(formally Brooke Carlson)

b. 1990 Sydney, Australia


September 2015 – June 2016 | LUCA School of Arts, Gent, België
Masters of Fine Arts in Mixed Media (student exchange)

2014 – present | Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney
Masters of Fine Arts (Printmedia)

2009-12 | Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney
Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours, (Painting & Printmedia)

2011 | Cardiff School of Art & Design, The University of Wales Institute, UK
Bachelor of Visual Arts (student exchange)


How About Now? (solo exhibition), Interlude Gallery, Glebe (AU) // 22nd March – 31st March 2018

Alice, Interrupted (solo exhibition), Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Manuka (AU) // June 2018

Past and Present Tense (group exhibition), Crypt Gallery, London (UK) // September 2019




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)


(2017), MCA ARTBAR curated by Julie Rrap, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Searching for Alice (2017), OFFoff Moving Word, CAMPO, Gent, België

Breath and Weight (2016), LUCA School of Arts Graduation Expo, Gent, België
Rocks, Glass, Skin and One Breath (2016), LUCA School of Arts Graduation Expo, Gent, België
Read Me (2015), Is This Art?, Shoalhaven City Arts Centre and Reigonal Gallery, Sydney
Read Me (2015), OFFoff-ON: Moving Word Part I, Art Cinema OFFoff, Gent, België

Read Me (2015) Is This Art?, Artereal Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney (screening by dLux Media Arts, curated by Alex Sutcliffe)


Drawn-Out: trace and catharsis, SCA Galleries, Rozelle (AU)

TRACES, Alpha Gallery, Erskineville, 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, Gent, België
FFFF, In De Ruimte, Gent, België
OFF-off-ON: Moving Word Part II, Art Cinema OFFoff, Gent, België
Boundaries, TUMULT Festival, Gent, België
A Performative Exhibition, Vooruit, Gent, België
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, Gent, België
Between the Lines, Verge Gallery, Camperdown, Sydney

Verge Gallery, Sydney
I See What You Did There, Brand X Space, Central, Sydney
DRAWING ABROADGallery Eight, Millers Point, Sydney
Art Month (Leichardt Open Studio Trail), Pseudo Space, Balmain, Sydney

Saatchi Screen
, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Art Alight!, Verge Gallery, Darlington, Sydney
Reflections, Pseudo Space, Balmain, Sydney

Sydney College of the Arts Graduate Degree Shows, SCA Research Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney
Hornsby Art Prize, Hornsby, Sydney
Automatic Drawings Series Two, Dedspace Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney

Sydney College of the Arts Undergraduate Show, Rozelle, Sydney
Hornsby Art Prize, Cherrybrook, Sydney

Second Year Show, Dedspace Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney

Unilever International Art Project, Tate Modern/London’s National Theatre, London, UK


Between the Lines, Verge Gallery, Sydney (Sara Morawetz, Julie Fragar, Jonathan McBurnie, Harriet Body, Stella McDonald & Brooke Leigh)

Drawing Abroad, Gallery Eight, Millers Point, Sydney (Hanna ten Doornkaat, Paul Lee, Miles Hall, Jonathan McBurnie, Melissa Howe & Brooke Leigh)


2016 | International Performance Association Venice 2016
Mayday – 10 day intensive workshop on the praxis of performance by VestandPage (Verena Stenke & Andrea Pagnes)

2016 | Body as Autonomous Zone, THE SPACE, London
Workshop with performance artist Poppy Jackson (UK)

2016 | LUCA residency at Destelheide, Dworp, België
Performance workshop with performer Marc Iglesias (BE)
Audio workshop with sound artist Johan Vandermaelen (BE)

2016A Choir of Wires, Vooruit, Gent
Korg Ms20 Synthesizer workshop with renowned audio artist Felix Kubin (DE)

2015 | Drawing Becomes Performance, Goldsmiths University, London
Workshop with artist and curator of Draw to Perform Symposium, Ram Samocha

2014 | Artist-in-Residence, Art Print Residence, Arenys de Munt, Barcelona, Spain


2015 | Royston George Booker Scholarship (Grants-in-Aid), The University of Sydney
2014Postgraduate Research Support Scholarship (PRSS), The University of Sydney
2014Artist of the Month (November), Leichhardt Council, Sydney
2010 | Jereome De Costa Memorial Award for outstanding academic achievement, The University of Sydney
2008Unilever International Art Project, Tate Modern and National Theatre, London, UK
Awarded first place for Australia, Beauty and Difference: Worlds Apart, an international juried exhibition
2007 | Academic Achievement in Photography, Video & Digital Imaging, William Clarke College
2007 | First Place Award, Roxfest Annual Art, Poetry and Prose Competition, Sydney


2014 | POPCAANZ Journal of Popular Arts of Australia and New Zealand. Presented written paper entitled Experiencing The Optical Unconscious


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.
| Dr Astrid Lorange, Between The Lines, self-published catalogue essay, Verge Gallery, Sydney
2014 | Luke Strevens, “To Draw”, DRAWING ABROAD, self-published catalogue essay, Gallery Eight, Sydney.
2014 | Dr Jonathan McBurnie, TRACES, self-published catalogue essay, Alpha Gallery, Sydney.
2014 | Dr Jonathan McBurnie, “Brooke Carlson: Traces,” SNEAKY Magazine (online), 11 August, 2014.
2014 | Jordan, Bev. “Carlson Draws Together the Wide World of Contemporary Art.” Hills Shire Times, 17 June 2014: 32.
2014 | Quiambao, Renee. “Some Sydney ARI’s.” Artlink, Vol 34, No. 3, 2014: 94.
2008 | Massey, Vanessa. “Art Goes on Show in UK.” Hills Shire Times, 11 March 2008: 76


2017 | 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
2016 | Carlson, B., ‘Time trace: A drawn perception’Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice, 1: 2, pp 223–234, doi: 10.1386/drtp.1.2.223_1
2014 | Brooke Carlson, The Optical Unconscious, POPCAANZ Journal of Popular Arts of Australia and New Zealand Conference Proceedings .
2014 | Brooke Carlson, DRAWING ABROAD, self-published catalogue essay, Gallery Eight, Sydney.
2012 | Brooke Carlson, Automatic Landscapes, unpublished Honours Research Paper, Sydney Colege of the Arts, The University of Sydney.


2015 | Visiting Guest Speaker, Macquarie University, Sydney
Presented in the Creative Arts course for Bachelor of Arts (Education) Programme and demonstrated print-making in accompanying workshop.

2015 | Life Drawing Model, Alpha Gallery, Sydney

2014 | Artist Assistant to USYD PHD Candidate, Jonathan McBurnie
Assisted with exhibition installations of works on paper and gallery wall drawings.

2013 | Gallery and Exhibitions Internship, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK
Projects included Australia: People & Places exhibition and assisting with the Art Fairs, LAPADA and STRATA, Saatchi Gallery

2013| Curatorial Assistant to independent Curator Nadia Spita, London, UK
Assisted with the project Art Carousel, The Gallery On The Corner, London

2013| Gallery and Exhibitions Volunteer, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK

2013 | Curatorial, Marketing and Exhibition Assistant, The Lumen Prize, Shanghai, China.
Worked directly under the CEO and the Media and Marketing Executive, assisting with various aspects of the Asian Leg of an international art prize tour.

2013 |  SM Wonderland, Adam Geczy, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
Assisted with performance for a major commissioned project exhibited February-April 2014



2014 | AMA (Australian Medical Association) NSW Charitable Foundation, Sydney 
Donated artwork in support of the Gala Dinner Fundraiser for Bear Cottage

2012 | 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 & UK.