Denise Keele-bedford – Biography

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2002               Master of Fine Art – Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

2000               Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction –

1996               Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts)

1994               Advanced Certificate in Residential and Community Services

(Intellectual Disability)


2013               ‘Bloom of Youth: 10th Anniversary’  Imagine Gallery – Beijing

2012               Feature Artist – Stonehouse Gallery and Ruby Tuesday – Warrandyte

2011               ‘A Personal Perspective’ DaPu International Art Centre – Da Qing Heilongjiang China

2010               ‘Dream of The Red Chamber’ – Maroondah City Council Public Space Program – Maroondah Melbourne

2007               ‘One mOOnlit night: lunar 08.15’ Imagine Gallery – Beijing supported by the Australian Embassy – Beijing

“WIND FLOWer” – Imagine Gallery – Outdoor Installation May 2007

2006               “Poetic Language’ – Open Studio – Huanghua Studio – Suojia Cun PR China

2005               ‘Diyici Lai’ – Huanghua Studio – Suojia Cun PR China

‘Bundanon: spirit of place’ – Angela Robarts-Bird Gallery – Gasworks Art Park

‘Rock, paper, water: bundanon traces’ – Nillumbik Shire Offices – Greensborough

2004               ‘Colour and Place’ – Western Academy – Beijing PR China

‘After Bundanon’ – Open Studio – Stony Creek Studio Warrandyte

‘Huángjin hé Hóng Fèngxiàn’ (Golden and Red Offering) – Purrumbete Homestead Camperdown

2002               ‘Constant State of Change’ – RMIT Gossard Project Space – Melbourne                           ‘Spring’ – the edge – RMIT City Campus Melbourne

2001               ‘In the beginning’ – George Paton Gallery – Melbourne University

2000               ‘Conceived Gothic’ – PITspace RMIT Union Gallery – Bundoora

1999               ‘Changing Places’ – Touring Exhibition – Right Angle RMIT Bundoora

Swanston Artspace RMIT City Campus – reVAULT café’ – Melbourne

1998               ‘Spiritual Encounters’ – Eltham Library Gallery


2013               Irish Wave 4 – Remade – Tushanwan Museum – Shanghai

Irish Wave 4 – Hungry Mind – China Central Mall – Beijing

2012               Zibo International Art Exhibition – Zibo Museum – Shandong China

Imagine Gallery/Montpelier Outwalls Special Exhibition – Montpelier Group, 2501 CITC Tower D, 6 Jianguomenwai, Beijing

Irish Wave 3 – Intimate Revolution: Discourse on Disappointment – Seimens Art Space, 798, Beijing

Hidden Meanings, Yanchao Collection Gallery, Beijing

2011               Nillumbik 2011 Art Prize – Montsalvat – Eltham

Memoirs in a Box – Manningham Gallery – Melbourne 27 April-14 May

Irish Wave 2 – Hungry Mind – China Central Mall, 11-22 March Beijing

Convergence 2 – Seimens Art Space, 798 24 March – 2 April Beijing

2010               Irish Wave – Convergence – Beijing

Nillumbik Art Prize – Montsalvat – Eltham

4th International Art on Peace Exhibition – National Exhibition centre, Beijing

Zibo International Exhibition – No Borders – Zibo, China

Epoch Unbounded – Zhengzhou Arts Centre – Henan

Shang Shang International Art Museum – Songzhuang

Women to see the World – Colourful International Fashion Week and World Expo 2010 Shanghai Exhibition

Warrandyte Festival Art Show

2009               Eltham College Masterworks – Eltham College – Eltham

Manning Art Prize – Manning Art Gallery – Taree New South wales                                     Albury Art prize – Albury Art Gallery – Albury New South Wales

