The installations of Ella Barclay serve as technological tableaus, directing us to the physicality of hardware, the ethereal nature of data and the alchemic transformation of ideas into matter. She employs a range of media to explore some of the less tested contentions of our time – the power of text as technology, the erraticism of network architectures, myth making and the internet –  as well as offering a reflection on 20th century techno-utopianism.

Barclay has exhibited extensively in Sydney, as well as solo and group exhibitions in Philadelphia, Tokyo, Taipei, Edinburgh, Brisbane, Kassel, Melbourne, Bathurst and New York. She has been the recipient of numerous scholarships,residencies and has works residing in key government and corporate collections. She is a current PhD candidate at the University of Technology and was named an undiscovered artist by Australian Art Collector Magazine in 2017.  

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Solo Exhibitions

DYNAMIC BEHAVIOUR IN COMPLEX SYSTEMSAlaska Projects, Sydney 2018 (forthcoming)

I HAD TO DO IT, UTS Gallery Sydney 2016

ALMOST PARTY W YUJUN YE
Instant 42, Taipei, Taiwan 2016

IF YOU DREAM THAT YOU ARE NAKED, YOU ARE NOT AWARE THAT YOU ARE DREAMING, 55 Sydenham Road, Sydney 2014

ELLA BARCLAY W STEVE MYKIETYN, curated by Christopher Hanrahan
MOP Sydney 2013

I WANT/YOUMADE, Artereal, Sydney 2013

BE STILL, I'M THINKING
db project Sydney 2013

NEW WORK
Artspace Studio 11, Sydney 2013

MAELSTROM STUDIES
curated by Kelly Robson for Gaffa, The Rocks, Sydney 2012

 

MAELSTROM STUDIES
Treasure Hill Artist Village Taipei, Taiwan 2011

QUICK DIP
db project Sydney 2010

VELLEITY STUDY
GRANTPIRRIE|WINDOW Sydney 2009

SHIT RIP
First Draft Gallery, Sydney 2009

CHORAL SWELL
MOP Projects Sydney 2009

RAVE JARS
Gaffa Gallery Sydney 2009

STONE SOUP
Gaffa Gallery Sydney 2009

 

 


Curated Exhibitions

EXPERIMENTA MAKE SENSE INTERNATIONAL TRIENNIAL OF MEDIA ARTRMIT Gallery then Australian 3 year tour 2017-2020. 

LIGHT GEIST, curated by Erin Coates, Fremantle Art Centre, Western Australia 2016

THAT WHICH CANNOT NOT BE, curated by Bree Pickering, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, USA 2016


BODIES GO WRONG,curated by Christopher Hanrahan, Orgy Park, New York 2016

ELEMENTAL PHENOMENA, curated by Naomi Evans, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

SUBJECT TO RUIN, curated by Adam Porter, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Western Sydney 2014

JOHN FRIES AWARD, curated by Sebastian Goldspink, Galleries UNSW, 2014

ASSEMBLAGE, curated by Esther Cheung, 107 Projects, 2014

SUBJECT TO RUIN, curated by Adam Porter, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney 2014

NSW FELLOWSHIP FOR EMERGING ARTISTS, curated by Sam Zimmet Artspace, Sydney 2014

 

 

CLOSED SYSTEM with Steve Mykietyn, curated by Christopher Hanrahan, MOP Projects August 2013

KELLY’S EYE CLUB, curated by Steve Mykietyn, Orgy Park, New York 2012

FREEFALL, curated by Sari Kivanin, Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney 2012

CRISIS COMPLEX curated by Sumugan Sivanesan + Laura McLean, Tin Sheds, Sydney 2012 

WHITE AS THEY COME Curated by Iakavos Lamperidis, 55 Sydnenham Road, 2012

TIME MACHINE, Serial Space, Sydney July 2012

FRESH PRODUCE, Curated by Serena Bentley, Next Wave May 2012

HELEN LEMPRIERE TRAVELLING ART SCHOLARSHIP FOR EMERGING ARTISTS, Artspace, Sydney 2011
 


press

REALTIME ARTS, "Utterly Wired", Keith Gallasch, December 2016

ARTGUIDE, "Ella Barclay on conspiracy theories and the New World Order",December 2016

VAULT, "I had TO Do It", Chloe Wolifson, 2016

ART ALMANAC, "New World Order", Eleanor Zeichner, December 2016

ARTLINK, "Ella Barclay: A Feeling of Lost Connections", Parrallel Universe (Summer Issue) 2016.

ARTIST PROFILE, "Ella Barclay", Lucy Strange, November 2016

ART ALMANAC, "I Had To Do It", October 2016

EYELINE, Review of Elemental Phenomena, Robert Lort, January 2016 

DAS SUPERPAPER, Video interview with Nick Garner, July 2014

TWO THOUSAND, Exhibition feature, August 2013

ART MONTHLY, "Ella Barclay", Issue 2657, Kelly Robson, p 47 2013

RADIO NATIONAL, The List, Interview with Jason di Rosso, 24 May 2013

 

FBI Radio Arts Show Interview with Jesse Cox, 2013

THE BRAG, Time Machine Review of Woozy Jacuzzi + Interview, Dee Jefferson June 2013

NEW MUSEUM, Art Spaces Directory, db projects, 2012

ART + AUSTRALIA, Marian Tubbs, "For the Lulz" exhibition review, Art + Australia Summer 2011

DAS500, JD Reforma, “For the Lulz”, 2011

Steve Mykietyn, "Ways to be Cool', Allotrope, Belfast July 2011

Reiltor, Claire, Art Monthly "Artnotes: Asia", Art Monthly,#239, May 2011, p 52

Sophia, Olivia; 'Ella Barclay", Runway:Return October 2010


RESIDENCIES

 

AUSTRALIA COUNCIL London Studio 2016

CASULA POWERHOUSE Residency 2016

ARTSPACE, Sydney 2014

ASIALINK, Taipei Artist Village, 2011
 

RUNWAY Magazine, board director 2011

FIRST DRAFT artist in residence 2009


AWARDS + GRANTS

FISHER'S GHOST ART AWARD 2017 (shortlisted)
AUSTRALIA COUNCIL CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT - NEW WORK 2016
NSW Artists Grant 2016
UTS Research Excellence Scholarship 2016
NSW FELLOWSHIP FOR EMERGING ARTISTS 2013 (shortlisted)
AUSTRALIA COUNCIL NEW WORK GRANT 2013
MADDOCKS ART PRIZE (shortlisted)
NSW ARTIST GRANT 2012.

 

 

HELEN LEMPRIERE TRAVELLING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP FOR EMERGING ARTISTS 2011 (SHORTLISTED)
NSW ARTIST GRANT 2010
JOHN LANSDOWN MEDIA ART MEDAL, University of Edinburgh 2006
SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE SCHOLARSHIP + full stipend, the British Council 2005-06
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP 2005-06
UNSW EXCHANGE SCHOLARSHIP, University of Amsterdam 2002