Bianca Beetson is a Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi (Sunshine Coast) Waradjuri (NSW) woman, Born in Roma Western Qld. Studied a Bachelor of Arts Visual arts at the Qld University of Technology from 1993 -95 and Completed her Honours 1998. Bianca is currently a Doctorate Candidate at Griffith University, QLD College of art. Bianca’s is a visual artist who works in a broad range of media including: painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography and public art. To sum the work up: "It's all about skin, the skin I am in, thick and thin, the need to win, to shed my skin, to be free from sin. If you face the truth there is not proof that the skin I am in is the skin of sin!" In 1997 Bianca was selected for the Primavera exhibition at the MCA in Sydney. In 1997 Bianca won her first art award; The Anglican Church Grammar school Old Boys Association Encouragement award for artists under 25. As a member of the Campfire Group - Aboriginal artist's co-operation, she has had the opportunity to be involved in many projects based on cultural collaboration. Including “All Stock Must Go” which was included in the 2nd Asia Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery in 1996-97. In 2007 Bianca had her first Solo exhibition in Melbourne at the Australian Dreaming art gallery. In 2008 Bianca won the People’s Choice Award in the Wilson HTM National Art prize. In 2011 Bianca won the 15 Artists – Redcliffe art prize. Bianca has work in public and private collections around Australian and Overseas including Art Bank, QPAT, Redcliffe Art Gallery and Qld Art Gallery. Bianca was a formerly a member of the ProppaNOW Aboriginal artists Collective between the years of 2004 – 2011. More recently Bianca had undertaken public art commission for Charlish Park –Redcliffe, Nambour Coles redevelopment, Coolum boardwalk, Coolum Tavern, Sunshine Coast University and The Mt Cootha Botanical gardens. In 2014 Bianca has undertook a 6-week artist in residency in Alberta, Canada and in Feb 2015 will undertake a 1 month artist in residency at The Kluge Ruhe Museum in Virginia USA. When Bianca is not creating artwork she is a mother to her 2 boys, Native Title applicant for the Kabi Kabi Claim and works as the Program Director of the Contemporary Indigenous Australian Art degree at the Qld College of Art, Griffith University.
Education2012 - present Doctorate of Visual arts, Griffith University, 2007 Griffith University, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education.2005 Brisbane North Institute of Tafe , Certificate 4 Workplace Trainer and Assessor.1998 Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts - Honors)1993- 1995 Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts)SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS2007 Dont Mix your Colours, Australian Dreaming Art Gallery, Melbourne.2005 The Other Arty Beetson,1 Year Qld Touring Exhibition , Qld Arts Council.2004 Directorate Exhibition, Qld Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane2002 Walt Disney was my Story Teller, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Tandanya, Adelaide.2001 Batteries not Included, Hands on Arts, Southbank Brisbane2000 Back From The Edge, Cooloola Regional Gallery, Gympie1999 Good Vibrations New Sensations, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane.Extra Mile, Boondall Wetlands, Brisbane1998 Livid Festival, What I do on a Saturday When My Philosophy Runs Out, Installation, Brisbane1997Pepto Bismol, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane.1996-97 Sugar lady Star Crash,Cross Gallery, Brisbane.Sugar Coma,The Dog Art Space, Brisbane 1996.SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2007 Wululan Maya: tomorrows home, Spectrum Project Space, Northbridge, Perth, WA.2007 The Amersham Trophy, ProppaNow Artist Collective Space, Brisbane2007 Friendly Fire, ProppaNow Artist Collective George Petlin Gallery, South Port Qld.2006 Murri Gallery, Tellem Ya! Dreamin Gallery, Woodford Folk Festival also Gallery Curator & Co-ordinator2006 There goes the Neighbourhood, ProppaNow Artist Collective Space, Brisbane 2005 Bella Dinner, charity art auction, Museum of Contemporary art Sydney.2005 "Think & Thin", proppaNOW exhibition at the Brisbane, Powerhouse.2005 "Dumb Luck", proppaNOW exhibitition United Nations Conference, Brisbane Convention Centre.2005 ProppaNOW, Lane Gallery, New Zealand.2005 ShooshThe Campfire group Retroperspective, The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.2004 Heart & Soul,Wise-Arts Gallery, Brisbane2002Six Coats of Black, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane2002Lines II, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane2002CHOGM 2002, Coolum,curated by Campfire Group2001Gatherings, As a part of the CHOGM peoples festival, Brisbane Convention Centre2001Retail Therapy, Urban Groove, Fortitude Valley2001Pink,Redcliffe Regional Gallery, Redcliffe2001 - 2002 Black Chick's Talking - Leah Purcell & The Qld Performing Arts Trust, Commissioned Painting book cover and project branding.2000* The Procreation Show, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane.2000 *Women's Business, Breast Screening Clinic, Wesley Hospital, Brisbane.2000-2003* Transvisual, touring Qld Schools 1999* Big Smoke, The Campfire Group 1998* Beauty 2000, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.1998* Tide & Time, Environmental Collaborative Installation with Paula Payne, Boondall Wetlands.1998 * The Heritage Art Awards, Old Parliament House, Canberra.1997 * The Wild Kingdom Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.1997* Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.1997* Black Humour, Touring Nationally 1997-98..1997* Good Grief, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.1997* Churchie Emerging Art Awards, Anglican Church Grammar School, Brisbane (won under 25 category).1996* All Stock Must Go!, Campfire Group project, 2nd Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.1993 -1996 Numerous group exhibitions, displays in and around Brisbane.COLLECTIONSQld Performing Arts Trust, Brisbane, Artbank, Sydney, Qld Art Gallery (Collaborative work), Brisbane, Regional Galleries Association Queensland, and various private Collection around Australian and overseas.,
Future Shows: September - QUT window gallery, October 2016 - The Other Art Fair, Sydney 2016.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 Being Human, Kluge Ruhe Abroginal Art Collection, Virginia, USA.
