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Lauryn Arnott

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Africa - Living in Transition

"Homage to a Poet" - charcoal, pastel & shellac varnish on paper,

140 x 90 cms

Born in Kitwe, Zambia, Central Africa


2004-2007 Masters Visual Arts, Adelaide Central School of Art affiliated to Flinders University, South Australia.

1984-1985 Post-graduate Diploma in Fine Art, Michealis School of Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

1978-1981 Higher Diploma in Fine Art, Durban Institute of Technology, Natal, South Africa.


Solo Exhibitions

2017 For most of history Anonymous was a woman – Sauerbier House GRAFTd exhibition program supported by the City of Onkaparinga

2015 Conflict to Refuge: SALA sponsored by the Multicultural Communities Council of SA

2013 Paper Skins Dwelling Places, Heysen Gallery, Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf

2011 Migration and Transformation: selected drawings from 1980 to present, Axis Gallery, Parks Community Centre, City of Port Adelaide, Enfield.

2011 Migration and Transformation: selected drawings from 1980 to present, Art Centre, Port Noarlunga, Adelaide Fringe 2011,, supported by City of Onkaparinga.

2008 Original Skin, Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Nexus Window Space;  University of South Australia.

2006 Crossing Over, Masters of Visual Arts exhibition, Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia, opened by Nobel laureate author J.M. Coetzee.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Artist’s Voice Blend 17 Exhibition, Barossa Regional Gallery

2016 Home & Art - Finalist.  National Art Prize for artists from refugees backgrounds, Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong Victoria

2015/2016 To Tell Another's Story, Australian Refugee Association, South Australia, Kerry Packer Gallery, UNISA

2014 Artist’s Voice Exhibition, Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf

2013 Saint Ignatius Art Show, SALA 2013, Norwood, South Australia

2013 Linear Narratives Exhibition, exhibition assembled from ?Oliewenhuis Art Museum’s Permanent Art Collection; Bloemfontein. Work produced by some of South Africa’s most celebrated artists.

2013 Blake Society Directors’ Cut Exhibition, finalist online exhibition, Sydney, Australia

2011 The Protégé, Aptos Cruz Galleries, Stirling, South Australia.

2010 The Border Crossing - a collaborative art project and touring exhibition in Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. Light Square Gallery, Adelaide College of Arts. 

2009 Enlightenment, Harare International Festival of Arts HIFA, National Gallery of Zimbabwe

2009 Print Survey Exhibition - South Australian Printmaking Forum exhibition, Adelaide Centre for the Arts

2009 Craftsouth’s Wishlist , Annual Members exhibition, Adelaide Central Gallery

2008 Crossing Borders – annual Nexus member’s exhibition, Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, University of South Australia.

2007 Pelmama Permanent Art Collection, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

2007 Prospect Portrait Prize, finalist at the Prospect Gallery Adelaide, South Australia

2006 Association of Commonwealth Universities ‘A place in the world’, Adelaide University, Adelaide

Grants/ Scholarships

2011 Janet Holmes à Court Artists’ Grant

2010 Helpmann Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts – Ashington Mentorship with Melbourne artist Godwin Bradbeer

2004 Gordon Darling Foundation Scholarship, Adelaide Central School of Art



2011 Bank SA Northern Lights Multicultural Festival exhibition, Peoples’ Choice Award

2006 The Association of Commonwealth Universities Visual Art Prize, winner of an International Art Prize: A place in the World awarded by Nobel laureate author J.M. Coetzee. Collection of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, London. 

Public Collections

The Association of Commonwealth Universities, London

South Africa National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Friends Collection, National Gallery of South Africa

Pelmama Collection, Pretoria Museum, South Africa

Oliewenhuis Museum Bloemfontein, South Africa

National Gallery of Botswana

National Gallery of Zimbabwe


Private Collections

Australia, Botswana, Britain, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ivory Coast, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Zambia.

