I am a professional artist, researcher, curator, and published arts writer. Over the past 20 years, I have exhibited on a regular basis both nationally and internationally. My ideas-led studio practice explores the phenomenon, felt experience through the vehicle of abstraction. An interdisciplinary lens demonstrates my interest in drawing and paintings material capabilities within an expanded field that along with sculpture and digital media, bridges the gap between the haptic body [senses] and contemporary visual culture.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, I migrated to Australia in 1991. I undertook a Bachelor of Fine Art [Honours] receiving a University and Faculty Medal in 2005 for my submission and was also the recipient of an Australian Post Graduate Scholarship for the duration of my Doctor of Philosophy (Fine Art) research higher degree, completed in 2009 at the University of Newcastle. My professional history is in tertiary education, creative pedagogy, and the broader cultural and creative industries, where I have facilitated and collaborated in various practice-led research projects, intercultural art education, arts health, and artist in residence programs.
As a visual practitioner, I have exhibited my abstract paintings and drawings, digital urban streetscapes, portraits and video installations both nationally and internationally. My major works are characterised by a personal visual language that is described as 'weaving' wet and dry drawing and painting materials to translate felt experience as a concept into material form. In 2018 my painting, Sheep Pens Dreaming, was a finalist in the Muswellbrook Art Prize; in the following year, I curated an international woman only exhibition, Reimaging the Canon, which received national recognition with a review in Arts Hub Australia. I currently have a series of drawings on tour in Europe and India with The Drawing Box International collective. My work also forms part of Maitland Regional Art Gallery and the University of Newcastle’s Collection and is in private collections across Scotland, Ireland and Australia. I continue to maintain a studio practice in Newcastle, Australia, where my ideas-led research explores the materiality of paint and painting through a ‘womanist’ lens to contribute to painting in an expanded field.
Murland’s contemporary abstract painted works of art form as part of the University of Newcastle’s international collection that comprises of over one thousand works of art, which exhibits the best of both regional and national works. Annemarie’s works of art also form as part of Maitland Regional Art Gallery collection and several other international private collections.
Profile Artist, educator, curator and arts writer who fuses traditional and experimental drawing and painting methodologies with lens-based media and sculptural pieces in her research outputs that include international exhibitions and curated projects, conferences, collaborations within institutional and private gallery spaces. A proactive undergraduate and foundation studies course coordinator, lecturer, tutor and post-graduate supervisor with a strong academic teaching and research profile (14 years). Passionate about blending traditional and experimental approaches to studio practice where theories, histories and multi-modal ways of representation are explored and challenged to create new methodologies, ways of seeing and doing. Core Skills International practicing artist and lead researcher in Ideas- led research programs, coordination and implementation of complex teaching and learning strategies, studio and online. Curatorial Management and team leadership roles. Research interests historically explore migration, a contemporary global phenomenon and how its side effects, marginalisation, otherness, displaced social histories and identity is conceptualised through interdisciplinary ways of working in research. Education 2020 - Certificate 4 (pending) in Training and Assessment (TAE 40116), Connect online Training 2006 - 2009Ph.D. Fine Art (Practice-Based Research) the University of Newcastle, Australia 2005 – 2006BA Honours 1 (Painting), the University of Newcastle, Australia 2001 – 2004BA Fine Art (Painting and Sculpture), the University of Newcastle, Australia Awards | Scholarships | Residencies 2021 Artist in Residence, Yoga for All Studio, Newcastle, Australia [Made in Newcastle initiative, winner of small grant award for duration of the 4week project] 2016 – 2016Artist in Residence, Boxhill Art Centre, Melbourne, Victoria 2015 – 2015Artist in Residence, Arts Health, Rankin Park Hospital, Acquired Brain Injury Unit: July - September 2015 Newcastle, Australia 2014 – 2015Artist in Residence, Mater Hospice, November 2014 – November 2015, Newcastle, Australia 2006 - 2009 APA Scholarship for the duration of PhD candidature 2004 - 2005 University Medal and Faculty Medal, Honours Submission, the University of Newcastle, Australia Employment 2021 - Self employed Artist, Curator, Arts writer and Mentor @ Rabbitskinandgesso, Studio 5, 95 Chinchen Street, Islington, NSW 2018 - 2021English Language Foundation Studies Centre, the University of Newcastle, NSW, Sessional Academic: Course Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor, Visual Arts 2015 – 2017Career break to develop professional practice 2006 - 2014School of Fine Art, the University of Newcastle, Sessional Academic: Lecturer, Tutor, Undergraduate and Summer School Accelerated Learning Program, Self-Directed Study and Postgraduate Supervisor, the University of Newcastle, Australia Post-Doctoral Research Projects 2018 – 2019Migrant Woman Project 2018/19: The lead artist and researcher, Personal stories of migration provide the content and framework for the development of this year-long interdisciplinary, collaborative art project with  migrant women, Newcastle NSW. 2014The Marian Thread: a homage to otherness. Collaborative practice-based research project. Dr Annemarie Murland and Kiera O’Toole explore visual responses to Identity and Sexuality from an Irish Catholic, feminine perspective. 2013Greetings from the Irish in Australia: An International, Collaborative Research Project Artists, Dr. Annemarie Murland and Kiera O’Toole invited academics and artists from a range of tertiary institutions within Australia to provide an overview of what it means to be Irish, home and away in the form of an edited book entitled: Greetings from the Irish in Australia. Foreword Irish Ambassador to Australia 2013 Conferences & Invited Talks 2019Presenter, Curatorial Talk, Reimagining the Canon, the University of Newcastle Gallery, NSW, November 16 2019 2016Artist floor talk, The Glasgow Women’s Library, Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland, August 2016 2015Presenter, Guest Lecture, Stories of Origin, Burren College of Art, the West of Ireland, January 2015 2014Presenter, Guest Lecture, Migration and Diaspora: creative practice as research, Conversations in Art, University of Newcastle, August 2014 2013Presenter, The Marian Thread: a homage to otherness. A visual response to the Problematics of Identity and Sexuality, from an Irish Catholic, Feminine Perspective. Performance and Paper Presentation, Sydney, The Ends of Ireland, International Conference, The Institute of Global Irish Studies, UNSW, 4 - 7 December 2013 2011Presenter, Migration and Sense of Place: Recontextualising felt experience through creative practice. Shorelines: International Symposium exploring creativity and well-being. University of the West of Scotland, 15 November 2011, Maclaurin Galleries, Scotland 2010Presenter, Migration and Diaspora: Recreating a sense of place and identity through contemporary art practice. Athens Institute for Education and Research: International Conference, Greece, June 2010 Creative Publications & Selective Achievements 2021 - Group Exhibition, 6 Drawings Same Subject [Self-Portrait], Touring, Brittany and Paris, June 2021 2020-2021, Small Works Touring Exhibition, the Drawing Box International, Ireland, Cyprus, Greece, Scotland, Australia 2021 the Drawing Box, Kanu Nayak Foundation, Mumbai, India 2020Shelf Life, a curated online group exhibition, Newcastle Writers Festival, 2020, Australia 2019Reimagining the Canon, Curator & artist, international group exhibition, the University of Newcastle Gallery, 23 October – 17 November 2019, Newcastle, Australia 2019Origins: looking forward, looking back only to find yourself caught in a space of in-between, Curator and lead researcher, migrant women project and pop-up exhibition, the Senta Taft Hendry Museum, Saturday 16 November 2019, the University of Newcastle, Australia 2019The Art of Healing: Invited group exhibition, 20 Years of Arts for Health NSW, John Hunter Hospital Newcastle, 15 November – 20 December 2019, Newcastle, Australia. 2019Erasure: Invited group exhibition, the University of Newcastle Gallery, 6 July – 27 July 2019, Newcastle, Australia 2019Bookmark, Newcastle Writers Festival: Invited group exhibition, Back to Back Galleries, 25 March – 24 April 2019, Newcastle, Australia 2019Herland: In Search of a Female Utopia, Invited, Sydney Women’s Library, 8 March – 4 April 2019, Sydney, Australia 2019Muswellbrook Art Prize March 2019: Finalist in Painting Category: Sheep Pens Dreaming #3, Acrylic on Paper on Board, 35x26cm, 2018, Muswellbrook, Australia 2018Carriageworks: Sydney Contemporary Art Fair: Paper Contemporary, 12 - 15 September 2018, Sydney, Australia 2018Memoranda, Group exhibition, the University of Newcastle Gallery, 13 May – 14 July 2018, Newcastle, Australia 2016Stories of Origin, Solo exhibition, The Glasgow Women’s Library, 18 August – 1 September 2016, Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland 2015Stories of Origin, Solo exhibition, Centre for Creative Practice, 15 – 26 January 2015, Dublin, Ireland 2015Just Paper: The Piano Has Been Drinking [Not Me], Invited group exhibition, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 25 April – 20 June 2015, Maitland, Australia 2014A Trio of Trespassers: Curator & artist, group exhibition, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 15 July – 16 September 2014, Maitland, Australia 2014An Open Secret, Group exhibition, Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, 1 – 16 February 2014, Cessnock, Australia 2014The Art Collectors Choice, Invited group exhibition, the University of Newcastle Gallery 7 July – 26 August 2014, Newcastle, Australia 2014Transformations 40 Years of ELFS, Invited group exhibition, the University of Newcastle Gallery, 5 – 15 November 2014, Newcastle, Australia 2013Not So Bizarre, Solo Pop Up exhibition, Studio 8 Newcastle Art Centre 14 June - 16 June 2013, Newcastle, Australia 2010East Meets West in Contemporary Art, Invited group exhibition, Gallery Tondinelli,13 September – 9 October 2010, Rome, Italy Affiliations 2021 - Member of the Drawing Box International, Ireland 2020 - Newcastle Art Space, Board Member, Newcastle, NSW 2006 – 2019NAVA: National Association of Visual Arts, Sydney, NSW 2017 - Newcastle Art Space Gallery, Board Member, Newcastle, NSW 2006 – 2009Newcastle Art Space, Board Member, Newcastle, NSW
Annemarie Murland is a Scottish artist and educator living in Newcastle, NSW, Australia