Duncan McKay

Duncan McKay

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

About Duncan McKay

Duncan McKay is an artist, arts writer, arts and cultural researcher, and arts administrator, working in Perth since the late 1990s. His creative work usually evolves in series focused on familiar places, and explores the intersection between image-making and object-making.

He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons.) from The University of Western Australia, a Master of Creative Arts from Curtin University, and a Doctorate in the sociology of art from Edith Cowan University. He has been a practising and exhibiting artist, and is the published author of academic papers drawing on his original sociological research on the working lives of artists in Western Australia. As well as enjoying creative practice, his interests include recent and contemporary Western Australian art and artists, and investigating the notion of value in relation to arts and culture.


Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology of Art), 2013 – Drawn from Artists’ Lives: An empirical study of the situation and realisation of professional visual art practices in the Western Australian field of cultural production, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
Master of Creative Art (Visual Art, Degree by Research), 2003 – Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons.), 1999 – University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia


August 2020 - Crux - Solo Exhibition at Art at Fremantle Church.


Solo Exhibitions

August 2020 - Crux - Art at Fremantle Church.

July-August 2005 Road Works,
Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Northbridge, Perth. Curated by Hannah Mathews. (http://1995-2015.undo.net/it/mostra/26849)

May-June 2004 Coastlines, Free Range Gallery and Studios, Hay Street, Subiaco, Perth.

March-April 2004 Changing Rooms: An Installation Renovation, Kurb Gallery and Studios, William Street, Northbridge, Perth.

April - May 2002 Chrome, Free Range Gallery and Studios, Hay Street, Subiaco.

Selected Group Exhibitions

September 2017 The Wild Swans Art Group from Western Australia, Nister Gallery, Perth

May 2017 The Wild Swans Art Group from Western Australia, The Australian High Commission, Singapore

September 2016 The Wild Swans Art Group from Western Australia, Public Gallery, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan. Curated by Dr Peter Davidson (http://thewildswanartsgroup.blogspot.com.au/)

June 2016 The Wild Swans Art Group from Western Australia: Towards Uncharted Aesthetic Horizons, Gallery Opera Labo, Nishi Ku Kobe, Japan. Curated by Dr Peter Davidson. (http://galleryoperalabo.blogspot.com.au/2016/06/the-wild-swan-art-group-from-western.html)

October 2004 Cadavre Exquis, (“Stray Dog” Collaboration) Limousine Bull Art Space, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
September 2004 Born (“Stray Dog” Exhibition) Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

May 2003 Living Room at The Breadbox Gallery, James Street, Northbridge, Perth. Curated by Simon Pericich and Ben Waters.

November - December 2002 SofA 02, John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University of Technology.

1998 Paint, Object, Space, Film, Sound, Gulag Gallery, Hay Street, Perth.

1998 Hatched, National Graduate Show, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Northbridge.

1997 Outside in Space, Cullity Gallery, School of Architecture and Fine Arts, University of Western Australia.

1996 Mandorla Art Award for Religious Art, the Moores Building, Fremantle.

Publications/Reviews of Creative Work
Mathews, Hannah, 2005, Drawn Out : A Drawing Project, (40p Exhibition Catalogue), Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth
Davidson, Peter, 2005, “PICA Northbridge; Drawing Program, Drawn Out, Perth, Western Australia, Artwall: An independent site for art reviews, 13 July 2005, http://artwall.blogspot.com.au/2005/07/pica-northbridge-drawing-program-drawn.html
Snell, Ted and Barbara Cotter (Eds), 2002, SofA02: Western Australian Art No. 8, (70p Exhibition Catalogue) Visual Culture Research Unit, Curtin University of Technology, Perth
McGrath, Judith, 2002 “SoFA 02”, Art Seen in Western Australia, archived at http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/25381/20030613-0000/www.artseeninwa.com/sofa02.html