Claire Pendrigh is an Australian visual artist. Pendrigh’s work is characterised by a search to locate the individual within the mechanics of our macrocosm. Often combining concepts from science with elements and materials from the domestic, her work explores the tension between the scale of the universe and the everyday experience of being human.

After graduating from a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours at the Australian National University in 2009, Pendrigh has continued to develop her practice by participating in artist residency programs around the world including NES Residency in Iceland (2012), Studio Kura Residency in Japan (2015), Tiapapata Arts Centre in Samoa (2019) and Awesome Arts Creative Challenge residencies with schools in regional and remote Western Australia (2015 & 2017). In 2017/18 she was a studio resident at Contemporary Arts Tasmania.

Pendrigh has exhibited both in Australia (ACT, WA, VIC and TAS) and internationally, in the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan and Samoa.


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Artist Residencies:

2019 – Tiapapata Arts Centre artist in residence (1 month), Samoa

2017 – Contemporary Art Tasmania studio resident (1 year), Hobart, TAS, Australia

2017 –  Awesome Arts Creative Challenge artist in residence program at Coolgardie Primary (1 week), Coolgardie, WA, Australia

2015 – Awesome Arts Creative Challenge artist in residence program at Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School (1 week), Bunbury, Australia

2015 – Studio Kura artist in residence (2 months), Itoshima, Japan

2012 – Nes artist in residence (2 months), Skagaströnd, Iceland


2010 – Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Canberra, Australia

2006 – 2009 – Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours, Painting, Australian National University School of Art, Australia

Selected Solo Exhibitions (from 2011):

2019 – Tiapapata, Tiapapata Arts Centre, Samoa

2018 – Blue Dot, The School House Gallery at Rosny Farm, Tasmania, Australia

2018 – At the Bottom of an Ocean of Air, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia

2018 – Clouds of a Chaotic Sky, Salamanca Arts Centre, Tasmania, Australia

2017 – Some Stars Wobble, Sawtooth ARI, Tasmania, Australia

2015 – Tea Seas, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Western Australia, Australia

2015 – Tea Seas, Studio Kura Gallery, Itoshima, Japan

2014 – Wonder, Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, Western Australia, Australia

2013 – The Sky and the Earth, Paper Mountain, Western Australia, Australia

2012 – Cosy, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, United Kingdom

2011 – BLOT, solo exhibition, Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

2011 – Blue Blue Electric Blue, solo exhibition, Canberra Grammar Gallery, Australian Capital Territory, Australia (emerging artist support scheme award)

Selected Group Exhibitions and Awards (from 2011):

2018 – Nephelokokkygia, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

2018 – Imagine, exhibition curated by Simon Gregg, Gippsland Art Gallery, VIC, Australia

2015 – Inner Space, exhibition curated by David Broker, Canberra Contemporary Art Space Gorman House, ACT, Australia

2015 – Bunbury Biennale, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, WA, Australia

2014 – Cloudburst, duo exhibition – Claire Pendrigh and Christian Lock curated by Jessica Holburn, CHASM Gallery, New York, United States

2014 – Philae Bounced, group exhibition, The Vazquez Building, New York, United States

2014 – Transplanting Disobedience, group exhibition coordinator, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Western Australia, Australia

2013 – Naked & Nude Manning Art Prize, finalist exhibition, winner of 3D award, Manning Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia

2011 – ARTillary, group exhibition as part of ARTillary human rights festival, itrip iskip, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

2011 – The Beetle and the Butterfly, duo exhibition with Michele Grimston, M16 Artspace, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, and at Window 99 gallery, Victoria, Australia


All content on this blog is by Claire Pendrigh unless otherwise stated. Images are copyright Claire Pendrigh.

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