Previously known as Brooke Carlson
b. Sydney, Australia
2017 Master of Fine Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney (USYD)
2015-16 Master of Fine Arts, Mixed Media atelier (student exchange/visiting scholar), LUCA School of Arts, Ghent, Belgium
2012 Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), Sydney College of the Arts, (USYD)
2011 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting atelier (student exchange), Cardiff School of Art & Design, The University of Wales Institute Cardiff, UK
06 February – 02 March 2019 | Nevertheless, she persisted, curated by Rhianna Walcott, Artereal Gallery, Sydney
28 March – 25 May 2019 | Dobell Drawing Prize, National Art School, Sydney
30 April – 18 May 2019 | States and Senses, Kudos Gallery, UNSW Art & Design, Sydney (curated by Brooke Leigh)
States and Senses is an interdisciplinary exhibition that aims to build awareness about trauma and the severity of its effects. Artists: Sylvia Griffin, Brooke Leigh, Markela Panegyres, Janet Passehl and Cecilia White.
09 – 15 September 2019 | Past and Present Tense (group exhibition), Crypt Gallery, London (UK)
Once, Again, PACT: Salon: The Wild Things, curated by James Nguyen & Digby Webster, PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, Sydney
Drawn-Out, MCA ARTBAR curated by Julie Rrap, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
“Sovereignty is Nothing”, public street, LT-48244, Kaunas, Lithuania
Fracturing Silence, Croxhapox, Gent, België
BEGIN, Croxhapox, Gent, België
Silent performed at OFF-off-ON: Moving Word Part II, Art Cinema OFFoff, Gent, België
IPA Venice | Venice International Performance Art Week – Workshop Series 2016, C32, Venice, Italy
Chalk Dialogue, (performed with Kimvi Nguyen), Draw to Perform 3, curated by Ram Samocha, Crows Nest Gallery, London, UK
mE/Us, (collaboration with Hanna ten Doornkaat) Draw to Perform 3, curated by Ram Samocha, Crows Nest Gallery, London, UK
Po-po-pomo: a Discussion About Hyper-contemperaniety in Art, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston, UK (critic conference performance with Hanna ten Doornkaat, Anne Marie Dendowsky, Patrick Simkins, Martina Van de Gey, Louise Anderson, Lizzie Brewer and Rachel Pearcy)
Drawn-Out (2017), MCA ARTBAR curated by Julie Rrap, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Searching for Alice (2017), OFFoff Moving Word, CAMPO, Ghent, Belgium
Breath and Weight (2016), LUCA School of Arts Graduation Expo, Ghent, Belgium
Rocks, Glass, Skin and One Breath (2016), LUCA School of Arts Graduation Expo, Ghent, Belgium
Read Me (2015), Is This Art?, Shoalhaven City Arts Centre and Reigonal Gallery, Sydney (screening by dLux Media Arts)
Read Me (2015), OFFoff-ON: Moving Word Part I, Art Cinema OFFoff, Ghent, Belgium
Alice, Interrupted, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Manuka
Drawn-Out: trace and catharsis, SCA Galleries, Sydney
TRACES, Alpha Gallery, Sydney
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Royal Art Society Young Artist Award, Lavender Bay Gallery, Sydney
New Contemporaries, SCA Galleries, The University of Sydney
#ALLTHEFEELS , curated by Rhianna Walcott, Artereal Gallery, Sydney
Political Seducer’s Diary, curated by Joy Harris, Performance Art Instagram Performance Series, Performance Art Houston, USA
Šilainiai Project: exhibition of international art residency, Kabinetas, Kaunas, Lithuania
The Course of Things Interrupted, Croxhapox, Ghent, Belgium
FFFF, In De Ruimte, Ghent, Belgium
OFF-off-ON: Moving Word Part II, Art Cinema OFFoff, Ghent, Belgium
Boundaries, TUMULT Festival, Ghent, Belgium
A Performative Exhibition, Vooruit, Ghent, Belgium
Is This Art?, Shoalhaven City Arts Centre and Reigonal Gallery, Sydney
Art Print Residence AL MÓN, Iluro Foundation, Mataró, Barcelona, Spain
Why So Serious?, NULNULTWEE, LUCA School of Arts, Ghent, Belgium
Between The Lines, Verge Gallery, Sydney
Order/Disorder, Verge Gallery, Sydney
DRAWING ABROAD, Gallery Eight, Sydney
Saatchi Screen, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Art Alight!, Verge Gallery, Sydney
Sydney College of the Arts Undergraduate Degree Show, SCA Research Gallery, Sydney
Automatic Drawings Series, Dedspace Gallery, Sydney
