Deanne Gilson

Born Melbourne
Wadawurrung (Wathaurung) Clan

Selected Group and Solo Exhibitions

2015 Opening December 5, Solo Show, Body of My Ancestors, Art Gallery of Ballarat
2014 – 2015 Past, Present & Future. Deanne and Marlene solo show. Bunjilaka Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum
2014 Contain Art Exhibition, part of the Eureka 160th celebrations, Ballarat (Invite only)
2014 Koorie Heritage Trust, Award Exhibition, Melbourne
2014 Two Pieces, Shortlisted Finalist, The Victorian Indigenous Art Awards
2014 Shortlisted Finalist, Indigenous Ceramic Art Awards, Shepparton
2014 Incinerator Art Award, Moone Ponds, shortlisted finalist
2014 Deakin University Small sculpture award shortlisted finalist, Burwood
2014 Ballarat Arts Foundation recipients award show Post Office Gallery
2014 Shortlisted Finalist, St Patrick’s Art Exhibition, Invite Only
2014 Backspace Art Gallery Ceramic Show
2013 Solo Show I See You, I Hear You, Manningham Art Gallery, Doncaster (Reconciliation week)
2013 Shortlisted Finalist, The Koorie Heritage Trust Art Awards
2013 Shortlisted Finalist, The Victorian Indigenous Art Awards
2013 Solo Show The Ballarat Four, Koorie Heritage Trust Melbourne
2012 Welcome To Our Country, Mother & Daughter, Art Gallery of Ballarat
2010 – 2012 Shortlisted finalist, Indigenous Ceramic Art Award Shepparton
2010 – 2011 St Patrick’s College, Flanagan Art Show, Invite Only, Ballarat
2006 Solo Show, Convent Gallery Daylesford
2006 Solo Show, The Window, Art Gallery of Ballarat
2006 Solo Show, Radmac Gallery, Ballarat
2002 Solo Show, The Foyer, Ballarat Base Hospital
2000 Solo Show, Convent Gallery Daylesford
1999 Solo Show, The Window, Art Gallery of Ballarat
1997 Solo Show, Convent Gallery, Daylesford


2014 Australian Catholic University Acquisition Award VIAA
2012 Highly Commended The Ballarat Arts Foundation Grant Recipient Award Exhibition
2010 Dr Mary Atkinson Scholarship Recipient for Academic Excellence
2009 Paul Mason Indigenous Art Award, University of Ballarat
2008 Ballarat Arts Foundation Grant
2007 Golden Key Honour Society Lifetime Award, University of Ballarat


2014 Australian Catholic University collection
2013 Manningham Art Gallery, Doncaster
2012 The Art Gallery of Ballarat
2012 Shepparton Art Museum
2011 Federation University of Ballarat Art Collection
Private Collections Australia, Tasmania, England, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and United States of America


2014 – 2015 Masters by Research (Visual Art) Deakin University Geelong2013 Graduate Diploma in Education Secondary, Federation University2011 Certificate IV in Aboriginal Contemporary Art & Craft

2010 Cultural Heritage Management Course, Lakes Entrance 1 Week
2007 – 2010 Graduated, Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours, University of Ballarat
1984 Diploma of Art, School of Mines & Industries TAFE

Professional Experience Overview

2015 Once Upon A Shire Booklet, Golden Plains Shire, 8 hand-painted pages depicting Wadawurrung Country stories
2015 Front Cover: Wyndham City Council, image of artwork used for front cover and throughout booklet
2015 Experienced in and available for general art workshops in paint and clay/installation, Koorie Educational Workshops, exploring Aboriginal culture taking in art, dance, music and language, forum presenter and artist talk facilitator, further experience in curating exhibitions and marking/judging art shows.
2012 – 2015 NAVA – National Association for Visual Artists Member
2009 – 2015 Welcome to Country Facilitator


Front cover: The Journal of Australian Ceramics, July, 2012


Interview by Nicholas Boesely for Indigenous Ceramic Art Award

Interview by Ann E Stewart