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Kym Maxwell is an interdisciplinary artist and author living in Melbourne. Her arts practice and projects explore the relationship between education and social space. She takes responsibility for realising larger arts projects and mid-sized exhibitions from conception to presentation, borrowing from theatre, choreography, policy, ethics and visual arts languages to create modes of presentation that play with form and narration, whilst also producing more personal artworks that explore streams of consciousness in response to education and group work. Maxwell’s work is presented in either curatorial, social or material form through sculpture, photography, drawing, publications, performance and/or web-based formats, aiming to represent the architecture, territories and/or language of relational, and in some cases institutional frameworks.

Maxwell is the recipient of the 2019 Australia Council Career Development grant and 2018 Ian Potter Cultural Trust’s Emerging Artist Travelling Scholarship. She holds a Masters of Fine Art (Research) at Monash University, 2017 and a Masters of Education (Teaching) at RMIT, 2007.

In 2018 and 2019 Maxwell produced a major new commission For MUMA, Objects of Longing, with Dandenong Primary School for international exhibit Shapes of Knowledge, at Monash University Museum of Art with support from Creative Victoria and Gandel Foundation. This culminated into an outdoor theatre work Objects are a Limbic System Embrace their Logic, with sound composer Daniel Jenatsch that was performed at the Ian Potter Sculptural Forecourt at MUMA. In addition, in 2019 the publication A Wharfie’s Story - play, protest and consequence: Kym Maxwell and the Collingwood College Theatre Troupe was launched at MUMA. It explores the field of pedagogic projects and their relationship to Contemporary Art discourse. It is available at Perimeter Books, MCA Store and Amazon. In 2017 Maxwell presented four solo installations: Refraction, at Kingston Arts Centre, storyboard poetics and pedagogic process (with imagery from the Collingwood College Theatre Troupe) at West Space Gallery; Informal Learning, at George Paton Gallery; and Learning Labour, at MADA Monash University. Her curatorial work La La Hi Prism (2000) was featured in National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibit, Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art from the 1990s  (2017). Maxwell curated a film program in Australian Centre for Contemporary Art’s Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism (2017- 2018) presenting artists works from 1995-2005. 


2019 Shortlisted: Darebin Arts Prize, Bundoora Homestead, Victoria

2019 Film Screening: Objects of Longing short, Dandenong Film Festival, Dandenong Arts Centre, Victoria

2019 Text Commission: Collectors and Data Deaths, Channels Festival Publication, edited by Laura Couttie, Directed by Kelli Alred

2019   Artist Page Commission: Un Projects 13.2, edited by Thomas Ragnar and Bobaq Sayed 



2019 The Turn (w/ Ali McCann), Boadle Hall Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne

2017   Refraction, Kingston Arts Centre, Melbourne

                Storyboard poetics and pedagogic process, West Space, Melbourne

                Informal Learning, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne University, Melbourne

  Learning Labour, (MFA Exhibition), Monash University, Caulfield Campus B.6, Melbourne 

2016    Parenting is Political, Bus Projects (with Angela Brennan), Melbourne

2015    If Transmission Were Material, Mural Hall, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne

2014    Liberty of The Screen, Malahang Reserve  intervention, sponsored by Banyule City Council, curated by Claire Watson, Melbourne

2013  GOODWILL (Exhibition and Publication Launch), Top Shelf Gallery, Melbourne

               GOODWILL: Memoirs of Yard Play, Research installation, Perimeter Books and Small Block Cafe, Melbourne

               Marble Run Two: The Materials are Listening with Dirk Leuschner, C3 Artspace, curated by Jon Butt, Melbourne

1999   A Rock Performance in 3 Stances, TCB Gallery, Melbourne

                Street Talk, Phyco Gallery, Melbourne

1998    I Like You, You're Natural, Phyco Gallery, Melbourne

1997    Love Poem, Phyco Gallery, Melbourne

               Videowall (curator/artist), Tenement Gallery, Melbourne



2019   Shapes of Knowledge, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, curated by Hannah Mathews

2018   A Quiet Game of Disobediences at the New Student Precinct, Melbourne University, curated by Anita Spooner.

2017   West Space Fundraiser, West Space Gallery, Melbourne                

2016   Steiner Verse with the children of Sophia Mundi Steiner School (Class 6 and pedagogue Tanya Rao). Presented at Abbotsford Convent as      part of the Liquid Architecture event 'Polyphonic Social.' Funded by the City of Yarra, curated by Emily Siddon and Joel Stern, Melbourne

2015    Video Visions, ACMI, Channels Video Art Festival, presentation of video Nasa and Moonglow, curated by Nikki Lam, Melbourne

             Embodied Sound by the Collingwood College Sound Collective for Liquid Architecture, Westspace, curated by Danni Zuvela, Melbourne

                International Women's Day Video Screening Program, VCA HUB, curated by Elizabeth Gower and Lisa Radford, Melbourne

            Tele Visions Screenings, EXPERIMENTA Biennial, RMIT Gallery (2015-2016), curated by Steve White, Regional and National locations

2014  Faux Museum, C3 Contemporary Art Space, curated by Melissa Loughan, Kate Tucker, Anusha Kenny and Ace Wagstaff, Melbourne

              Liberty of Imagination: Duelling Spheres (GOODWILL object research), Banyule Contemporary Art Fair, Hatch Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne

            Re-Raising Consciousness, TCB Gallery, curated by Fayen d'Evie, Katherine Hattam, Harriet Morgan, Melbourne

            Activist Arts Festival, Ballroom, Trades Hall, Melbourne

               Uneducated (curator/artist), Group show with 13 local and 3 international artistsCounihan Gallery, curator and artist, Melbourne                             

              This Is Not the Work, QUT Gallery, Creative Industries Precinct, curated by LEVEL, Queensland

               Finalist Substation Contemporary Art Prize, Substation, Newport, Melbourne

               Channel G Radio - sound score as part of live broadcast, Das Boot Fair, Next Wave Festival: Channel G organised by Sean Peoples, Melbourne

               La La Hi Prism Videolabel, (as part of Minor Developments) Slopes, curated by Jared Davis, Melbourne

               BackFlip: Feminism and Humour in Contemporary Art, Sydney College of the Arts, COFA, curated by Laura Castagnini, Sydney

               Industrial Estate (curator/artist), an exhibition set within a fine furniture factory in Heidelberg West, self-curated, Melbourne

2013   TeleVisions (screening), CarriageWorks: festival of video performances and art, Sydney

             BackFlip: Feminism and Humour in Contemporary Art, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA, curated by Laura Castagnini

2011    The Brunswick Project part of Slow Art Collective's curatorial project for Counihan Gallery, Melbourne

2010   Works Backyard, Sunshine and Grease Gallery, curated by Patrick O'Brien, Melbourne

2008   Skin and Bones, L’Oreal fashion Week, Bus Gallery, curated by Patrick O'Brien, Melbourne 

                Documenting Possibilities, Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange (REAIE), Documentation Centre, Hawthorn, Melbourne

2000   One2phree4, Westspace, curated by Laila Marie Costa, Melbourne

1999    Videosonic (artist/ curator), Large live public outdoor event, presented on Alt TV (20 x 12 metre screen) crn Swanston and Bourke Sts, Melbourne, May 19th. 4 sound artists and 11 video artists, Melbourne

1998   Video Performance, Synesthesisa Records, Melbourne

              URC (ULTIMATE RECORD COVER) 12", Phyco Gallery, Melbourne

              50 Record Players, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and Tenement Gallery, Melbourne, curated by      Dylan Martorell and Nathan Gray

1997  Trans, Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane, curated by Charles Robb

              50 Record Players, Tenement Gallery, curated by Dylan Martorell and Nathan Gray

               Don't Stop Now Precious Keep on Walking with Pegs Marlow, Phyco Gallery

               Shinjuku Drummer, video performance, Tenement Gallery

1992  Award Show, Norma Bull Naturalistic Portraiture Arts Scholarship, Victorian Artist Society

               Kartell, George Paton Gallery, co-curated with Charles Robb and Courtney Pedersen



2017   Masters of Fine Art (Research) Monash University

2007   Masters of Education (Teaching) RMIT 

2007   Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary)  Murdoch University

1993    Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drawing)  VCA

1988    Advanced Certificate in Art and Design  Outer Easter College of Tafe


2019 Bundanon Trust Residency, NSW: to extend Sculptural practice funded by the Australia Council.

2019 Australia Council, Career Development Grant, in support of a mentorship with artist pedagogue Jordi Ferreiro, Spain and the documentation kinetic playground in Italy.

