Sarah McConnell is an artist, cartoonist and environmental activist living and working on Wurundjeri country. She has been published in Meanjin and Going Down Swinging and works as the program coordinator at the Sustainable Living Foundation.

Sarah completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Drawing at the Victorian College of Art in 2011 and the Sustainability Leadership Fellowship program at the Centre for Sustainability Leadership in 2014. She has taught at LaTrobe College of Art and Design and has been involved with CLIMARTE for the biennial festival ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE.

As a member of 5 Press, a group of five artists brought together by an appreciation for handmade books and printmaking, she has participated in several book fairs in Australia and internationally, and is collected by the National Library and State Library of Victoria.

Sarah McConnell
 

Born 1990, Melbourne, Australia.

 

EDUCATION

2014 Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship

2011 BFA Drawing, Victorian College of the Arts and Music, Melbourne

2008 Certificate of Fine Art, LaTrobe College of Art and Design

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

APRIL 2019Here Today: Defending takayna/Tarkine’, St Heliers Gallery, Abbottsford Convent, Collingwood (as part of

CLIMARTE’s Biennale, ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

5  PRESS

2019 Sydney Paper Contemporary 2019, Carriageworks, Sydney

Singapore Art Book Fair 2019, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore

Melbourne Art Book Fair 2019, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

2018 Melbourne Art Book Fair 2018, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Sydney Paper Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney

HOB/ART Book Fair, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart

2017 Volume Art Book Fair, Artspace, Woolloomooloo, Sydney

         ABBE 2017, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane

Museum of Contemporary Art Zine Fair, Sydney

Melbourne Art Book Fair 2017, National Gallery of Victoria

Buku Mini  #2, Jogjakarta, Indonesia

2016  Print Space as part of Abbotsford Convent Open Spaces 2016, Abbotsford

Melbourne Art Book Fair 2016, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

2015  Volume Art Book Fair, Artspace, Woolloomooloo, Sydney

INDIVIDUAL

2019 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award, (finalist) Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle

2018 Impressions, Australian Print Workshop, Fitzroy

Landscapes Revisited, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy

Peer, Australian Print Workshop, Fitzroy

2017 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award, (finalist) Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle

        Contemporary Impressions, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy

2015 Bookmarked, Stills Gallery, Sydney

2014 Artist’s Books (reprised), George Paton Gallery, Melbourne

2013 Love Forests, Gallery One Three, Melbourne

2012 Selected VCA Graduates, Boom Gallery, Geelong

2011 VCA Graduate Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts and Music, Melbourne

PROUD, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne

Success, VCA Student Gallery, Melbourne

2010 PROUD, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne

Hands On Hands Off, VCA Student Gallery, Melbourne

2009 PROUD, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne

2008 Linden Postcard Show, Linden Gallery, Melbourne

2007 All That Would Be, LaTrobe Street Gallery, Melbourne

 

SELECTED COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITIONS

2017 TIP, (with Sian Darling), Connections Art Space, Dandenong

2013 Out of Sight, (with August Carpenter), the Henley Club, Melbourne

2012 Parallel Drift, (with Sarah Galdes), Seventh Gallery, Melbourne

2011 Drawing Translations, (with Sarah Galdes),Donkey Wheel House, Melbourne

 

PUBLICATIONS AND ARTICLES

2019Disruption’ comic published by Going Down Swinging

Cartoons published in Meanjin (Autumn and Winter editions)

2016 Brollo, Diedre: 'Fumbling Hands and Phantom Limbs: The Photograph, the Hand, and the Artist's Book,' Journal Of

Artists' Books: 39, pages 40-43

2012 ‘Ideas in an Age of Uncertainty’, Criterion, Issue 3 (author)

 

ILLUSTRATION AND VISUAL SCRIBING EVENTS

2018 'Walk This Way' poster illustration, Friends of the Earth Melbourne

2017  'Walk This Way' poster illustration, Friends of the Earth Melbourne

         'From The Consumer City To The Ecocity', The Rescope Project, Ecocity World Summit

‘Renewable Energy and Beyond’, The Rescope Project, Sustainable Living Festival

‘Redefining Progress’, The Rescope Project, Sustainable Living Festival

Satyajit Das ‘Beyond Growth As We Know It’, The Rescope Project, State Library of Victoria

2016 Economic Growth To Save The Planet’, The Understandascope, Sustainable Living Festival

‘Preventing Crimes Against Nature’, The Understandascope, Sustainable Living Festival

2015 Project illustrations for Growing Ideas Awards, Hume City Council

‘In Conversation With Charles Eisenstein’, The Understandascope, State Library of Victoria
 

COLLECTIONS

National Library of Australia

State Library of Victoria

LaTrobe College of Art and Design

Lenton Parr Music, Visual and Performing Arts Library, The University of Melbourne

Bibliotheca Librorum apud Artificem

CLIMARTE

Firbank Grammar School

 

SELECTED AWARDS

2011 HATCHED, shortlisted, PICA

Steve Cox Drawing award, Victorian College of the Arts and Music

PROUD Drawing Award, Victorian College of the Arts and Music

 

EMPLOYMENT

2016 Teacher, Advanced Drawing and Ideas, LaTrobe College of Art and Design, Melbourne

Teacher, Drawing, New York Art Tour with LaTrobe College of Art and Design, New York

2015-16 Intern and volunteer coordinator at CLIMARTE, Melbourne