018Solo exhibition "The Materiality of Memory", Biennale of Australian Art (BOAA), Ballarat (Sept-Nov)
2017B#Side War Project, 2017/2018 edition, Treviso, Italy (8 Dec. '17-29 Jan. '18)
2017SCA New Contemporaries, Sydney (3-7 May)
2016PhD Examination Exhibition, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Sydney (1-4 Dec)
2016"Articulate Turns 6: What Next?", Articulate Projectspace, Sydney (10-24 Dec)
2016"Identity", Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney (4-27 May)
2016"Her Moving Presence", Airspace Projects, Sydney (5-20 Feb)
2015"Doing Time", Verge Gallery, University of Sydney (16 July-18 Aug)
2014"Free Association", Verge Gallery, University of Sydney (27 Aug-5 Sept)
2014"Bildhauen", Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney (23 Aug-8 Sept)
2013Graduate School Conference, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney (11-27 Sept)
2012Sydney College of the Arts Postgraduate Show, University of Sydney (14-23 Nov)
2012“Transitory States”, VAC Gallery, La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo, Vic (28 Mar-6 May)
2012“Stilled Life”, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney (Solo Show) (9-30 Mar)
2010Postgraduate Degree Show, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney (5-8 Dec)
2009“Tideline”, Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney (Solo Show) (24 Mar-7 Apr)
2008Drawcard, National Art School, Sydney
2007“The Art of Collecting”, Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney (Solo Show) (6-26 Nov)
2006Art Melbourne ’06, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
2006“From Nature’s Mould”, Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney (Solo Show) (14-30 Mar)
2005Saint Ignatius College 34th Annual Art Exhibition
2003"Rooms and Corridors", groundfloorgallery, Sydney (Solo Show)
2002SEXDECIM 2002", groundfloorgallery, Sydney

Publications, Articles, Interviews

2023Dobell Drawing Prize #23, National Art School, ISBN 978-0-6451306-6-9
2022Chapter in 'Maternal Connections: When Daughter Becomes Mother', ed. Joan Garvan and Kandee Kosior, Demeter Press.
2022Chapter in 'Caring Ethics and Art', ed. Jacqueline Millner and Gretchen Coombs, Routledge.
2021Anne Ferran, Catalogue Essay, for 'Second Skin', Airspace Projects
2021Artist Talk, "From A Common Past: Contemporary glances on the shadows of the past", IoDeposito conference (virtual), Italy, April 15
2019Interview with Sylvia Griffin and Brooke Leigh re "States and Senses", May 6, FBi Radio,
2019Interview, Sylvia Griffin on "The Fate of Things: Memory Objects and Art",
20192SER GlamCity, January 19, 2019, "Intergenerational Trauma" (podcast)
2018Wentworth Courier, December 5, 2018, “Two artists honour the memories of their parents and the family they never met” by Jacqui Taffel
2018Weekend Breakfast, ABC News, November 4, 2018. Live interview with hosts Andrew Geoghegan and Johanna Nicholson.
2018The Intimate monument: Memorialising from a Feminist Perspective (Chapter) in ‘Feminist Perspectives on Art: Contemporary outtakes’ ed. J. Millner and C.Moore, Routledge.
2017Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Journal, 2.1, 2017, p134 “World Materials” (Review)
2015The Art Life, July 20, 2015, "Doing Time" by Stella Rose McDonald
2015Sydney Morning Herald, July 13, 2015, "Artist is buried alive to explore incarceration in Doing Time exhibition" by Elissa Blake

2015Peer reviewed article: "Dowry linen and the intimate outsider: visual arts as a bridge to matrilineage", Women's History journal, Vol 2, Issue 1, 2015, p6-14
2013Daily Telegraph, October 18, 2013, p83 “Legacy Boosted by Late Artist’s Heavenly Win” by Elizabeth Fortescue
2013Inner West Courier, September 24, 2013, p38 “Success is a Shore Thing: Artist Snags Major Win” by Shireen Kahlil
2010Australian Art Review, Issue 22, Feb-Apr 2010, p25 “The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize 2009”
2009Asian Art News, March/April, 2009, p60-63 “A Prize to Conjure With” by Dr Christine Nicholls
2009Art Almanac, April 2009, p185 “Profile”
2007Australian Art Review, Issue 15, 2007, p82 “The Art of Collecting” by Stewart White
2006Good Weekend, the Sydney Morning Herald Magazine "Weekender: 10 things to do", March 18, 2006
2006Sydney Morning Herald, Domain "Events", Mar 16, 2006, p4
2003Art Almanac, March 2003, p115 "Profile"
2003Sydney Morning Herald, Domain "Events", Mar 13, 2003, p3
2003The Glebe & Inner Western Weekly, Mar 5, 2003 "How Art Translates Garden Into House" by Veronica Apap
2003Art Review, March 2003, Vol 54, "Art Travel", p134

Conferences, Residencies

2024Konstepidemin Artist-in-Residence, Gothenburg, Sweden
2019'Care: Feminism, art and ethics in neo-liberal times', George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, (31 October-2 November)
2018Gunyah Artist-in-Residence, North Arm Cove, NSW
2018‘Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence’, Krakow, Poland
2017‘Genocide Memorialisation: Political Imaginaries and Public Materialities', Gothenburg, Sweden
2013‘Emotion, Ritual and Power in Europe: 1200 to the Present’, Adelaide, SA