L e s l e y T u r n b u l l
Scottish & Australian
Through photography – sequential, fragmented or otherwise, I am exploring transformative potential of landscapes and the ambiguity of gender. I am interested in the way photography and visual representation contributes to social and political understandings of identity and subjectivity, and as an artist locates myself within practical and theoretical spaces that allow for experimentation to develop new and resolved work.
Education PHD Candidate, RMIT University, Melbourne 2013 Master of Research in Fine Art, RMIT University, Melbourne||2010 Bachelor of Fine Art with first class Honours, RMIT University, Melbourne||2009 Bachelor of Fine Art, RMIT University, Melbourne||2006 Diploma of Photography, Photographic Studies College, Melbourne, Australia||2014 Certificate 1V Training and Assessment, Melbourne||2014 Victorian Institute of Teaching Registration
Teaching Melbourne: Deakin University, RMIT University & Parkville College
Awards Winner – Star Observer Award, Australia Post Award, Midsumma Festival, Melb.||2017– Commission Testing Grounds ||2017 Winner- MELT Portrait Prize ||2017 Head-On International Photo Festival – Featured Artist||2016 Finalist- Head-On International Photo Festival Portrait Prize ||2014 Australian Council of the Arts ArtStart Award||2012 Art Link and Cultural Funding Award||2011 Australian Post-Graduate Award||2011 Finalist – Travel Endowment Scholarship
Selected Exhibitions 2020 The New (Ab) Normal – RNIT Gallery, MelbourneII Menento -Fire Relief Fund-Magnet Gallery, Docklands 2019 Tomboy in Training [performance/installation] Melbourne City Council, Testing Grounds, Melbourne II 2018 Anchorage: Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh|| 2017 Skins In Progress: projection – paste ups: Testing Grounds, Melbourne ||2017 MELT Portrait Prize – Brisbane Power House||2017 Wildfang, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, Australia||2016 Head-On Photo Festival Portrait Prize, Sydney Museum, Sydney, Australia ||2015 H o r s e s Tacit Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia||2015 Throw Like A Girl: The Tomboy Project, Queen Victorian Women’s Centre, Melbourne Australia||2014 Fruhlings Salon, Michael Dooney Gallery, Berlin, Germany||2014 Cirriform, Listhus Artspace, Ólafsfjörður, Iceland||2014 Trollaskaga Community Art Festival, Ólafsfjörður, Iceland||2014 The Well Spring – International Women’s Day, Photonet Gallery, Melbourne||2013 Throw Like A Girl: The Tomboy Project, RMIT University School Of Art Gallery, Melbourne||2013 Entry, Brunswick Arts Space, Melbourne||2013 Linden Postcard Exhibition, Linden Art Gallery, Melbourne||2013 Gender Typ(0)es, Project Space/Spare Room, Melbourne||2012 SPAN, Stockroom Gallery, Kyneton, Victoria||2011 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Melbourne||2011 Travel Endowment Scholarship Award, RMIT University School Of Art Gallery, Melbourne||2010 Transition: 101, School of Art Gallery, Melbourne||2010 Artists Run Pop Up, 49a Northdown Road, London||2009 Cleanliness is Next To Grubbiness, First Site Gallery, Melbourne||2009 Teratoma, Off The Kerb Gallery, Melbourne||2008 Linden Postcard Exhibition, Linden Art Gallery, Melbourne||2007 21 @ 21, Mid-Summa Festival, Easy Street Project Space, Melbourne||2007 Untitled, Eckersley Art Space, Melbourne||2005 PSC Graduation Show, Photographic Studies College, Melbourne
Residency/Mentorship 2019 – Testing Grounds||2017 Artists in Residence-Testing Grounds, Melb. ||2017 Artists talk Gaffa Gallery, Sydney ||2017 Testing Grounds: Trans-disciplinary exchange and informal discussion and critique||2016 Visiting Artist Programme, Teesside University UK|| 2016 Mentorship Programme, Edinburgh, Scotland|| 2016 Workshops/Artist talk Stills Gallery: Scotland’s Centre for Photography||2014 Artist-in-Residence Listhus Artspace, Ægisgata, 625 Ólafsfjörður, Iceland||2014 Mentorship/Research Project Edinburgh, Scotland
Publications||TestingGroundsartilcehttp://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/melbourne-arts/melbournes-testing-grounds-relaunches-with-arts-party-midsumma-horizon-20170105-gtmev7.html ||Turnbull, L Throw Like A Girl: The Tomboy Project, Self published (2013)||LightJourneys: Exhibiting Women Photographers of Australia http://lightjourneys.net.au/artists/lesley-turnbull/ (2013)||Sheilas: An Initiative of The Victorian Women’s Trust
http://sheilas.org.au/2013/05/keeping-it-reel-4/ (2012)||Carson et al, What The Fuck Am I looking At? In Banquetpress,Journalvol.1,2010||Bolden,MTeratomaArtHubArtsRevie www.offthekerb.com.au/July%2009%20exhibitions.htm (2009)||http://tomboyproject.blogspot.com.au
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wow, now that is impressive. I wonder, is there a way of widening your following? , if you were in the world of music, played the violin, and had 50 keen fans, they loved the pure crispness of your playing, fine they all bought a C.D. ergo, income low. Now, if you were to put your style aside for a moment, and abandon your violin, and pick up your fiddle, and played “you take the high road” would you increase your following? it would still be you playing.