Dr Louiseann Zahra


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Louiseann Zahra-King

Louiseann Zahra-King

Louiseann Zahra-King

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Dr Louiseann Zahra-King is a sculptor/installation artist and academic based in Melbourne, Australia where she is the Curator/Coordinator of RMIT School of Art Galleries, RMIT University. In 2006 she completed a Doctorate in Philosophy at Monash University where she held the Monash Silver Jubilee Scholarship. Zahra-King is the recipient of many grants and prizes including, most recently, an Asialink Residency for travel to India in 2006 where she constructed her solo exhibition A bird readies the soul and moves it to tenderness (2006) at Sanskriti Kendra, Delhi. Zahra-King’s practice utilizes a range of media including textiles, metal casting, glass, sound, film and photography.


English Major from BA (Social Science) 1991; BA(Visual Arts) 1991; Grad. Dip. (Fine Art - Printmaking) 1993; Candidate for MFA 2001; Ph.D 2005.

School of Art Research Clusters

Art and Environmental Sustainability
Art, Knowledge and Globalization

Research Outputs

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2006, A bird readies the soul and moves it to tenderness. Melbourne Art Rooms, Port Melbourne, VIC (produced in India as a result of an Asialink Fellowship in Delhi, India undertaken from December 2005 to March 2006)
  • 2006, My name is Death, cannot you see Lords, Duke and Ladies bow down to me, and you fair maid, and you fair maid, and you fair maid, must come with me. Melbourne Art Rooms, Port Melbourne, VIC (produced as a result of an Arts Victoria New Work Grant)
  • 2003, the dead are never lonely, Sale Regional Gallery, Sale, VIC. (2003) Object Gallery, St. Margarets, NSW (2003) Craft Victoria, Melbourne, VIC (3 venue touring exhibition commissioned by Craft Victoria (Melbourne) and Object Gallery (Sydney) curated by Sarah Bond featuring work produced as a result of an Australia Council (OZCO) New Work Grant (Established Artist Category) and a Post Graduate Travel Grant from Monash University for travel to Mexico for ‘The Day of the Dead’)
  • 2002, Amaranthus Caudatus. Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morell, VIC. (2002) Gasworks Theatre, Gasworks Art Park, Albert Park, VIC (2002) McClelland Gallery, Langwarrin, VIC. (2002) Artspace, Sydney, NSW.(commissioned by Gasworks Theatre, curator Shaun Wilson, touring to Victorian Regional Galleries and Artspace in Sydney. The production was supported by a Centenary Scholarship from The Foundation for Young Australians and a Monash Silver Jubilee Scholarship)

Group Exhibitions

  • 2005, Make the Common Precious. Curator – Dr Kevin Murray, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, VIC. (Exhibition was accompanied by ‘Craft Unbound – Make The Common Precious’ – Kevin Murray, New Art Series, Craftsman House, Thames and Hudson, 2005, VIC, Australia.)


  • Sculpture from a Land of Bricks and Bees – Andrew Burton, Publisher  - Art Editions North, Editor - Peter Suchin, Contributors - Gayatri Sinha, Joel Fisher, Koos de Jong, Louiseann Zahra-King


  • Tattersall’s Contemporary Art Prize – Sculpture, Williamstown Art Prize, Williamstown, VIC. (Judge – Kelly Gellatly - Curator of Contemporary Art – National Gallery of Victoria)
  • Asialink Residency – India – Melbourne University & Victorian State Government, Melbourne, VIC
  • Arts Development Grant – New work – Arts Victoria (State Government), Melbourne, VIC, 2003
  • Smorgon Steel Contemporary Art Prize – Sculpture – Williamstown Art Prize, Williamstown, VIC. (Judge - Irena Zdanowicz, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings – National Gallery of Victoria.)
  • Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant (Established Artist Category) (Federal Government) OZCO
  • Monash University International Postgraduate Travel Grant – Monash University, Caulfield, VIC.

Research Supervision

Lyndal Jones, DFA, Second Supervisor, Experiencing change