BIOGRAPHY

Dr Bianca Beetson is a Kabi Kabi (Sunshine Coast) Wiradjuri (NSW) woman and has been a practising artist for over 28 years. Bianca works across a broad range of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, fibre arts and public art. In 2018 Bianca was awarded a Doctor of Visual Art from the QLD College of Art, Griffith University.

Bianca carved out a path for herself in the Indigenous arts as a trainee curator at Fireworks Gallery, where she worked on major projects, including the 1996 Campfire Group "All Stock Must Go" Installation as a part of the 2nd Asia Pacific Biennial. From 1999 to 2007, she worked in various arts worker roles, including the regional Indigenous community arts officer for Access Arts, artistic director of Catalyst Youth Arts and the community arts officer for Brisbane City Council. These previous roles greatly informed her community-engaged and collaborative arts practice.

Currently, Bianca is working on a collaborative arts-led research project called "Listening to Country", which explores the impact of sound, and in particular, the impact of sounds of Country on the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within Institutions. This collaborative approach has allowed Bianca to mentor and support many generations of young and emerging artists as an educator and through her practice and passion for cultural sharing.   

Bianca lectured into and directed the Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art (BCAIA) degree at the Qld College of Art, Griffith University, between 2007-2020 and is currently the Director of Indigenous Research Unit at the same institution. Bianca was also a founding member of the seminal Aboriginal artist collective proppaNOW Aboriginal artist collective. 

Her current board and advisory group memberships include the board of trustees of the QLD Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art and its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisory panel. She is also a member of the Museum of Contemporary Art Artist Advisory Panel, on the board of Digi Youth Arts and a member of the newly formed Arts QLD First Nations Arts and Cultures Advisory panel. 


As a visual artist, Bianca works in a broad range of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography and public art.
To sum the work up: "It's all about skin, the skin I am in, thick and thin, the need to win, to shed my skin, to be free from sin. If you face the truth, there is no proof that the skin I am in is the skin of sin!"

As a member of the now defunct Campfire Group - Aboriginal artist's co-operation, she has been involved in many projects based on cultural collaboration. Including “All Stock Must Go” in the 2nd Asia Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery in 1996-97. Bianca was also formerly a member of ProppaNOW aboriginal artists Collective between 2004 – 2011. I  Bianca has work in public and private collections around Australia and Overseas, including Art Bank, QPAT, Redcliffe Art Gallery, Kluge Ruhe Museum, Virginia, USA.. 

 

EDUCATION 

2012 - 2018   Griffith University, Doctorate of Visual Arts  

2007   Ithaca Tafe, Certificate 4, Workplace trainer and assessor. 

1998        Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts - Honors)       

1993 - 1995         Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) 

 

BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND PANELS

2022 - present Interim Independent Body (IIB) member for QLD path to treaty.

2021 – present  Indigenous Appointed Director, NAVA Board 

2021- 2022 the University of the Sunshine Coast, Creative Industries and Business external advisory. 

2021-present Arts QLD First Nations arts and Cultures Advisory Panel  

2018 – present QAGOMA Board of Trustees (3-year re-appointment) 

2018-  2022 MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) Artist Advisory Board (3- year appointment) 

2017 - present QAGOMA, Indigenous advisory panel 

2017 – 2018  Moreton Shire RADF Committee 

2020- present Arts QLD, panel of peers. 

2017 - 2021 Australia Council, panel of peers 

2017 - 2018 Digi Youth arts & QLD Museum - Unsettle Project Board 

2016- present Digi Youth arts board 

2017 – 2018 Sunshine coast Council artwork acquisitions advisory committee. 

2017 – 2020 Horizon’s festival, Indigenous Advisory committee. 

2013 - Present Member: Griffith university, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee. 

2018 –2019  Sunshine Coast Council, Acquisitions committee. 

2012-2013 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander dedicated War Memorial Committee member.  

2007-2008 Board Member Bunyabilla Aboriginal Corporation  

2006-2007 Board Member Yalanji preschool

2001-2006 Board member of Artworkers Alliance 

2001-2004 Board member of eyeline publishing. 

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2022     Past, present, future, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Woolloongabba QLD.

2019     Being Human, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra QLD. 

2018     I am that…that I am, Gympie Regional Gallery, Gympie QLD 

2017     Kaptcha, Webb Gallery, Griffith University, Brisbane 

2016     Being Human, Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Virginia, USA. 

2015     Selected works from the Gushul Studio, Qld College of art project Gallery. 

2013     Adventures Beyond the Ultra World - Metaphoric Illuminations @ Floating Land, Boreen Point, 2011/12 Bianca Beetson @ Sugarbag Gallery, The Dreaming Festival @ Woodford Festival, Woodford 2011      Blak Majick Woman, Qld Centre for Photography, Brisbane 

2008     Urban Dreams, Christina Mitchell Gallery, Albion, Brisbane. 

2007     Don’t mix your colours, Australian Dreaming Art Gallery, Melbourne. 

2005     The Other Arty Beetson,1 Year Qld Touring Exhibition, Qld Arts Council. 

2002     Walt Disney was my Story Teller, a part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Tandanya, Adelaide. 

2001     Batteries not Included, Hands-on Arts, South Bank Brisbane 

2000     Back From The Edge, Cooloola Regional Gallery, Gympie 

1999     Good Vibrations New Sensations, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane. 

1997 Pepto Bismol, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane. 

1996-97 Sugar lady Star Crash, Cross Gallery, Brisbane & Sugar Coma, The Dog Art Space, Brisbane  

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 

2022 Midgley Dolls exhibition, Noosa Regional Gallery, Noosa QLD

2021 IDEN-DEFY 2021, Pine Rivers Regional Gallery, Strathpine QLD 

2021 Songlines; Gympie regional gallery, Gympie QLD 

2021 HYPERLOCAL; Brisbane City QLD 

2020-21 Storytellers, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane QLD 

2020 First: Redcliffe Regional Gallery, Redcliffe QLD 

2019  Indelible Stain – Collaboration with Leah Barclay, Floating Land Biennale, Noosa QLD 

2019  This is No Fantasy, Noosa Regional Gallery, QLD 

2019  New Woman, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD 

2019  Brisbane Portrait Prize, Finalist Exhibition, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD 

2019  Pivot, OneSpace Gallery, Brisbane, QLD 

2019. Art+place=Change, NOOSA regional gallery, Noosa QLD 

2018 Tree Place, Noosa Regional Gallery, Noosa QLD  

2017  Tree Place: community exhibition, Wan’din’in exhibition space, Eumundi, QLD 

2017  The Glasshouses Caboolture Regional Gallery, Caboolture, QLD. 

2017  Clayton Utz art awards, finalist exhibition.  

2017  HYPERACTIVE: Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra ACT. 

2017  From the mountains to the sea: Sunshine Coast Stories, the Sunshine Coast Council’s  

50th  Anniversary exhibition 

2017  MAIWAR: Brisbane Laneways project, Brisbane QLD. 

2017  Glasshouses: Bribie Island Seaside Museum, Bribie QLD.  

2017  Nandeebie Dreemz, Redlands Regional Gallery, Redlands QLD. 

2016  The Other Art Fair: Sydney, NSW. 

2016  WANDILL, QUT, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane QLD. 

2016   Festival of Pacific Arts exhibition, Guam Gallery, GUAM USA. 

2016  Sunshine Coast Art prize - Finalists exhibition. 

2016  RMIT Lightscape project: Gushul, Rodda Lane, Melbourne. 

2015  Lifelines: Indigenous Contemporary Art from Australia, Musées de la civilisation, Quebec city,   

Canada. Australian Artist in Milano at Milan arts expo, Milan Italy. 

2015  The Selfie show, Museum of new art, Detroit, USA. 

2015 The Clayton UTZ art prize exhibition, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane. 

2015 Quaternary, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane. 

2015 CollaboratioNZ 15, exhibition, Whangarei New Zealand. 

2015 Warriors, Sorcerers & Spirits, Kick Arts, Cairns. 

2014  East Coast Encounter, Touring Exhibition. 

2013  Generate, IAM PROJECTS, The Gas Works Precinct, Newstead 

2013 Point to Point, POP Gallery, South Brisbane and Japan 

2012  Hot Chocolate, SASA Gallery, University of South Australia, Adelaide 

2012 Shared Vision, Touring Exhibition various venues, Poland 

2011  Jus’ Drawn, proppaNOW touring exhibition, Lake Macquarie Regional Gallery 

2010  PUTSCH, proppaNOW, Adelaide Festival, Tandanya National Cultural Institute Sugarbag Gallery,  

Dreaming Festival, Woodford 

2010 Jus’ Drawn – proppaNOW, Linden Gallery, Melbourne 

2010 27th Telstra Aboriginal Art Awards, Finalist Exhibition, Art Gallery of the Northern Territory  

2010 proppaNOW – New & Recent Works, Canberra Contemporary Art Space 

2009  Sugarbag Gallery, Dreaming Festival, Woodford 

2009 Ooga Booga, proppaNOW exhibition, George Petelin Gallery, Gold Coast 

2009 Sugar Bag Gallery, The Dreaming Festival, Woodford 

2005  Thick & Thin, proppaNOW, Brisbane Powerhouse 

2005 proppaNOW, Lane Gallery, New Zealand 

1997  Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney  

  

COMMIMSSIONS & PUBLIC ART: 

2022  "Welcome to suncorp" Suncorp Stadium, public art commission.

2018 Sunshine Plaza, Carpark Mural, Maroochydore  

2018  Duckholes Creek Mural, Unitywater   

2018 Ba’boon bi’ra, Art on Council Bus, Horizions Festival  

2018  Energy Crisis, Art projection on the William Jolly Bridge. 

2017 Bi'ra'lu'gun mu'loo'ban, Acrylic on canvas, 2017 for Deloitte, Brisbane. 

2017  Arthur Beetson, Jersey for Beetson v’s Bronco’s legends game, Murri Carnival. 

2016  Sydney City Roosters, Indigenous Legends Jersey. 

2016     St Vincent's Hospital Australia, Reconciliation print project, Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne. 

2016:  Sunshine coast University Hospital, public art and internal artwork commission. 

2014 The Feast of the Bunya’s, 3 sculptural elements at University of Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs. 

2013      “The Gathering of the Tribes” 6 Sculptural elements, BCC, Botanical  Gardens Mt Cootha. 

2013  “Namba” & “ Songlines” Nambour Coles - 2 sites works on building &  3 street sculptures, UAP. 

2013  “Kulum - galangur ngarawiny”Coolum Mural, on the David Low way, Sunshine Coast Council. 

2012  Bloodlines/Songlines- reminiscence of Early Brisbane II, Brisbane North Busway Tunnel. 

2010      Chasing the Lollyman –Designed artwork incorporated into the stage design toured Nationally 

2010  Story Poles, Charlish Place Redcliffe public art installation Moreton Bay Regional Council. 

2010     Bloodlines/Songlines- reminiscence of Early Brisbane, Platform RBWH public art project 

Museum of Brisbane, RBWH busway, Brisbane. 

 

COLLECTIONS: 

Qld Performing Arts Trust, Artbank, Qld Art Gallery, University of the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Stadiums QLD, Brisbane City Council, Redcliffe Regional Gallery, Unitywater, Deloitte,  Maori Health Ministry, The Brian Tucker collection, Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum and the Museum of Guam and various private Collection around Australia and overseas. 

 

AWARDS & GRANTS:

2021    Winner of the Dubbo City Council, Public Art competition, for commission due to be completed in 2022, $20,000

2019    Winner of the National Museums and Galleries associations award - best Indigenous Project. 

2019    Australia council: Collaborations: Cultural diversity in contemporary Australia on the international stage, $3000 

2018    Winner of the Inaugural Indigenous Curator IMAGINE award, Musuems and Galleries NSW. 

2017      Selected for the Australia Council Arts leaders 12 mth program. 

2014     Gushul Studio, Indigenous Artist in Residency, University of Lethbridge,Alberta Canada’ 

2014      Copyright agency, $1400 grant for costs associated with Alberta Residency. 

2013      Awarded Kluge Ruhe USA Artists in Residence, for 2016, partnership with  Uni Virginia & Australia Council. 

2012      Accelerate program  shortlist & workshop participant, British Arts Council. 

2010    15 Artists, winner, Redcliffe Regional Gallery, Redcliffe QLD. 

2008    Wilson Htm National Art Prize, Finalist & Winner of the people’s choice award, touring Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane. 

External Guest Lectures, keynotes and Panels: 

2022:  Coming up for Air panel, AIATSIS Summitt, Sunshine Coast, QLD.

2022:  Site & Situation- Swell Sculpture festival, Public lecture, Gold Coast QLD

2022:  Site & Situation- Swell Sculpture festival, Public Art master class, Gold Coast QLD

2022:  Art of Place - Architectus Charrette, Brisbane, QLD

2019: Listening to Country, AAANZ Conference, University Auckland, Auckland NZ 

2019: Indelible Stain: Mapping Murdering Creek, Floating Land Biennale Symposium, Noosa QLD 

2019 Myall Creek and Beyond, National Museums and galleries association conference, Alice Springs 

2019 Keynote address: NAVA  Monash uni symposium the future of Arts Policy, Melbourne 

2019  Listening to country, Lowitja Insitute knowledge translation Symposium, Melbourne 

2019  Chair: Panel: CABAH Salon, When art meets science, World Science festival Brisbane. 

2018 Guest speaker NAVA indigenous curatorial lab, topic: The Myall Creek exhibition, Brisbane 

2018  Chair: Panel Session: Myall Creek and beyond Symposium, University New England, Armidale. 

2018  Keynote address: vision for the future for Museums and Galleries, Indigenous road map consultations, Sunshine Coast 

2018 Panel, Creativity Summitt, teacher education, Brisbane 

2017  Keynote address, “Our Shared History”, Indigenous education symposium, University of the Sunshine coast. Sippy Downs. 

2017  Guest Speaker, Opening of “The Glasshouses” Caboolture regional Gallery, Caboolture. 

2017  Panel, Remix summit 2017, University of the Sunshine Coast 

2017  Guest Speaker, Qld Sculpture society, Brisbane QLD 

2017  Guest Speaker, Indigenous Cultivate the arts, Redcliffe  

2017  Guest Speaker, Cultivate the arts - showcase, North Lakes. 

2017  Guest Speaker, Redcliffe reenactment festival, Redcliffe. 

2017  Panel, NAVA:Best practice: working together with artists, Artisan, Brisbane. 

2017  Panel, Curating and Writing Indigenous Art: Tokenism, Pluralism and Other Perspectives, Uni QLD. 

2017  Guest lecture, “Aboriginal Art and protocols’, Flying Arts webinar 

2017  Panel, Cossack Art Awards Judges Panel Talk, Cossack, WA. 

2016 Guest Speaker, QAGGOMA, Volunteers professional development  program. 

2016  Guest Speaker, Juice & Jam Breakfast, Sunshine coast arts alliance, Mooloolaba. 

2016  Panel, East Coast Encounter, Caboolture regional Gallery, Caboolture. 

2016  Keynote Plenary panel, ACUADS, QUT, Brisbane QLD 

2015 Presenter, Resistance to reconciliation – SEQ frontier wars @ The USQ Noosa campus Topic: Aboriginal Memorial. 

2015 Panel presenter, In the pink @ QUT Museum as a part of the WOW festival topic: The gender politics of colour. 

2015  TEDX, Noosa, Lands Edge, Noosa QLD. 

 

Art award judging 

2020 Maari Ma Indigenous Art Prize, Broken Hill, NSW, Judge 

2020 SWELL Sculpture prize, Gold Coast, QLD, Member of Curatorial Selection panel. 

2019 Clarence Valley Indigenous art award, Grafton QLD, Judge 

2019 St Vincent De Paul – Reconciliation Art prize, Judge. 

2018 Redlands Art Prize, Judge. 

2017 Cossack Art Award, panel Judge . 

2015 Churchie art awards, pre- selection panel Judge. 

2015 Art Force Art awards, Panel Judge 

2002 The Robin O’Chin art awards, panel Judge. 

 

Curatorship, Research and special projects: 

2019 Listening to country, collaborator, Brisbane women's correctional centre. 

2017-2018 Myall Creek and Beyond, Guest Curator, New England Regional Gallery. 

2007 Tellem ya dreamin’ Gallery, Woodford Folk festival, Gallery Manager / Curator. 

2000 Message Sticks: Prison Art exhibition: Australian Museum, Sydney NSW. 

1999 From Houses to Humpies, Touring exhibition: Surat Cobb & Co Museum, Surat QLD. 

Research: 

My research interest areas include: Aboriginal Art and its connection to country and well-being of Aboriginal people; the Bunya tree and its related cultural significance to Aboriginal peoples; the Native honey bee and related cultural significance to Aboriginal peoples; Contemporary Indigenous Australian art; Aboriginal Identity, the politics of skin and representation in contemporary Indigenous art; the restoration and retention of Kabi Kabi cultural heritage; the commodification of Aboriginal culture; the demarcation between art, artefact and kitsch; critique of social and cultural structures; critique of the beauty and the feminine; public art;  remapping Aboriginal massacre or resistance sites; remapping the postcolonial dialogue, and decolonising the self. 

PUBLICATIONS: 

2019               “Exhibition: Tony Albert, Visible, Queensland Art Gallery, 2 June to 7 October  2018  Journal article, Qld Review, Volume 26Issue 1 June 2019 , pp.  

                          180-183. 

