SAM LEACH

Born 1973, Adelaide

2016   Doctor of Philosophy (Fine Arts) RMIT University, Melbourne

2009 Master of Arts (Fine Arts) by research RMIT University, Melbourne 

2004   Honours Fine Art (Painting), RMIT University, Melbourne 

2003   Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), RMIT University, Melbourne  

1993   Bachelor of Economics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Imagining Science, PHD examination show, RMIT Faculty Gallery

2015 The Desire of Things to Move Against Gravity, Sullivan Strumpf, Sydney

2014 SSFA at Art London, UK

2014 Habitat Proposals, Peter Walker Fine Art, Adelaide

2013 Careening Meteors and the Early Mind, Future Perfect, Singapore

2013 Dymaxion. Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney 

2012 The Civilising Process, VOLTA8, Sullivan+Strumpf, Basel, Switzerland 

2011-12 Sam Leach: The Ecstasy of Infrastructure, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville 

2011 We Have Never Been Modern, ARTHK11, Sullivan+Strumpf, Asia One, Hong Kong

2010 Present at Hand, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney  

2010 Platonia, COMODAA, London, UK 

2010 Cosmists, 24HR ART, Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin 

2009 The Next Billion Years, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney 

2009 The Margin, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne 

2009 Native Dualism, Peter Walker Fine Art, Adelaide 

2008 Holotypes, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne 

2008 Negentrophies, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney2007 Unnatural Selection, Peter Walker Fine Art, Adelaide 

2007 The Spoils, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne 

2006 Familie Kapitaal, Michael Carr Gallery, Sydney 

2005 The Lift, Spacement, Melbourne 

2005 The Longed for Departure, Bus Gallery, Melbourne 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 Art Basel HK, Sullivan Strumpf, Hong Kong

2015 21C Hyperrealism, Daejeon Art Museum, Daejeon Korea

2015, Personal Spaces, Palazzo Bembo, Venice

2014 Skylab, Latrobe regional gallery, Victoria

2013 Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

2013 Australia: Contemporary Voices, Fine Art Society, London

2013 Skylab, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Latrobe

2012 Haunts and Follies, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 

2012 Animal/Human, University of Queensland Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane 

2012 Lie of the Land: New Australian Landscapes, Embassy of Australia, Washington DC, USA 

2011 Imagining the Future, RMIT Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne 

2011 Unknown Pleasures, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale 

2011 The Rapture of Death, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale 

2011 The New Arcadia, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore 

2011 First Life Residency in Landscape, Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China 

2011 Together in Harmony, Korean Foundation Cultural Centre, Seoul, South Korea 

2011 SSFA11, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney 

2011 Art Stage Singapore, Sullivan+Strumpf, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 

2010 ARTHK10, Sullivan+Strump, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong 

2010 SSFA10, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney  

2010 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 

2010 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 

2009 Skylab - curated by Felicity Spear, Stephen McLaughlan gallery, Melbourne

2009 Horror – Come Darkness, Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney  

2009 The Shilo Project, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Melbourne and touring 

2009 Nature ID, Jan Manton Gallery, Brisbane  

2009 Australia Now, Bedfordbury Gallery, London, UK 

2009 Surveying the Field, Moreland City Art Gallery, Melbourne 

2009 Mute Relics and Bedevilled Creatures – Constructing an Antipodean Curio Cabinet, Moreland City Art Gallery, 

Melbourne 

2009 SSFA09, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney  

2008 Contemporary Australia: Optimism, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane 

2008 The Year of the Bird, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Sydney  

2008 Heat: Art and Climate Change, RMIT Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne 

2008 Neo Goth: Back in Black, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane 

2008 Melbourne Art Fair, Sullivan+Strumpf, Royal Exhibition Centre, Melbourne 

2008 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 

2008 SSFA08, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney 

2008 Bal Tashchit: Thou Shat Not Destroy – The Environment in Biblical and Rabbinic Sources, Jewish Museum of Australia,  

Melbourne 

2007 Momento Mori, Blkmrkt, Brisbane 

2007 Sincerity of Detail, Wardlow Studios, Melbourne 

2007 Metro 5 Finalists, Metro Gallery, Melbourne 

2007 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 

2006 Metro 5 Finalists, Metro Gallery, Melbourne 

2006 Melbourne Reign, Michael Carr Gallery, Sydney 

2004 RMIT Honours Graduate Show, Area Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne 

2004 8, RMIT Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne 

2004 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Village, Melbourne 

2003 Thread, RMIT Graduate Show, Melbourne 

 

AWARDS AND PRIZES

2016 Fluerieu Art Prize, Samstag Museum, Adelaide, finalist

2010 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, winner 

2010 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, winner 

2010 RMIT Alumnus of the Year Award, RMIT University, Melbourne 

2009 Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, finalist 

2009 Royal Bank of Scotland Emerging Artist Award, Sydney, finalist 

2009 University of Queensland Self Portrait Prize, Brisbane, finalist 

2009 Arthur Guy Memorial Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, finalist 

2009 Waterhouse Natural History Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, finalist 

2009 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, finalist 

2008 Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast, finalist 

2008 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, commendation 

2008 Fleurieu Biennale, Art of Food and Wine and Water Prize, McLaren Vale, winner 

2008 ABN Amro Emerging Artist Award, Sydney, finalist 

2008 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, finalist 

2007 Siemens Fine Art Award, RMIT University, Melbourne, winner 

2007 Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, finalist 

2007 Stan and Maureen Duke, Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast, finalist  

2007 Metro5 Art Award, Metro Gallery, Melbourne, finalist 

2007 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, finalist 

2006 Fletcher Jones Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Gallery, Art Geelong, winner 

2006 Metro5 Art Award, Metro Gallery, Melbourne, winner 

2005 Siemens Fine Art Award, RMIT University, Melbourne, finalist 

2004 Siemens Fine Art Award, RMIT University, Melbourne, finalist 

COLLECTIONS

Artbank 

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide 

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour  

Christ Church Grammar School, Perth 

Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong  

Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast  

La Trobe University Museum of Art, Melbourne 

Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne 

Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle  

Peggy Scott and David Teplitzky Collection, Wellington, New Zealand 

RMIT University, Melbourne 

University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane 

Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo  

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Mee, Simon ‘Haunts and Follies’, Haunts and Follies, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, catalogue essay, 2012 

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