About the Artist

Athene Currie is a Doctor of Philosophy. Her research explores the female body at menopause through rites of passage in performance art.






2021 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Queensland College of Art, Griffith University


2010 Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Visual Arts (Senior Years).

Queensland University of Technology


2001 Bachelor of Photography with Honours. Queensland College of Art, Griffith University


1991 National Art School, Sydney, New South Wales


1989 Certificate in Photography, Photo Access, Christchurch New Zealand


1988 Certificate in Acting, Christchurch Academy of Performing Art, NZ



Solo exhibitions/performances/installations/screenings


2021 Suitcase. Live Performance. White Studio, Queensland College of Art,

Southbank, Brisbane QLD 


2021 Performing the Transformative. Video Installation.

Webb Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane QLD 


2018 Red. Video Installation. White Studio, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane QLD 


2016  Méconnaissance – New Rites of Passage.  Video Installation. POP Gallery,

Brisbane QLD


2015 Whale Watching. Video. Redcliffe Art Gallery, Redcliffe, QLD


2013  Eastern Face. Photographs and video. Queensland Centre of Photography, Brisbane


2008  11 Years of Sleeping. Video installation. Mt Glorious, QLD


2007  Red Hat.  Film Screening. International Conference of Playback Theatre,

Sao Paulo, Brazil.


2003  Clouty. Installation. Queensland Artworkers Studio, 60 Merivale Street, Brisbane


2002  Sacra Loci – The Borderland. Photographs from the Himalayas of Nepal

and work in progress from the Sacra Loci series. Mount Glorious QLD.


2001  Funky Himal Mandala.  Video installation. Queensland College of Art Brisbane


2000  Water/milk.  Video screening. Brisbane City Council Urban Gentrification Project.

Wynnum, Brisbane


2000  Slightly Distorted. Photograph. Project Wall.

Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney


2000  The Other Room. Photography / video / installation. Metro Arts, Brisbane


1991  Ocean. Paintings. Balmain East Gallery, Sydney


1988  Paintings. CSA Gallery, Christchurch NZ


1987  Unfolding. Paintings. Several Arts Gallery, Christchurch NZ




Selected group exhibitions/performances/installations/screenings


2019 Visible. Cave (2018) video installation. Grey Street Gallery, Brisbane.


2019 Prospect. Holy Island, video.

POP Gallery, Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane


2018 Moments and Methods.  Wrapping and Unwrapping, video.

POP Gallery, Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane


2018 Whale Watching. Video. Tightrope. Pine Rivers Gallery, QLD


2015 ‘8’. Photograph. Best Artwork by a Local Artist Award.

Morton Bay Regional Art Awards.

           Pine Rivers Gallery, QLD


2013 Olive Cotton Portrait Photography Award. Finalist. ‘8’. Photograph.

Tweed Gallery, New South Wales


2010 11 Years of Sleeping. Video. Glorious Creators. Pine Rivers Gallery, QLD


2009  Brothers. Photograph. Olive Cotton Portrait Photography Award. Finalist. Tweed Gallery, NSW


2008  Water/milk. Video. Urban Screens. Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria.


2008  Hiraani. Photograph. Xstrata Portrait Prize. Perc Tucker Gallery, Townsville, QLD


2006  Prayer Flags. Photograph.  Women’s Eye on Peace II. International

Women’s Development Agency, Artery Gallery, Melbourne and

Sotheby’s, Sydney.


2004  The Other Room. Photograph. ‘Harvest’ Flying Arts Exhibition (tutor’s section).

Waterfront Place, Riverside, Brisbane.


2003  Water/milk, video. Chenrezig Buddhist Centre,

Eudlo, Queensland


2002 Water/milk. Video. Inaugural THIESS Art Prize. Finalist.

          Queensland College of Art Gallery Southbank, Brisbane


2001 Water/milk. Video. Pacific Film and Television Commission New Film Makers Awards.

Finalist. Brisbane


2001 Forgive. Video. Launch. Postgraduate exhibition.

Queensland College of Arts, Southbank, Brisbane


1999 Photographs and sculptures. QCA Photography Graduate Show.

Campbell Mahoney Gallery, Brisbane


1998 Spirit Guide. Photographs. Artists for Co-Existence.

Aboriginal Cultural Centre, West End, Brisbane


1997 Solitary. Photograph. Women as Activists, Women as Survivors.

Amnesty International. Palace Gallery, Brisbane


1997  The Personal is Political. Photographs.

Seeking the Sacred. Photographs. Gallery Aesthete,

Moray Street,New farm, Brisbane


1997 In Utero I-VI. Works on paper. Separation, Reunion and Reconciliation.

6th Australian Conference on Adoption. 

Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane



Selected group exhibitions/performances/installations/screenings continued


1996 Future Shock. Thinking of UFO’s, A Future Without Limits. Works on paper

International Women’s Day Exhibition. Queensland College of Art Gallery, Brisbane


1996 Future Shock, Work on paper. End of Year Clearance.

Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.


1996 Future Shock, Work on paper. WandA (Women and Art Collective) selected Artists.

University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane


1996 Untitled. Work on paper. (dis}Integrasi. Artists for East Timor in association with

Community Aid Abroad, Metro Arts, Brisbane



1995 Blue Series. Works on paper.

In response to the continued nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean and

Marshall Islands by the US and French Government, Metro Arts, Brisbane


1995 Dinosaurs only reproduce at night and Love. Works on paper.

Identities, Female sexuality and desire – a WandA Project. Metro Arts, Brisbane


1991 Vessels. Works on paper. Jouissance. The Dissonance Program.

National Art School, Sydney


1989 Karamea. Photographs. Venus Visions. Christchurch Library, New Zealand


1990 Triptych. Works on paper. Art Auction, Artists for Co-existence.

Christchurch Society of the Arts, Christchurch, NZ


1990  I’m not a strong swimmer. Performance poetry.

L’Etaque Gallery, Christchurch, NZ


1990  Mermaids. Collaborative performance.

Danza, Festival of Dance. Canterbury University Theatre, Christchurch, NZ


1989  My Secret Place. Works on paper. Christchurch Artists Collective.

           L’Etaque Gallery. Christchurch NZ


1988  Paintings and drawings. Studio Exhibition. Christchurch Arts Centre,

Christchurch NZ


1988  Works on paper. Mansfield Gallery. Christchurch, NZ


Conferences and Presentations


2018 New rites of Passage (2018) Women and Ageing in Media Summer School,

University of Gloucestershire, England.


1999 Where Do Ecofeminist Values come from and how can these Values Create

          Social Change? International Society of Education through Art (InSEA)

30th World Congress, Brisbane



Selected Commissions


2005 Red Hat. Short film.

Sunshine Coast Playback Theatre Company, Queensland


2002 Touch. Photographs. Education House, Brisbane


Artist Talks/Presentations


2021 Year 12 Music students. Kedron State High School


2018 Three-minute thesis competition. QCA


2017 Doctoral studio research practice.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate students of QCA.

Lecture Theatre, Griffith Art Museum


2015 Senior Visual Art students. Queensland Academy of Creative Industries.


2013 Eastern Face. Public floor talk. Queensland Centre of Photography, Brisbane


2001 Finalists. Ministers Award for Excellence in Art.

Queensland College of Art Gallery, Brisbane



Acquisitions, Catalogues and other published works


2019 New Rites of Passage. Conference Paper.

Post Graduate Journal of Women and Ageing in Media,

Special Issue. University of Gloucestershire, England


2013 Eastern Face, Art Collector Magazine, February 2013 Edition, Australia


2013 Eastern Face (catalogue/review), Queensland Centre of Photography, Brisbane


2003 Prayer Flags, photograph. Douglas Heck and Burrell, Corporate Calendar, Brisbane


2002 The Process of Recovery (abstract). Education for Peace: Ninth Annual

International Conference on Education, Spirituality and the Whole Child,

Roehampton University of Surrey, UK


2001 The Other Room. Installation. Promise. Review by Holly Arden.

Metro Arts, Brisbane


2001 Water/milk. Video still. Inaugural Thiess Art Prize (catalogue)

          Queensland College of Art Gallery, Brisbane


2000 Slightly Distorted. Photograph. Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney, NSW


2000 In Dialogue with the Other: The Artworks of Judith Wright, Fiona Foley and

          Lin Li.  Honours dissertation,Queensland College of Art Library, Brisbane


1999 Where Do Ecofeminist Values come from and how can these Values create

          Social Change? CD rom publication.

International Society of Education through Art (InSEA)

30th World Congress, Brisbane



Other media publication


2001 The Art Show Radio Triple Z. Interview with David Broker and Anna Marsden, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, on Funky Himal Mandala installation (Himalayas of Nepal and Stonehenge, England) Queensland College of Art, Brisbane.


1999 The Art Show, Radio Triple Z. Interview with David Broker and Anna Marsden Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane on The Other Room installation, Metro Arts, Brisbane