2019               "Truth-telling towards reconciliation Myall Creek and beyond", Australian Museums and Galleries Association Magazine – Vol. 27(2) –, 2019 (Co-

                         authored with Rachael Parsons)

2016                “Joel Birnie: Australian Gothic”, catalogue essay: Boo Aboriginal ghost stories and other scary matters. 

2012                “Aboriginal Art is a White thing : Images of whiteness in non-white cultures”, Journal article, Images of Whiteness conference, Oxford University. 

2009                “proppaNOW 2004-2008, co-authored Book. 

 

 

PEER JOURNAL ARTICLES, CATALOGUE ESSAYS AND EXHIBITION REVIEWS: 

  • Andrew, Brook. Remembering Jesus [online]. Artlink, Vol. 21, No. 2, June 2001: 20-25. 

  • Neale, Margo. Learning to be proppa Aboriginal artists' collective, proppaNOW [online]. Artlink, Vol. 30, No. 1, Mar 2010: 36-41. 

  • Skilbeck, Ruth. Gazing Boldly Back and Forward: Urban Aboriginal Women Artists and New Global Feminisms in Transnational Art.International Journal of the Arts in Society . 2011, Vol. 5 Issue 6, p261-276. 16p 

  • Carroli, Linda. Beauty 2000 : Di Ball, Bianca Beetson, Mikala Dwyer, Jeff Gibson, Eve Klein, Susan Gray, Richard Grayson, John Meade [Book Review] [online]. Eyeline, Vol. 37, Spring 1998: 40-41. 

  • Stephens, Andrew. Array of Beetsons. Art Monthly Australia; Acton Iss. 316,  (May 2019): 12. 

  • Pedersen, C. B. Quaternary [Guest Curator] 2015 

  • Arden, Holly. Friendly fire: ProppaNOW collective [online]. Eyeline, Vol. 64, Spring 2007: 55. 

  • O'Toole, Phil. Primavera: The Belinda Jackson exhibition of young artists [online]. Eyeline, Vol. 35, Summer 1997 - 1998: 37-38. 

  • Broker, David. Retail therapy [online]. Eyeline, Vol. 47, Summer 2001 - 2002: 44-45. 

  • Jackson, Beth. "Sea Changes: the role of public art and the expression of creativity, identity and sense of place in a healthy city." 5th Healthy Cities: Working Together to Achieve Liveable Cities: 59. 

  • Milledge, Russell. "ProppaNOW Artists Panel Seminar 2011-The Black See." (2011). 

  • Cater, Melissa. "Struggling to be seen.[Emerging artists' exhibitions.]." Artlink 17.4 (1997): 18. 

  • Rollman, Louise. "Klatsassin." Eyeline 64 (2007): 54. 

  • Chapman, Christopher. "Cleanskin." Eyeline 37 (1998): 39. 

  • Bamford, Anne. "Mark Titmarsh: Stream of consciousness." Eyeline 47 (2001): 45. 

  • Martin-Chew, Louise. "Written on the body." Eyeline 82 (2015): 86. 

  • Roberts, Roberts. "East coast encounter-re-imagining the 1770 encounter." (2014). 

  • Broker, David. "Re/form." Eyeline 37 (1998): 41. 

  • Butler, Rex. "Where to put Aboriginal art." (2010). 

  • Petitjean, Georges. "The cairns indigenous art fair 2010: Towards recognition." Eyeline 73 (2011): 74. 

  • Fredericks, Bronwyn L., and Pamela CroftWarcon. "Always “tasty”, regardless: Art, chocolate and Indigenous Australians." M/C Journal 17.1 (2014): 1-8. 

  • Buttrose, Ellie. "To the fore: The growing legacy of QCA's bachelor of contemporary Australian indigenous art." Art Monthly Australia 279 (2015): 52. 

  • Duncan, Pearl. "The role of Aboriginal humour in cultural survival and resistance." (2014). 

  • Cininas, Jazmina. Sean Meilak: Pin Oak court, Vermont south [online]. Eyeline, Vol. 47, Summer 2001 - 2002: 43-44. 

  • Zuvela, Danni. "Queensland." Art Monthly Australia 226 (2009): 71. 

  • Broker, David. "Skin and division: Michael Eather and friends." Eyeline 35 (1997): 24. 

  • O'Riordan, Maurice. "The (white) elephant in the room criticising Aboriginal art." Artlink 33.2 (2013): 35. 

  • Gibson, Lisanne. "Cultural landscapes and identity." Valuing Historic Environments. Routledge, 2016. 81-106. 

  • Corbet, David. War requiem: Reflections on conflict and memorialization [online]. Eyeline, No. 91, Sep 2019: 56-63.