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Sally HART

Sally Hart by Angela Bailey.


Born Ayr, Queensland 1960. Sally currently lives and works as an artist in the Scenic Rim district.


Sally was an active participant in the 1980-1994 artist-run scene in Brisbane. Sally directly participate in artist-runs including teaching ceramics and visual art at The Activities Centre at the University of Queensland, as a member of the Artworker’s Union (Qld), the Queensland Artworkers Alliance, as a collective member of That Contemporary Art Space and the CRUX Little Alternatives group exhibition and as a featured artist in the influential 1986 group exhibition curated by Robert Linguard, Young Contemporaries at The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.


Young Contemporaries was a group exhibition  curated by Robert Lingard which included a significant range of emerging and emerged local artists staged at the  Institute of Modern Art : February 18-March 15, 1986.  Artists represented were Eugene Carchesio, Dale Chapman, Grant Dearden, Marian Drew, Brian Doherty, Maria Fillipow, Daryl Graham, Sally Hart, Shane Kneipp, Rosalinda McGovern, Sue Palmer, David Russ, John Stafford, Ross Thompson, Mark Webb, Robert Wilkie, Jay Younger, Tim Gruchy, Irene Luckus, Matt Mawson, Terry Murphy, John Willstead.


Sally collaborated on the production of and distribution of many artists’ ephemera items during this period including posters, invites, flyers and newsletters. For bands, theatres, events, forums, exhibitions and cinemas. The artist participated in many political activities at the time including May Day marches held each year in Brisbane city.


Sally Hart lives and works in Boonah, in the Scenic Rim region in SE Qld . Her work has taken her in many directions, from painting to printing; to weaving large scale outdoor sculptural work. She is interested in the interactive participatory and reflective arts practice modalities and is working on a series of large scale weavings. In 2014 Sally participated in the Arts in the Olives and exhibited her work at the Boonah Regional Art Gallery.




Live at the Centre, Scenic Rim, 2014


She’d thrown it out there like a line from a fishing reel

a piece of bait in the large hook waiting for that moment

A jerk a tug the surprised feeling when she would know it had been taken and

she could reel it in

Handle it, take it off the hook

Then the questions came

What lay at the end of the line?

What would she do with it now?

Throw it back, kill it, scale it, save the hook for another time

she was galloping furiously to the finish line

to get there as fast as she could

It had started and she wanted it to be over

Her time gone, never to return

The opportunity to explain herself lost forever

Like she had cut that line and it had floated away on the outgoing tide…

  1. Hart 1/11/13

Art Practice Keywords:

Installation, painting, drawing, collage, assemblage

Artist Role Keywords:

Visual Artist

Collaboration/ Collaborator names Keywords:

1980s: Artworker’s Union (Qld), Qld Artworker’s Alliance, John Mills National, That Contemporary Art Space. Institute of Modern Art, The Billboard Project, Le Scoops, Aromas Cafe







Various Private Collections



Studied Visual Arts, Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, Toowoomba


Women and Labour Conference, Schonell Foyer, University of Queensland


That Opening Exhibition, That Contemporary Art Space

Jenny Chirnside, Julia Selwood, Sally Hart, That Contemporary Art Space

This is That, Gladstone Regional Gallery and Museum, Gladstone


Young Contemporaries, IMA, Brisbane

State of the Art: Art of the State, Forgan Smith, University of Queensland

Sally Hart, Gavan Fenelon, Fiona Winning, That Contemporary Art Space

That First Birthday Exhibition, That Contemporary Art Space