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About Leahlani Johnson

Leahlani Johnson is a Sydney based artist whose current practice explores the paradoxical nature of time. Working site-specifically across the disciplines of ceramics, painting, installation, floristry, performance and the moving image, Leahlani’s work employs disparate materials to reveal opposing durational qualities of stillness, temporality and flux. Divergent concepts of time are further examined through the process of making the work and in the final form an exhibition may take, with labor intensive and site-specific interventions lasting only briefly and exhibition lengths becoming extended or condensed in size.

Since 2009 Leahlani has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Sydney, New Zealand and France. Recent solo exhibitions include However late it may seem 2017, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba and The certainty of this 2015, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Sydney. From 2012 – 2014 Leahlani undertook a residency at Parramatta Artist Studios. In 2015 she completed a Masters of Fine Arts (by Research) at UNSW Art & Design and a residency at the Moya Dyring Studio, Cite Internationale Des Arts in Paris with the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 2016 Leahlani worked alongside Astronomer Jordan Collier as part of the ‘House of Wonder’ studios project at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest.

Studio portrait, Bundanon, 2017



2015     Master of Fine Arts (by Research), UNSW | Art & Design, Sydney

2012     Certificate II Floristry, TAFE, Sydney

2005     Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), UNSW | Art & Design, Sydney

2002     Diploma of Fine Arts, Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney


2018     The Art of Flowers, Project Space, Cement Fondu, Sydney

2017     However late it may seem, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba

2015     The certainty of this, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Sydney

2015     Wait & See: Reimagining Time, ADspace UNSW | Art & Design, Sydney

2014     Forgetting what lies behind, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst

2014     Remaining still (in a world of gestures), Breezeblock, Sydney

2013     Passing Parades, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney

2011     Concerning everything I know, Peloton Gallery, Sydney

2010     There’s something so nice about not knowing everything, Aratoi, Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, New Zealand


2021     York Botanic Art Prize, Gallery 152, York WA

2018     Inaugural Library Arrangement, The Reading Room, Melbourne

              Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, Sydney

2017     Time Leaves its Mark, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Sydney

2016     House of Wonder, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Penrith

2015     NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging), ARTSPACE, Sydney

2015     Facade, Artereal Gallery, Sydney

2015     Cementa Festival 2015, Kandos NSW

2014     Le pain quotidien, ParisCONCRET, Paris, France

2014     Glazed and Confused, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney

2014     Interregnum, Modern Art Projects (MAP), Kia Sulc House, Blue Mountains

2014     Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, Meroogal House, Nowra

2013     Tiny Stadiums Festival, PACT, Sydney

2013     Low Relief, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

2013     Collaborateurs, Artereal Gallery, Sydney

2013     Before it has ended, Free Fall, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

2012     Anything, Everything and One Other Thing (Parts 1 – 5), ALASKA Projects, Sydney

2012     Interstate Romance, Pseudo Space, Sydney

2011     Vent (10): From Abroad, Thermostat Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand

2010     SafARI, MOP Projects, Sydney

2010     Don’t Tell Nanna, Horus & Deloris, Sydney

2009     Southerly Buster, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Sydney

2009     HIDDEN: A Rookwood Sculpture Walk, Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney

2009     Shire Girls, Community Gallery, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Sydney

2008     BAZAAR, Terminus Projects, The Clare Hotel, Sydney

2007     Correspondence, The MCA Staff Show, At the Vanishing Point Gallery, Sydney

2006     Technobiography, Field Contemporary Art Space, Newcastle, New South Wales

2005     Imaging the Land, UNSW | Art & Design , Sydney


2017     Residency, Bundanon, Illaroo NSW

2016     Residency, House of Wonder, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Penrith

2016     Residency, Bogong Centre for Sound Culture, Bogong, Victoria

2015     Residency, AGNSW Moya Dyring Memorial Studio, Cite International des Arts, Paris

2014     Residency, Green House, Arc at UNSW | Art & Design, Fowlers Gap

2014     Finalist, Tim Olsen Drawing Prize, Kudos Gallery, Sydney

2014     Residency, Parramatta Artists Studios, Parramatta

2013     Recipient, Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), Australia

2013     Residency, Ceramic Design Studio with artist Lynda Draper, Gymea TAFE, Sydney

2013     Recipient, Art and Design Grant, Arc, UNSW | Art & Design

2013     Finalist, Tim Olsen Drawing Prize, Kudos Gallery, Sydney

2013     Finalist, Hazelhurst Art Award, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney

2012     Residency, Hill End Artists in Residence Program, Murray’s Cottage, Hill End

2012     Finalist, Yen Toni & Guy Young Australian Art Award, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney

2011     Recipient, The Marketing Grant for NSW Artists, NAVA

2011     Finalist, Hazelhurst Art Award, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney

2010     Residency, Fraser Studios at Queen Street Studio, Sydney

2010     Residency, New Pacific Studio, Mount Bruce, New Zealand

2010     Master Class with artist Craig Walsh, Bundanon Trust with the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Bundanon

2009     Finalist, Hazelhurst Art Award, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney

2006     Finalist, Jenny Birt Award, Sydney

2005     Runner-up, Dinosaur Designs Award for a graduating student, COFA, Sydney

2004     Recipient, William Fletcher Foundation Grant, New South Wales

2002     Recipient, Thea Proctor Scholarship, Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney


2016     New work, Runway Australian Experimental Art, Issue #30 (Ecologies), Sydney

2013     New work (site-specific), AIA Droga Architect in Residence Program, Sydney

2013     Illustrations & design, National Centre for Creative Learning donation box, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney

2012     Illustrations & text, SKETCH Booklet – Marking Time Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney

2010     New work, ARTCELL, Sydney