Catherine Truman

Biography 2014


Catherine Truman is an established artist working across the disciplines of art and science.

She is co-founder and current partner of Gray Street Workshop est 1985 Adelaide, South Australia, where she currently works and lives. In 2007 Truman was awarded a multi-year Australia Council Fellowship. Truman was appointed to the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council in 2012.

From 2009 until 2011 she was artist in residence in the Autonomic Neurotransmission Laboratory, Anatomy and Histology, Flinders University, Adelaide. In 2011 Truman was awarded an ANAT Synapse Residency to carry out a research project based at Flinders University focused on the role of touch and gesture in the communication of functional human anatomy to students of medical science in collaboration with Professor Ian Gibbins. Truman and Gibbins initiated The Microscope Project involving Deb Jones, Nic Folland and Angela Valamanesh which included a major publication and exhibition held at Flinders Art Museum City Gallery, 2014.

Truman has traveled and exhibited widely nationally and internationally and is represented in a number of major national and international collections including the Pinakothek Moderne Munich, Coda-museum, Netherlands, Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, Museum of Auckland, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Powerhouse Museum Sydney, and the Art Gallery of South Australia and Artbank.



1985-2014     Current partner /co-founder; Gray Street Workshop, Adelaide, South Australia


2014                The Microscope Project, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia

2011-2013       Visual Arts Board/ Peer Panel Member, Australia Council for the Arts

2011-09           Artist in Residence, Autonomic Neurotransmission Laboratory, Dept Anatomy & Histology School of Medicine, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia

2009                Thinking Trough the Body Artlab Project; Campbeltown Arts Centre, Bundanon Arts Trust, Performance Space, Sydney, Australia

2007                Speaker; (Invited) AFJ Annual Lecture: Catherine Truman. SOFA NY, New York, USA

Participant; Reskin, Wearable technology Lab, Australian National University, Canberra

Research; Anatomical Collections USA; Yale University, New Haven; Mutter Museum, Philadelphia; Royal College of Surgeons, Chicago

Presenter; With the Body in Mind, Forum, Flinders University

Workshop Series Presenter: Anatomy series, Restless Dance Company, Adelaide


2011                Ruby Award, SA Govt. for Arts Enterprise (Gray Street Workshop)

2010                Flinders University,Teaching & Learning Innovation Research Grant with Prof. Ian Gibbins

2008-2010       Master of Australian Craft

2007/2008       Australia Council of the Arts Fellow


2014                The Other Side, Galerie S O, London, UK

2013                Fictional Science (jointly with Sue Lorraine) Galerie Ra, Amsterdam

Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial 2013, Beijing, China

2014-2009       Collect, Saachi Gallery, London, UK, Kunst Rai, Amsterdam, SOFA NY, New York, USA

2012                Some Uncertain Facts, (solo) Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, Victoria

Forces of Nature, Australian Embassy Gallery, Washington DC, USA

                        Schmuck, Munich, Germany, MUVIM, Valencia, Italy

10 years-Re:jewelry Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Bejing, China

2011/12:          Jewellery Unleashed Museum of Modern Art Arnhem,Netherlands, Museum Bellerive, Zurich

2010                Abstract Nature, SAMSTAG Art Museum, University of South Australia

                        Gray Street Workshop Celebrates 25 years, Art Gallery of South Australia

2009                Not Absolute: translating the body, City Gallery, Flinders University Art Museum, Sth Aust

2008                Lifelike, solo exhibition, Galerie Ra, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2007                Schmuck '07; Munich, Germany

2005-06           Academici; Monash University Art Gallery, Melbourne; British School Gallery, Rome, Italy

2005                Signs taken for wonders: Gray Street Workshop celebrates 20 years; South Australian School of Art Gallery, University of South Australia, Galerie Ra, Amsterdam

                         Transformations: the language of craft; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

2004                 2004: Australian Culture Now; Ian Potter Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

2004–03           Light Black; JamFactory, Adelaide; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo & Kyoto, Japan

2000                Gray Street Workshop: 15 Years; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide


Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Coda-museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands

Danner-Stiftung, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland, New Zealand

Artbank, Australian Government

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne