Jenny Brown combines video, photography and installation, often as multi-screen environments, some incorporate community-scripted performances: a boat for the low-lying Pacific Islands (Mayday-2006), a train-carriage in coalmining-country for Cementa_2015, and a five-township co-organised roving corroboree (2019). Exhibiting work in 13 countries, Brown’s screenings include festivals at the New York Film Anthologies (2017/2020), Florianópolis, Brazil (2017), Los Angeles (2003) and New Delhi, India (2007). The Australia-China Council and DAAD awarded her creative practice scholarships, and further research programmes have been undertaken in Kiev, Brisbane and Santiago, Chile. Brown contributed to the book Ecoart in Action (2022) and An Ecotopian Lexicon (2019) discusses her ‘solastalgia’ series. Following an Australian Postgraduate Award, Jenny gave presentations at the CAA conference artist panel, Los Angeles (2010) and the Geneva University of Art and Design (2012), and in 2017 received her doctorate from the University of Sydney. In 2021 and 2022 Jenny was commissioned by Performance Space Sydney to develop works-in-progress for the Liveworks Festival, following participation in the masterclass Fabulation for Future held by the Konrad Wolf Film University, Potsdam.

Jenny’s employment includes delivering training and/or coordinating programs with TAFE, AFTRS, universities and community organisations; developing arts and culture locally (Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, the Upper Hunter Shire Council, Newcastle City Council and Blue Mountains City Council) / regionally (Western Sydney Region of Councils) / statewide (Shopfront at the University of Technology Sydney and dLux Media Arts); and administrating broadcasting regulation.

You can contact her at: jennybrownjenny @ gmail DOT com

selected  G a l l e r y

Solo Shows

Slow hope: becoming coronavirus Back Gallery, Articulate project space Sydney 2020   
Halley’s sky news: world alienation, legal personhood & the environment DAAD-Alumnitreffen, University of Melbourne, Melbourne 2018
Burnt Stars Articulate project space Sydney 2015
Many Happy Returns: a mash up celebration of the cult series The Prisoner & governmentality Semmer-Berlin project space Germany 2013
Burnt Stars: meditations on resistance, resilience and systems Stattberlin Germany 2013
White Rabbit Kandos Projects Kandos 2010
History of Disappearance, Franklin Furnace / MOMA New York performance works from 70s – present. Presenter/curator. Sydney College for the Arts 2008
Views BAU Gallery Shanghai Australia-China Council residency, supported by NAVA & NSW Ministry for the Arts 2005
Collaboration Mezzanine Gallery Ourimbah Central Coast 2003
Reflections photo exhibition with people from culturally diverse backgrounds with psychiatric disabilities Funded by Carnivale & Accessible Arts Newcastle Region Art Gallery Newcastle 1988

Group shows

The Allo-paradox Method. Dreamworks: Performance Space Liveworks Festival Sydney 2022

Biennale d’art non objectif de la ville de Pont de Claix, West Projects satellite event Mt Tomah 2021
Pick-up-needle-bottom-of-sea. Dreamworks: Performance Space Liveworks Festival 
Sydney 2021

Choose art | give light to refugees – an online art auction in the fight against covid-19 curated by Nicky Ginsberg, Gary Sangster and Sohyun Kim 2020 

Another Experiment by Women Film Festival Streaming Screening Series New York 2020                                                                     

corroboree YAAMA NGUNNA BAAKA fundraiser Articulate project space Sydney 2019

Cleave Articulate project space Sydney 2019

Interscape (curator) House Conspiracy curator residency Brisbane 2018

Australian Earth Laws Alliance National Exhibition (curator/artist) Spring Hill Reservoirs Brisbane 2018

Strangloscope Experimental Film, Audio & Performance Festival Florianópolis Brazil 2017

Parallel play: developmental psychology for capitalists, Testing Grounds Melbourne 2017

Walking back the cat – Ugland House (collaboration as art and economics), Articulate project space Sydney 2017

Another Experiment by Women Film Festival Anthology Film Archives New York 2017

The energy dérive (collaboration as art and economics for Futurelands 2), Kandos Projects Kandos 2016

Ten Year Anniversary Show, Studio Ra Rome 2016

Sydney Artist Run Initiatives show, Articulate project space Sydney 2016

Directors’ show, Articulate project space Sydney 2016

Solastalgia 2, Cementa_15 contemporary arts festival Kandos 2015

Notes towards a future feminist archive, Cross Art Books Sydney 2015

Solastalgia 1, SCA Galleries, Sydney 2014

Famine, Murales per Studio Ra, Studio Ra, Rome Italy 2014

Schwitters, Compounds of a Prism Schwitters Another Vacant Space Berlin 2012

Parallel Play: development psychology for capitalists, SCA PhD Conference Exhibition Sydney 2012

