Madeleine Kelly


 1977 Born, Freising, Germany. Lives and works in Wollongong, Australia. 

Tertiary Education:

2013 PhD, Queensland College of Art, Griffth University, Brisbane

2001 Bachelor of Secondary Education, Griffith University, Brisbane.

1999 Bachelor of Visual Arts with First Class Honours in Fine Art, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University


Awards, prizes and grants:

2014  Global Challenges Seed Funding Grant Paint Analysis Using Terahertz Spectroscopy (PAUTS) Roger Lewis (Chief Investigator), Madeleine Kelly, Stephen van Duin, Adam Trevitt ($14 398)

2011  Australia Council New Work Established Grant ($20 000)

2007 Artist in residence, Gadens Lawyers, Brisbane.

2006 Metro Arts Artist in Residence (March – October 2006)

2004 Australia Council Arts and Crafts Paris Studio Residency Grant ($10 000) (For July, August and September 2005)

2004 Winner, Churchie Exhibition of Emerging Art ($5000)(Judge: Dr Rex Butler) 2003 Arts Queensland Project Grant ($5000)

2001 Arts Queensland Project Grant ($2700)

1998 Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship, Queensland Art Gallery (Studio Residency from 20 August – 20 December 1999)



2013  Lecturer in Painting, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, Univeristy of Wollongong

2004 – 2012  Part time lecturer, Painting Department, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University

2010 Art teacher, Brisbane Girl's Grammar, Queensland (two weeks 31 May to 3 June)

2002 – 2004  Art teacher, Bracken Ridge State High School, QLD

2000 – 2001  Tutor for ATAS (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tutorial Assistance Scheme), Griffth University

Solo Exhibitions:

2013 The Surface of Language, Griffth Univerity Webb Gallery, Brisbane.

        Picturing Archaeologies, Griffth University, White Box Gallery, Brisbane.

2011 Hollow Mark, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane.

2010 The Crevice, Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

2008 Heavy Heavenly Bodies, Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

2007 Dreams of Utopia, Gadens Lawyers, Brisbane.

2006 The Elephants’ Shelter, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

2005 Between expansion and collapse, April, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

2003 Pursuit of the Prizefighter, September, Soapbox Gallery, Fortitude Valley

2003 Grounds for Entropy, August, Redlands Art Gallery, Redland Shire

2003 Fossilphilia, March, Metro Arts, Brisbane

2002 Mnemonics, Queensland Performing Arts Complex (Dec 2002-Feb 2003).

2001 Anatomy of a Metaphor, Modus Studios, Fortitude Valley

1999 Eclipse, Development Space, Metro Arts Brisbane. 


Group exhibitions:

2015 GOMA Q, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, curated by Peter McKay

        Trace 2015, Biennial Exhibition and Art Auction in the streets of 4101, curated by Susan Ostling.

2014 Conquest of Space, UNSW Galleries, COFA, Sydney, curated by Andrew Frost.

        Processing, Alaska Projects, curated by Teo Treloar

        Fractured Beauty, Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong, curated by Louise Brand.

        15 Artists, Recliffe City Art Gallery, Redcliffe.

        Tools of the Trade, Juggler's Artspace, Brisbane, curated by Justin Jade Morgan.

       63rd Blake Prize Exhibition, UNSW Galleries, COFA, Sydney. 

2011 Ten Years of Contemporary Art: The James C Sourris Collection, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

        New Psychedelia, Univeristy of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane. Curated by Sebastian Moody.

        Australia Felix, Crane Arts Philadelphia, Philadelphia, curated by Ross Woodrow.

2010 The Ipswich House: Heritage house portraits by contemporary Queensland Artists, Ipswcih Art Gallery, Ipswich, curated by Michael Beckmann.

        Tiny Little Wonderful Worlds, Southbank Parklands, Brisbane, curated by Pat Hoffie

        BABELProjekt, Woodford Folk Festival, Woodford, curated by Pat Hoffie.

        Other Misconceptions, Level Artspace, Brisbane, curated by Jo Di Ball

        To Freeze, To Prick, To Cook, the Wandering Room at Melbourne Street, Brisbane.

2009 Temperature 2, Museum of Brisbane, curated by Frank Mc Bride

2007 Twenty Twenty, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane QLD, curated by Frank Mc Bride;

Voiceless: I feel therefore I am, Sherman Galleries, Sydney NSW, curated by Charles Green.

2006 ABN Amro Emerging Art Award, Finalists Exhibition, Sydney NSW;

Colonial to Contemporary: Queensland College of Art 125 Years. A Contemporary Overview, Dell Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD, curated by Timothy Morrell;

Primavera, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Muswellbrook, NSW, curated by Felicity Fenner (travelling)

Animals and Allegory, curated by Simone Jones, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD,

2005 Primavera 2005: Exhibition by Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, curated by Felicity Fenner.

Arc Biennial, Lingua Franca Exhibition, Brisbane City Hall.

