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Alex Byrne is a practicing artist and Senior Technical Officer of the Making Centre at UNSW Art & Design. Her interdisciplinary approach to studio practice seeks to articulate experiential and ineffable aspects of phenomena in the relationship between the natural and human world. In recent years her attention has focussed on climate change and how we perceive the relationship of day-to-day life with the broader philosophies, scientific discoveries and environments of this age.
As a hands-on maker, Alex has combined her intimate knowledge of artmaking with over 20 years of experience working in technical roles within arts education and community arts organisations (spanning ceramics, drawing, installation, jewellery, metal and wood fabrication, painting, photography, print, sculpture and textiles). Asking, “How do you resource the adult imagination?”, engaging in making environments, for her, provides a way to support both experienced and developing adult imaginations that are crucial for solving 21st Century dilemmas.
A finalist in the 2015 Tim Olsen Drawing Prize and in the 2011 Dobell Prize for Drawing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Alex has also been the recipient of the following awards: winner of the Local Artist Award (Blacktown City Art Prize 2015), joint winner of the Open Sculpture Prize (AquaSculpture 2007), the Basil and Muriel Hooper Scholarship (2007/08), the Tom Nelson Maritime Union of Australia Artist Subsidy (Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2008), the A&E Metal Prize for Sculpture (COFA 2008). In 2009 she was awarded a UNSW Honours Year Scholarship and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours from the College of Fine Arts.
In 2016 Alex was awarded a Master of Fine Arts (Research) at UNSW Art & Design.
Her artwork has been exhibited extensively and is held in public and private collections in both nationally and internationally.