Unilever International Art Project, Tate Modern/London’s National Theatre, London, UK
Between The Lines, Verge Gallery, Sydney (Harriet Body, Brooke Carlson, Julie Fragar, Jonathan McBurnie, Stella Rosa McDonald and Sara Morawetz)
Drawing Abroad, Gallery Eight, Sydney (Brooke Carlson, Hanna ten Doornkaat, Miles Hall, Melissa Howe, Paul Lee and Jonathan McBurnie)
RESIDENCIES & WORKSHOPS
Artist-in-Residence, Šilainiai Project: public spaces, Kaunas, Lithuania
International Performance Association Venice 2016
Mayday – 10 day intensive workshop on the praxis of performance by VestandPage (Verena Stenke & Andrea Pagnes)
Body as Autonomous Zone, THE SPACE, London
Workshop with performance artist Poppy Jackson (UK)
LUCA residency at Destelheide, Dworp, Ghent (BE)
Performance workshop with performer Marc Iglesias (BE)
Audio workshop with sound artist Johan Vandermaelen (BE)
A Choir of Wires, Vooruit, Ghent (BE)
Korg Ms20 Synthesizer workshop with renowned audio artist Felix Kubin (DE)
Drawing Becomes Performance, Goldsmiths University, London
Workshop with artist and curator of Draw to Perform Symposium, Ram Samocha
Artist-in-Residence, Art Print Residence, Arenys de Munt, Barcelona, Spain
AWARDS, PRIZES, GRANTS
Royston George Booker Scholarship (Grants-in-Aid) for overseas research, The University of Sydney
Postgraduate Research Support Scholarship (PRSS), The University of Sydney
Hornsby Art Prize Finalists, Sydney
Hornsby Art Prize Finalists, Sydney
Jereome De Costa Memorial Award for outstanding academic achievement, The University of Sydney
Unilever International Art Project, Tate Modern and National Theatre, London, UK
Awarded first place for Australia, Beauty and Difference: Worlds Apart, an international juried exhibition
POPCAANZ Journal of Popular Arts of Australia and New Zealand
Presented research paper entitled, Experiencing The Optical Unconscious at POPCAANZ annual conference in Hobart, Tasmania
PUBLICATIONS AS AUTHOR
Leigh, B., In The Zero Of Form: a solo exhibition by Hanna ten Doornkaat, exhibition catalogue essay, One Paved Court, London, UK.
Leigh, B., Drawn-Out: trace and catharsis, unpublished Master of Fine Arts thesis, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney.
Carlson, B., ‘Moving Marks’, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, 39: 1, pp 58-66, Cambridge: MIT Press. doi: 10.1162/PAJJ_a_00352
Carlson, B., ‘Time trace: A drawn perception’, Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice, 1: 2, pp 223–234, doi: 10.1386/drtp.1.2.223_1
Carlson, B., The Optical Unconscious, POPCAANZ Journal of Popular Arts of Australia and New Zealand Conference Proceedings http://popcaanz.com/conferenceproceedings_2014/VisualArts_Carlson.pdf .
Carlson, B., DRAWING ABROAD, self-published exhibition catalogue, Sydney.
Carlson, B., Automatic Landscapes, unpublished Honours Research Paper, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney.
Clement, Tracey. “Alice, Interrupted”, preview, Art Guide Australia, May 2018.
Jeannette Joy Harris and Steven Martz, “Performing a Seduction: Performance Art Houston’s ‘Political Seducer’s Diary'”, Political Animal Magazine (online), 14 January, 2018. https://politicalanimalmagazine.com/performing-a-seduction/
Lorange, Astrid. Between The Lines, self-published exhibition catalogue, Verge Gallery, Sydney.
Strevens, Luke. “To Draw”, DRAWING ABROAD, self-published exhibition catalogue, Gallery Eight, Sydney.
McBurnie, Jonathan. TRACES, self-published exhibition catalogue, Alpha Gallery, Sydney.
McBurnie, Jonathan. “Brooke Carlson: Traces,” SNEAKY Magazine (online), 11 August 2014http://sneakymag.tumblr.com/post/94415385354/brooke-carlson-traces
Jordan, Bev. “Carlson Draws Together the Wide World of Contemporary Art.” Hills Shire Times, 17 June 2014: 32.
Quiambao, Renee. “Some Sydney ARI’s.” Artlink, Vol 34, No. 3, 2014: 94.
Massey, Vanessa. “Art Goes on Show in UK.” Hills Shire Times, 11 March 2008: 76
AMA (Australian Medical Association) NSW Charitable Foundation, Sydney
Donated artwork in support of the Gala Dinner Fundraiser for Bear Cottage
FRANS for Arts Sake, Sydney
Art collaboration and exhibitions between people with disabilities and Sydney artists
Brooke Leigh’s works are held in various private collections throughout Australia, France, Belgium & the UK.