2015 Selected works from the Gushul Studio, Qld College of art project Gallery.
2013 Adventures Beyond the Ultra World - Metaphoric Illuminations @ Floating Land, Boreen Point, QLD.
2011/12 Bianca Beetson @ Sugarbag Gallery, The Dreaming Festival @ Woodford Festival, Woodford QLD.
2011 Blak Majick Woman, Qld Centre for Photography, Brisbane
2008 Urban Dreams, Christina Mitchell Gallery, Albion, Brisbane.
2007 Don’t mix your colours, Australian Dreaming Art Gallery, Melbourne.
2005 The Other Arty Beetson,1 Year Qld Touring Exhibition , Qld Arts Council.
2002 Walt Disney was my Story Teller, a part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Tandanya, Adelaide.
2001 Batteries not Included, Hands on Arts, South Bank Brisbane
2000 Back From The Edge, Cooloola Regional Gallery, Gympie
1999 Good Vibrations New Sensations, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane.
1997 Pepto Bismol, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane.
1996-97 Sugar lady Star Crash, Cross Gallery, Brisbane & Sugar Coma, The Dog Art Space, Brisbane
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2016 RMIT Lightscape project: Gushul, Rodda Lane, Melbourne.
2015 Lifelines: Indigenous Contemporary Art from Australia, Musées de la civilisation, Quebec city, Canada.
Australian Artist in Milano at Milan arts expo, Milan Italy.
The Selfie show, Museum of new art, Detroit, USA.
The Clayton UTZ art prize exhibition, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane.
Quaterarary, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane.
CollaboratioNZ 15, exhibition, Whangarei New Zealand.
Warriors, Sorcerers & Spirits, Kick Arts, Cairns.
2014 East Coast Encounter, Touring Exhibition.
2013 Generate, IAM PROJECTS, The Gas Works Precinct, Newstead
Point to Point, POP Gallery, South Brisbane and Japan
2012 Hot Chocolate, SASA Gallery, University of South Australia, Adelaide
Shared Vision, Touring Exhibition various venues, Poland
2011 Jus’ Drawn, proppaNOW touring exhibition, Lake Macquarie Regional Gallery
2010 PUTSCH, proppaNOW, Adelaide Festival, Tandanya National Cultural Institute Sugarbag Gallery, Dreaming Festival, Woodford
Jus’ Drawn – proppaNOW, Linden Gallery, Melbourne
27th Telstra Aboriginal Art Awards, Finalist Exhibition, Art Gallery of the Northern Territory proppaNOW – New & Recent Works, Canberra Contemporary Art Space
2009 Sugarbag Gallery, Dreaming Festival, Woodford
Ooga Booga, proppaNOW exhibition, George Petelin Gallery, Gold Coast
Sugar Bag Gallery, The Dreaming Festival, Woodford
2005 Thick & Thin, proppaNOW, Brisbane Powerhouse
proppaNOW, Lane Gallery, New Zealand
1997 Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
COMMISSIONS & PUBLIC ART:
2014 The Feast of the Bunya’s, 3 sculptural elements at University of Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs.
2013 “The Gathering of the Tribes” 6 Sculptural elements, BCC, Botanical Gardens Mt Cootha.
“Namba” & “ Songlines” Nambour Coles - 2 sites works on building & 3 street sculptures, UAP.
“Kulum - galangur ngarawiny”Coolum Mural, on the David Low way, Sunshine Coast Council.
2012 Bloodlines/Songlines- reminiscence of Early Brisbane II, Brisbane North Busway Tunnel.
2010 Chasing the Lollyman –Designed the artwork incorporated into the stage design Toured Nationally
Story Poles, Charlish Place Redcliffe public art installation Moreton Bay Regional Council.
2010 Bloodlines/Songlines- reminiscence of Early Brisbane, Platform RBWH public art project, Museum of Brisbane, RBWH busway, Brisbane.
Qld Performing Arts Trust, Brisbane, Artbank, Sydney, Qld Art Gallery (Collaborative work), Brisbane, Regional Galleries Association Queensland, Redcliffe Regional Gallery, Maori Health Ministry, The Brian Tucker collection and various private Collection around Australia and overseas.
AWARDS & GRANTS:
2014 Gushul Studio, Indigenous Artist in Residency, University of Lethbridge,Alberta Canada’
2014 Copyright agency, $1400 grant for costs associated with Alberta Residency.
2013 Awarded Kluge Ruhe USA Artists in Residence, for 2016, partnership with Uni Virgi