Lesley Turnbull is a Scottish-Australian lens-based artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia.
Through photography, sequential fragmented or otherwise, her work explores the ambiguity of gender and the transformative potential of landscapes. Lesley is interested in the way photography and visual representation contributes to social and political understandings of identity and subjectivity, and as an artist locates herself within practical and theoretical spaces that allow for experimentation to develop new and resolved work.
Recent work, realised during an extended residency program at Testing Grounds located in Melbourne, resulted in a permanent installation exhibited on site.
Work is exhibited in Australia and Europe.
P r o f e s s i o n a l A r t P r a c t i c e
Education||2013 Master of Research in Fine Art, Royal Melbourne Institute Of Technology University, Melbourne||2010 Bachelor of Fine Art Honours (1st Class), Royal Melbourne Institute Of Technology University, Melbourne||2009 Bachelor of Fine Art (Photography), Royal Melbourne Institute Of Technology University, Melbourne||2006 Diploma of Photography, Photographic Studies College, Melbourne, Australia||1996 Higher National Diploma Photography and Media Arts, Stevenson College, Edinburgh, Scotlan||2014 Certificate 1V Training and Assessment, Melbourne||2014 Victorian Institute of Teaching Registration
Selected Exhibitions: 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
Selected Residency/Mentorship||2017 Testing Ground – Artists in Residence ||2017 Artists talk Gaffa Gallery ||2017 Art, Beer, Critique: Trans-disciplinary exchange and informal discussion and critique||2016 Visiting Artist Programme at Teesside University UK||2016 Mentorship/Research Project Edinburgh, Scotland||2016 Volunteer, Stills Gallery: Scotland’s Centre for Photography||2014 Listhus Artspace, Ægisgata, 625 Ólafsfjörður, Iceland||2014 Mentorship/Research Project Edinburgh, Scotland
Selected Awards/Scholarships||2017– Commission for Permanent installation 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 Successful recipient of Australian Council of the Arts ArtStart Award||2012 Art Link and Cultural Funding Award||2011 Successful recipient of Australian Post-Graduate Award||2011 Finalist – Travel Endowment Scholarship
Selected 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
Edinburgh, Reykjavik, Melbourne, Berlin