Art Forum: Richard Bell

02jun1:00 pm2:00 pmArt Forum: Richard Bell

Event Details

Wednesday 2 June
Cell Block Theatre 


Richard Bell (b. 1953) lives and works in Brisbane, Australia. He works across a variety of media including painting, installation, performance and video. One of Australia’s most significant artists, Bell’s work explores the complex artistic and political problems of Western, colonial and Indigenous art production. He grew out of a generation of Aboriginal activists and has remained committed to the politics of Aboriginal emancipation and self-determination. In 2003 he was the recipient of the Telstra National Aboriginal Art Award, establishing him as an important Australian artistic figure. Bell is represented in most major National and State collections and has exhibited in a number of solo exhibitions at important institutions in Australia and America.

Bell has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize, included in group and solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Performa 15 (New York City), the 16th Jakarta Biennale, 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, (Brisbane), Stedelijk Museum SMBA, Amsterdam, the 20th Biennale of Sydney and the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem, Netherlands.

In 2017, Bell exhibited in The National: New Australian Art, a comprehensive survey of contemporary Australian art presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and Carriageworks, Sydney. In 2018, he presented his solo exhibition Dredging up the Past at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne. In 2019, Bell took his Embassy project to the Venice Biennale as a collateral event and presented work at Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea Milan. In 2021 Bell has a major solo exhibition at the MCA Sydney. In 2022 Bell will be presenting Embassy at the Tate Modern.

Image: Richard Bell, Bell’s Theorem, 2002, synthetic polymer paint on canvas boards, 173 x 127cm. Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.



(Wednesday) 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Cell Block Theatre

Forbes St Darlinghurst NSW 2010

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