Meaghan Shelton

Wednesday 24 October - Sunday 18 November 2018

Opening Wednesday 24 October, 6.30-8pm

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Artist Meaghan Shelton engages her trans disciplinary practice to address the ineffable aspects of women’s experience through the lens of traditional craft practice. Born in country Victoria, she has lived in London and Melbourne, completing both her Associate Diploma and Bachelor of Fine Art/ Visual Art at RMIT majoring in painting. Now based in the Hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, Shelton was most recently awarded her Master of Fine Art (by practice-led research) at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

A fourth generation Irish- Anglo-Australian woman, she relies on the evocation of memory within domestic spaces. Autoethnobiographical in her exploration of the craft/ fine art nexus, her practice challenges the connection between historical marginalisation of art made by women and its hierarchical valuing of materiality. These self-imposed frameworks allow her to examine insider/ outsider as that which can be experienced simultaneously. In doing so, she upends exclusions and dissolves boundaries to reveal a new semiology by which to identify rites of passage of the feminine.

The artist’s works are held in both public and private collections, including a commission by the Sunshine Coast University Public Hospital. Her textile installation, Votive, won the Regional Arts Award for Textiles in 2017 currently touring South East Queensland’s regional galleries. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious Brisbane based Clayton Utz prize and also included in 15 Artists at Redcliff City Gallery. Meaghan’s awards include the Heritage Art Prize for painting in 2015 and 2017 Gympie Regional Gallery, multiple Regional Arts Development Fund grants through both Gympie and Noosa Shires and two Arts Queensland Grant awards including the highly competitive Showcase grant award for Woven.

Meaghan Shelton’s upcoming projects for 2019 include her curatorial appointment Rites of Passage for Gympie Regional Gallery and a solo show at Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre.

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