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Brigita Ozolins

Brigita Ozolins

Senior Lecturer
School of Creative Arts

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Dr Brigita Ozolins is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Creative Arts and Media. Her research explores the complex relationships between language, history and bureaucracy through installation art and performance. Her work is exhibited widely and includes major commissions for MONA (notably Kryptos, 2011), the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the State Library of Tasmania and the National Library of Latvia. She has received numerous grants from the Australia Council and Arts Tasmania, and was an inaugural recipient of the 2008 Qantas Contemporary Art Award. She has undertaken residencies in New York, Paris, London, Riga, and historic sites in Tasmania.

Website: http://brigitaozolins.com/

Biography

Brigita's academic career started in the 1970s when she completed a BA at Monash University majoring in the classics. After moving to Hobart in 1983, she studied librarianship at the University of Tasmania. She subsequently worked for the State Library of Tasmania and for Glenorchy City Council as an arts administrator where she established the Moonah Arts Centre and organised events such as Symphony Under the Stars. In the mid 1990s, Brigita returned to study at the University of Tasmania's School of Art. She was awarded the University Medal and an APA scholarship in 1999, and her PhD, completed in 2004, was awarded the Dean's commendation. Brigita began sessional teaching at the University in 2000. She is now a Senior Lecturer and supervises postgraduates as well teaching undergraduates. She has undertaken a range of administrative roles, including First Year Art Theory Coordinator, Chair of the Plimsoll Gallery and Art Forum Committees, Honours Coordinator, and Learning and Teaching Coordinator. Brigita is actively engaged in the wider arts community, regularly opening exhibitions, giving public presentations, and supporting Arts Tasmania as a Peer Assessor.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDSearching for the Subject: new narratives through installationUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2004
BFA (Hons) University of TasmaniaAustralia1999
BFA University of TasmaniaAustralia1998
GradDip Lib University of TasmaniaAustralia1984
BA Monash UniversityAustralia1980

Languages (other than English)

Latvian

Memberships

Professional practice

Contemporary Art Tasmania

Committee associations

Arts Tasmania and Australia Council for the Arts Peer Assessor

Administrative expertise

Brigita has extensive experience managing large-scale art projects associated with her research. She is currently the School of Creative Arts Learning and Teaching Coordinator and the Hunter Street Course Coordinator. In the past she has chaired the Plimsoll Gallery, Art Forum and Rosamond McCulloch Studio Residency Committees.

Teaching

Art Theory, Modernism, Post modernism, Installation Art, Performance, Australian Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art of the Asia Pacific Region, Professional Practice for artists, Contemporary Art for Collectors

Teaching expertise

Since 2000, Brigita has been involved in the teaching and coordination of 18 different core and elective units across art theory, studio, professional practice and complementary studies, including taking undergraduates on field trips to the Asia Pacific Triennials at the Queensland Art Gallery. Her particular areas of expertise are Contemporary Australian and Asian art, and installation art practice.

Teaching responsibility

Brigita teaches Critical Practices undergraduates and Honours candidates, and supervises post-graduates.

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Expertise

Brigita's research is concerned with visually exploring the paradoxical nature of the relationships between language, history, bureaucracy and identity, principally through installation, performance and digital media. Her art practice harks back to the conceptual art movement of the 1960s and has developed through an engagement with post-structural theory and literature. Her projects have become increasingly complex and cross-disciplinary, often involving collaboration with other experts such as sound engineers, builders, animators and architects. All of her projects aim to challenge perceptions about our relationship to language and the histories and systems that govern our lives, and contribute to a field of contemporary art practice concerned with similar ideas. Brigita has a growing national and international reputation for creative work in this field, particularly projects that are directly associated with literature and libraries.

