Vivienne Binns

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Vivienne Binns
Born Vivienne Joyce Binns
(1940-11-06) 6 November 1940 (age 76)
Wyong, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Education National Art School
Awards Order of Australia Medal (1983)

Vivienne Joyce Binns OAM (born 6 November 1940) is an Australian artist


Binns was born in Wyong, New South Wales in 1940. She studied art at East Sydney Technical College and the National Art School. Her first solo exhibition was in 1967 at Watters Gallery in Sydney. During the 1970s she worked in vitreous enamel, was active in the crafts, and helped found the Women's Art Movement in Sydney. From 1972, she evolved an art practice in city, suburban, and rural communities throughout Australia. "Mothers' Memories Others' Memories", (1979 to 1981) was a project about women's lives and creative activity.[1]

In the project "Full Flight" (1981–83) Vivienne lived and worked from a caravan in rural areas in New South Wales.

In 1991 she was resident in the Australia Council studio in Tokyo and has attended Pacific Arts Festivals in the Cook Islands, Samoa and New Caledonia. Her trips to the Pacific have alternated with research in Europe.

In 2000 she was resident in the Australia Council Studio London and, in 2001, again visited Europe assisted by an ANU Faculties Research Grant. This made it possible to pursue two aspects of her work. To continue research into Captain James Cooks journeys, and the work of artists who traveled with him, and to seek out contemporary work with a particular focus on surfacing and abstraction.

The results of her years developing art practice actively engaged with different communities in Australia, are reflected in a series of works called "In Memory of the Unknown Artist". Vivienne's studio work combines numbers of strands. Most of her work for the last ten years has been studio-based painting.

In 1983, she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (for service to the arts and craft). She has also been awarded the Ros Bower Memorial Award, Community Arts in 1985 and an Australian Artists Creative Fellowship in 1990. For part of her career, she exhibited at the Watters Gallery in Sydney. She is currently represented by Bellas Gallery, Brisbane; Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, and Helen Maxwell Gallery in Canberra. Her work is held in museums and collections throughout Australia.[2]

She lives in Canberra and is Senior Lecturer in Painting at the Australian National University, School of Art.[3]


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