Dawn Csutoros – Biography

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BORN: 1960, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Dawn Csutoros is a visual artist currently based in Melbourne, Australia.
She has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, most recently in Beijing.
Her practice continues to be informed by her personal research into Eastern philosophy and
its relevance to the contemporary world.

Along with her fine arts practice, Csutoros has also created, managed and developed large
scale public art projects exploring issues such as the environment, indigenous art,
terminal illness and ageing, linking communities on national and international levels.

Solo Exhibitions
2009 Black Diamonds, Imagine Gallery, Beijing, China
2008 Ink, Tea, Coal, Australian Embassy, Beijing, China
2007 Ink, Tea and Coal, Pickled Art Centre, Beijing, China
2007 Poetics of Space, Dickerson Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2005 Liminal – Thresholds of Being, Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
         Place of Mind, Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2003 Dawn Csutoros, Genkan Gallery, Tokyo America Club, Tokyo, Japan
         Liminal – Thresholds of Being, Royal Hobart Hospital, Australia
2001 Illumination, Mira Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
         New Works, Australian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan
         New Works 2000, Gallery Tanaka, Tokyo, Japan
         Works on Paper, El Patio Gallery, Kurashiki, Japan
2000 Silent Friction, Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
         Silent Friction, Soho Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1999 Edge of Possibilities, Bulle Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1998 A Selection, Maldinis Restaurant, Hobart, Tasmania
1996 Of Silence, Solitude and Roses, Fitzroy Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1994 Paintings 1989-94, Fitzroy Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Group Exhibitions
2007 Built Perceptions, Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2006 Redbull Music Academy 06, Melbourne, Australia
         Art Melbourne 06, Melbourne, Victoria
         The Winnowing of the Grain, Red Wall Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
         Native Australian Timber Art, Melbourne, Victoria
2005 Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
2005 Art and the Sacred and Tasmania, Schoolhouse Gallery, Rosny Historic Centre, Tasmania
         Hutchins Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, Long Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
2004 Barking up the Wrong Tree, Spacement Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
         Barking up the Wrong Tree, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
2003 Barking up the Wrong Tree, Mori Gallery, Sydney, NSW
         Future Perfect, Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
         Tasmania Living Artists Week, Hobart, Tasmania
2002 Tachikawa Festival, International Artists, Japan
         Synergy, collaboration between artists and scientists, CSIRO, Hobart, Tasmania
         Works on Paper, Mira Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
         Arts Access:Contemporary Art at ANZ Tokyo, ANZ Gallery Pavilion, Tokyo
2001 Joyeux Noel Exhibition, Gallery Chika, Tokyo, Japan
         3D Exhibition, Mira Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
         The Next Exhibition, Gallery Tanaka, Tokyo, Japan
         Food in Art, Devonport Regional Gallery, 10 Days on the Island Festival, Tasmania,
         Postcard Show, Tasmania State Library, Hobart, 10 Days on the Island Festival, Tasmania
         Southern Island Art Prize, 10 Days on the Island Festival, Stanley, Tasmania
2000 Melbourne Art Fair 2000, Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne, Victoria
         Axis, Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
1999 The 10th Alice Prize, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
         Contemporary Arts Services Tasmania Members Exhibition, CAST Gallery, Hobart
         New Abstractions, Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria
         Folksong, collaborative performance with Brigita Ozolins, Peacock Theatre, Hobart
1998 Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
         Hutchins Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, Long Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
         Contemporary Arts Services Tasmania Members Exhibition, Hobart, Tasmania
         A Flourishing Ecology, a survey of Tasmanian Printmakers, Long Gallery, Tasmania
1997/98 Odyssey, collaboration with Brigita Ozolins, installation in a shipping container,
         School of Art, University of Tasmania, and Hobart Summer Festival
1997 Affinity, Fine Arts Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart 1998
         Hues Hue? Entrepot Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
         Consuming the Feminine, collaborative performance with Helen English and
         Jenna Meade , Recital Hall, Conservatorium of Music, Hobart, Tasmania
         Have a Seat,collaboration with Antoanette Ivanova, Entrepot Gallery, Hobart, Tas
1996 Pilgrimage,collaboration with Brigita Ozolins, series of landscape installations, Tas
         Exhibition of Essence, Swingbridge Gallery, Tasmania
1995 Fringe Festival, Fitzroy Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
         Trust Bank Art Award, Launceston, Tasmania
         Tasmania Day Art Award, Swingbridge Gallery, Tasmania
1992 Postcard Show, Linden Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
         Group Show, Eltham Wiregrass Gallery, Victoria
         Group Show, Reflections Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
         Not the Archibald Prize, Fitzroy Fringe Festival, Melbourne, Victoria
         Richmond Off Peak Festival, Melbourne, Victoria
         Contemporary Artists Society of Victoria Members Exhibition, Melbourne, Victoria
         Burke Hall Art Exhibition, Kew, Melbourne, Victoria
1991 Not the Archibald Prize, Fitzroy Fringe Festival, Melbourne, Victoria
1989 VTU Credit Union Art Show, Caulfield Arts Complex, Melbourne, Victoria
         Group Show, The Studio, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria

