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Working at Steindruck München (Workshop for Stone Lithography, Munich).

Penelope Richardson

Australian artist Penelope Richardson lives and works in Munich since 2008. She is the founding member of Atelier Lindwurm. Prior to arriving in Germany, she had studios based in Melbourne (1995-2008), Bogotá (1992-1995) and Sydney (1988-1992). In 2018 she founded Fun Life Draw, a creative company offering life-drawing events.

Among other things, she taught screen-printing and mural painting at “Garage Graphix” in Western Sydney. In Bogotá, she worked on art projects inside two city jails together with artist Jaime Avila-Ferrer, was a member of the “Colectivo Martes” and exhibited widely. While in Melbourne she curated several cross-cultural exchange projects, the first Colombian-Australian artistic exchanges, before the days of social media.

Growing up in Sydney, she did her undergraduate studies at the National Art School and Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University. Later she undertook postgraduate studies at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá before returning to Australia to complete her Master of Fine Arts at RMIT University, Melbourne.

Since the 1990‘s she has been integrating painting and digital print techniques alongside drawing in her work as seen in her exhibitions “Under World“ West Space, Melbourne, “Confess”, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne and “Überwelt”, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, and “Luftgespinste“, Kunstforum Arabellapark, Munich.

Since moving to Germany Richardson has partaken in numerous exhibitions, worked regularly in the Steindruck München – a workshop for stone lithography, and received a studio assistance grant from the City of Munich. She is also a member of the Berufsverband Bildende Kunst and of the GEDOK where she is currently the curator of their yearly exhibition “20 Positionen” at the Akademie Politische Bildung, Tutzing.

Her work is found in public and private collections in Australia, Colombia, Canada, Switzerland, Germany and England.



Solo Exhibitions

2019 ‘Model in der Box’ Kunstaktion, SP-CE Popup Akademie + BBK, Alte Akademie, Munich.
2019 ‘Book Works – 20 years of Artist’s Books’, SP-CE Popup Akademie + BBK, Alte Akademie, Munich.
2019 ‘Go with the Floe’, SP-CE Popup Akademie, Alte Akademie, Munich.
2018 ‘Mexican Dreaming’ performance + exhibition, GalerieJPG, Marburg.
2018 ‘Echte Biester’ (Real Beasts) performance, ABC Westside Galerie, Munich.
2017 ‘Mexico’ Pop-Up, Mrs.Sporty Bogenhausen, Munich.
2014 ‘Urban Nature’, ARTMUC Prater Insel, Munich.
2012 ‘Buks’, Steindruck, Munich
2011 ‘Luftgespinste’ Kunstforum Arabellapark, Munich.
2010 ‘Landlinien/Landlines’ Sozial Skulptur, Munich.
2007 ‘Überwelt’, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne.
2005 ‘I Must Confess Something…’ Counihan Gallery, Melbourne.
2004 ‘Cloud 9’, Interactive sculpture, Youth Health Festival, Melbourne;
2004 ‘Void’ Glitch Gallery, Melbourne.
2003 ‘Here’ J-Space, Chisholm Institute, Melbourne.
2000 ‘Under World’ West Space, Melbourne; ‘Tom Yum, Dick & Harry’ Faculty Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne.
1999 ‘Passenger’, Akademie Loccum, Germany.
1998 ‘Deeper Than Skin Deep’ First Site Gallery, Melbourne;
1998 ‘Fathoming’ Australia Felix Festival with Jo Horsburgh and Livia Judge, Benalla.
1997 ‘Fathoming’ Fresh Gallery, with Jo Horsburgh and Livia Judge, Melbourne.
1994 ‘Viajando’ Centro Colombo-Americano, Bogotá;
1994 ‘The Flying Naked Virgin–Artists Book’ with Jaime Avila – Jinete Azul, Bogotá.
1993 ‘Patios Urbanos–La Entrada’ British Council, Bogotá.
1992 ‘Innocent Bystanders’ King Street Gallery, Sydney;
1992 ‘The Land Creaks Beneath Our Feet’ Burnie St Gallery, Sydney.
1990 ‘Dis-solution’ Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide.
1989 ‘Extractions’ Gallery Cafe, Sydney.
1988 ‘Body into Landscape into Body’ Gallery X, Sydney.

