Info: Lauren Brincat is a Sydney-based artist, currently working in Sydney. Through her practice she navigates her physical and cognitive limits, continually pushing herself to the edge of her ability and demonstrating the urge to move beyond all limitations. Though primarily working in performance, she does not confine herself to prescribed methods of production, her practice spanning a variety of mediums including video and sculpture. Informed by the conceptual performers of the 1970s, Brincat’s performance works are best described as ‘actions’, most often enacted in solitude and presented as video documentation. Addressing a wide variety of subject matter, her work is consistently intuitive, personal, playful and provocative. Recent performance works including I’m walking here, 100 blocks (2010) and Warmup Laps (2010) have seen a focus on activity as artwork; while in It’s a long way to the top (2009) she used the landscape as a means to measure the self while creating a visual metaphor for perseverance and determination. Her objects are derived from personal premonitions, nostalgia, and the imagination. She employs sculpture to resolve her understanding of the world, giving form to challenging visual ideas. In Drum Riser (2007) she raised a drum kit meters off the ground making the act of playing precarious, while the commission, Best Time Ever (2010) saw a 25-meter staircase soar further into the sky in an attempt to reach the clouds. Brincat’s work was shown in the group show ‘Social Sculpture’ at the Anna Schwartz Sydney Gallery in Sydney in 2011 and 2009, as well as the MONA FOMA festival in Hobart in 2010. In 2011 her continuing projects will take her to Rome and Paris, where she will work alongside Swedish artist Johanna Billing. Lauren Brincat completed a Master in Visual Art at Sydney College of the Arts in 2004. She was the 2008 recipient of the Westpac Redlands Art Prize and the 2009 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship. Public Collections include: Museum of Old and New Art, Australia SCEGGS Redlands Collection, Australia Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia Art Gallery of Western Australia The Chartwell Collection, New Zealand

Exhibition

2006

The Director’s Choice Show, ‘The Big Show’ Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney

2005

Postgraduate Degree show, Sydney College of the Arts

Publication, ‘Space3 An Australian Independent Creative Network’

Helen Lempriere Travelling Scholarship, Finalist exhibition, Artspace Sydney

‘Soft Stack, Round Records’, Pigeon Ground Public, Sydney

2004

‘Hold the pickle, lettuce has a new meaning’ Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney

2003

‘What the World Needs Now 2’, Phatspace, Sydney

‘An Intimate Affaire’ couples show, Phatspace, Sydney

2001

Bachelor Degree show, Sydney College of the Arts. <br>‘Parallel Structures’, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne

2003

‘Will and Luca’ Two Step Gallery, Sydney

2006

Publication, ‘Runway’ issue 7 “Copy’

Alternative, free, project space. Henderson Rd, Alexandria

Co-Founder and Director of ‘The Rehearsal Room’, Sydney

Curated ‘The Tonight Show’ opening show, ‘The Rehearsal Room’, Sydney

2007

‘Audio Vision’ Downtown Artspace Adelaide

‘The Whole Kit and Caboodle’ Sherman Galleries Art Box Sydney

‘Helen Lempriere Travelling Scholarship, Finalist exhibition, Artspace Sydney

2008

‘Live When I’m Alive, Sleep when I’m Dead’ Firstdraft Gallery Sydney

‘By George’ Festival Sydney & ‘ Performance for the Camera ‘Firstdraft Gallery Sydney

‘Redlands Westpac Art Prize’ Sydney

‘Performance for the Camera' Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney

2009

‘Pushme Pullyou’ Peloton, Sydney

‘Game is Good’ Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney

'Make a Scene’ Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney

‘Liquid Architecture’ CarriageWorks, Sydney

Helen Lempriere Travelling Scholarship, Artspace, Sydney

2004

Honours Degree show, Sydney College of the Arts

2009

‘Versus’ Kings Ari Melbourne

‘I am the Message’ Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore

Publication Concrete Playground ‘Conspirators’

‘The one after 09’ Peloton Gallery Sydney

2010

MONA FOMA Festival of Music and Art. Curated by Brian Ritchie of Violent Femmes Tasmania

'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' NextWave Festival Federation Square Melbourne

'Levelling the Playing Field' Group show. Level Ari Brisbane 

'Best Time Ever' & 'Where the Party Is' Splendour In the Grass, Woodford 

'Grand Standing' Bundaberg Regional Gallery, Bundaberg 

"Unseen Forces" ICAN - Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown

2011

'Social Sculpture' Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney

'Nothing Like Performance', Artspace, Sydney

2012

Basil Sellers Art, Ian Potter Gallery, Melbourne

'Shoot from the Hip' Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney

Contemporary Australia: Women, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland

How Yesterday Remembers Tomorrow: Artspace and Museum and Galleries NSW Touring show

'Bo Australia' Matucana 100, Chile

Tinnitus: a symposium on art and rock’n'roll, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

2013

‘Basil Sellers Art Prize’, Gold Coast City Gallery, Queensland

‘The Wandering: Moving images from the MCA Collection’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney - Touring show

(Forthcoming) 'It's Not The End Of The World' Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

(Forthcoming) 'Golden Rough' Alaska Projects, Sydney

(Forthcoming) ‘Anne Landa Award’, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

(Forthcoming) ‘Horizons’, Media Art Asia Pacific (MAAP), Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea – Australia/China/ South Korea touring show 2013/2014

Award

2005

University Postgraduate Award University of Sydney

2008

Konica Minolta Emerging Artist Prize, Redland Mosman Art Prize, Emerging Artist recipient Sydney

2009

Australian Arts Council Grant – Emerging ‘New Work’ Sydney

Residency with Lismore Regional Gallery ‘Splendid’ Arts Lab Lismore

Helen Lempriere Travelling Scholarship, Artspace, Sydney Sydney

2010

Music residency with Bree van Reyk Bundanon Trust

Residency Linnaeus Estate Byron Bay

Tokyo Wondersite residency with Will French Toyko

2011

Artspace Sydney Residency Sydney

NAVA Marketing Grant

2013

Creative Australia Fellowships – Young & emerging artists, OZCO Mexico City

Education

None

Master of Visual Arts College of the Arts, University of Sydney

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honors 1st class) College of the Arts, University of Sydney