Public Collections
Australian Embassy, Beijing, China
Australian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan
JW Marriott Hotel, Beijing, China
ARTaccess, Tokyo, Japan
Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle, Australia
CSIRO, Hobart, Tasmania
Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, Australia
Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart, Tasmania
North West Regional Hospital, Burnie, Tasmania
Cambridge Fire Training Services, Cambridge, Tasmania
Bocskai Hungarian Cultural Centre, Melbourne, Australia

Bibliography
2008 ABC TV, News, Art work during Beijing Olympics
2006 Sunday Arts Program, ABC TV
2005 Hungarian World in Australia and New Zealand, Panorama Media Mix, Budapest,
         Hungary
2004 Art, Craft and ecology meet at the Styx Forest, Adam Geczy, Art Monthly
         Australia, May 2004, No, 169 Art Monthly Australian
         Dawn Csutoros: a l’aube d’une nouvelle creativite, Jean Francoise Vernay,
         Correspondences Oceaniennes, Revue culturelle neo-caledonienne, La
         Creation, Avril
         Tree Hugs, Leatherwood Online, Tasmanian magazine,www.leatherwood.com
2003 Dawn Csutoros and Her Art Projects, Stateline, ABC TV, 5 December
         Art reaches out to Community, Penny Thow, Glenorchy Gazette, January, Tas
2002 A Creative Guru is helping revolutionise aged care, Margareta Pos, The Mercury,
         Hobart, Tasmania
         Synergy, collaboration between artists and scientists, CSIRO, Hobart, Tasmania
         Art in Health, Dawn Csutoros, Australian Network Art and Health Journal
2002 Art Monthly, Australia, July
         Art in Palliative Care, Dawn Csutoros, Palliative Care Australia
         Magic Happens in Art Collaboration, Danny Rose, April 19The Mercury, HobartTas
2001 Life of an Artist, Hungarian Magazine, Community Television, Melbourne, Vic
         A Sense of Heightened Experience, Naohiko Doki,July 5, Asahi Newspaper,Tokyo
         Sea of Calm Washes over Drab Grey Walls, Patrick Cranny, July 21, The Saturday
         Mercury, Hobart, Tasmania
2000 Silent Friction, Joerg Andersch, May 27,The Saturday Mercury, Hobart, Tasmania
1999 Hungarians in Focus, Marffy Attila, July, Magyar Elet, Budapest, Hungary
1997 Fine Arts School Exhibit, Oct 16, The Star, Hobart, Tasmania
         Hue’s Hue, Joerg Andersch, October 11, The Saturday Mercury, Hobart, Tasmania
         Affinity, Joerg Andersch, October 11 The Saturday Mercury, Hobart, Tasmania
         Have a Seat, Joerg Andersch, September 27, The Saturday Mercury, Hobart,Tas
         Well Travelled Couch Takes Art to the Streets, Georgia Warner, August 28, Bay
         City Star, Hobart, Tasmania (front page)

Grants and Awards
2005 Art for Public Buildings Scheme, Arts Tasmania, Tasmanian Fire Service Training
         Commission, Cambridge, Tasmania
2003 Export Marketing Assistance Scheme, Development Grant for Tokyo,
         Dept of State Development, Tasmania
         Art Project Coordinator, Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia, Mangkaja Arts Centre, Western Australia
         Tasmanian Export Awards, finalist, Department of State Development, Hobart,Tas
2002 Arts for Public Buildings Scheme, Arts Tasmania, North West Regional Hospital,
         Burnie, Tasmania
         Tasmanian Export Awards, finalist, Department of State Development, Hobart,Tas
2001 Export Marketing Assistance Scheme, Development Grant for Tokyo,
         Department of State Development, Hobart, Tasmania
2000 Export Marketing Assitance Scheme, Touring and Development Grant for Tokyo,
         Department of State Development, Hobart, Tasmania
         Research and Development Grant , for Tokyo, Japan, Department of State
         Development, Hobart, Tasmania
1999 Artsbridge Grant, Arts Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania
1996 Multicultural Art Award, Swingbridge Gallery, Tasmania
1992 Sock it to me Baby Prize, Not the Archibald Prize, Fitzroy Fringe Festival Melbourne

