Judy Watson


Born Mundubbera, Queensland, 1959. Lives and works in Brisbane, Australia




Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts, Monash University, Gippsland

     1980 - 82

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Tasmania, Hobart

     1977 - 79

Diploma of Creative Arts, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba




Kingsford Smith Drive, Women's Journey Public Art Commission, Brisbane


QAGOMA Public Artwork Commission: GoMA's 10th Anniversary

NGARUNGA NANGAMA: Calm water dream, 200 George St, Sydney


Project, Finders University, Adelaide


living wells, fragments Murri Kitchen, Townsville Hospital, Townsville

water memory, Queensland Institute of Medical Research-foyer, Brisbane

Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Billboard, Brisbane

Tilt Train, Queensland Rail, Gold Coast


Gootcha, City Cat design, Brisbane

fresh water lens, Turbot Street Overpass, Brisbane

Selected Solo Exhibitions 


Indigo and Ochre, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

the names of places, Green Screen, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

A Case Study, Lake Macquarie Gallery, Booragul

the scarifier, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria


the holes in the land; heron island suite, experimental beds, Toowoomba Regional Gallery


sacred ground beating heart / experimental beds / heron island suite, Noosa Regional Gallery


experimental beds, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney


shell, Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

experimental beds, University of Virginia, USA and grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane.

     2011 - 12

waterline, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne and Embassy of Australia, Washington DC, USA.


heron island suite, Touring Regional Galleries in Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland.


heron island suite, grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane.

     2009 - 12

heron island, University of Virginia, USA; grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane; and touring across Western Australia, New South Wales, and Queensland.


bad and doubtful debts, Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

heron island, University of Queensland Art Museum; University of Queensland, Brisbane.


blood language, GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney.

in the shadows of goya, aotearoa and the museum; Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.


in the shadows of goya, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra.

a complicated fall, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane.


shell, GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney.


Selected Group Exhibitions



Experimenta Make Sense: The International Triennial of Media Art, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne and touring internationally  

Australian Collection Permanent Exhibition, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Indigenous Australia: Masterworks from the National Gallery of Australia, Collectors Room, Berlin

The Dust Never Settles, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Limitless Horizon: Vertical Perspective, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

water+wisdom Australia India, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne


Black Mist Burnt Country, Touring exhibition in NSW, VIC, SA and QLD

Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Zero metres about Sea level, CrossArts Projects, Sydney

Beyond the Tower: UQ Art Museum, 40 Years and Counting, UQAM, St Lucia

Mapping Australia: Country to Cartography, AAMU Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Utrecht, Netherlands

Borders, Barriers, Walls, Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield

With Secrecy and Despatch, Campbelltown Arts Centre, New South Wales

Living Waters, Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Avenue St. Martin

Unsettled: Stories Within, Australian National Museum, Canberra


Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia, Harvard Art Museums, MA

Artist and Empire: Facing Britain's Imperial Past, TATE Britain, London

Contemporary Indigenous Art from Australia, Musee de la civilisation, Quebec, Canada

When Silence Falls, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Unsettled, National Museum of Australia, Canberra

(inv)isible!, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie

Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation, British Museum, London

Artists' Books & Multiples, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba

Mirror Mirror Image: prints and plates, Gympie Regional Gallery

Daughters, Mothers (part of Future Feminist Archive), SCA Galleries, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney

Body Politic, Icebox Project Space, Crane Arts, Philadelphia


Salt Water Country, Gold Coast Art Centre, Gold Coast

Conflict: Contemporary responses to war, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

East Coast Encounter: re-imagining the 1770 encounter, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney


New, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

Theatre of the World, La Maison Rouge, Paris

Making Change, University of New South Wales Galleries (COFA)

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding...?, Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre

My Country: I Still Call Australia Home, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.


Taboo, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Arte Indigena Contemporåneo en Australia, IVAM, Valencia d'Art Modern.

all our relations, 18th Sydney Biennale, Sydney.

Luminous World, Art Gallery of Western Australia.

TABOO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Making Change, National Art Museum of China, Beijing.

Contemporary Women, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.


Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), Cairns.

Spinifex Country and Beyond Asylum, University of Queensland Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane.

     2010 - 12

Roundabout, touring Israel and New Zealand.


Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.

Art + Soul, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

Suburbia, Redcliffe Art Gallery, Redcliffe, Queensland.

Littoral, Carnegie Gallery Hobart & Burnie Arts Centre, Burnie, Tasmania.

100 years: Highlights from the University Art Collection, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.


Culture Warriors, National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and the American University, Washington.

National Artist’s Self Portrait Prize, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.

Terra Nullius, ACC Galerie, Weimar & HALLE 14, Leipzig, Germany. 


Shards, South Australia School of Art Gallery, Adelaide.


Arc Biennial, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane.

Sunshine State, Smart State, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney.

Lessons in History, grahame galleries



Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

British Museum, London

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Allied Queensland Coalfields Collection

Artbank, Sydney

ATSIC, Canberra

Ballarat Regional Art Gallery, Victoria

Bendigo Regional Art Gallery, Victoria

BHP Billiton Art Collection

Brisbane City Art Collection, Queensland

Canberra Institute of the Arts Library, Canberra

Commonwealth Law Courts, Brisbane, Queensland

Cruthers Collection, Perth

Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand

Downlands College, Queensland

Edith Cowan University, Perth

Flinders University, Adelaide

Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education, Victoria

Goethe Institute, Melbourne

Gold Coast City Art Collection, Queensland

Griffith University, Brisbane

Holmes-a-Court Collection, Western Australia

James Cook University, Townsville

James Hardy Collection, State Library, Brisbane

LaTrobe Valley Arts Centre, Victoria

Macquarie Bank, Sydney & New York

Monash University, Melbourne

Museum & Art Gallery, Northern Territory

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Museum of Australia, Canberra

Northern Territory University, Darwin

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

Queensland Museum, Brisbane

Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane

South Australian Museum

Sprengel Museum, Hannover

St Ann’s & Gippsland Grammar School, Sale, Victoria

St Louis Art Museum, USA

Suncorp, Brisbane

Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan

Tate Britain, London, UK

Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart

Tokyo National University of Technology, Japan

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Queensland

University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba

University of Tasmania, Hobart

University of Technology Sydney, New South Wales

University of Wollongong, New South Wales

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, New South Wales

Wesfarmers, Perth

Wollongong City Gallery, New South Wales



McLean, Ian. Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art. Reaktion Books Ltd, 2016, pp. 216-18.