Tom Nicholson


Born 1973 Melbourne, Australia. Live and works in Melbourne.


Selected solo exhibitions


Drawings and correspondence, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

‘I was born in Indonesia’, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne


Comparative monument (Ma'man Allah), Milani Gallery, Brisbane

Cartoons for Joseph Selleny, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney


Proposition for a banner march and a black cube hot air balloon (with Raafat Ishak), Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton.


Drawings and correspondence, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.


Camp Pell Lecture, in collaboration with Tony Birch, Artspace, Sydney.


Lines towards another century, in collaboration with Andrew Byrne, Parco delle Rimembranze. Performance with the Italian contemporary music ensemble, L’Arsenale.


Lines towards another century, in collaboration with Andrew Byrne, Holburne Museum. Performance with the Elysian Quartet.

After action for another library, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, and Pakuranga Library, Auckland, New Zealand.


Documents from a banner marching project, Ocular Lab Inc, Melbourne.


Traces towards four Coranderrk drawings in a Berlin store-room, Plattform, Berlin.

Flag Time: Marat at his last breath, Ocular Lab, Melbourne.


22.06.1911/30.10.2004: Documents after Marching Season, IASKA (The Aurora Project, Regent Theatre), Kellerberrin.


After action for another library, Humboldt University, Berlin.

Stills from an archive into five actions, Australia Centre, Berlin.

Melancholia (Documents after five actions, Berlin), Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne.


Documents after five actions, Kapelle der Versöhnung, Berlin.

Fragments from an archive into five actions, studio exhibition, Berlin.


After action against book burning (Two fragments for a disused Stasi office), studio exhibition, Berlin.


After Dili Action, West Space, Melbourne.


Collaborative Project: A Syntax into Six Landings, with John Abbate, Public Office, Melbourne.

Selected group exhibitions


21st Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Frontier Imaginaries ed. 5: Trade Markings, Vanabbe Museum, Eindhoven

State of the Union, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne   


The National: New Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

The Great Strike, Carriageworks, Sydney

Power and other things: Indonesia and Art 1835-now; Europalia Arts Festival, Bozar, Brussels

Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism & Australian Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne


The Jerusalem Show: Before and after origins, Qalandiya International, Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza
Antipodes, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Frontier Imaginaries, QUT Art Museum and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
Lines that could be Scars, Australian Print Workshop, National History Museum, Canberra
‘Neither Back Nor Forward: Acting in the Present’, 16
th Jakarta Biennale, Indonesia
A Breathcrystal, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland
PP/VT (Performance Presence/Video Time), Australian Experimental Art Foundation
Qalandiya International, Jerusalem, Israel
The Allegory of the Cave Painting, Extra City, Antwerp
Conflict: Contemporary responses to war, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
Concrete, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne


Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne


Propositions Part Two, Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Parallel Collisions, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia.

Marking Time, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Paul Guest Prize for Drawing, Bendigo Art Gallery.


Surviving the future, Murmansk Art Museum, Murmansk, Russia.

Second World, Galleria Nova, Zagreb, Croatia; Visual arts component of Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria.

Without Words: Photography and Emotion, CCP, Melbourne.

10 ways to look at the past, July, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.


Rehearsal, The 8th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai.

Animism, Extra City and MUHKA, Antwerp.

To the Arts, Citizens, Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal.

Still vast reserves II, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces.


Word, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney.

Still vast reserves, Galleria Magazzino d'Arte Moderna, Rome.

The Gift, I. C. A. N., Sydney.

+/-, Faculty of Art and Design, Monash University, Melbourne.


Form and discontent, Dont come, Melbourne, 12 December 2008 - 3 January 2009; casa roja (in collaboration with Domenico de Clario), performance as part of The Artist in the World programme, 2 April, Federation Hall, Centre for Ideas, VCA.


Regarding Fear and Hope, Clayton, and the Monash Faculty Gallery, Caulfield, Melbourne, 5 July - 28 July (Caulfield), 4 July - 25 August (Clayton).

System error: War is a force that gives us meaning, Centro Arte Contemporanea, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, 3 February-6 May 2007.


Zones of contact, 15th Biennale of Sydney, 7 June – 27 August.

Transversa, as part of The South Project, Museum of Contemporary Art and Galeria Metropolitana, Santiago, Chile, October.


The body. The ruin, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, 5 November – 22 January.

From Space to Place, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth, 31 March-8 May.


NEW04, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 23 March-19 May.

Performance anxiety, Ocular Lab, Melbourne, February.


Curiosity kills the gab, Artspace, Auckland.

Video Loop: Actions, curated by Blair French, Performance Space, Sydney, July.


The Office of Utopic Procedures, West Space, October-November.

The Stolen Generations Memorial Competition (in collaboration with Louisa Bufardeci), June-August, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne.


Critical Response, curated by Felicity Fenner, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, 29 April-27 May.

Action/Recollection: Here the body is, West Space, 13 July-5 August; Drawing: The Extended Field, VCA Gallery, Melbourne, September.


VCA Graduate Exhibition, Drawing Department, VCA. 1997: Drawing in the 90s, Sutton Gallery, Fitzroy.


Artists’ Books


Drawings and correspondence, designed with Brad Haylock (Melbourne: Surpllus, 2010), published for the exhibition Animsim, Extra City and MUHKA, 2010.


Monument for the flooding of Royal Park, designed with Brad Haylock (Melbourne: Schwartz City, 2009).


After action for another library, designed with Brad Haylock (first edition: Melbourne: Self-published, 2003; second edition: Melbourne/ Siena: Self-published in conjunction with Palazzo delle Papesse for the exhibition System Error: War is a force that gives us meaning, 2007).



Selected Grants & Awards


Artist-in-residency, Lenikus Collection, Vienna, 2012; Finalist, Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture.

New work grant, Australia Council.


Lygon Street Public Art Commission.


International Export and Touring Fund, Arts Victoria, 2009; Finalist, The Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture, 2008; New work grant, Australia Council.


Creative Fellow, State Library of Victoria.


Finalist, New Social Commentaries, Warrnambool Art Gallery, 2006; Finalist, The Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture.


Cultural activity grant, City of Melbourne.


International Export and Touring Fund, Arts Victoria, 2002; Foundation for Young Australians.

New Work grant, Australia Council.


Selected Collections

The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. 

Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.

State Library of Victoria, Melbourne.

Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne.

John McBride Collection.