Group Exhibitions

2020 ‘Mycelia’, Platform, Munich.
2020 ‘Was Menschen berührt’, Paul Klinger Künstlersozialwerk, Munich.
2020 ‘Are you real?’, Curator. Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing.
2019 ‘VerNetzt’, SP-CE Popup Akademie & Paul Klinger Künstlersozialwerk, Munich.
2019 ‘20 Positionen – Soft Tissue’, Curator. Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing.
2019 ‘Kunst in den Mai’, GalerieGEDOKmuc, Munich.
2019 ‘Spontaneous with Friends’, curator. SP-CE Popup Akademie, Alte Akademie, Munich.
2019 ‘Liquid Liquide’, Artikus, Ubo 9 Kutkurzzentrum, Aubing.
2018 ‘Tiere – Kitsch Verboten’, Kunstvereins Gauting, Rathaus, Gauting.
2018 ‘20 Positionen’, Curator. Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing.
2018 ‘Art and Architecture Competition – Humboldt Forum’, Humboldt-Box, Berlin.
2018 ‘C.A.T. (Clear Air Turbulences)’ – ‘‘Well, Hello Kitty…’’. Curator Eva Kollmar, ABC Westside Galerie, Munich.
2017 ‘Eating Patterns’ for ‘Monocular Spectator – Performance for the Camera’ curated by Diana Popova, galerieGEDOKmuc, Munich.
2017 ‘3 Wünsche’, SüdpArt – Das Natur-Kunst Projekt, Munich.
2017 ‘The wolves have just left the forest’ in ‘20 Positionen’, Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing.
2017 ‘Von Angesicht zu Angesicht’, Gedok-Muc + Galerie Ganserhaus, Wasserburg am Inn.
2017 ‘The wolves have just left the forest’ in ‘20 Positionen’, Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing.
2016 ‘Petition 64444’, 2nd Festival für unangepasste Kunst, Part 3., MUCCA, Munich.
2016 ‘Considering Power’, 2nd Festival für unangepasste Kunst, Part 2., Munich.
2016 ‘I wish I was there/ Ich wünschte ich wäre dort’, Alps Art Academy, Art Safiental, Tenna, Switzerland.
2016 ‘Unfinished Apocalypse’, Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing.
2016 ‘500 Artists say Hello’, Kunsttreff Quiddezentrum, Munich.
2015 ‘Antarctica-A Hypothetical Journey’ in ‘20 Positionen’, Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing.
2014 ‘20 Positionen’, Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing.
2014 ‘Welcome’, GalerieGEDOKmuc, Munich.
2012 ‘Litho Tage’, Steindruck, Munich
2010 ‘Banned Books in Australia’, Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, Melbourne.
2010 ‘Lithographic Symposium’, , Tidaholm, Sweden.
2009 ‘Gulag’, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne.
2008 ‘Mein Bild von München’, Gasteig, Munich;
2008 ‘35th Alice Prize’, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Australia. (Collected)
2007 ‘56th Blake Prize for Religious Art’, National Art School Gallery, Sydney. (Commended)
2006 ‘34th Alice Prize’, , Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
2005 ‘Hazelhurst Art Award’, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney;
2005 ‘Canberra Contemporary Art Prize’ Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra (Winner)
2003 ‘1000’ Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra
2001 ‘South/Sur’, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra. (Curator)
2000 ‘Boceto para una Tarjeta Postal’, Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba. (Curator)
1999 ‘hi/lo exotico (Boceto para una Tarjeta Postal)’, Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendaño, Bogotá.
1998 ‘Rear Vision’, RMIT Faculty Gallery, Melbourne.
1995 ‘Salon Refusé’, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.
1994 ‘35th National Artists Salon’, Bogotá.
1994 ‘Presidents Selection’ for the UNESCO Meeting, Cartagena, Colombia.
1993 ‘Regional Artists Salon’ Corferias, Bogotá.
1993 ‘First Print Biennial’, Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba.
1993 ‘Entorno Mudanza’, Rioacha, Colombia.
1992‘Young Artists Salon’, Planetario Distrital, Bogotá.
1992 ‘Seneca’, University de Los Andes, Bogota.
1992 ‘The Daily Bloodshed’, Casa Abandonada, Bogota.
1991 ‘NSW Travelling Art Scholarship’, Works Gallery, Sydney.
1990 ‘Moet & Chandon Travelling Exhibition’, NSW Art Gallery, Sydney;
1990 ‘NSW Travelling Art Scholarship’, Works Gallery, Sydney.
1989 ‘Metro-Mania’, Australian Regional Exchange (ARX), Perth Centre for Contemporary Art (PICA), Perth.
1989 ‘Inside the Greenhouse’, Tinsheds Gallery, Sydney.
1989 ‘Origins, Experiences and Identity’, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney.
1989 ‘Towers of Torture’, Tinsheds Gallery, Sydney.
1987 ‘AVAGO’, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney.
1986 ‘Young artists Committee’, Townhall, Sydney.
1986 ‘Spot the Difference’, Super-8 Film Festival, AFI, Sydney.

