Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox at Untethering Landscape Brisbane 2014
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'From The Other Side' Gouache and watercolour on paper, 30 x 42 cm, 2016


Visual Artist, Curator, Art Historian

Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox, a visual artist, was born in Dalby. She attended the University of Queensland graduating with a B.A [Art History] 1980 and subsequently worked in curatorial capacities at the National Gallery of Australia 1981, and until 1995 at various S. E Queensland regional galleries. Kathryn’s current paintings, inspired by cosmology, the scientific study of the universe, re-imagine landscape, attempting to untether it from Earth-bound horizons to embrace an expansive universal environment that affords multiple perspectives of humanity and Earth. Kathryn plays with perspective, code/text, age-old symbols and landscape elements to provoke questions about the future.


Kathryn lived in Goondiwindi 1982-2000, moving to Brisbane in 2000. Whilst active in the local Goondiwindi arts scene she was keen to exhibit her work in Brisbane; not easy to do for practical and other reasons. Distance and pre-internet communication made it difficult to transport paintings, negotiate exhibition spaces and maintain profile momentum. The label ‘regional artist’ was also problematic as it seemed to imply pre-judgements about choice of genre and subject matter. However, the arrival of MOCA provided Kathryn with an opportunity to exhibit her work in Brisbane, firstly in 1989 at its ‘Young Artist Gallery’, followed in 1992 at its ‘Loading Bay’. In 1996 Franz Ehmann and Tracey Smith offered her a show at Whitebox, the precursor to Soapbox Gallery, where she subsequently exhibited in four solo and group shows from 1997 to 2000, followed by a few exhibitions in the early 2000s. In the 90s Kathryn also exhibited at McWhirter’s Artspace, in 1991 with her brother Wilfred Brimblecombe and in 1993 as a solo exhibition.

In Goondiwindi Kathryn was involved with a local artists’ collective ‘Jump Up Arts’ [Kath Leonard, Heather Price, Lesley Hawker, Jenny Jackson, Patricia Garner]. In 1994, with Arts Queensland funding, and local monetary and in-kind support, Lyndall Milani worked with the collective to create a major installation called An Unbroken Existence, subsequently shown in Goondiwindi and at Brisbane’s IMA. During the installation process a photographic component was included in Knowing the Sensorium curated by Beth Jackson and exhibited at the IMA. In 1995 ‘Jump Up Arts’ exhibited In Response at Metro Arts. This exhibition provided each artist with an opportunity to produce work that responded to the installation experience.


Since moving to Brisbane Kathryn has continued exhibiting in alternative spaces locally and in Melbourne. She has also exhibited overseas [Dubai, London, Abu Dhabi, Seoul]. She started her BLOG in 2006, regularly posting once a week. In 2014 she was invited to have her BLOG archived in perpetuity on PANDORA, Australia’s national archive for online sites of significance and ongoing research value. Kathryn is currently an M. Phil [research] student at the University of Queensland. Her research proposes an intersection between disparate areas ie: hands-on traditional painting practices and existential risk posed by emerging technologies. She is not using her own work for the thesis, but the interest in existential risk is a result of her art practice.


Website: www.kathrynbrimblecombe-fox.com


BLOG: www.kathrynbrimblecombeart.blogspot.com

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2015 M. Phil [Research] candidate – University of Queensland

1978-80 Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland, Art History double major.



2015 CODE Graydon Gallery, Brisbane

2014 Untethering Landscape Graydon Gallery, Brisbane

2013 Cosmic Address Graydon Gallery, Brisbane

2013 Cosmology Purgatory Artspace, Melbourne

2012 Quiver Graydon Gallery, Brisbane

2011 Paradise, Pugatory Artspace [Project space for GallerySmith], Melbourne

2010 VORTEX:Seeking Stillness At Its Core, Graydon Gallery, Brisbane

2010 Frisson Graydon Gallery, Brisbane.

2008 Myoptimism @ My House, Brisbane

2007 Prayers For The Planet: We are all the same Doggett Street Gallery, Brisbane

2006 Pulse Doggett Street Gallery, Brisbane

2005 Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, United Arab Emirates

2004 Green Art Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2003 Cut Lines Mackay Artspace, Mackay

2003 Here Comes the Bride Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane.

2002 Distance Gallery 27, Cork St, London.

2002 Cut Lines Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane.

2000 Look and See [Hopefully] SOApBOx Gallery, Brisbane

1996 Knitting Time Whitebox Gallery, Brisbane

1993 McWhirter’s Artspace, Brisbane

1992 One Step At A Time, Loading Bay, MOCA, Brisbane

1989 MOCA Young Artists’ Gallery, Brisbane

1982-2000 various exhibitions in Goondiwindi.