Wink, The Social Verge Gallery Sydney 2012

Concentration camp bark scrapers, Berlin Gallery Weekend Another Vacant Space Berlin 2011

Transmission, Black Stars on a White Sky Chateau de Sacy, Sacy-le-Petit France 2010

Parallel Play: developmental psychology for capitalists, Breathing Space Hawkesbury Art Gallery 2009

Wink, A Spires Embers, Eidos Foundation, ГОГОЛЬFEST2009  Kiev Ukraine 2009

Beyond Rapa Nui: Policy and plan for food production in Sydney and As above: so below: The New York Stock Exchange Part 2, Reliquaries of empires dust Bereznitsky Gallery Berlin Germany 2009

Situation interviewed artist for installation by Anne Kay & Jane Polkinghorne Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney 2007 & MOMA San Diego USA 2009

As above: so below, The New York Stock Exchange Part 3, Stargazing At the Vanishing Point Sydney 2009

Yuan Hegemony, Carnival of e-Creativity & Change-agents India International Centre New Delhi 2008

Boite en Valise contribution to David Medalla’s work for Pont des Arts France for London Biennale 2008

As above so below: New York Stock Exchange Part 1, Galleria Metropolitana, Santiago Chile 2007

For Healing, Gosford Region Art Gallery Annual Show Gosford Australia-China Council residency 2006

My Days on the Last Testament, Carte Blanche Mobile Gallery Studio Ra Contemporary Art Rome 2006

Garibaldi 200 years Free International Artists, the Institute Fernando Santi & Di Vittorio Foundation Bergamo Italy & Montevideo Uruguay 2006

Tied Mayday 2006, Phoenix Spiritual Prize, Australian National University Fine Art Gallery Canberra 2006

Initiation: submission, containment, liberation, draw drawing 2 The Foundry Shoreditch London 2006

Singleton Women’s Script, Arcadia Stables Gallery Twickenham London 2006

Surveillance Series from the Shanghai Natural History Museum, Artists Against Sedition Laws Exhibition Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Sydney

Yuan Hegemony, Looking for Democracy Mori Gallery Sydney 2006

Surveillance Series, Snap to Grid Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art USA 2006

Representation in Museum of Senses Iwadeyama Japan 2002

Singleton Women’s Script, Dubbo Regional Art Gallery Dubbo 2002

Melt Pots 3, Tertiary Student Art Prize Maitland Regional Art Gallery Maitland 2001

Melt Pots 2, One Piece Only Studio Potters Gallery Newcastle 2001

Melt Pots 1, University of Newcastle Acquisitive Art Prize Watt Space Gallery Newcastle 2001

Melt Pots 1, 2 & 3, Sculpture at the Baths Newcastle Beach 2001

Identity, Ability, Diversity mural collaborator with people with a disability. Funded by Accessible Arts & South Sydney Region of Councils Bondi Pavilion 1999


E v e n t s

Pick-up-needle-bottom-of-sea collaborative creekline performance Katoomba 2021

corroboree YAAMA NGUNNA BAAKA co-initiator and coordinator. Funded by Bourke Shire Council, Fund for Rural & Regional Renewal, Bendigo Bank Katoomba. Inkind partners Foodbank, Central Darling Shire, Walgett Shire Council and Brewarrina Shire Council Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke, Wilcannia, Menindee Lakes 2019

Solastalgia 2, Cementa_15 contemporary arts festival Kandos 2015

Tied funerary performance with Tribal Warrior & Pacific Island Mount Druitt Action Network. Funded by the City of Sydney. Sydney Harbour Mayday 2006 

Learning the ropes, Tribal Warrior Program Green Square (behavioural) School students learnt crewing skills on an Indigenous boat. Funded by Australians Working Together Sydney 2005

Ribbons of Steel BHP curator & project development for 50 projects (26 with steelworkers) to commemorate steelwork’s closure. Technical support for Ribbons of Steel performance. Funded by BHP, the Australia Council and NSW Ministry for the Arts Newcastle 1999

Kin Tucka Tiddas set sculptor with actors for Nogoroe-kah Indigenous Theatre & writer/director Fiona Winning. Funded by the Australia Council & NSW Ministry for the Arts Newcastle 1999