Studies and Residencies

Studies + Residencies

2019 SP-CE Popup Akademie (January-May), Zwischennutzzungsprojekt, Kreativ Muenchen, Munich.
2016 Residency, Alps Art Academy, Tenna, Switzerland.
1997-2000 Master of Fine Arts by Research, RMIT University, Melbourne.
1992-1993 Post-Graduate studies with a scholarship. Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá.
1990-1991 Traineeship Garage Graphix, Mt. Druitt, Sydney. Supported by a grant from the Community Cultural Development Unit of the Australia Council.
1986-1988 Bachelor of Visual Arts (BAVA), Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University, Sydney.
1984-1985 Art Certificate, National Art School, Sydney.

Public Art and Collaborative Projects

Public Art and Collaborative Projects

2006 ‘The Big Trees Project’, – Sculpture project with Ben Wrigley. Orygen Youth Health, Melbourne.

2006 ‘The Orygen Mosaic Project’, – a Mosaic project with Ursula Dutkiewicz. Orygen Youth Health, Melbourne.

1994 ‘La Virgen Desnuda Voladora’,  – Book project with Jaime Avila. La Modelo Prison, Bogotá.

1993 ‘Patios Urbanos’,  – Video project with Jaime Avila. La Picota Prison, Bogotá.

1991 ‘Moving Billboard’,  – Bus project. Red Cross, Mt. Druitt, Sydney.

1990 ‘The Good Earth’,  – Mural. WASHhouse, Bidwill, Sydney.

1990 ‘Together in this place ’, – Poster and fabric printing project, Villawood Community, Sydney.

1987 ‘There was a hill’, – Billboard art project with Cecilia Heffer, Martin Place Station, Sydney.

1986 ‘Public Paintings’, Streets of Melbourne and Sydney.

Curatorial Projects

Curatorial Projects

2020 ‘‘Are you real?’, GEDOK, Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing. (Curator)
2019 ‘20 Positionen’, GEDOK, Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing. (Curator)

2018 ‘20 Positionen’, GEDOK, Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing. (Curator)

2017 ‘20 Positionen’, GEDOK, Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing. (Curator)

2016 ‘20 Positionen’, GEDOK, Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing. (Curator)

2001 ‘South/Sur’, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra. (Curator)

2000 ‘Boceto para una Tarjeta Postal’, Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba. (Curator)

1999 ‘hi/lo exotico (Boceto para una Tarjeta Postal)’, Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendaño, Bogotá. (Curator)

1998 ‘hi/lo exotico’, Stop 22 Gallery, St. Kilda, Melbourne. (Curator)

1997 ‘Fathoming’, Australia Felix Festival, Benalla, Victoria, Australia with the opera singer, Jo Horsburgh and composer/flautist, Livia Judge. (Curator)

Araluen Collection, Alice Springs, Australia; Artbank, Australia; Baillieu Library, Melbourne University, Melbourne; Orygen Youth Health, Melbourne; Centro Colombo-Americano, Bogotá; Spanish Club, Sydney. Private collections in Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and Colombia.

Prizes and Awards
Atelierförderprogramm der Landeshauptstadt München. (Studio assistance grant from the City of Munich). 2017-2020.

Commendation 56th Blake Prize for Religious Art, National Art School Gallery, Sydney, 2007

CCAS Contemporary Art Prize, Judged by Dr Charles Merewether, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 2005. read

Commendation Phillips Fox Award for the best-designed multi-media, Lonely Planet Japanese Audio pack. APA (Australian Publishing Association), Melbourne, 1995.

