chris headley


Christopher Headley PhD, MA, DipAD


1996-99 PhD Public Art in Nonspace (60,000 words), Monash University

1990-92 Master of Arts (Visual Arts) Australian National University

1970-73 Diploma of Art and Design Central School of Art, London

Selected Solo Exhibitions and Major Installations

2015 War Spoils: Gas Works Gallery, Port Melbourne

2013 Imagine That: Maunsell Wicks Gallery, Sydney

2013 Horti-Culture, Kinross Arts Centre, Melbourne

2012 Outside-In: Arts Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania – Launceston

2012 Swell: Maunsell Wicks Gallery, Sydney

2011 Common Ground: Restrained, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan

2011 Common Ground: Revealed, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan

2011 Common Ground: Re-Positioned, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan

2010 Reflections, PO Gallery, Arts Academy, University of Ballarat

2010 Divertissement, Craft Victoria Gallery, Melbourne

2009 White Heat, Manly Art Gallery, Sydney

2008 Sense of Place, Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Oregon, USA

2007 Tempest, La Trobe Regional Gallery, Victoria

2007 Teacups in a Storm, Herring Island Gallery, Melbourne

2007 Fall, Toyota Community Gallery, Melbourne

2007 Echoes of Flowers, Toyota Community Gallery, Melbourne

2007 Elements of Objects, Monash University: Fine Arts, Melbourne

2005 I Wanna Break Free, Too! Mura Clay Gallery, Sydney

2004 Pandora’s Dilly Bag, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne

1998 Imaging Nonspace, Switchback Gallery, Monash University – Gippsland

Bicyclist in Red/Green Meccano, Land Drawing, 250x150m, Rosewater Railyards, South Australia

Salt Bag, Land Drawing, 300x250m, Little Camel Lake, Hattah, Victoria

Clockwork Dolphins, Land Drawing, 250x100m, ex-GMH Factory Site, Port Adelaide, SA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022 Celebrating 40 Years of Art Resource Collective, Yinnar, Gippsland, Victoria

2017 Craftsmanship Is Not Enough, Central St Martins, London, UK;

2013 Stirring the Pot, Artspace, Adelaide Festival Centre

2012 28th Gold Coast International Ceramic Award: finalist, Gold Coast Gallery

2012 The Narrative Knot: curated by Gerry Wedd, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney

2011 31 CICA 2011: Concurs Internacional De Ceramica De L’Alcora, Alcora, Castellon, Spain

AIRed, PO Gallery, Arts Academy, University of Ballarat

Award Winner, Manningham Victorian Ceramics Award, Melbourne

2010 Deakin University Small Sculpture Prize, (finalist), Melbourne

Clunes Ceramics Award, (finalist), Victoria

Ergon Energy Art Award, (finalist), Rockhampton, Qld.

2009 Manningham Victorian Ceramic Award, Melbourne

White Heat: curated by Julie Bartholomew, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney

2002 CSAsculpture@stkildabotanicalgardens, Melbourne

Festival of Sculpture, Toorak Village, Melbourne

1999 Portabilities, Gaff Gallery, Port Adelaide

1998 Palimpsest, Mildura Art Centre, Victoria

1995 Contemporary Clay 95, Cowwarr Art Space, Victoria

1994 Jam Factory Birthday Show, Jam Factory Gallery, Adelaide

1993 Fresh Clay : Australia, Meat Market Craft Centre, Melbourne

1992 Hybrid:2535, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

1990 National Ceramic Award, Canberra School of Art Gallery

Recent Professional Experience

2016 Autralia Council Residency, Tokyo

2012 Artist-in-Residence, University of Tasmania – Launceston

2011 Artist-in-Residence, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan

2009 Australia Council Residency, Barcelona

2009 Artist-in-Residence, Arts Academy, University of Ballarat

2000-08 Coordinator, Ceramics Studio, Monash University – Caulfield

2008 Artist-in-Residence, Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Oregon, USA


“Eco-Bookcase”Rosemary Kiss and Conrad O’Donohue, Geelong

“Gippsland Geese”Monash University – Gippsland

“Park Project”Thebarton, SA

“Mural” Cheltenham Park Racecourse, Adelaide

“Entranceway” M J McInerney Reserve, Adelaide

“Ceramic Mural” Civic Centre, Goulburn NSW

“Taps” Art Gallery of South Australia

“Walls” Department of Housing & Construction, SA


New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan

Australian National Gallery, Canberra

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Art Gallery of Queensland, Brisbane

City of Manningham Ceramics Collection

Victorian State Craft Collection, Melbourne

Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

Shepparton Art Centre, Victoria

Queensland Potters Association, Brisbane