About

My practice is an exploration of material culture, driven by an intense curiosity about both the stuff we surround ourselves with, and that which we will leave behind. Found objects are traces of place and people, revealing our strange and compelling interactions with the world of things. My process is psychogeographical: for me, walking is a methodology for collecting objects, and also a way to experience, observe and map a location. I compile collected objects into mobiles – a literal weighing up: a proposition of equivalences between fragments of different materials, their purposes and trajectories.

I am also an art writer and editor. Recent published work can be viewed here. I am open to discussing commissions for publications, catalogue essays and other writing projects - drop me a line at rebecca[at]rebeccagallo.com.au.

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Education

2015 Master of Art / Sculpture, Performance and Installation / UNSW Art & Design

2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts / National Art School

Solo Exhibitions

(individually and as collaborative duo Make or Break with Connie Anthes)

2019 Lifted / Peacock Gallery / Auburn (forthcoming)

2018 Balancing Out / Parramatta Artists Studios / NSW

2016 Make or Break Studio / Bus Projects / Melbourne (Make or Break)

2015 Make or Break Studio / Firstdraft Gallery / Sydney (Make or Break)

Selected Group Exhibitions

(individually and as collaborative duo Make or Break with Connie Anthes)

2018 • 4A and World Square Artists’ Car Boot Sale (Make or Break)

• 3% / Gaffa Gallery / Sydney

• Home Ground Advantage / curated by Kate Beckingham and Chris Dolman / Tillman Park

• Sydney Contemporary Art Fair / National Art School stand E09 / Carriageworks

• From Here to There: Australian art and walking / curated by Sharne Wolff and Jane Denison / Lismore Regional Gallery

• Footsteps in the Corridor / curated by Nadia Odlum / Articulate Project Space / Sydney

• Near and Far: Yearning/Community/Connection / curated by Ebony Secombe / Narrandera Arts Centre / NSW

• The Horse / curated by Noel McKenna / Darren Knight Gallery / Sydney

• Force Fields: Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial / Victoria (Make or Break)

2017 • Underbelly Arts 2017 / National Art School / Sydney (Make or Break)

• Near x Far / curated by Brittany D’Chong / Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre / Sydney

• World Material / curated by Chloé Wolifson / Darren Knight Gallery / Sydney

2016 • Artists’ Flea Market / Artbank Social Club / Artbank / Sydney (Make or Break)

• ART/WORK / curated by Anna May Kirk / Kudos Gallery / Sydney (Make or Break)

• MCA Artbar: This Golden Hour / curated by Kate Scardifield / Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia (Make or Break)

• Written in Time / curated by Catherine Benz / Delmar Gallery / Sydney

2015 • ANIMAL/MINERAL/PHYSICAL/SPIRITUAL / curated by Chloé Wolifson / The Bearded Tit / Sydney

• The Many / Juniper Hall / Sydney

2014 • Hidden: Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk / Sydney

• WILL TO KEEP / 107 Projects / Sydney

Residencies

2019 • Bundanon Trust (Make or Break, Amala Groom and Nicole Monks)

• Parramatta Artists Studios 1 Year Residency

2018 • Parramatta Artists Studios 1 Year Residency

• Lismore Regional Gallery / Binns Artist Studio

2017 • Carriageworks Clothing Store / Underbelly Arts Development Residency / Sydney (Make or Break)

• Bundanon Trust / Underbelly Arts Development Residency / NSW (Make or Break)

2016-17 Summer Studio Residency / Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest

2016 Artist in Residence / St George School of Fine Art

2015 Artists in Residence / Firstdraft Studios (Make or Break)

2014 • Hill End Artists in Residence Program

• Arc @ COFA Green House Residency / Fowlers Gap

Awards and Grants

2018 • Finalist / Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize / Campbelltown Arts Centre

• Finalist / Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

• Finalist / Churchie National Emerging Art Prize / QUT Art Museum / Brisbane

2017 • Australia Council Grant: Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups (Make or Break)

• City of Sydney Cultural Projects Grant (Make or Break)

• New South Wales Artists’ Grant (Make or Break)

• Create NSW Quick Response Grant (Make or Break)

2015 • NAVA Australian Artists’ Grant (Make or Break)

• New South Wales Artists’ Grant (Make or Break)

2014 • Highly Commended / The Kudos Emerging Artist & Designer Awards