2018 Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Emerging Artist Travelling Scholarship, mentorship and residency in Italy and Spain, June/July.

2018   Gandel Philanthropy Grant, MUMA Commission, Objects Are a Limbic System Embrace Their Logic (performance) and the Objects of Longing (exhibition) at Monash University Museum of Art with Dandenong Primary School, 2018- 2019.

2018 Creative Learning Partnerships, Creative Victoria in partnership with Monash University Museum of Art and Dandenong Primary School.

2018 City of Greater Dandenong, Small Project Grant, 2019

2017    Monash Masters Kingston  Arts Centre Exhibition Award, Kingston Arts, Melbourne

2015   Australian Post Graduate Award, Monash University, Melbourne

               City of Yarra Small Project Grant on behalf of Collingwood College Theatre Troupe, Melbourne

2014   Ephemeral Public Art Commission, Banyule City Council, Malahang Reserve Playground, Melbourne

               Artist in Residence, Hatch Contemporary Art Space, Ivanhoe, Melbourne

               Artist in Residence, Charles La Trobe College, Heidelberg West, Melbourne

              Pinpoint Ambassador, (Visual Arts), Banyule City Council, Melbourne

             Finalist, Substation Contemporary Art Prize, Substation, Newport, Melbourne 

2013   Community Arts Grant, Banyule City Council for the Industrial Estate curatorial project, Melbourne

2012   Teaching Professional Leave, Awarded by DEECD to focus on bringing the Reggio Emilia inspired approach to my teaching and learning throughout 2012 and also attend the Reggio Emilia Conference, Reggio Emilia, Italy

1992   Norma Bull Travelling Scholarship for Naturalistic Portraiture, Victorian Artist Society, East Melbourne 



2018/2019 Objects Are A Limbic System Embrace Their Logic with Dandenong Primary School, sound artist Daniel Jenatsch, choreography Rebecca Jensen, script support Georgina Criddle, photography Keelan O'Hehir, video Lara Gising and Sam Hardeman. Funded by Creative Learning Partnerships, Creative Victoria and the Gandel Foundation

2016   YOUNG PUBLICS THEATRE TROUPE, weekly classes at the Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne

2015   A Wharfie's Storyby the Collingwood College Theatre Troupe. Sound Artist: Joel  Stern, Choreographer: Gerard Van Dyke. Presented at Library at the Docks, Docklands with financial assistance from City of Yarra in collaboration with Collingwood College, Melbourne

Self - Published PUBLICATIONS

2019   A Wharfie’s Story - play, protest, consequence: Kym Maxwell and the Collingwood College Theatre Troupe. 320 pp. Edited by Kym Maxwell. Designed by Paul Mylecharane and Beayizt Worou. Copy Editor Sarah Gory. Texts by Rosemary Forde, Lisa Radford, Jim Beggs, Anais Ahkin, Kylie Wilkinson. Self-published with Ingram Press, Melbourne. Available at Perimeter Books, World Food Books, MCA Store and Amazon.

2014    Industrial Estate, 16pg. broadsheet publication. Designed by Ziga Testen, Limited edition 300. Printed in London and Melbourne, newsprint and Risograph insert. Essays by Lisa Radford and Harriet Morgan. Funded by Banyule City Council. Available at World Food Books.

2013    GOODWILL: Memoirs of Yard Play ,A5, 52 page publication. Designed by Ross Paxman. Limited edition 100. Introduction by Helen Hughes, Printed in Melbourne, card and rag paper, Australia.