Research Themes

Brigita's research aligns with University's theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. It is concerned with visually exploring the paradoxical nature of the relationships between language, history, bureaucracy and identity, themes that stem from her interests in the symbolism of the book, the word and the library. To convey her ideas, Brigita uses a wide range of materials including books, handwriting, video, digital imagery, sound, furniture, office equipment and signwriter's vinyl. Her work usually takes the form of installation, is often text-based and site-specific, and sometimes incorporates ritualistic writing performances.

Brigita's art practice harks back to the conceptual art movement of the 1960s and has developed through an engagement with post-structural theory and literature. The key idea informing her work is that language is a powerful cultural and social tool that both shapes and restricts who and what we are and how we think. On the one hand, language enables the sharing of ideas and perceptions about the world, but on the other, it is not an accurate reflection of reality. It is this inherently paradoxical relationship to language that underlies the focus of Brigita's research and experimentation in the studio. As a result, her art projects often create environments that offer a series of opposing experiences: the obvious versus the mysterious, beauty versus anxiety, the rational versus potential chaos and, most significantly, the simultaneous promise and denial of meaning.

One stream of Brigita's work focuses on the aesthetics of the book and the ambiguity of the word, as in The Secretary (2014), Moira (2013) and My hands are tied (2000); another reflects her interest in the way bureaucracy manages information and manipulates the individual, as in Secure Content (2004), the series of installations that comprised her PhD submission), and more recently she has been exploring the links between ancient forms of writing and cryptography, as in Kryptos (2011) and Codex (2009). Alongside these explorations Brigita also creates work about lesser-known aspects of Tasmanian, Latvian and other histories, as in Grimstone and Savery: Australia's first novelists (2012) and Celojums/The Journey (2010).

All of Brigita's projects aim to challenge perceptions about our relationship to language and the histories and systems that govern our lives, and contribute to a field of contemporary art practice concerned with similar ideas, particularly projects that are directly associated with literature and libraries. All the works referred to can be viewed on Brigita's website: http://brigitaozolins.com/

Collaboration

Since 2014, Brigita has been working in partnership with Professor Ralph Crane from the discipline English in the School of Humanities, The Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office and Roar Film to develop prototypes of rich media editions of Australia's first novels, which were written in Hobart in the 1820s by authors Henry Savery and Mary Grimstone. She was also team leader for a collaborative project of national significance during 2013-2014 with Liminal Studio and Inspiring Place, being shortlisted to develop a design for Immigration Place in the Parliamentary Triangle in Canberra.

Awards

  • 2014: Immigration Place Canberra design competition award (shortlisted)
  • 2008: The Inaugural Qantas Contemporary Art Award recipient for Tasmania
  • 2005: PhD, Searching for the Subject: new narratives through installation, Dean's commendation for excellence.1999: University Medal; APA (Australian Post Graduate Award) Scholarship to undertake PhD

Current projects

Brigita is currently developing a new body of work that extends ideas about codification explored in Kryptos (2011), her major work at MONA, and Codex (2009) a solo installation held at the Carnegie Gallery. She is experimenting with a combination of natural and man-made materials, sound and imagery to evoke the mysterious links between codification, literature and the natural world. The resolved work will be shown at Bett Gallery in early 2016. Brigita has a continued fascination for Australia's little known first novelists, Henry Savery and Mary Grimstone and has created a series of art works about their extraordinary lives over the last 9 years. She is pursuing funding to develop prototypes of rich media editions of the two authors' novels, with the aim of creating an interface that invites a new readership for old authors. The project is a partnership with Professor Ralph Crane from the School of English, The Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office and Roar Film. A proof of concept was created in 2014 backed by UTAS REGS funding.