Creative Grant/Beca COLCULTURA (Colombian Institute of Culture), 1993

International Postgraduate Scholarship (ICETEX), Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, 1992-1995

Mosaic Design Award, Randwick TAFE, Sydney, 1991

Basil and Muriel Hooper Scholarship, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1985

Books and References

Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon: Vol. 98, De Gruyter Verlag, Berlin/Boston, 2017. ISBN:978-3-11-023264-6

2. Festival für unangepasste Kunst,  Adler A.F, J.P Petracco-Goertsches, K. Guminski. 2016. ISBN: 978-3-00-054377-7

Hello 2016 – 500 Artists Say Hello. Kyfio UG, March 2016. ISBN: 13:978-3-946116-00-4

Allgemeines Künstler-Lexicon: Bibliographisches Index (The Artists of the World: Bibliographical Index.) Vol 6, K.G Saur Verlag, Munich/Leipzig, 2002

A Dictionary of Women Artists of Australia. Germaine, Max. Craftsman House, Sydney, 1991. Page 382

Banned Books in Australia. A Baillieu Library Exhibition. The University of Melbourne. 7 June-27 August 2010, Cussonia Press, 2011.
A Tribute to the Book Arts. Works by Contemporary Colombian Artists. Jaramillo, Carmen Maria [curator], March 7 to May 15, 1996. Featuring the work of 29 artists or groups, each with at least one black and white photograph.

Artists’ Books: A world of openings. Di Sciascio, Peter. Collections, Issue 6, June 2010, University of Melbourne. read

Papers and Publications

Papers and Publications

‘Treading on Thin Ice” artist’s talk, Liquid Liquide, Ubo 9 Kulturzentrum, Munich.

Art in the Safien Valley. M.Hedinger, M Busch, in LANDSCAPE #1 – Institut for Land and Environmental Art, pp. 208, 267, 2020.

MYCELIA. Exchange Project for Women Artists. Catalogue, pp. 26-31, 2020.

‘Penelope Richardson in conversation with Anabel Roque Rodriguez’, Mycelia: Networking as a Female Artist, Platform, Munich, 2020.

Artists’ Books from Latin America, Rylan Steele. Printed Matter, Inc., November 2006

Passenger on someone else’s train: The artistic diaspora. Penelope Richardson. Paper for Diaspora of the Latin American Imagination conference, ANU, Canberra, 2002.

Typicals /Tipicos Penelope RichardsonSylvia VelezPaul AllatsonErika AvilaNicolas Bermudez ; Thomas de MonchauxRodrigo OrrantiaJulio ParedesPORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, Vol.1, No.1, 2004. read

Health Arts in a Youth Mental Health Setting. Penelope Richardson. Paper for the Risky Business Symposium at Melbourne University, 2005.

Passenger on Somebody Else’s Train: An Australian artist in Colombia. Penelope Richardson. Humanities Research Vol X No. 1, 2003. read

Typicals /Tipicos, exh.cat., Richardson, Penelope; Vélez, Sylvia; Allatson, Paul; Avila, Erika; Bermudez, Nicola; de Monchaux, Thomas; Orrantia, Rodrigo; Paredes, Julio., Canberra, 2003.  The authors with the support of Arts ACT. read

Revolutionary Binaries—Push and Pull Between High and Low Art in Latin America. Penelope Richardson. Paper for Art and Human Rights Workshop for the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University (ANU), 2002.

With a focus on human rights and art, this paper seeks to explore the relationship of art to human rights concerns through an overview of art practice in Latin America from the 1950’s to the present. Broadly looking at both high art and popular art it will trace some of the historical influences on various movements, as well as outline some regional and national differences in art practice that have been generated in relation to specific cultural or political events in various Latin American countries.

~South~{Sur} catalogue essay, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, A.C.T., Australia, 2002.

Traversing Space by Penelope Richardson, Felicity Spear, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne 2002. read

What Happens When Reason Sleeps—Art And Violence in Colombia. Penelope Richardson. Paper for Spatial Cultures Conference, School of Fine Art, Newcastle University, 2001.

Varieties of Havana: The 7th Habana Bienal, Penelope Richardson. Third Text, Vol. 15, No. 55, Summer,  2001. read

Report from the 7th Havana Biennial, Cuba.  Penelope Richardson. Art Monthly Australia, Issue 137, March, 2001, pp.25-27.