1998   URC 12" Pycho Zine, 20 page self published book

                Phyco Zine N# 1,2, 3, 4 Black and White editions of 50, sold at Polyester Books

                Lust and Trust, A3, 10 page zine, Photocopies

1997    Yuki-Yakimo 10 page home made book of drawings compiled by Jac Valdman, Limited Edition 20.



2019  Bauhaus to Nowhaus w/Meredith Turnbull, Art Monthly, June edition

2013    Un. Magazine, Edition 7:1 ‘Experience and Perceptions of ‘Children’s Research’ and the Educational Turn’ 

2013     Stamm Online Journal with Lisa Radford, Sept/Oct edition ‘Social Space = PublicArt: Sean People Channel G TV’ 


2018   Curatorial selection of 5 video works for 1995-2005 for Unfinished Business: perspectives of art and feminism, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, curators Max Delany, and Anna Kristensen. Included La La Hi Prims Videolabel Series 2: Stylee, Destiny Deacon, and Virgina Fraser, Sue Dodd, Tracey Moffatt and Barbara Campbell

 2017 La La Hi Prism videolabel  Series 1: New Model in Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art from the 1990’s, National Gallery of Victoria, curators Pip Wallis and Jane Devery

2016   Parenting is Political online platform (ongoing) to accompany exhibition Parenting is Political, Bus Projects.

2014   Uneducated, Group exhibition and website with 13 local and 3 international artists. With three public program events and the re-curation of the exhibition between Emily Floyd and the children of Collingwood College, Counihan Gallery.

2014   Industrial Estate Site: Woodcraft Mobiliar, 11 visual and 3 performance artists utilise the fine furniture factory as presentation site for works about the labour of art and fuctional design production.

2000 - 2001  La La Hi Prism Videolabel series, for sale at 200 Gertrude St, ACCA, CCP, MCA, Fat 52, Alice Euphemia and Art Salon (for further details see History and Media Work)

1999   Videosonic — Alt TV presentation on Alt TV, May 19th, crn Swanston and Bourke St open air live music and video event with sound and video artists. Liased with Melbourne City Council, Yarra Trams and Melbourne Police to hold a public road blocking event that lasted 90 mins.

1998   URC 12" (Ultimate Record Cover) — Phyco Gallery,  25 visual and sound artists create their ultimate record cover, opening with additional live performances in gallery

1997   Video Wall — Tenement Gallery an assemblage of 20 TV screens playing simultaneously 20 video works from Australia, NZ and U.S artists, varying lengths.  A select screening and talks were held in gallery February 19th - 21st, 1997. Special guest Cathy Scott from Paper Tiger TV.


2019 Social Practice and Education in Contemporary Art – in conversation with Mary Mattingly and Kym Maxwell, Australian Center for Contemporary Art: facilitators, Hannah Mathews, Senior Curator MUMA and Daniel Riley, Principal of Dandenong Primary School.

2019 Reflecting on the Objects of Longing Project with Harvard University’s Project Zero educator Flossie Chua, MUMA and Independent Schools Victoria

2016    Pedagogic Project at Box Copy, Brisbane, funded by Australia Council

                Shared Discussion with Eugenia Lim, Tai Snaith and Jo Scicluna, regarding Snaith's exhibition 'Work/Life Balance' at The Other Side Gallery

2015   'Embodied Sound and the Shoreditch Experiment’,  Westspace, for Liquid Architecture, regarding the The Collingwood College Sound Collective

                What is the future of Video art?, ACMIChannels Video Art Festival

2014    How to Develop an Exhibition, Hatch Contemporary Art Space


2014     A reflection of Palle Nielsen's 'Model for a Qualitative Society' in light of authority and risk pertaining to the Image of the Child. Authority and Knowledge Conference, Department of Education, Melbourne University.

REVIEWS and Press

2019 Hannah Mathews, 3RRR Radio Interview Shapes of Knowledge and performance, Smart Arts with Richard Watts

2019 Shapes of Knowledge - Objects of Longing , Gandel Philanthropy website

2019 Objects of Curiosity, Dandenong Star Journal, February 15th, 2019

2019 Georgina Criddle, A Lesson from the Playground, Shapes of Knowledge Exhibition Publication, MUMA and Perimeter Editions, 318pp, 2019

2018 Artist Profile, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, 2018 Grantee, Ian Potter Cultural Trust website

2016    Tiarney Miekus, The polyphony of polyphonic, Un Magazine, 10.2

2015    Dylan Rainforth, Wharfie's Story inspires collaboration between artist Kym Maxwell and      Collingwood College, The Age, November 18th

2014    Sarah Werkmeister, Faux Museum, November 26th 

               Dan Rule, 'Uneducated', Around the Galleries The AgeOctober 3rd 

               Dylan Rainforth, 'Uneducated Well-Hung in Counihan Gallery', Space: Around the galleries, The Age, p.40, September 24th

               Maura Edmond, 'Kym Maxwell Uneducated @ Counihan Gallery', Primer website, September 12th 

             Emily Sexton, 3RRR Radio interview, 'Smart Arts' - Industrial Estate, January 9th, 11:00am

               Dan Rule, 'Factory makes way for fine arts in Heidelberg West factory exhibition Industrial Estate'The Age, Arts Feature, pg. 20, Jan 8th

2013    Sarah Booth, The Thousands June Calender Event — Small Block Cafe and Perimeter Book

             Penny Mondra, The Thousands, Speeding Bulletin Issue 2 — GOODWILL

                Concrete Playground Melbourne, C3 Contemporary Art Space exhibition 51

2000   Kerri-Dee Johns, New Video Art Label: An Interview with Kym Maxwell of La La Hi Prism  VideoLabel'  Like Art Magaine Winter #12. 



http://parentingispolitical.comdesigned by Robert Janes and Ziga Testen, designed by James Oates, designed by Kym Maxwell


2019 Victorian Secondary College for the Arts, Talk and workshop, MUMA

2018   A Quiet Game of Disobediences at the New Student Precinct, Melbourne University, curated by Anita Spooner.

2016 Cultural Capital and the Social Contract: Mechanics Institute, Melbourne Biennial Lab at Queen Victoria Market, Public Art Melbourne  

               iDARE 2016 (Creative Arts Research and the Ethics of Innovation exhibition), Victoria College of the Arts, Student Gallery

2014   Utopian Play Workshop with Emily Floyd, C3 Artspace Fundraiser

               Utopian Landscape Workshop, July 3rd, MOMA at Heide

              Choreography of Play, Artist in Residence at the Olympic Village Campus (Heidelberg West) Charles La Trobe College, sponsored by the Anti-graffiti campaign Banyule City Council. 



2019 Stories of the Stars, theatre performance with students and colleagues Reservoir East Primary School, at Reservoir High

2018 Objects of Longing , long term project and theatre performance Dandenong Primary School - a Creative Learning Partnership and Gandel Philanthropy, Creative Victoria, 2018

2015   Collingwood College Sound Collective series of process based workshops regarding sound, imagery and listening contractions. As part of the Liquid Architecture program What Would a Feminist Methodology Sound Like? In collaboration with harpist and composer Clare Cooper. September 11th - 28th, 2015. Westspace

2014   Collingwood College Curation Project program and workshop with Emily Floyd, a child facilitated re-curation of  exhibition Uneducated, Counihan Gallery September 11th - October 4th, 2014.


2000- 2001   Director ’La La Hi Prism Videolabel’ Series of 5 artists 2000 Electra  Damp, Eliza Hutchinson, David Noonan, Guy Benfield;  Stylee, Patricia Piccinni, Jacinta Schreuder, Nat and Ali, Hayley Arjona and Violet Faigan (Writer Lara Travis) Launched at the Empress Hotel with live music, and New Model Lane Cormick, Ricky Swallow, James Lynch, David Noonan and Stephen Honegger (Writer Andrew Mc Qualter) 2000 launched at Fat 52 Prahran

1999   Curator/Artist Videosonic an open-air live music and video event can of Swanston St and Bourke St on Alt TV, 1999.



2000 - 2001   La La Hi Prism, Videolabel Owner, producer / director (see History-LLHP)

1997 - 2000    Phyco Gallery, Melbourne City, director / curator 

1995 - 1996  ‘Media Subway’ for Channel 31, director / producer 


Works held in Private Collections



 visual and research-    text and video-

 Publicity — Radio: PBS, 3CR and RRR Press: EG, Beat, Impress. Invited by ABC to produce pilot Casey's Fire for the Recovery program


Arts Groups

1999-2000 DAMP


Lived outside the island

New York      1994 - 1995 (hard)

Taipei             2001 - 2003 (great)

Tokyo             2004 - 2005 (okay)

Guatemala 2005 - 2006 (fabulous)