Nillumbik Prize 2009 – Montsalvat Eltham

BSG Works on paper – Brunswick Street Gallery – Fitzroy

2008               Chinese Biennial: Spatialized Chinese Character Art – Beijing

Mao to Now – Armory Gallery SOPA – Sydney

Nillumbik Prize 2008 – Montsalvat Eltham

2007               12th Guangzhou International Art Fair – Guandong China

Nillumbik Prize 2007 – Montsalvat – Eltham

30th Alice Craft Acquisition – Alice Springs

CIGE – China International Gallery Exposition – Beijing China – May

Decorate a Dog – Charity Auction April 2007 – Guide Dogs Victoria

2006               AME BALE Art Prize – Glen Eira City Council Gallery

“In the Beginning…” Touring exhibition – Chapel on Station– Box Hill/Clifton Creative Arts Centre – Richmond

25th Annual Loyola College Show – Bundoora

Warrandyte Festival Art Show – Community Church, Warrandyte

Tattersall’s Contemporary Art Prize – Substation Arts Centre, Newport (Williamstown)

2005               MLC Annual Acquisitive Exhibition – Methodist ladies College – Kew

Nillumbik Shire Council Ephemeral Sculpture Event 2005 – Wellers Restaurant –

Kangaroo Ground

Australian Beef Expo Inaugural Annual Art Award – Elmore Victoria

St. Edward’s 25th Annual Art Show – Blackburn South

2003               Nillumbik Prize 2003 – Eltham Community and Reception Centre – Eltham

Darebin-LaTrobe Acquisitive Art Prize – Bundoora Homestead – Bundoora

Maribyrnong City Council – Stony Creek Art Project – Hyde Street Park – Yarraville

‘Linden Post Card Show’ – Linden – St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Arts

2002               ‘New Collectables Art Auction’ – First Site RMIT Gallery – Melbourne

Siemens Fine Arts Scholarships – RMIT Project Space – Melbourne

32nd Alice Prize 2002 – Araluen Centre for the Arts – Alice Springs‘2002 Victorian Campus Art Prize’ – Switchback Gallery – Monash University

‘Race to Create’ Nillumbik Shire Festival of the arts – Wingrove Park Eltham

‘Linden Post Card Show’ – Linden – St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Arts

2001               ‘New Collectables Auction’ First Site RMIT Gallery – Melbourne

‘Sho Ping’ – Sydney Road Brunswick Strip Shops

2000               ‘Artist Market Umbrella Auction’ – Warrandyte Festival – Warrandyte

‘New Collectables Auction’ First Site RMIT Gallery – Melbourne


2013               The Continuing Streams – Manningham Art Gallery – Melbourne

Not Strangers – Huan Dao Gallery – Songzhuang, Beijing

Nv Yishu Series VI: A French Salon – Imagine Gallery – Beijing

2012               Warrandyte Festival Rotary Exhibition – Warrandyte Community Church

Warrandyte Arts Guide Launch – Warrandyte Community Centre – Warrandyte Australia

Exchange – Scope Gallery – Warrnambool – Australia

2011               Daqing Normal University International Art Exchange Exhibition –Daqing Heilongjiang

Imagine Colours – Imagine Gallery Beijing

Nv Yishu Series V:Viriditas – Manningham Gallery – Doncaster, Imagine Gallery – Beijing, Redtory Arts Centre – Guangzhou

Australia, China, Korea: Six artists, Three Cultures – Withspace – 798 Arts District Beijing

2010               MSWPS 101st Annual Exhibition – Glen Eira City Council Gallery

Incidental Second Arts Festival – Shangshang International Art Museum , Song Zhuang Beijing

2009               Enlightenment – 18 female artists – Nova Art Gallery – Beijing                                                         MSWPS 100TH Annual Exhibition – Glen Eira City Council Gallery

Let’s Play Together -  100 Artists Works – Beijing

Five Open Doors – BIAC – Suo Jiacun – Beijing

‘Nu Yishu Series IV: Nu Red’ Imagine Gallery Beijing

Greenview Club Inaugural Exhibition 798 Dashanzi Beijing

Victoria Artist’s Society Winter Exhibition – East Melbourne

Victoria Artists Society Bargain Sale.- East Melbourne

2008               MSWPS 99TH Annual Exhibition – Glen Eira City Council Gallery

With These Hands – Chapel on Station – Box Hill

Small Works at VAS – East Melbourne

Earth Matters – Manningham Gallery – Doncaster

VAS Annual Bargain Sale – Victorian Artists Society

2007               ‘Magic on Paper’ – ArtStreams Gallery – Warrandyte

‘Life Class Exhibition – Victorian Artists Society – East Melbourne

‘Cun zai ju feng – living cyclone’- Guanyintang Meishuguan – Gaobeidian. Beijing

’an intimate look’ UPstairs Bundanon NSW

‘Exceed-the-bounds’ Aberrance of Chinese Character – Chinese Character Base – Beijing

1st Huantie International Art Exhibition – Huantie Art Zone – Beijing

‘Nu Yishu Series lll’ – ANCA Gallery – Canberra

MSWPS 98th Annual Exhibition – Glen Eira City Council Gallery

Victoria Artists Society Bargain Sale.- East Melbourne

‘A Summer’s Day” Victorian Artists Society – East Melbourne

2006               Victorian Artists Society ‘Artist of the Year’ – East Melbourne

‘New Chinese Occidentalism – China Contemporary Art in Beijing’- Hong Xuan Base of Art,      Hai Dian district, Beijing

2nd Annual Song Zhuang Art and Culture Festival – Song Zhuang Artists Village China

‘Bamboo Gallery Exhibition 2006’ – Western Academy of Beijing – China

Qingzhou International Art Exhibition – Qingzhou, Shandong Province China

Victorian Artists Society Winter Exhibition – East Melbourne

Nu arte: episode VI – Eckersley’s Open Space Gallery – Melbourne

Victorian Artists Society ‘Winter’s Night’ exh. – East Melbourne

MSWPS 97th Annual Exhibition – Glen Eira City Council Gallery

‘Her Light in Native Colours’ – Her Presence in Colours V11 Australian Chapter 2006 – Manningham Gallery Melbourne

Victorian Artists’ Society Autumn Exhibition – East Melbourne

Victorian Artists’ Society Bargain Sale – East Melbourne

2005               ‘Nu Yishu Series One: Forest Forms and Foundry’ – Imagine Gallery Feijia Cun –PR China

‘Nu Yishu Series II: Souvenir’ – Huanghua Studio – Beijing International Art Camp – Suojia Cun – PR China

‘Chai Chai – Demolish’ – Beijing International Art Camp D Block ruins – Suojia Cun – PRChina

‘Exodus: made to move’ – Zheng Xuewu Gongzuoshi – Beijing International Art Camp – Suojia Cun – PRChina

‘Drawings and Prints’ – Victorian Artists; Society – East Melbourne

‘Cross Over’ – Cusp Gallery – Northcote

Victorian Artists’ Society Bargain Sale – East Melbourne

Victorian Artists’ Society Mounted Works – East Melbourne

2004               ‘A Winter’s Night’ Victorian Artists’ Society – East Melbourne

‘Genetics’ – Women’s Art Register – Horti Hall Gallery – Melbourne

‘Seeing Red’ – Maroondah Gallery – Ringwood

Victorian Artists’ Society Bargain Sale – East Melbourne

‘BEI GAO I.D. succession:afterthought:persistence’ – Manningham Gallery – Doncaster

2003               ‘Evidence of Place’ – Manningham Gallery – Doncaster

‘Inspiration’ – Western Academy – Beijing P.R. China

‘Nu arte episode 3’ – Eckersley’s Gallery.- Melbourne

Rembrandt Melbourne Artists Supplies Award – Victorian Artist Society – East Melbourne                    Victorian Artist Society – Drawing/Print Exhibition – East Melbourne

‘nu arte#orientation’- Eckersley’s Gallery – Melbourne

Victorian Artist Society – Bargain Sale – East Melbourne

2002               ‘strata 2002’ – Master of fine Art Graduate Exhibition – RMIT City Campus

‘Nu arte episode 2’ – 4 Cats Gallery – Abbotsford

‘wishyouwerehere’ – collaborative project for RMIT arts week – The Tivoli Artspace – Melbourne

‘In a well of Creativity’ – Manningham Gallery – Doncaster

Nillumbik Open Studio Program – Lovegrove Winery – Cottles Bridge and Eltham Wiregrass Gallery

‘Take it Away’ – Seventh Gallery – Fitzroy

2001               ‘Art at Melbourne Museum’ First Birthday Exhibition – Melbourne Museum

‘Nu Arte’ –Mansour +Hill – Melbourne

‘Brailling’ – Laneway Performance part of Melbourne Fringe Festival – Corporation Lane

‘The Myth of Reality’ – First Site RMIT Union Gallery

‘Art in the Library’ – Baillieu Library – Melbourne University

‘A Cast of Women’ – PITspace RMIT Gallery – Bundoora

2000               ‘Works 2000’ Building 2 RMIT – Melbourne

Victorian Artist’s Contemporary Art Exhibition – Melbourne


2013               BHG and Coca Cola Art Project – BHG Shangdi Mall – Haidian District – Beijing

2012               Tianjin Port Authority 60th Anniversary – Installation Commission

Australian Consulate-General Guangzhou Support Funding for ‘Meeting Halfway

2011               Da Pu International Art Centre – Da Qing – China

Australian Embassy Beijing, Bendigo Community Bank, Manningham Council, Victorian Multi-Cultual Council, Australian Consulate-General Guangzhou Support Funding for Nv Yishu Series V: Viriditas

2010               ‘Moving’ Maroondah City Council Public Space Program – Melbourne

2009               In residence Huanghua Studio Beijing – China

Australian Embassy – Beijing Support Funding for “Nv Yishu Series IV: Nv Red’

2008               In residence The Orkneys/Outer Hebrides Scotland

2007               Australian Embassy – Beijing Support Funding for ‘One mOOnlit night: Lunar 08.15”

2006               In residence Flinders Island – Bass Strait

‘Peace Wall’ design and installation – Warrandyte Uniting Church Community Project, assisted by Walter Magilton, Mary-Lou Pittard and Warrandyte Community

In residence Huanghua Studio – Beijing – China

‘Lotus in the Light’- Western Academy of Beijing. Outdoor Installation Project assisted by High School Senior Art Students

2005               In residence Huanghua Studio – Beijing – China

2004               Nillumbik Shire Cultural Development Grant

Australia-China Council Residence Award – Beijing


NAVA Artists’ Grant for ‘BEI GAO.I.D. succession:afterthought:persistence’

2003               Residency – Bei Gao Studio – Beijing

2002               RMIT Cultural and Community Grant for project:

‘THE JOURNEY under construction’

2001               ACUMA Award for: Best Innovation, New Idea or use of Technology – ‘Brailing’

Federation Residency – SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School – Doncaster

PUBLISHED (Selected)

2013               Ten Years in China – Denise Keele-bedford – Designer Lao Lv Tasun

2012               Meeting Halfway – curator Denise Keele-bedford – Sponsor EMG Art and Australian Consulate-General Guangzhou

Warrandyte Arts Guide – Sponsor Manningham Shire

Tianjin Port International Contemporary Art Exhibition – curator Yuexin Sun

Zibo International Art Exhibition – curator Bi Hong Liang

2011               Nu Yishu Series V: Viriditas – curator Denise Keele-bedford

Artists in China – Bendan Shanahan – The Weekend Australian Review – June 4-5

Redzine November – Redtory Arts Centre Publication

2010               Warrandyte Diary –Feature Artist – Stephen Reynolds

Art Monthly Australia Issue 236 – Jacqui Durrant, The Albury Art Prize

No Borders – Zibo International Exhibition – June

Lady and World: The Colorful Art Exhibition – April

2009               Bulletin 47 Summer 2009/2010 Women’s Art Register

Vic Pastel News Dec 2009/Jan.2010 The Pastel society of Victoria

The Bulletin 46 Women’s Art Register

The Bridge – June – International Women’s Day

Woman – Nu Yishu – Series IV: Nu Red – Lao Lv – March 2009

2008               When you think about art: The Ewing & George Paton Galleries 1971-2008

Editor: Helen Vivian

Chinese Biennale- Curated by Chinese Base, Published July 20th

Is bigger better?: Denise Keele-bedford Huantie Beijing China

Publisher – Department of Actinology

Contemporary Art Studio – Editor in Chief; Yang Wei – Planners:

Shen Jingdong, Denise Keele-bedford

2006               New Chinese Occidentalism -  Editor/Curator: Pan Xing Lei

Imprint – Volume 41 Number 1 Autumn 2006, Graham Blondel, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing Residency Program

2005              BIAC – Beijing International Art Camp – Ed. In Chief, Zheng Xue-Wu

COORDINATOR/CURATOR (Selected and in conjunction with the Artists 2000 Foundation Inc.)

2000 -2001   ‘New Collectables ART AUCTION’ – first Site Gallery RMIT – Australia

co-coordinator ‘Works 200’ Graduating exhibition – RMIT – Australia

2004               ‘BEI GAO I.D. succession:afterthought:persistence’ – Manningham Gallery – Doncaster – Australia

2005 -            ‘Cross Over’ RMIT MFA reunion exhibition – Cusp Gallery – Northcote – Australia

‘Nv Yishu series I: Forest Forms and Foundry’ Imagine Gallery – Beijing

‘Nv  Yishu series II: Souvenier’ – Huanghua Studio – Beijing

2007               ‘Nv Yishu Series lll: Convergence’ – ANCA Gallery – Canberra

2008               Touring Exhibitions Sun Bai Jun- ‘Floating & Mobile’ – ‘Life & Nothingness’

Gallery 314 – Chapel on Station – Churches of Christ Theological College – Wellspring – Melbourne

2009              ‘Nv Yishu Series IV: Nu Red’ Imagine Gallery Beijing

2011               ‘Nv Yishu Series V: Viriditas’ Melbourne,  Beijing and Guangzhou China: Supported by Manningham City Council, Bendigo Bank, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Australian Embassy Beijing, Australian Consulate-General Guangzhou, Redtory Art and Design Factory, Imagine Gallery – Celebrating International Women’s Day 100th Anniversary and Year of Australian Culture in China

2012               ‘Meeting Halfway’ Guangzhou China, Melbourne Australia: Supported by Australian Consulate-General Guangzhou, Bendigo Community Bank, Nillumbik Shire Community Grant – EMG Art, Chinese Museum – Celebrating 40th Anniversary of Australia China Diplomatic Relationships

2013               ‘Nv Yishu Series VI:A French Salon – Beijing: Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Imagine Gallery

‘The Continuing Streams’ – Manningham Art Gallery – Doncaster – Australia

WORKSHOPS Manningham Council Art Centre, Nillumbik Shire Public Art, Yarravile

Shire Public Art, Western Academy of Beijing, BISS – Beijing, Harrow School – Beijing, BHG Public Art – Beijing

COLLECTIONS BHG Beijing Hualian Department Store Co., Bundanon Trust, Loyola College, Nillumbik Shire Council, Containers Packaging, Zhengzhou Contemporary Art Museum, Australian Consulate-General Guangzhou, Redtory Art & Design Factory, EMG Art Guangzhou, Da Pu International Art Centre, Da Qing Normal University, Private Collections

REPRESENTATION:  Imagine Gallery –Beijing