When Reason Sleeps: the Legacy of Violence and the Artists of Medellín. Penelope Richardson. Jilar Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, pp.169-185, Vol 7, Issue. 2, 2001. read

Stories from Home. Penelope Richardson. Issue 41, June-July, Arena Magazine, Melbourne, 1999

Exhibition Catalogues

Confess: Penelope Richardson, 1 -24 July 2005, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne. Written by Lisa Byrne. Otter Publications, 2005. read

Shelter: an art project: Penelope Richardson, 1 -24 July 2005, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne. Otter Publications, 2005. read

Here: Penelope Richardson, 20 Feb-14 Mar 2003, J-Space Centre for Contemporary Art , Chisholm Institute. Written by Bridget Crone. Otter Publications, 2003. read

Underworld: Penelope Richardson, 1 -17 Jun 2000, West Space, Melbourne. Written by Bridget Crone. read

The Orygen Big Trees Project: health arts. ORYGEN Research Centre, Melbourne. ISBN 1-920718-22-2 read

The Orygen Youth Health Mosaic Project, Oct-Dec 2006 with Ursula Dutkiewicz.

Moet & Chandon Exhibition Catalogue, Fiscal Realities, 1990.

Metro Mania, Australia & Regions Artist Exchange (ARX), Perth, 1989.



Präsenz im Raum, Katja Sebald, 02.06.2019, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany read

“Allein unter Allen”, Anna Stockhammer, 28.05.2019, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany   read

“Da sitzt ein Nackte im Schaufenster”, 27.05.2019, 95.5 Charivari – Münchens Hitradio, Germany read

“Paradies im Wald”, Jürgen Wolfram, 04.01.2018, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany read

“Ganz Natürliche Kunst”, 21.8.2017, Abendzeitung, Germany read

Mobile der Poesie”, 20.07.2017, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany. read

Aus Totholz werde Kunst – Projekte von “SüdPART” werden vorgestellt”, 11.07.2017, Münchner Wochen Anzeige, Germany. read

Das Erwachen des Waldgeistes Sendlinger Kunstprojekt “SüdpArt” geht in die zweite Runde”, 01.05.2017, Münchner Wochen Anzeige, Germany. watch. read

“Viele Einfälle, Einige Positionen” by Astrid Amelungse-Kurth. 27.6.2014, Münchner Merkur (Starnberg Ed.) Germany. read

“Überraschend unpolitisch” by Katya Sebald. 6.7.2015, Süddeutsche Zeitung, (Starnberg Ed.) Germany. read

“Penelope Richardson zeigt “Lufgespinste”” , 01.12.2011, Hallo München, Germany. read

“Out of the Gulag”  by FJ Framed  17.4.2009, The Age, Melbourne, Australia.

“Penelope Richardson Überwelt”  Jul. 2007, Profiles, Art Almanac, Australia.

“Graffiti shows city’s ‘heart’”   11.7.2005, The Melbourne Times, Melbourne, Australia.

“Big picture artists” 6.7.2005, The Canberra Times, Canberra, Australia.

“Postcard images of exotic cultures”  by Ian Warden  6.3.2002, The Canberra Times, Canberra, Australia.

“Australia and Colombia – Bringing Art Together”  by Isabelle Oderberg. Catalyst no. 12  7.10.1998, Melbourne, Australia.

“Art in the Strangest Places”  25.9.1998, The Age, Melbourne, Australia.

“Penélope toma el control”  by Maria Margarita Garcia  18.2.1994, pg. 9, La Prensa, Bogotá, Colombia.

“Penélope teje la memoria de Bogotá”  by Catalina Piedrahita Betancourt  12.2.1994, El Espectador, Bogotá, Colombia.

“Virgin seen flying over Bogotá” 5-12.10.1994, The Colombian Post, Bogotá, Colombia.

“En el patio interno” 16.11.1993, El Espectador, Bogotá, Colombia.

“Indicaciones sobre el salón Nacional”  by Antonio Caro, Revista ARTE, no. 20, Oct 1994. Bogotá, Colombia.

“Memories through the test of time” 18-25.11.1993, The Colombian Post, Bogotá, Colombia.

“El Segundo Salon de Arte Joven de Bogotá”  by Barbara Bloemink,Revista ARTE, Ed. 15-16, 1993, pg.138, Bogotá, Colombia.

“Ideas win out over technique” by John Emery. 23.2.1990, The Advertiser, (Adelaide) Australia.

“Way to the future just there for the ARX-ing” by John McDonald. 23.10.1989, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia.