Dr Jenny Brown’s artwork stakes out claims for both functional and aesthetic forms in a sophisticated multimedia practice that combines video, photography and installation, often with simple means and modes of expression. The work is animated through complex political situations that intertwine these two areas. Her main aims are to undertake better research, production and engagement that takes place within existing frameworks of culture and society to provide a more concrete way to activate art within the contours of transformative community engagement and institutional critique.

In Jenny’s community-scripted multi-screen installations community is situated inside systems and regimes that include capitalism, economics, sustainability, law and history. Her works have been exhibited in 13 countries and Minnesota Press, Artlink and Southerly publications describe work shown at the New York Film Anthology Archives (2016) and Cementa_15, in Kandos. Local exhibition spaces include Testing Grounds-Melbourne; Loose Projects, Articulate, Mori Gallery, Casula Powerhouse, At the Vanishing Point-Sydney; Unis of Canberra Newcastle & Sydney (Verge & SCA); and regional galleries in the Hawkesbury, Dubbo, Gosford and Maitland.

Residency scholarships have been undertaken with the Australia-China Council (Shanghai) and German government DAAD (Berlin), and other residencies include ГОГОЛЬFEST2009 (Kiev), House Conspiracy (Brisbane), Galleria Metropolitana (Santiago), Chateau de Sacy (Paris) & Cementa_15 (Kandos).

Large programs include the corroboree YAAMA NGUNNA BAAKA (Lower Darling 2019), artNode Sculpture Trail (Newcastle 2003) & BHP Ribbons of Steel Festival (Newcastle 1999). Other curatorial projects include the Franklin Furnace/MOMA NY performance works (Sydney 2011), Open City Film Festival as Asst. Director (Newcastle 1999) & House Conspiracy/Australian Earth Laws Alliance (Brisbane 2018).

The 25 project grants she has received include arts funding from 3 govt levels, the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal & Centenary of Federation. The local government councils of City of Sydney, Newcastle, Bourke and Gosford have provided project grants. Other grants have been received from TAFE NSW, & Sydney & Newcastle Universities and include an APA award. 

Jenny’s Sydney Uni doctorate focusses on art & ethics, sustainability, the Social Good & active citizenship (2017). Publication contributions include London Uni (2002), Journal for Artistic Research (2018), Blacktown Arts Centre (2010) & the Eco-art in Action book (2021). Invited presentations include Geneva Uni (2012) & the CAA conference all-day artist panel, Los Angeles (2010).

Employment includes delivering training & coordinating programs (TAFE, AFTRS, universities & community orgs); developing arts & culture (locally with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, the Upper Hunter Shire Council, Newcastle City Council & Blue Mountains City Council/ regionally with WSROC/ statewide with UTS Shopfront Arts NSW strategy & dLux Media Arts); & broadcasting regulation administration.

You can contact me at: jenny AT jennybrownjenny DOT com

selected  G a l l e r y

Solo Shows

Slow hope: becoming coronavirus Back Gallery, Articulate project space Sydney 2020   
Bayeux Capitalism: 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

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


Built Environment

Eco-house 2: re-used material train house 1st DA approved train carriage dwelling for the Blue Mountains

Eco-house 1:  dwelling built for under $15,000 from re-used material, 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


E v e n t s

corroboree YAAMA NGUNNA BAAKA co-initiator and coordinator. Funded by Bourke Shire Council, Fund for Rural & Regional Renewal, Bendigo Bank Katooma. 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

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

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 2005

2001: A Space Odyssey, AAANZ Conference, Newcastle 2001  

R e p r e s e n t a t i o n

2012 – current Australian correspondent for Cultura21

2017 – 2019 Earth arts curator, Australian Earth Laws Alliance

2014 – 2017 Board member, Articulate project space, Sydney

2010 – 2012 Australian representative for the International Summer School of Arts and Sciences for Sustainability in Social Transformation

2013 – 2014 Committee member Permaculture Blue Mountains

2011 – 2013 Committee member Sydney College of the Arts Graduate School Gallery

2008 – 2009 Member of Holroyd Council arts and cultural committee

2006 – 2007 NSW Representative for Inclusive E-Learning Advisory Group, Australian Flexible Learning Framework, funded by Department 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 

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