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  Biography: Amanda Shelsher
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North Fremantle
Perth 6159, W.A.

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Born: Western Australia 1971

1992       Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary/Art).Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia.
1989-91  Bachelor of Arts - Visual Arts. Ceramics. Curtin University of Technology, WA.

Professional Development
2014      Hale Junior School – Artist presentation and demonstration to Junior school art teachers.
2014      Lake Joondalup Baptist College – Artist presentation and demonstration to senior students.
2013       Applecross Primary School – Ceramic handbuilding workshop with year 5 -7’s.
2012       Public Art sculpture Unit. Lecturer Tony Jones. Central TAFE, Western Australia.
2011       Ceramic sculpture workshops Pre Primary & Year Three Students Churchlands Primary School W.A
2011       Artist presentation and demonstration Kingsway Christian College, Darch.Western Australia
2011       Artist presentation and demonstration Sacred Heart College, Sorrento. Western Australia
2011       Artist presentation and demonstration-Lake Joondalup Baptist College Joondalup. Western Australia
2011       Artist presentation. Hale School, Wembley Downs, Western Australia
2011       Artist presentation, All Saints College, Bull Creek, Western Australia
2010       Artist talk / presentation, ANU Ceramic workshop invitation by Snr lecturer Janet De Boos. Canberra
2009       Artist Presentation. Stretch Festival. Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Art Gallery, Mandurah, WA
2009       Workshop and Artist Presentation. Penrhos College. Perth, WA.
2008       Panel member. “State of the West – Ceramic survey”.  Symposium. Central TAFE Perth, WA.
2008       Presenter - Artist talk “State of the West” Ceramic survey”
Central TAFE Perth, WA.
2007       Scion Installation L . A  Space. Installed “Australian Characters” group exhibition. Los Angeles, U.S.A.
2007       Artist Presentation: “Garden of Curiosities” FORM-  Centre for Craft and Design, Perth, WA.
2006       Gallery Assistant.  Art Taipei. Hua Shan Culture Park. Taipei. Taiwan.
2002       Australia - Korea Foundation 10th Festival, Seoul, Korea - represented by CraftwesT, Perth, WA.

Solo Exhibitions
2014       Tattoo & beautiful Women, Kidogo Art House, Fremantle curated by Gallery East
2014       Precarious, solo exhibition,  Beaver Galleries Canberra Australia.
2013       Nature / Nurture. 19Karen Gallery. Mermaid Beach Qld Australia.
2012       Gallery Aloft – Solo. Rozelle NSW, Australia.
2011       Inked. Gallery East.  North Fremantle Western Australia
2010       Earthly Perspectives. Beaver Galleries. Canberra, ACT.
2009       Wild Surburbia. Greenhill Galleries Adelaide. Adelaide, South Australia.
2009       Bloom. L K Galleries, Subiaco, WA.
2009       Stretch Festival. Feature artist. Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. Mandurah, WA.
2007       Garden of Curiosities. FORM. Contemporary Craft and Design, Perth. WA.                    
2007        SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier. Represented by Raglan Gallery, Manly, Sydney, Australia. Chicago, USA.
2006        SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier. Represented by Raglan Gallery, Manly, Sydney, Australia. Chicago, USA. 
2006       Fubon Art Foundation. Taipei. “18th Feast of the Mind. Buffet of Art”. Taiwan.
2006       Collect V & A Museum, London. Represented by Raglan Gallery, Manly, NSW. Australia, England.
2005        SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier. Represented by Raglan Gallery, Manly, Sydney, Australia. Chicago, USA.
2004       Precious. Beaver Galleries. Canberra, ACT.
2004        SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier. Represented by Raglan Gallery, Manly, Sydney, Australia. Chicago, USA.
2002       Australia - Korea Foundation 10th Festival.Aeoul, Korea. Represented by Craftwest Perth, WA.
1999       Earthbound. The Moores Building, Fremantle, WA.
1997       3 Kombies, 24 Countries and 1 Lion. Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, WA.

Selected Group Exhibitions (selected)
2014       Gold Coast International Ceramic Award finalist, Gold coast City Art Gallery, Queensland
2014       Above and Below – Ceramics and Prints, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2014       Skepsi@Montsalvat, Skepsi Gallery, Melbourner, Victoria
2013       Beaver Galleries Christmas Exhibition. Canberra Australia.
2013       Kerrie Lowe Gallery. Group Christmas Exhibition. Newtown, Sydney, Australia
2013       Artisans in the Gardens –Royal Botanic Gardens. Sydney Australia
2013       Artsource featured artist. St Hilda’s Art Fair – Mosman Park Western Australia.
2013       Unconcious Articulation. Melody Smith Gallery, Curator Zoe Barry. Perth, Australia
2013       Help the Homeless Art Auction. Fremantle Town Hall, Western Australia.
2013       Hale Art Show Hale Grammar School Perth Western Australia.
2013/14 Artitude –Crown Casino Perth Western Australia.
2012       Kerrie Lowe Gallery. Group Christmas Exhibition. Newtown, Sydney, Australia
2012       Gallery East. Christmas Show – North Fremantle.W.A
2012       A Child is Born – Wesley Church Christmas Exhibition. Curator Catherine Czerw. Perth Australia.
2012       Gold Coast International Ceramic Award Finalist.  Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland. Australia.
2012       Stations of the Cross – Wesley Church , Perth City,  Western Australia.
2012       30 x 30 Margaret River Galleries, Margaret River, Western Australia.
2011       Narrative Knot Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Manly NSW, Australia.
2011       Homage to Frida19Karen Contemporary Artspace, Mermaid Beach, Queensland.
2010       Ergon Energy CQ Ceramic Award. Rockhampton Art Gallery, Queensland.
2010       Down memory lane. Framed the Darwin Gallery. Darwin, Northern Territory.
2010       Femme Folk and Fable. Linton and Kay Contemporary, Subiaco, WA.
2010       Stanthorpe Art Award Finalist.  Stanthorpe Regional Gallery, Stanthorpe, QLD.
2009       Summer. Wagner Art Gallery. Paddington, NSW.
2009       Music Box Project. Holmes A Court Gallery. Perth, WA.
2009       Prometheus Visual Arts Award, Merrimac, QLD.
2008       State of the West. Ceramic Survey. TAFE Gallery, Perth Central TAFE Perth, WA.
2008       Mino International Ceramic Award, (First round judging) Japan.
2007       Australian Characters. Scion Installation L.A Space. Los Angeles, U.S.A.
2007,02  Alice Craft Acquisition, Alice Springs, Northern Territory,
2006       Conversations in Clay, Ananya Fine Arts, Hong Kong.
2006       Sculpture by the Sea. Cottesloe, WA.
2005,03,00  Gold Coast International Ceramic Award. Gold Coast City Art Gallery. QLD.
2005       Statements in Sculpture. Skepsi Gallery. Carlton, VIC.
2003       Remembering: Women Working for Women. Moores Building, Fremantle. WA
2003       Ceramics: The Australian and New Zealand Context .Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, 
2003       From the Fringe to the Centre. La Trobe University Art Collection. Mildura Arts Centre, VIC.
2002       Off The Wall and Grounded. La Trobe University Art Museum, Glenn College, VIC.
2002       International Ceramics Award. Sidney Myer Fund. Shepparton Art Gallery, VIC.
2000       Cerebration. Manly Art Gallery and Museum. Sydney, NSW.

Awards / Grants (SELECTED)
2013       Finalist Artsource “Telethon” public art work – Perth Art Foundation. Australia
2012       Finalist City of Cockburn Renewable Energy Public Art Sculpture
2006       City of Wanneroo Art Award. Sculpture Prize, Perth, WA.
2005       Gold Coast International Ceramic Award – Acquisition for Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD.
2001       Port Hacking Potters Group 40th Award, Sydney, NSW.
2001       Townsville Ceramic Competition, QLD.
1999       Town of Vincent - Art Award, WA.
1998,97 Jah Roc Sculpture Prize York Art Awards, WA.