Giant cicada float, Sydney Mardi Gras, people living with HIV/Aids & Nogoroe-kah Indigenous Theatre Company Newcastle 1998

B u i l t    E n v i r o n m e n t 
Eco-house 3: 1st DA approved small-scale 3 stage-deemed dwellable construction for the Blue Mountains 2021
Eco-house 2: re-purposed train carriage house 1st DA approved train carriage dwelling for the Blue Mountains 2008
Eco-house 1: re-used material dwelling built for under $15,000 2009
Glebe Audiotour: seeing what’s left Audiotour of political hotspots of Australia’s left wing history. Funded to concept stage, City of Sydney 2006-7
Terrain Vague public artwork with Brearley Architects + Urbanists Shanghai 2005
Initiation: submission containment liberation 3 sculptural works with plantings by Morriset Hospital forensic clients. Funded by Gosford City Council, in-kind support Gosford Quarries & Organic Matters Ourimbah 2004
ARTnode sculptural trail with 12 artists, horticulturalists & groups of people with disabilities. Five carved stone works, access audio guide, access map & documentary. Funded by Australia Council CCD & NSW Ministry for the Arts CCD & Indigenous Programs, & Centenary of Federation Fund Newcastle 1999-2003
Designs for children’s play equipment. Commissioned by Pambulong Development Lake Macquarie 2001
Mural coordinator at Hunter Orthopedic School. Funded by Australian Navy / Artstart Newcastle 1998
Seams like Newcastle railway station access ramp with 99 collaborators with a disability. Funded by Newcastle (invasionist) Bicentenary Events Corporation Newcastle 1997
Hunter Adolescent Support Unit mural coordinator & collaborator. Funded by Artstart Newcastle 1997

P r e s e n t a t i o n

‘Revisioning Pedagogical Practices through Ecoart’ College Art Association  conference, Boston 2022
‘Masterclass in film and philosophy’ Konrad Wolf Film University, Potsdam Germany 2021
Creative retreat, Australian Earth Laws Alliance Brisbane 2018
The hitchhiker’s guide to the Symbiocene, Articulate project space Sydney 2016
Impact Journeys teleconference of the KdW-Fest with US-based eco-artists and Sweden-based social entrepeneurs, Hannover 2015
Futureland 1, Kandos Projects 2014
DAAD Mentorship program presentation, Annual Alumni Forum, Sydney 2014
Guest lecturer, CCC Research-based PhD Program, Geneva University of Art & Design 2013
Toxic Blooms
Roundtable, Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Sydney 2012
All day panellist at the artist day of the 100th CAA conference, Los Angeles 2012
Sydney College for the Arts Grad. School Conference, Critical Thinking: Research + Art + Culture, Sydney University 2011

Arts & Social Sciences for Sustainable Social Transformation Summer School, Gabravo, Bulgaria 2010
Art and Society Conference Opening Day, University of Sydney 2010
For Healing, Gosford Regional Art Gallery 2005
Inclusive E-Learning Research Project, National Showcase for Australian Flexible Learning Framework, Funded by Australian Government’s Department of Education, Science & Training Melbourne 2007 
2001: A Space Odyssey, AAANZ Conference, Newcastle 2001


R e p r e s e n t a t i o n
2012 – 2019 
Australian correspondent for Cultura21
2017 – 2019 
Earth arts curator, Australian Earth Laws Alliance
2014 – 2017 
Board member, Articulate project space, Sydney
2013 – 2014
Permaculture Blue Mountains committee member
2011 – 2013
Committee member Sydney College of the Arts Graduate School Gallery
2012 – 2014 Australian representative for the International Summer School of Arts and Sciences for Sustainability in social transformation committee member 
2008 – 2009
Member of Holroyd Council arts and cultural committee
2006 – 2007 
NSW Representative for Inclusive E-Learning Advisory Group, Australian Flexible Learning Framework, Dept of Education Science & Training
1997 – 2003
Roles during this period include Board Member Freewheels Theatre-In-Education, Newcastle Community Arts Centre & Hunter Representative for Accessible Arts

s e l e c t e d EDUCATION 

Impact and Fundraising Documentary Australia Foundation

Merging public art and experimental education MOOC, Creative Time/Duke University New York 

Managing the arts: marketing arts organisations MOOC, Goethe Institute/Leuphana Uni, Germany

Doctorate of Philosophy, Sydney University, Sydney College of the Arts

Permaculture design certificate course, Permaculture College Australia, Nimbin