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Dr Bianca Hester

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Bianca Hester is an artist and writer. She studied sculpture at RMIT, Melbourne, where she completed her practice-led PhD Material Adventures, Spatial Productions: Manoeuvring Sculpture Towards a Proliferating Event, in 2007 which won a University research prize in 2008. She was a founding member of CLUBSpropject inc in Melbourne (2002-2007) and is a continuing member of the Open Spatial Workshop collective with Scott Mitchell and Terri Bird...view more

Bianca Hester is an artist and writer. She studied sculpture at RMIT, Melbourne, where she completed her practice-led PhD Material Adventures, Spatial Productions: Manoeuvring Sculpture Towards a Proliferating Event, in 2007 which won a University research prize in 2008. She was a founding member of CLUBSpropject inc in Melbourne (2002-2007) and is a continuing member of the Open Spatial Workshop collective with Scott Mitchell and Terri Bird since 2003. Hester has lectured at Victorian College of the Arts (2004-2012) and the Sydney College of the Arts (2016), where she was a post-doctoral research fellow and the co-leader of the Space, Place and Country research cluster with Dr Saskia Beudel between 2013-2016. She is a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow (2017-2018) and was an Artspace studio resident throughout 2017. She is represented by Sarah Scout Gallery Melbourne.

Her research interests include working critically within contested space, the politics of materiality and the ethics of collaborative engagement. Recent projects work directly with the fabric of cities, where place is approached as a complex constellation of human timescales, inhuman durations, atmospheric forces, objects, histories and geologic materialities.  Her projects position an expansive form of public art distributed across times and locations, unfolding as a series of actions in response to specific contexts, and in dialogue with a range of interlocutors, participants and audiences.

Recent projects include: Sandstone (2020), Converging in time, (with Open Spatial Workshop), MUMA (2017); Constellating bodies in temporary correspondence, exhibited during ‘Endless Circulation’, Tarrawarra Biennale of Art, Tarrawarra Museum of Art (2016); movements materialising momentarily, ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland (2015); Down City Streets (with the Space Place and Country research group 2015); Fashioning Discontinuities presented during the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); Hoops: sound tests, performances, documents, Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); only from the perspective of a viewer situated upon the surface of the earth does day and night occur, Glasgow International Festival for Visual Arts, (2012); a world fully accessible by no living being, which was the winning entry for the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture (2011); please leave these windows open overnight to enable the fans to draw in cool air during the early hours of the morning, The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2010); and projectprojects at The Showroom in London (2008).

Alongside exhibitions, Hester has developed numerous practice-led publications including: Sandstone (2020); A world fully inaccessible by no living being (2011) and Converging in time (2017), which was awarded the Museums Australia Publication Design Awards for major exhibition catalogue, 2018 and the AAANZ Best University Art Catalogue, 2018.

Hester is currently a senior lecturer in Art and Design and is co-convening the Fine Art Honours cohort with Di Baker Smith and Fernando do Campo. She has experience teaching across all levels in undergraduate programs and in supervising practice-led Honours, MFA and PhD projects since 2004.

Website: www.biancahester.net

Open Spatial Workshop website: https://osw.com.au

Down City Streets: www.downcitystreets.com.au

 


My Grants

2016    Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship

2016    Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Section, Arts projects for Individuals and Groups to develop New Work (with Open Spatial Workshop)

2015    Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Section, Arts projects for Individuals and Groups to develop a publication

2014    Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Section, Skills and Arts Development General to develop a research project in Auckland

2014    NSW Arts and Cultural Development Program, Artist Support Grant

2013    DVC Research Compacts Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme (3 year full-time fellowship including research support)

2013    New Work Fellowship, Australia Council for Visual Arts

2013    New Work Fellowship (with Open Spatial Workshop) Australia Council for Visual Arts

2011    Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Section, Skills and Arts Development

2010    Helen Macpherson Smith Commission, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

2009    City of Melbourne grant to develop a publication of PhD research

2009    Arts Victoria, New Work, Presentation grant (with Open Spatial Workshop for the West Brunswick Sculpture Triennial

2006    Australia Council Visual Arts Board, Skills and Development grant

2006    Arts Victoria, International Program, Cultural Exchange

2006    Australia Council Artist Initiatives development grant for CLUBSproject Inc

2004    Arts Victoria new work development award

2001    APA (Australian Postgraduate Award) to undertake doctoral research


My Awards

 

2018    Museums Australia Publication Design Award (MAPDA) for major exhibition catalogue, for Converging in time (with Open Spatial Workshop)

2018    AAANZ Best University Art Catalogue, for Converging in time (with Open Spatial Workshop)

2011    Winner of The Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture

2008    RMIT University Research Prize for outstanding PhD project

2006    Sieman’s prize

2005    Winner of The Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture (with Open Spatial Workshop)


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

Bianca supervises practice-led  MFA and PhD projects. 

Her supervision expertise is in the follow areas: installation and expanded sculptural practices; site-specificity; new materialism; contemporary art; public art; collaborative practice.


Currently supervising

PhD

Cindy Chen. Research area: 'The Convergence of Aural and Optical Perception in the Experience of Place: How attentive listening through an experimental drawing practice can extend and challenge place representation'. Jointly supervised with Dr Uros Cvoro.

Miska Mandic. Research area: 'Pleating Time: Reframing audience relationships to ecological crisis by making visible the multiple temporalities embedded in daily experiences'. Supervised jointly with Dr Toni Ross.

 

MFA

Jo Mellor Stuart. Research area: 'Countering anthropocentric lines: reorganising the mining landscape through a feminist methodology'. Jointly supervised with Dr Fabri Blacklock.

 

 

Previous Candidates:

Kenzee Patterson, A tree branches, so does a river, SCA, University of Sydney, MFA, 2018. (Primary supervisor)

Therese Keogh, Re-building histories (and some things that happened down a well), SCA, University of Sydney, MFA, 2018. (Primary supervisor)

Chris Fox, Performative drawing apparatus: Relations of constraint and abandon, SCA, University of Sydney, MFA, 2017. (Primary supervisor)

Sarah Crow-Est, An unaccountable mass: bothersome matter and the humorous life of forms, VCA, University of Melbourne, PhD, 2012. Jointly supervised  with Dr Barbara Bolt.

Akira Tamura, Embodied Practice, experience and intuition, VCA, University of Melbourne, MFA, 2012. (Primary supervisor)

Charlie Sofo, Pebbles, shattered glass, plastic, metal and dried grass: a research project on ritual action, experience and the everyday, VCA, University of Melbourne, MFA, 2012. (Primary supervisor)

Beth Arnold, Approaching Site, VCA, University of Melbourne, MFA, 2012. (Winner of the Sutton Gallery Prize). (Primary supervisor)

Dorothea Rechner, Detours along the spectrum of visibility: embodying views through three apparatuses: imaging, experimenting, re-presenting, VCA, University of Melbourne, MFA, 2012. (Primary supervisor)

Utako Shindo, Immanent landscape, VCA, University of Melbourne, MFA, 2012. (Primary supervisor)

Bree Dalton, MFA, The semper eadem: salting flesh shoreline project, VCA, University of Melbourne, MFA, 2012. (Primary supervisor)

 

 


My Teaching

I currently convene the following courses:

Fine Art Honours 

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