City of Perth , Art Council Collection. Perth (WA); City of Wanneroo Art Collection, Perth, (WA); Gold Coast City Art Gallery (QLD); Healthway, WA Health Promotion Foundation, Perth (WA);  La Trobe University, Melbourne (VIC); Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney (NSW); National Australia Bank, Melbourne (VIC); National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (ACT); Perth College, Perth (WA);  Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton (QLD); St John of God Hospital Murdoch (WA). Private collections in Australia; Europe; Middle East; U.K include Billy Connolly; U.S.A

2014      Amanda Shelsher’s Ceramic Wonderland. Canberra Times, June 5th, Kerry Anne Cousins. Solo Review
2014      Paper clay art and practice: Rosette Gault, page 80, Bloomsbury Books
2014      Book: 500 Figures in Clay Volume 2 Lark Ceramics: Juror Nan Smith. Page 95 and 99.
2011      The West Australian: Arts today.”Tattoo art more than skin deep”, January 12th pg 2 by Lyn DiCiero
2010      The Canberra Times.  Benign and quirky works.  25th August 2010. Kerry Anne Cousins.
2009      The Advertiser. “Arts encore” pg 8 . Exhibit presents artist work immersion in her work.By Tim Lloyd.
2009      The West Australian- Today Arts.”Sculptor eyes child’s eye view”. Pg 12 April 3rd 2009.By Ara Jansen.
2009/07  Art seen in WA. Review of  ‘Bloom’  and ‘Garden of Curiosities’, Judith
2009      The Journal of Australian Ceramics Issue 48#1 pg 48 -51.By Rachel Schulze: ‘Primordial Yearnings’
2008       Ceramic Art and Perception. No 71.Pg 25 -28  by Judith McGrath. “Amanda Shelsher’s Friendly Forms”
2007       SOFA Catalogue –Chicago USA. International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional art.
2007       Ceramic Review Magazine . U. K. Issue Sept / Oct 227. Review gallery, page 20.
2007       The West Australian Visual Arts “Shining Sprit of Collaboration”.review by Ric Spencer. June 23rd.
2007       Art seen in WA  Review “Garden of Curiosities” by Judith McGrath July.
2007       Homes and Living Year Book pg 68 “Fine Figure”.
2007       Arts Hub Australia - Proust Pin- Up June 26th
2006       The Journal of Australian Ceramics. ‘Home is where the heart is’.By A.Shelsher Vol 45#3. pp22-23
2006       Art Taipei. Exhibition Catalogue 2006. pp 124 – 125.
2006       “Oh my Deer 18th Feast of the mind Buffet of Art” Taipei  Catalogue.Pg 11-12 FUBON Arts Foundation.
2006       Sculpture by the Sea. Exhibition catalogue, Western Australia.
2006       Craft Arts International magazine. Issue 66: 24th Gold Coast International Ceramics Award: pg113.
2005       Craft Arts International magazine. Issue 64.SOFA Chicago 2004 Exposition p87.Kevin Wallace
2004       Canberra Times. “Capturing the Untouched.” August 21st Panorama Arts. By Sonia Barron.
2004       SOFA Catalogue –Chicago.  pg 238
2004       The Journal of Australian Ceramics..Vol 43 # 3.“Precious” Sue Buckle. Feature article pgs 6- 9.
2003       Ceramics Art And Perception: Vol 52 pg 55:“Ceramics in the Australian & New Zealand Context”.By R.Reason.
2002       Craft Arts International magazine. Issue 55. pg 54-57. Article by Fleur Downs.

2002       Ceramics Art And Perception:  issue 48. pg 63: Gold Coast Ceramics Award. By Rosemary Macfarlane




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