1963 born, Bendigo ,Victoria. Lives and works in Melbourne


2008- PhD Candidate, VCA and MCM, Melbourne University, Melbourne.

2000 Masters of Fine Art, RMIT University, Melbourne.

1991-01 Co-founder & co-ordinator. Temple Studio Gallery, Melbourne. 

1988-89 Graduate Diploma in Fine Art. Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. 

1983-86 Diploma of Fine Art, Latrobe University, Bendigo, Victoria


Awards, Grants and Commissions

2015-16 Commission. Exchange Value, (when an artist is employed to be an artist), a curatorial project by Julia Powles, North Melbourne. Australia Council.

2013 My House is Too Small, Residency 4: West Melbourne Artist Residency Program, Victoria.

2008 Residency, Birrarung House, Eltham, Australia. Parks Victoria & Nillumbik Shire Residency program. 

2006 Residency, Barcelona Studio, Spain. Australia Council.

Commission. City of Melbourne Laneway Project.

2004 Commission. On Reason and Emotion. Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia. 

2003 ‘Nillumbik Art Prize’, Eltham, Australia

2002 Commission. Heimlich/UnHeimlich, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne.

2002 Residency. Parks Victoria/Nillumbik Shire Residency Program.

2000 VA/CB Australia Council Project Grant.

1999 ‘Kedumba Drawing Award’ Leura, New South Wales, Australia

‘The Melbourne Savage Club Painting Prize’, Melbourne

1998 Commission. IKON Gallery, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

1996 VA/CB Australia Council Artist-Run Initiatives Project Grant.

1994 Residency. Sydney University Power Institute Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

1993 VA/CB Australia Council Artist-Run Initiatives Project Grant.

1989 ‘National Gallery of Victoria Society Acquisitive Prize’, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne 

1988 ‘National Gallery of Victoria Society Award’, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne


Individual Exhibitions

2017 carolyn eskdale objects drawings, Sarah Scout Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 

2013 My House is Too Small, ( Domestic Intervention ), West Melbourne,Victoria. 

2011 after objects, Sarah Scout Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2010 untitled after room, Sarah Scout Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2008 Will to Build, Conical Gallery, Melbourne, Australia Will to Build, Birrarung House, Eltham, Australia

2006 drawings and models, Counterpoint, Melbourne, Australia City of Melbourne Laneway Commission Season.

2002 three rooms. Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra.

2001 untitled rooms. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. 

1999 untitled room 6.99. Temple Studio, Melbourne.

1997 Drawings. Temple Studio, Melbourne.

untitled room 4.97. Pendulum, Sydney.

1996 untitled room 8.96. Temple Studio, Melbourne.

1995 Drawings. Ether Ohnetitel, Melbourne.

the untitled room 8.95. Building 40 Project, RMIT University, Melbourne.

1994 Reconstructed Furniture. Temple Studio, Melbourne.

1993 Navigation. Projection piece #4. Temple Studio, Melbourne.

Widow, Projection piece #3. Optik Series, Room 4, Linden Gallery, Melbourne. 

1992 I Trace You. 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne

I Trace You, Projection piece #2 Temple Studio, Melbourne.

Graft ‘Slide’ installation. 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne. 

1991 Projection piece #1. Temple Studio, Melbourne.

Procession. Platform, Spencer street, Melbourne.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 With Seeing Hands. Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne.

‘infrastructuralism’, curated by Kent Wilson, La Trobe Art Institute, Bendigo,Victoria

2016 Gesture Manifest, Liquid Architecture project, Sound Series 2016, curated by Anabelle Lacroix and Andrew Tetzlaff , BLINDSIDE gallery, Melbourne.

2015 The Material Turn, curator Rebecca Coates, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, University of Melbourne. Melbourne.

Contemporary Australian Drawing #5, SACI, Florence,Italy

2014 In some places it's illegal to hang your washing out to dry, Sarah Scout Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria 

Wild Places, Motor Works, Melbourne Grammer, Melbourne

2013 Reading the Space ; Contemporary Australian Drawing #3, New York Studio School, New York, USA

Unsettled Sculpture, Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne, Victoria.

2012 Australian Artists and Louise Bourgeois, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

Contemporary Australian Drawing #2, Wimbledon Gallery, University of the Arts, London, U.K

The National Works on Paper Award, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, Victoria,

2011 Co-opting practice, Artery Co-Op, Northcote, Australia 

2010 Inside Out, DMU Cube Gallery, Leichester, UK

Inside Out, Object Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2006 Dream Home, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

2004 On reason and emotion. Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

2003 Orifice. Melbourne Festival. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.

2002 Heimlich/UnHeimlich. Melbourne Festival, RMIT University Gallery, Melbourne.

2002 National Works on Paper. Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, Victoria, Australia 

2001 A Studio in Paris - Australian Artists at the Cité 1967-2000. S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney.

2000 Oblique Shadows. Sculpture Square, Singapore (touring Australia).

Hard Candy. Project Space Rebecca. London, U.K.

1999 Moët & Chandon Fellowship Exhibition. Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Look Again: Contemporary Prints & Drawings from the collection. NGV, Melbourne. 

The Kedumba Drawing Award Exhibition. Kedumba Gallery, Leura, N.S.W

The National Works on Paper. Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. Mornington,

1998 Eye Dreaming. Percy Grainger Museum, Melbourne University, Melbourne. Claustrophobia. IKON Gallery, Birmingham, U.K. (touring U.K. and Denmark).

All this and Heaven Too, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. Art Gallery of S.A., Adelaide.

1997 Moët & Chandon Fellowship Exhibition. Art Gallery of Queensland, Brisbane. 

1996 Location Location Location. Linden Gallery, Melbourne.

Rapport. Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; Monash University Gallery, Melbourne; Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra; The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. 

Mrs Bird’s House. Private residence, Melbourne.

Secret Archive. Platform 2, Degraves St. Subway, Melbourne.

1995 A Gathering of Shades - Images of Death in Melbourne. Temple Studio, Melbourne. 

1994 43 Countries, 75 Artists. Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France.

The Aberrant Object - Women, Dada & Surrealism. Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne. 

1993 The Forests of Ourselves - Interventions. 5th Australian Sculpture Triennial, Melbourne.

1992 F.A.C.T: A.I.P #6. Linden Gallery & Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.

Re-view. Gore Street Gallery, Melbourne.

1990 Dislocation. RMIT Gallery, Story Hall, Melbourne.


Selected References and Links

2015 Rebecca Coates, Sarah CrowEST,Fayen D’Evie, Carolyn Eskdale,Nathan Gray,Bianca Hester, Susan Jacobs, Helen Johnson, Katie Lee, Elizabeth Newman, Charlie Sofo, Sophie Takach, Isadora vaughan, Aodhan Madden and Justin Clemens, Material Turn, BW digital print + interventions, edition of 400, published by 3-ply, 2015, ISBN 978-0-9873555-8-4

2014 Robert Nelson, ‘Exhibitions dig deep in contemplation of women’s archaeology’, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, November 17, 2014

Australian Artists in the Contemporary Museum, Jennifer Barrett and Jacqueline Miller, University of Sydney, 2014, p 88

2013 Alastair Phillips, ‘Rooms’, a parallel text. My House is Too Small, Residency 4: West Melbourne, Victoria.

Melissa Keys, Unsettled Sculpture, November 12, Sarah Scout Gallery, Melbourne. 

Dan Rule, Around the galleries, The Age, December 17, 2013

Amita Kirpalani, Right thurr. STAMM (online) Nov/Dec issue 2013.

2012 Linda Michael , “One and Others : Louise Bourgeois and Australian Artists.“ Museum of Modern Art Heide, Bulleen, Victoria,Australia, catalogue publication, 2012, p83

Carolyn Eskdale, artists statement ‘Louise Bourgeois and Australian Artists.’ Museum of Modern Art Heide, Bulleen, Victoria, Australia, catalogue publication.

Cassandra Smith, ‘Louise Bourgeois and Australian Artists’, visual.artshub.com.au, Tuesday 11 December, 2012

2011 Sophie Knezic, ‘Carolyn Eskdale: Resistant Convergence.’ Exhibition text, Sarah Scout Gallery, Melbourne, August 2011.

2010 Dan Rule, ‘Carolyn Eskdale: untitled after room’. Around the Galleries, The Age, A2 March 27,

2010. Greg Creek, ‘untitled after room’. Exhibition text, Sarah Scout Gallery Melbourne, February 2010.

2008 Dream Home - the Domestic in Current Art Practice, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart

2006 Third person Collaboration, interview/catalogue. Carolyn Eskdale and Greg Creek. Project Space Publication, RMIT University Melbourne.

2004 Greg Creek. ‘Carolyn Eskdale’.’ On Reason and Emotion’, 14th Biennale of Sydney 2004, exhibition catalogue, Biennale of Sydney Ltd, 2004, pp86.

Michel Desmond, ’ On Reason and Emotion : Biennale of Sydney 2004.’ Art Monthly, August 2004, no. 172.p20.

2003 Juliana Engberg, ‘Orifice,’ Melbourne International Arts Festival Visual Arts Program exhibition catalogue, ACCA, Melbourne, Australia.

2002 Juliana Engberg, ‘The Heimlich unHeimlich’, Melbourne Festival Visual Arts Program 2002, exhibition catalogue, RMIT University Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 2002, pp 4-30

Saskia Beudel, ‘Topographies of Memory: Carolyn Eskdale’s room’, Carolyn Eskdale room, Canberra Contemporary Art Space & Carolyn Eskdale, Canberra, 2002, pp 48

2001 B. L Manger, ‘Carolyn Eskdale - Untitled Rooms’, untitled rooms, exhibition catalogue, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia, 2002, pp 2

1999 Naomi Cass, ‘Parallax Error’, Artlink, Artlink Australia, Vol 19 #1, Adelaide, Australia, 1999, pp52-55

1998 Claire Doherty, ‘Parachuting postponed: Australian Artists in Birmingham’, Artlink, Artlink Australia, Vol 18 #4, Adelaide, Australia, 1998, pp 48-50

1997 Brenda Ludeman, ‘The Fabric of Fiction’, Globe e Journal of Contemporary Art, Issue #6, Melbourne, Australia, 1997. http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/visarts/globe/ghome.html

1996 Natalia King, ‘Synthetic materials, Memory and Ephemerality’, Rapport, exhibition catalogue , Monash University, Melbourne, Australia & Singapore Art Museum, Singapore,1996, pp 4-10

Natalia King, ‘Building 49 Project’, Art & Australia, Fine Art Press Pty Ltd, Vol. 33 #4, Sydney, Australia,1996, pp 574-575

1994 Chris McAuliff, ‘Pull Up a Chair’, World Art, G+B Arts International AG, Vol 1 #2, Melbourne, Australia, 1994, pp 48-51

Ross Moore, ‘Decking out identities - performing gender’, Art Monthly, Art Monthly Australia Pty Ltd, #71, Canberra, Australia,1994, pp 6-9

Penny Webb, ‘Carolyn Eskdale - Reconstructed Furniture’, Agenda: Contemporary Art Magazine, Centre for Design RMIT, Issue #36, Melbourne, Australia, 1994, pp 11-12



Bendigo Regional Gallery, Victoria; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria; Kedumba Collection of Contemporary Drawings, Leura, NSW; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, Victoria private collections - Australia, France