Fields of Research

  • Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
  • Performance and Installation Art (190504)
  • Visual Cultures (190104)
  • Art Theory (190103)
  • Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) (200502)
  • Curatorial and Related Studies (210299)
  • Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing (199999)
  • Art Theory and Criticism (190199)
  • Visual Arts and Crafts (190599)
  • Interactive Media (190205)

Research Objectives

  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing (970119)
  • Understanding Australia's Past (950503)
  • Understanding Europe's Past (950504)
  • Communication (950299)
  • Languages and Literature (950203)

Publications

Brigita has been exhibiting regularly since the mid 1990s. Her best known publications include Kryptos (2011), a large scale permanent installation built into MONA that juxtaposes binary code with cuneiform artifacts from David Walsh's collection, and The Reading Room (2011) an installation commissioned by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery that incorporated 30,000 discarded books and videos of over 100 Tasmanians reading a passage from a favourite book. Highlights of other significant research outcomes include 2 additional commissions for MONA (2012, 2013), 2 site-specific installations for the windows of the National Library of Latvia (2007) commissioned by the Soros Foundation for its 15th birthday celebrations, and a solo installation in the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts (2012) that explored the lives of Australia's two first novelists for the first time through visual art. These examples offer a small cross-section from a total of 18 solo and 37 significant group shows.

Brigita has also curated several exhibitions, including An Archival Impulse (2011) which featured renowned international artists Susan Hiller and Brook Andrew, and Parallel (2008), which toured to 12 interstate venues and was the subject of the feature story in the March 2009 edition of Australian Art Monthly.

Total publications

74

Highlighted publications

(10 outputs)
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2016Major Creative WorkOzolins B, 'Graphos', MONA: Museum of Old and New Art, MONA: Museum of Old and New Art, Berriedale, Tasmania, 1 (2016) [Published Creative Work]

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2014Major Creative WorkOzolins BT, 'The Secretary', SASA Gallery University of South Australia & Hawke Research Institute, SASA Gallery University of South Australia, 1 (2014) [Published Creative Work]

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2013Major Creative WorkOzolins BT, 'Moira', Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), MONA, Berriedale, Tasmania (2013) [Published Creative Work]

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2012Major Creative WorkOzolins B, 'Grimstone & Savery: Australia's first Novelists', Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts Gallery, Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts Gallery, Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, Hobart, Unique state (2012) [Published Creative Work]

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2011Major Creative WorkOzolins BT, 'The Reading Room: Star/Dust', Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery / Detached, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, 1 (2011) [Published Creative Work]

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2011Major Creative WorkOzolins BT, 'Kryptos', Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), MONA, Berriedale, Tasmania, Unique state (2011) [Published Creative Work]

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2007Major Creative WorkOzolins BT, 'Spogulis (Mirror)', The Soros Foundation, Riga, Latvia (2007) [Published Creative Work]

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2004ThesisOzolins BT, 'Searching for the subject: new narratives through installation' (2004) [PhD]

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2003Major Creative WorkOzolins BT, 'The Library', Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, CAST Gallery, Hobart, 1, pp. 52 (2003) [Published Creative Work]

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2001Major Creative WorkOzolins BT, 'Are you thinking what I'm thinking?', Figure It, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania (2001) [Curated Exhibition]

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Book

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2008Ozolins BT, 'Parallel', Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, pp. 48. ISBN 978-0-646-49783-9 (2008) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

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2018Ozolins B, 'Julie Gough: the art and culture of collecting', Fugitive history: the art of Julie Gough, UWA Publishing, Julie Gough (ed), Crawley, pp. 67-75. ISBN 9781742585581 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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2006Ozolins BT, 'transfer, copy, print, transport', Transport: Contemporary Print Media in Tasmania, Salamanca Arts Centre, Miller, Rosemary (ed), Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 5-7. ISBN 0958174547 (2006) [Research Book Chapter]

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2005Ozolins BT, 'Diary Extracts: December, 2001 - March, 2002', London: Looking East, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Jonathan Holmes (ed), Hobart, pp. 34-39. ISBN 1-86295-272-2 (2005) [Research Book Chapter]

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2001Hobba L, Ozolins BT, 'How do you frame a minute', So many things can happen in one minute, Plimsoll Gallery, Nathalie deBriey (ed), Hobart, pp. 9-10. ISBN 085901 962 4 (2001) [Other Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Ozolins B, 'Grimstone & Savery: reviving the work of Australia's first novelists', Forgotten Books and Cultural Memory Conference, 26-28 May, Tiawan, pp. 1-13. (2016) [Plenary Presentation]

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2012Ozolins BT, Beale JK, 'Read: using art to transform the Carington smith Art Library', Conference proceedings, 6- ‐8 September 2012, National Gallery of Victoria (2012) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2010Ozolins BT, 'The Journey: the Archive, Narrative, Truth and Identity', ACUADS 2010 Annual Conference, 1-3 September 2010, Launceston, Tasmania (2010) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2007Ozolins BT, 'Truth, History and Transformation', Revelation: installation art and its capacity to interpret and elaborate places of historical significance, 26-27 March 2007, Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart, pp. 5. (2007) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2005Ozolins BT, 'Making art for libraries', Claiming Ground Public Art Conference, 29-30 August 2005, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. online. (2005) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2003Ozolins BT, 'Installation: Strategy or Style', Survey: Current art and design research and practice within Australian tertiary art and design schools, 1 - 4 October 2003, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania EJ (2003) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2002Ozolins BT, 'Are You Thinking What I am Thinking', John Curtin Gallery, 1st August 2002, Perth, pp. 48. ISBN 1 74067 158 9 (2002) [Conference Edited]

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Design

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2016Ozolins BT, 'Noiheena: peace justice healing', Plimsoll Gallery, Centre for the Arts (2016) [Refereed Designs]

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2015Ozolins B, Hefferenan P, Brienese E, Allen T, de Gryse G, 'Immigration Place Australia: Leaving crossing arriving becoming', National Archives of Australia, Canberra, and the Immigration Place Australia website, Immigration Place Australia, Canberra (2015) [Refereed Designs]

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Major Creative Work

(47 outputs)
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2018Ozolins B, Harvey MK, von Caemmerer A, 'The Green Brain Cycle', MOFO and the Museum of Old and New Art, Pulse Gallery, MONA, Berriedale, Tasmania (2018) [Published Creative Work]

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2017Ozolins B, 'BAC Brighton Army Camp', Ten Days on the Island, Brighton Army Camp, Brighton, Tasmania (2017) [Published Creative Work]

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2017Ozolins BT, 'Unity II', Sydney Contemporary and Bett Gallery, Carriage Works, Redfern, Sydney (2017) [Published Creative Work]

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2017Ozolins BT, 'The Secretary', Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW (2017) [Other Exhibition]

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2017Ozolins B, 'Death Mask', Dark MOFO, Narryna Heritage Museum, Hampden Road, Battery Point, Tasmania (2017) [Published Creative Work]

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2016Ozolins B, 'Graphos', MONA: Museum of Old and New Art, MONA: Museum of Old and New Art, Berriedale, Tasmania, 1 (2016) [Published Creative Work]

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2016Ozolins BT, 'Tree', Gippsland Art Gallery, Gippsland Art Gallery (2016) [Other Exhibition]

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2016Ozolins B, 'The Black Tulip', Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, 1 (2016) [Published Creative Work]

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2016Ozolins B, 'Unity', Bett Gallery, North Hobart, Tasmania, Bett Gallery, North Hobart, Tasmania, 1 (2016) [Published Creative Work]

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2014Ozolins BT, 'The Secretary', SASA Gallery University of South Australia & Hawke Research Institute, SASA Gallery University of South Australia, 1 (2014) [Published Creative Work]

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2013Ozolins BT, 'Moira', Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), MONA, Berriedale, Tasmania (2013) [Published Creative Work]

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2013Ozolins BT, 'In the beginning', Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hobart (2013) [Published Creative Work]

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2013Ozolins B, 'The Library', Domain House, Queens Domain, Hobart (2013) [Published Creative Work]

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2012Ozolins BT, 'Read', Carington Smith Art Library, University of Tasmania, Unique state (2012) [Published Creative Work]

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2012Ozolins B, 'Grimstone & Savery: Australia's first Novelists', Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts Gallery, Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts Gallery, Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, Hobart, Unique state (2012) [Published Creative Work]

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2012Ozolins BT, 'The Chapel', MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), Berridale, Tasmania, unique state. (2012) [Published Creative Work]

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2011Ozolins BT, 'The Reading Room: Star/Dust', Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery / Detached, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, 1 (2011) [Published Creative Work]

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2011Ozolins BT, 'A longing for connection', Plimsoll Gallery , Hobart, Tasmania, 1, pp. 2-5 (2011) [Published Creative Work]

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2011Ozolins BT, 'Kryptos', Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), MONA, Berriedale, Tasmania, Unique state (2011) [Published Creative Work]

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2011Ozolins BT, Frost RE, Redmond E, 'an archival impulse', Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 40 (2011) [Curated Exhibition]

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2010Ozolins BT, 'Celojums/The Journey', National Library of Latvia, Exhibition Rooms, National Library of Latvia, Riga, 1 (2010) [Published Creative Work]

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2010Ozolins BT, 'Competing Histories [in Rivers Run, ed. Janette Laver]', Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland (2010) [Published Creative Work]

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2010Ozolins BT, '10 x 100 Words on Conceptual Art [in Conceptual, ed. Colin Langridge]', Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 1, pp. 7-9 (2010) [Published Creative Work]

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2009Ozolins BT, 'Codex', Hobart City Council, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart (2009) [Published Creative Work]

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2008Ozolins BT, 'Orb: Deep Water: The Truth: Clouds: Stain', Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart (2008) [Published Creative Work]

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2007Ozolins BT, 'Spogulis (Mirror)', The Soros Foundation, Riga, Latvia (2007) [Published Creative Work]

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2007Ozolins BT, 'The Truth Shall Make You Free', Port Arthur Project, Port Arthur Historic Site (2007) [Published Creative Work]

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2006Ozolins BT, 'Still as, Read, Don't let it slip', Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, pp. 3 (2006) [Published Creative Work]

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2006Ozolins BT, 'On the edge', Brigita Ozolins and the Design Centre, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 43 (2006) [Published Creative Work]

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2006Ozolins BT, 'The Gorge', Design Centre, Launceston, Launceston, Tasmania (2006) [Published Creative Work]

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2005Ozolins BT, 'In the beginning', A Beating Heart, Devonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania (2005) [Published Creative Work]

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2005Ozolins BT, '3m per hour', Resonator, Long Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania (2005) [Published Creative Work]

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2005Ozolins BT, 'I know where I come from, I know where I'm going, I know who I am', London: looking east, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania (2005) [Published Creative Work]

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2005Ozolins BT, '6,376', London: looking east, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania (2005) [Published Creative Work]

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2005Ozolins BT, 'Look On', Acidophilus: Live Culture Colonised at the TMAG, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart (2005) [Published Creative Work]

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2004Ozolins BT, 'Second sight: the vision of Roland Pope', Look: artists and society, Newcastle Region Art Gallery (2004) [Published Creative Work]

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2003Ozolins BT, 'The Library', Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, CAST Gallery, Hobart, 1, pp. 52 (2003) [Published Creative Work]

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2003Ozolins BT, 'Living History', State Library of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. Installation (2003) [Published Creative Work]

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2003Ozolins BT, Kunda M, 'The Library: Brigita Ozolins', CAST, Australia, 1, pp. 52 (2003) [Published Creative Work]

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2003Ozolins BT, 'Content (#2)', University of Tasmania, Tasmania, pp. Installation (2003) [Published Creative Work]

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2002Ozolins BT, 'Inhabitation', Seven Warehouses, Long Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania (2002) [Published Creative Work]

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2001Ozolins BT, 'Touching From A Distance (I don't want to talk about it)', Touching from a distance: a Hobart and Perth excha, Moores Building, Fremantle, WA, and Foyer, Hobart (2001) [Curated Exhibition]

