Tara Gilbee received a BFA in Sculpture at The University of Melbourne VCA in 1996 and is currently undertaking a Masters of Contemporary art also at VCA. Following graduation she initiated a residency at The Royal Melbourne Hospital where she had previously trained as a Nurse. This residency continued for three years and realised an important period of growth and experimentation in her practice.

During this time she formed a collaborative relationship with Lauren Berkowitz and produced video, photographic works and site specific installations both at the Hospital and as part of the Bridge IV project. Lauren and Tara also co curated the ‘respond red or blue’ exhibition featuring a number of significant artists for the Melbourne International Arts Festival 1998. During this period individual artworks were created within the hospital radiology department utilising a unique approach to the Xray process. The Xray work continued for two more years at La Trobe University, Bundoora (Radiology teaching department).

Following this period Tara created opportunities to explore a range of projects around an artistic/collaborative approach based on the theme of ‘the space in between’. Tara’s practice has continued to explore interesting sites and context for making and presenting work with a focus on the interstices of site and practice.

She has worked in collaboration with a range of practioners from video, sound and live arts practices and is a member of Punctum Inc. In her individual works she often engages an underlying psychology that has a dark beauty and entrancing phenomena. Investigating traces, drawing out illusions and textures that create a fascinating new viewing of what is observed.

Tara has a keen sense of experimentation within her methods of practice, drawing on her medical and scientific understanding she applies a range of approaches and knowledge systems. Tara has been awarded a number of arts grants, attended residencies nationally and internationally and is represented in public and private collections.

Curriculum Vitae


1997Victoria University Graduate Diploma multi- media (1st yr)
1996Victoria College of Arts BA of  Fine Arts, Sculpture.
1993 FootscrayTAFE.Advanced Certifi cate of Art and Design.


2012 Mount Alexander Shire Council cultural grant.
2011 Professional Development grant Regional Arts Victoria, Inhabit arts residency grant.
2010 Cold Iight series (9 panel work) selected for Latrobe Univesity Museum of Art collection.
2009 Inhabit artists grant
2008 Seedpod sponsorship
2007 Castlemaine State festival arts sponsorship funding
2006 Presentation grant Arts Victoria. Writing &  curatorial  grant for Allans Walk artistic directorate.
2005 Mt Alexander Shire Hospital artistic residency grant. Short listed for Ulrick Portrait prize.
2004 RAV and Arts Victoria funding for professional development at CAMAC  France.
2003 Velvet Light series - Arts Victoria and Mt Alexander Shire Council grants.
2002 Darebin Contemporary Art award, acquired by Darebin Council.
2000 Shortlisted for 31st Alice art prize.  Winner Linden postcard prize.
1998 Besen Foundation Grant for exhibition Respond Red or Blue.


2011 Wilson, Kent, You must remember this exhibition essay.
2010 Hedigan, Anna, Cold Light exhibition essay.
2008 Gregg Simon (the space in between) book project Artlink Vol28 no1
2007 Rann, Kirsten, ‘Mise en Abime, catalogue Dianne Tanzer Gallery.
Turnbull Meredith - exhibition catalogue, VCA, Melbourne.
2006 Gilbee Tara, Monkey Chased the weasel, free press, license ccby 2.5
2005 Gilbee Tara, 'Geoff Robinson and Jennie Lang' un magazine #6, pg 44.
Gilbee Tara, 'undue noise - Remembrance of things past' Real Time August edition.
2004 GilbeeTara, ‘Understanding each other’ Anna Finlayson, un magazine #3, pg 60
Marwood Tamara, ‘Whats happening in Regional Victoria’, un magazine #2, pg 53
Soboslay ZsuZsi, ‘Breathtaking work’, Spinach 7 #5, pg55.
Crawford Ashley, Faces, Agenda, The Age, August.


2011Inhabit International residency: Abbaye de Noirlac, France (facilitated by Punctum Inc and partnerships).
Panel member for Arts Victoria funding (Innovation and Sector partnerships).
200724hr art residency program NT.
2005-06Allans Walk artistic directorate.
2005Raw Space new media residency QLD.
2004Residency at CAMAC, France.
2000Created the artists working group in.
1997-98Artist residency-The Royal Melbourne Hospital, .  Co curated with Lauren Berkowitz, Respond  Red or Blue for The Melbourne International Festival, with a  range of artists including Nicola Loder, Pat Brassington, Jane Burton, Kate Ellis and Darren Sylvester etc.


2011 You must remember this,Stockroom, Kyneton, Victoria.
2010 Cold light series, Latrobe Visual Arts Centre, View St, Bendigo.
2007 Mise en Abime, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Fitzroy Melbourne.
2004 Velvet Light series III, 24/7 Flinders St Melbourne. Velvet light series II, Linden Gallery, St Kilda, Melbourne.
Velvet light series I, Allans Walk, Bendigo.
2002 A Continental Love Affair Seventh Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne
2000 Figures In/Verse  SPAN Galleries, Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
Radiolucent Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy, Melbourne.
Transfigurative Illumination ’ First Site Gallery,RMIT,Melbourne.
1999 The Omnipotent Eye Platform 2,Melbourne.
1998 From Life  Linden Gallery, St Kilda,Melbourne.


2014Transcendental, Gallerie Pavlova, Berlin
2014Frühlings Salon, Gallerie Pavlova, Berlin
2014Double Crossing, White Space, Punctum Inc., Castlemaine
2013 *The Elaboratory and the elixir of life, Tutes Cottage, Castlemaine State Festival, VIC
2012 C3 Group exhibition Archives C3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, VIC.
Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Ballarat Art Gallery, Ballarat VIC. Josephine Ulrick Photographic Award, Gold Coast City Gallery, QLD.
Recent Collections, LUMA (La Trobe University Museum of Art), Bundoora Melbourne.
2011 You are here, Stockroom, Kyneton, Victoria. You must remember this,Stockroom, Kyneton, Victoria.
2010 The Enlightenment project, Kyneton Museum, Central Victoria, VIC.
I’m dreaming of a french meadow, Inhabit: Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, VIC
2009 The black show C3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbottsford Convent, Melbourne, VIC.
*book project Wagga Wagga Gallery, NSW
Deluge Latrobe Visual Arts Centre, 121 View St, Bendigo VIC.
Deluge ICU, Punctum Live Arts space, Castlemaine, VIC Big Smoke Blindside Gallery, Melbourne.
*book project Townsville, QLD, Latrobe Gallery, Morwell & Bendigo Art Gallery, VIC.
Guise with Robert de Saint Phalle (NYC ) online and the cube, Castlemaine, VIC.
2007  *book project Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victoria College of the Arts, Melb.
*Castlemaine State Festival: 2 collaborative projects, Central Victoria.
Chinese Whispers with Andrew Goodman  and Poise with Gabrielle Brauer.
*3x3=6 degrees of separation'co-curated with Hayley West @ Allans Walk Bendigo and DVAA, NT.
Local -Donna Bailey, Carol Wilson and Tara Gilbee at Alluvial Gallery (Jessica Bridgefoot) View St, Bendigo.
2006 Free press- book - curated by Sal Randolph Röda Sten contemporary art center in Göteborg, Sweden.
ten days ten artists - online project curated project by Louise Rollman.
2006  Inner Landscapes Perth Centre for Photography, WA.
* Crossing the commonwealth@ Next Wave with Punctum, Melbourne, VIC.
Lexicon curated by Martina Copley City Library, Melbourne.
2005 Flesh vs Machine,  Technikunst Festival, Melbourne, VIC.
Influence  CAMAC Marnay sur Siene, France.
Win Shubert and Josephine Ulrick Portrait prize, finalist Gold Coast Gallery, QLD.
2004 Focus #1 3015  ,’ 3015  Centre de Contemporaine, Paris, France.
mMa – Clubs, Gertrude St, Fitzroy Melbourne.
Faces Curated by Kirsten Rann, Ord Minnett Corporate Space, Melbourne.
2003Compendium curated by Martina Copley, Deakin University, Melbourne VIC  
Westspace a4 show, Westspace, Melbourne.
CCAS Contemporary art prize finnalist, Canberra Contemporary Art Space. ACT.
Josephine Ulrick Portrait Prize, ,Tweed Gallery,NSW.
*Space Capsule  Bus Galleries, Melbourne,
Julie Millowick Photographic Prize, Castlemaine, VIC.
Urban Spaces  curated by Kirsten Rann,Ord Minnett Corporate Space, Melb.
Compendium curated by Martina Copley,Platform, Melbourne.
Darebin Contemporary Art Prize, Bundoora Homestead,Melb.
* old school /new form,  Seventh Gallery,Fitzroy, Melbourne.
Momentary Investigations curated by Marisia Lukaszewski, Maroondah Art Gallery.
A Melbourne Summer,  Urban Art Posters, Cnr.Victoria,Melbourne.
Linden Postcard Show, Linden Gallery,St Kilda, Melbourne.
2001 Nikon prize, Centre Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy,Melbourne.
31st Alice art prize’ Aurulean Cultural Centre,Alice Springs.
Xpunk [Nat&Ali,Starlie Gecki,Michelle Usher & myself ] Citylights, Melbourne.
Immersed [the contemporary body object] curated by Natasha Bullock, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne.
*In the Minds Eye Next Wave Festival, Linden Gallery, St Kilda, Melbourne.
Blink – Australia Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.
1999 Latrobe Darebin Art Prize Bundoora Homestead, Melb.
1998 *Respond Red or Blue, Melbourne International Arts Festival,Royal Melbourne Hospital. Construction in process IV Bridge Project, Melbourne.
* all asterix exhibitions are those that I have curated.

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