Biography

 

 

Michael Grant (b. 1986) is currently working as a Professional Artist in Ballarat, Australia.


In 2007 Grant completed his Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Ballarat, he was subsequently awarded the Universities Travel Award.


With this award Grant was able to travel anywhere in the world. He chose Papua New Guinea (PNG). Grant travelled to PNG during his BFA Honours year at University, with the aim to paint and draw the former Second World War battlefields in PNG. While at the small coastal village of Buna he became involved in an archaeological team searching for missing Australian soldiers from the Second World War.


In 2009 Grant was invited to return Buna, PNG to again assist with the search for the missing and to be the artist recording the events that were unfolding. Both of these fieldtrips to Buna were very intense experiences for the artist and they became the basis for his Master of Visual Arts research project that was completed at the University of Ballarat.


The research Grant conducted during my Masters of Arts project has been recently recognised on a national level in Australia, with the Australian War Memorial acquiring a selection of artworks from this project along with my Master’s Thesis for their archives.
During 2011 Grant was invited to travel to Manchester, England, where he completed an artist residency. During this six week period, Grant produced a body of work that explored the legacies of the Second World War on the city of Manchester. Grant’s research practically focused on the period of heavy bombing during the Blitz.


Following the residency Grant’s artwork was featured in Drawing Paper #4 a publication produced in Liverpool, which has recently been acquired by the TATE Gallery London.


2012 saw Grant’s work feature in an exhibition of works at Fort Queenscliff, Victoria. The exhibition curated by Grant also featured the works by war artist George Gittoes. The exhibition was held to commemorate the closing of the Fort to active service personal after 152 years.


Grant continues to show his artwork in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally and is currently studying at the University of Melbourne.

 

Michael Grant

Buna, Papua New Guinea 2009

Artist CV

Solo Exhibitions

2015

'The Colonies', Central Goldfields Art Gallery. 

2013

‘The Home Front’, Steps Gallery, Melbourne.

2011

‘Buna’ Post Office Gallery, University of Ballarat.

2010

‘In the Shadow of Kokoda’, Central Goldfields Art Gallery. 
‘Prelude’ Post Office Gallery, University of Ballarat.

 

Group Exhibitions & Art Prizes

2015

'Leaving for the Front', Art Gallery of Ballarat

2014

'Small Tresures, Big Ideas', Central Goldfields Art Gallery

2012

'Conflict & Compassion: Art from Peacekeeping & Active Operations' (Exhibition with George Gittoes)
Fort Queenscliff & Salt Contemporary Art.

2011

‘Works’ Open Studio, Art Funkl, Artist in Residence, Manchester, United Kingdom.
‘We Are All In This Together’ Bureau Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom.
‘The Well’ The Golden Plains Arts Trail.

2010 

Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize. (Finalist)
Lucato Peace Prize, University of Ballarat. (Second Prize)
Flanagan Art Prize, St Patrick’s College. (Finalist)
‘Pathways into the landscape’, Central Goldfields Art Gallery.
‘Launch@22’, Space 22 Artist Run Initiative.
Post Office Gallery University of Ballarat.

2009

Affordable Art Show, Post Office Gallery, University of Ballarat.
Post Office Gallery, University of Ballarat.

2008 

‘Changing Landscape’, Central Goldfields Art Gallery.
Flanagan Art Prize, St Patrick’s College. (Finalist)
Post Office Gallery, University of Ballarat.
Linden Gallery Melbourne, Postcard prize.
EYE Exhibition, Mining Exchange Ballarat.

2007

Red Gallery, Melbourne
Post Office Gallery, University of Ballarat.
EYE Exhibition, Mining Exchange Ballarat.

2006 

Post Office Gallery University of Ballarat.

2005 

Post Office Gallery University of Ballarat.

2003 

Central Goldfields Art Gallery Maryborough.
Lombardy Elephants Artist Group Exhibition, Old Flour Mill Maryborough.

 

Education

2014 Master of Art Curatorship, University of Melbourne.

2011 Graduated, Masters by Research (Visual Arts). University of Ballarat.

2008 Graduated, Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours. University of Ballarat.

2007 Graduated, Bachelor of Visual Arts University of Ballarat.

2003 Certificate II in Arts (Interactive Multimedia)

 

Awards

2010 Lucato Peace Prize, (Second Prize), University of Ballarat.

2007 University of Ballarat, Arts Academy Travel Award.

2003 Bryan Moore Art Award recipient.

Lombardy Elephants Artist Group Award Winner, (Most Original Concept)

 

Collections

TATE, London, ( Gallery Archive, Drawing Paper #4, Published in Liverpool 2011 )

Australian War Memorial, Canberra

National Library of Australia, Canberra ( Homecoming Book, Published April 2015 )

University of Melbourne

University of Ballarat

Varies private collections throughout Australia and Internationally.

 

Artist Residences

2013

Bruny Island, Artist Residency, Tasmania.

2011

Art Funkl, Artist Residency, Manchester, United Kingdom.

Backspace Residency, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.

Bowen Studios, Buninyong, Victoria, Australia.