Public Commissions
2006 Book cover image, The Winnowing of the Grain, Art and Craft Magazines in
         Australia 1963-1996, Michael Denholm, Carlton Street Press, Hobart, Tasmania
2004 Book cover image and article, Antipodes, A North American Journal of
         Australian Literature, New York, December USA
         Book cover image and article, Correspondences Oceaniennes, Revue
         Culturelle Neo Caledonienne, New Caledonia
2002 Book cover image, Human Sexuality, Simon LeVay, Sharon M Valente,
         Sinauer Associates Inc, USA
         Artwork, Artes: Tidskrift for Litteratur, Konst och musick, Press Data, Stockholm
         Article, Art in Palliative care, National Palliative News, Palliative Care Australian
2001 Book cover image, Antipodes, A North American Journal of Australian
         Literature, New York, June USA
         The Visitors, mural, Elizabeth College, Hobart, Tasmania

Professional Experience
2008 Study tour – China and East Silk Road
2007 Art residency – Beijing, Pickled Art Centre
2006 Study tour – Hong Kong, Europe, Morocco, New York, San Francisco
2003 Art Project coordinator – Fitzroy Crossing, Kimberleys, Western Australia
         Art residency – Oncology Ward, Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart, Tasmania
         Artist/ Project coordinator for Wilderness Society, Hobart, Tasmania
         Tour and exhibition Tokyo, Japan
2001/007 Council of Adult Education tutor, Melbourne ,Victoria and Hobart, Tasmania
2002/03 Arts Project Officer, Strathcare, Hobart, Tasmania
2002 Director/tutor Creative Art Classes for Children, Hobart, Tasmania
2001 Tour and exhibition Tokyo and Kurashiki, Japan
1996 Study tour – Europe, New York, Los Angeles
1995/98 Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of Arts, University of Tasmania, Hobart
1982/85 Art and general classroom teacher, Melbourne, Victoria Education Department,
1979/81 Diploma of Teaching, State College of Melbourne, Victoria

Community Cultural Projects
2003 The River, Life force of Fitzroy
A giant ground painting (380 sq metres) at Guwardi Ngadu Frail Aged Hostel,
Fitzroy Crossing . Due to the multiple modes of’ being of a place’, a strong sense
of connectedness to the land can continue through the creative collaboration
across all generations and the four different language groups within theFitzroy Crossing community.

2003 Tree Hugs,
An art project with the Wilderness Society involving community members, local
Tasmanian, national and international. People young and old, male and female,
knitted red sections which were pieced together to form metre long hugs.
These ‘hugs’ were then wrapped around a part of old growth forest in the Styx
Valley, Tasmania, to form a straight red line through the forest, A line of
protection, of care, of no to further logging. Knitting has been part of our
cultural heritage for generations and is an intimate and caring form of making. The
Knitted red hugs also played against the coloured tape used to earmark the trees
for harvesting.
This panorama of hugs was then filmed over a 19 hour period and then
condensed to form a video of 15 minutes, showing the beautiful hugs made from
the community in the forest through the shifting light of night to day.

2003 Liminal – Thresholds of Being
An eight week residency on the Oncology Ward, creating a body of large pastel
and pigment pictures in response to the patients, their families, friends and staff
at the Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania.

2003 Kosagi – Little Egret, Bridge to Japan
International art collaboration between elderly residents from aged care facilities
in Akashi, Japan and Strathcare, Hobart. This project featured paper based
artworks around the theme of the little egret which migrates between the two
sites. Works included life size papier mache sculptures, origami, composite
photography, aural histories, sound scapes, recordings of community radio
programes and the setting up of a recording station by the Hobart residents
themselves and local school children.

2002 ‘Creative Guru’ – position of creative arts project officer with all three facilities of
Strathcare Aged Care Facilities around Tasmania reconfiguring the face of the
elderly within the broader community using the arts as the main vehicle of
expression.

2002 Older Persons and Disabled Sector Officer
Position held with Cadence 99.3 FM community radio

2002 Mountain Magic
Collaborative project with elderly residents from Vaucluse Gardens Lodge Pty Ltd,
(aged care facility) and school children from Goulburn St, Primary School.