The Sixth of May, Project gallery, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane.

2004 Blur, Cleveland Gallery and Dell Gallery Brisbane.

Brett Whiteley Traveling Art Scholarship Finalists Exhibition, Brett Whiteley Studios, Surry Hills, Sydney.

Flesh, Project gallery, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane.

A Place for Reflection, Redland Art Gallery.

Churchie Emerging Art Prize, Anglican Church Grammar School, Brisbane. 



2014 Brand, L 2014, Fractured Beauty, exhibition catalogue, 13 September - 26 October, Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong, NSW.

        Frost, A 2014, 'The Engine of Experience: Contemporary Art and SF', in Conquest of Space, exhibition catalogue, 22 May - 5 July, UNSW Galleries, COFA,

        Sydney, NSW, pp.5-7.

2013 MacLeod, B 2013, 'Profile: Madeleine Kelly', in Artist Porfile, no.25, pp.52-55.

        McFarlane, H 2013, 'Brisbane Gallery Hop', Artlink, vol.33, no.4, p.95

        Butler, R 2013, 'The QCA School', Art Monthly Australia, no.257, pp.40-43.

2012 Morrell, T 2012, 'The James C. Sourris AM collection', in Artlink, vol.32, no.1, p.95.

        Kirker, A 2012, 'The Woman Question, Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 11 June - 2 October 2011', in Eyeline, no.76.

2011 Richards, B 2011, 'Emerging artists the Current Crop', in Ewington, J. & Queensland Art Gallery 2011, Ten Years of Contemporary Art: the James C Sourris AM

        collection, Queensland Art Gallery, 12 November-19 February, South Brisbane, QLD, pp.97-117.

        Fitzgibbons, A 2010, 'Madeleine Kelly, The Crevice', Artlink, vol.30, no.4, p.85.

        Stewart, K 2010, 'Fairy Knoll: Madeleine Kelly', in The Ipswich House: Heritage house portraits by contemporary Queensland artists, exhibition catalogue, 11

        September - 14 November, Ipswich Art Gallery, QLD, pp. 26-30.

        Kelly, M 2010, 'Gathering as Usual', reproduction back cover image, RED Magazine, Griffth University, Brisbane, QLD, no.5.

2009 Morrell, T 2009, 'Queensland: The Unreal Australia', Exhibition catalogue Temperarture Two, p. 15.

2008 Timothy Morrell The error of our ways: Madeleine Kelly, Artlink, vol. 28 no. 1 March 2008, pp. 60-65.

2007 Felicity Fenner, The Nature of Art, Art and Australia, Vol 44, No.3, Autumn.

2006 Timothy Morrell & Glenn R Cooke, Colonial to Contemporary: Queensland College of Art 125 Years, p26; Andrew Frost, Madeleine Kelly, 50 of Australia’s most collectable artists, Australian Art Collector, Issue 35, January-March p105

2005 Rex Butler, Art in Australia, Art Review, Vol 43, No.2, Summer, p277 Sebastian Smee, Spring Loaded, The Weekend Australia, 17-18 September;

Tracey Clement, Cleanse the Palette, The Sydney Morning Herald Metro: Exhibitions, p26, September;

John McDonald, Isn’t it Ironic? The Sydney Morning Herald – Spectrum, Visual Art, 15-16 October p28 – 29;

Art Matters (MCA’s Members’ Newsletter), Cover Image, Spring; Art Matters, Primavera: Exhibition by Young Australian Artists;

Felicity Fenner, Primavera: Exhibition by Young Australian Artists, Exhibition Catalogue.

2004 Sally Brand, Painting Modern Life, Exhibition Catalogue for Blur, December, p. 6 – 16.

Rosemary Sorensen, Top painting a confronting image of Iraq, The Courier Mail, Saturday May 15, p. 3.

2003 Sandra McLean, Art from the Ashes, The Courier Mail, Saturday September 6, BAM p.4.

Rex Butler, Review: Spooky work by fresh new talent, The Courier Mail, Saturday August 23, BAM p.4.

Kim Machan, Art Monthly Australia, Artnotes QLD, March no 157 p. 157. Josh Milani, ex cat. (Fossilphilia), On the transformation of oil.

Hannah Brooks, Review: Oil Painting, The Courier Mail, March 11 2003, p. 17.

2001 Pat Hoffie, Artlink, Review: Anatomy of a Metaphor, Vol 21 No 2 pp. 86-87.



Artbank, Sydney

Gadens Lawyers, Brisbane

Griffith University, Brisbane

KPMG, Sydney

UBS, Sydney