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2001Ozolins BT, 'Voice', State Library of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania (2001) [Curated Exhibition]

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2001Ozolins BT, 'I have my work cut out for me', Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, Australia (2001) [Curated Exhibition]

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2001Ozolins BT, 'Are you thinking what I'm thinking?', Figure It, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania (2001) [Curated Exhibition]

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2000Ozolins BT, 'Now I lay me down to sleep', 6=9, CAST Gallery, Hobart (2000) [Curated Exhibition]

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2000Ozolins BT, 'Don't let it slip', 6=9, CAST Gallery, Hobart (2000) [Curated Exhibition]

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Other Creative Work

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2012Ozolins B, 'Grimstone & Savery: Australia's first Novelists', Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office; B Ozolins, Hobart, pp. 22 (2012) [Catalogue]

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2007Ozolins BT, 'The 2007 Hobart Art Prize Catalogue Essay', Hobart City Council, Hobart, pp. 10 pages (2007) [Catalogue]

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Thesis

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2004Ozolins BT, 'Searching for the subject: new narratives through installation' (2004) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Ozolins BT, 'Death Mask by Brigita Ozolins: Book and Arts interview with Michael Cathcart', ABC Radio National, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hobart, Tasmania, 9 June 2017 (2017) [Media Interview]

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2016Ozolins B, 'Does our Biology drive us to create art?', Michael Cathcart on Books and Arts Daily, ABC National Radio, Hobart, Nov 7 (2016) [Media Interview]

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2012Ozolins B, 'Cate Kennedy and The Reading Room', Books and Arts Daily with Michael Cathcart and Cate Kennedy, ABC Radio National, Hobart, 27 March 2012 (2012) [Media Interview]

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2012Ozolins BT, 'Australia Council Overseas Residency Grant for the New York Studio in Greene Street, Soho' (2012) [Award]

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2012Ozolins BT, 'Grimstone and Savery' (2012) [Award]

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2011Ozolins BT, 'The Reading Room', Island, Island Magazine, Sandy Bay, TAS, 127, pp. 51-53. (2011) [Magazine Article]

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2011Ozolins BT, 'Interview', dasSUPERPAPER, Rococo Productions, 21, pp. 16-18. (2011) [Magazine Article]

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2008Ozolins BT, 'Inaugural QANTAS Contemporary Art Award' (2008) [Award]

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2005Ozolins BT, 'Dean's Commendation for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis' (2005) [Award]

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2003Ozolins BT, 'Pat Corrigan Artist Grant', Catalogue support, Pat Corrigan, Gold Coast, Queensland (2003) [Award]

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Grants & Funding

Brigita's reputation as an established visual artist in her field is reinforced through the numerous grants she successfully been awarded from highly competitive local, national and international sources, in particular the Australia Council, the arts industry's premier Commonwealth funding institution. Her major grants total over $240,000 in government and private funding and include: the Australia Council for the Arts residencies in London and New York, and a New Work Grant ($40,000); 2 Arts Tasmania residencies and 2 project grants ($15,500); 3 MONA commissions ($143,000); University of Tasmania Research Enhancement Grant Scheme and New Appointee Research Grants ($15,171); a Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery commission ($20,000); a Soros Foundation Latvia commission ($8,000), and a State Library of Tasmania commission ($13,000).  In 2008, Brigita was the inaugural Qantas Contemporary Art Award recipient for Tasmania ($30,000). This award was a peer selected nomination and the judging panel included Elizabeth Anne McGregor, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

11

Total funding

$76,301

Projects

Grimstone and Savery: new readership for old authors (2014)$14,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($14,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
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Year
2014
The Latvian Daspora and the Bonegilla Records (2010)$1,171
Funding
University of Tasmania ($1,171)
Scheme
Grant-New Appointees Research Grant Scheme (NARGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ozolins BT
Year
2010
Cryptography (2007)$20,000
Funding
Australia Council ($20,000)
Scheme
Australia Council New Work Grant
Administered By
Australia Council
Research Team
Year
2007
Port Arthur Residency (2007)$2,500
Funding
Arts Tasmania ($2,500)
Scheme
Arts Tasmania Cultural Residency
Administered By
Port Arthur Historic Site
Research Team
Year
2007
The Gorge (solo exhibition) (2006)$5,000
Funding
Arts Tasmania ($5,000)
Scheme
Arts Tasmanian Project Grant
Administered By
The Design Centre, Launceston
Research Team
Year
2006
Parallel (2006)$2,130
Funding
Contemporary Art Services Tasmania ($2,130)
Scheme
Exhibition Development Fund
Administered By
Salamanca Arts Centre
Research Team
Year
2006
Gorge Cottage Residency (2005)$5,000
Funding
Arts Tasmania ($5,000)
Scheme
Arts Tasmania Cultural Residency
Administered By
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
Research Team
Year
2005
The Library (solo exhibition) (2003)$3,000
Funding
Arts Tasmania ($3,000)
Scheme
Arts Tasmania Project Grant
Administered By
Contemporary Art Services Tasmania
Research Team
Year
2003
The Library (catalogue support) (2003)$500
Funding
Pat Corrigan/National Association of Visual Artists ($500)
Scheme
Pat Corrigan Artist Grant
Administered By
Contemporary Art Services Tasmania
Research Team
Year
2003
London Studio Residency (2001)$10,000
Funding
Australia Council ($10,000)
Scheme
Australia Council London Studio Residency
Administered By
Australia Council/Acme Studios
Research Team
Year
2001
Voice (2001)$13,000
Funding
State Library of Tasmania ($13,000)
Scheme
Commission
Administered By
State Library of Tasmania
Research Team
Year
2001

Research Supervision

Since commencing Research Higher Degree supervision in 2008, Brigita has overseen six completions (3 PhDs and 3 MFAs) and is currently primary supervisor for 4 PhD candidates, co-supervisor of 1, and primary supervisor for one MFA. She is particularly interested in supervising candidates whose work is installation based, who work across disciplines, and who visually and theoretically explore themes associated with history, memory, language and cultural displacement.

Brigita's past candidates include Dr Lucy Hawthorne, who writes regularly for high profile art journals; Dr Amy Jackett who is a Lecturer at Charles Darwin University, and Scott Cotterell, a respected artist and IT expert at MONA.

Current

3

Completed

9

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDBreaching Borders: An investigation into how painting can report on world news events2016
PhD'Died Game': Painting as interrogation of memorializing. Analysing the narrative tropes utilized in the Australian War Memorial's (AWM) Centenary of 1914 - 1918, synthesized via collage and painting with decades of personal memories of the Memorial2017
PhDRedefining the Regions: the case for a new public art in regional Australia2018

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDMemory Stitches: A painterly exploration of migratory dowry
Candidate: Elizabeth Joan Gray
2018
PhDBeautiful, Dead, Dissected: The dismembered female body in artistic representation
Candidate: Neil Graham Holmstrom
2017
Masters'Unsettling Space: Trauma and Architecture in Contemporary Art'
Candidate: Eliza Kate Burke
2015
PhDImagined Portraits: Reviving Figures from Australia's Past
Candidate: Amy Elizabeth Jackett
2013
PhDThe Museum as Art: Site-specific Art in Australia's Public Museums
Candidate: Lucy Emma Hawthorne
2013
MastersFamily Album: A Photo-media Investigation of the Global Family
Candidate: Elisabeth Johanna Redmond
2013
MastersThe Urge to Appropriate: Internalising Appropriation Through Hybrid Studio Practice
Candidate: Scott Denis Cotterell
2012
MastersEnergy, Air and Climate Change: A New Sculptural Language
Candidate: Michael Neil Singe
2011
PhDNocturnal Phenomena: An Investigation in Print and Installation
Candidate: Iona Elizabeth Johnson
2011