2010 B Aware St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane

2007 Gallery L, Seoul, Korea

2006 A Gift Of Colour Mondo Arte Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2005 All My Friends Are Getting Married, Pine Rivers Regional Gallery

2003 Straticulation Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane

2002 Aesthetics Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane

1999 Living Here Now: Art and Politics, for Australian Perspecta, Artspace, Sydney

1999 Future Text, SOApBOX Gallery, Brisbane

1999 Cargo, SOApBOx Gallery, Brisbane

1997 Bildermacht, SOApBOx Gallery, Brisbane

1995 Response with Jump Up Arts [Goondiwindi Collective], Metro Art Gallery, Brisbane

1995 Common Ground, Bartleme Gallery, Brisbane

1994 An Unbroken Existence, Jump Up Arts [Goondiwindi Collective] installation, IMA, Brisbane & Goondiwindi

1982 – 2000 Various group exhibitions in Goondiwindi, Toowoomba and Brisbane.



07/08/10/11/12/13/14 /15 Tattersall’s Club $30,000 Landscape Art Prize – By invitation

Brisbane 2015 Finalist Moreton Bay Art Award

2014 Finalist Stanthorpe $20,000 Art Prize

2012 Finalist Mandorla Art Award, Perth

2011 Directors’ Cut Exhibition-Blake Prize-online

2006/10 Finalist Redland Art Award, Queensland

2008/10 Finalist Stanthorpe Art Prize

2009/07 Finalist Prometheus Art Award, Gold Coast

2008/09 Finalist LAUNCH: Clayton Utz Travelling Scholarship Award Brisbane

2009 Finalist Moreton Bay Art Award

2008/07/06 Finalist Outback Works on Paper Art Prize, Broken Hill

2008 Finalist Churchie Emerging Art Award, Brisbane

2006 Winner Works on Paper Award, Warwick Art Prize

2004 Finalist Albury Art Prize works on paper exhibition

2003 Finalist Conrad Jupiters Art Award, Gold Coast

1990 Winner Moree Art Prize

1990 Acquired at Heritage Arts Festival, Stanthorpe.

1988 Preselected National Women’s Art Award, Gold Coast.

1987 Winner Dalby Art Prize.

1977 Winner Queen’s Silver Jubilee Art Prize – Presented by Queen Elisabeth II



Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, Ipswich City Art Collection, Dalby Regional Gallery, Stanthorpe Art Collection, Various Private & Corporate collections Australia, U.S.A, U.A.E, U.K, Korea.



2005 Arts Queensland Business and Audience Development Major Grant [For Dubai Show] 2004 Arts Queensland Business and Audience Development Small Grant [For Abu Dhabi Show] 2003 and 2004 Austrade Export Market Development Grants [EMDG]



2011 For Everyone: Words and Paintings Balboa Press, US ISBN 978-1-4525-3690-3

2008 Book review of Irena Sibley’s autobiography, Self Portrait of the Artist’s Wife, Australian Women’s Book Review [Winter] EMSAH, UQ http://emsah.uq.edu.au/awsr/new_site/awbr_archive/145/Fox.html 2006-present

Weekly *BLOG posts www.kathrynbrimblecombeart.blogspot.com Selected for PANDORA



1984-92 Curator of University of Southern Queensland art collection

1990 Guest curated Opening Exhibition of Dalby Regional Gallery

1986 Contract curator with Toowoomba City Art Gallery

1980 Curatorial Assistant at National Gallery of Australia, Canberra



2016 Space and Popular Culture panel. University of Sth Australia & International Space University, France. In Adelaide 2014 Seeing Things: An OOO Symposium For Creative Researchers, Qld University of Technology

2012 Guest speaker The Women’s College[ University of Qld] March formal dinner.

2011 Guest speaker C.J Jung Society of Queensland August

2009 Pecha Kucha Brisbane Powerhouse December presentation

2009 Guest speaker Kings College [University of Qld] Foundation annual business breakfast.

2009 Guest presentation Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences co-hosted by QUT.

2008 Guest speaker Graduation ceremony [July] University of Queensland Faculties of Arts, & Behavioural & Social Sciences.

2008 Guest presenter Creative Conversation 3: Peaceful Space Sound Space & the Environment UQ.

2007 Presented Art+Artists+Conversations=Peace Talks? Australian Centre Peace & Conflict Studies, UQ.

2003-07 Various speaking engagements for government & non-government arts and trade organisations: Arts Queensland, DFAT 2004 Guest lecture Queensland College of Art, Brisbane