Reviews/ Publications on Exhibitions

2016 ‘Sharing Stories’ by James Grafton, East Torrens Messenger, 31 Aug 2016. Page 4

2015 Artwork traces turbulent history- Nicole Wedding, InDaily Adelaide Independent news

2015 The Hills Are Alive with Visual Art: The Artists' Voice - Christine Nicholls, Asian Art News , pgs 67,68

2013 ‘ When Two Worlds Collide’, Sidique Bah, SALT Magazine 

2013 ‘Five Must - See Exhibitions’ (Drawn Works, 2013 SALA exhibition) Louise Nunn Arts Scene, saweekend, The Advertiser

2013 ‘Settle in to skin’, Patrick McDonald, The Advertiser, Adelaide Now

2011‘Mentors and disciples’, Jane Llewellyn, Visual Arts, The Adelaide Review, 

2009 ‘Speaking through Hands’, Christine Nicholls, World Sculpture News Volume 15 Number 4, Autumn 2009, P. 46- 49

2009 ‘Adelaide Central school of Art- thesis extract published in London’. Update, arts magazine, Helpmann Academy

2009 The Advertiser ‘Artist recalls her African trauma: seared within/When art merges with reality’, Samela Harris. 

2008 The Advertiser ‘Marginal a positive thing’, Samela Harris, The Advertiser.

2007 Update ‘ACSA’s first Masters Graduate’, by Jennifer Kalionis. Update, arts magazine, Helpmann Academy.

2006 The Advertiser ‘Eyeing Life in a New Land’, Samela Harris. Arts

2006 Update ‘A Place in the World’, by Phillip Virgo. Update, arts magazine, Helpmann Academy

2006 Artdate Arnott, Lauryn. ‘Journey Home’, by Lauryn Arnott. Artdate, Adelaide Central School of Art

2006 Adelaidean, Adelaide, Australia ‘Nobel Laureate presents student art prize’, by Robin Mills, volume 15, No 3, May 2006, Adelaidean, News from the University of Adelaide, South Australia. 

2001 Burghausen, Germany Afrikas aktuelle Kunstwerke: Ungewonhnt und faszinierend. Ausstellung der “Burg” – Schwerpunkt: Malerei und Graphik, Oktober 2001 Burghausen, Germany. Invitation for the Africa exhibit, Künstlergruppe, DIE BURG und National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, Oktober 2001, Burghausen, Germany.


2011 Self published illustrated catalogue for exhibition, 'Migration and Transformation: select drawings and prints from 1980 to present'. Catalogue essay written by Melbourne artist Godwin Bradbeer.

2010  Arnott, Lauryn. DRAWING OUT 2010: International Transdisciplinary Conference on Drawing. RMIT Uni, Melbourne.

Conference paper title: 'Drawing In - The Journey Home: drawing to remember, drawing to forget?' 

2009 Arnott, Lauryn 'Journey Home:suitcase or coffin?'  Writers, writing on conflict and war in Africa; co-edited by Okey Ndibe and Chengari Hove. Sponsored by the Nordic Africa Institute. Published by Adonis and Abbey Publishers, London 2009.

2009 Gif 2 edit. Attwood, Mark;Weinek, Robert; Schonfeldt

category type: South African Artists Book, 

Place publication: Johannesburg, RSA

Publisher: The Artists' Press and the Fig Gallery

Cat. 164

Reference note: Colophon: 'GIF is a collaborative effort dedicated to the publishing of visual art. All works contained in GIF are orignal artworks, signed and numbered by the artists from 1 to 101. Published by the Artists' Press in collaboration with Fig Gallery.'

Radio Interviews/PODcasts

2016 ABC 891, Afternoon Drive, with Ian Henschke, Interview together with refugee , Ho Da Brovayeh about my portrait of her on the ARA ‘To Tell Another’s Story” exhibition

2016 Arts Garden, Three D Radio 93.7 FM, Gillian Hunter, Interview together with Ho Da Brovayeh on the Australian Refugee Association Exhibition ‘To Tell Another’s Story” held at St Peter’s Town Hall

2013 ‘Arts Breakfast’, Paper Skins Dwelling Places exhibition, Hahndorf Academy, Interview, Radio Adelaide, South Australia,

2013, Radio 5AA, Paper Skins Dwelling Places exhibition, Hahndorf Academy

2006 ‘Art’s Breakfast’, the 2006 Association of Commonwealth Universities Arts Prize, Radio Adelaide, South Australia, 15th April 2006

2011 Lauryn Arnott, Migration and Transformation Exhibition, arts centre, Port Noarlunga, 2011 Adelaide Fringe The LinkAdelaide Podcast by Stephen Moylan, 2.16.11

Africa – (arrived in Australia in 2003)



Solo Exhibitions

1988 Newtown Gallery Exhibition, Newtown Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

1986 Market Theatre Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2002 Rose Korber Gallery exhibition, Art Consultancy, Cape Town, South Africa.

2001 Kunslergruppe DIE BURG und National Gallery of Zimbabwe/ Bulawayo. Burghausen, Germany.

2000 Ikons, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe.

1999 Sandros Gallery exhibition, Sandros Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe.

1997 10 Years of Award Winners, Harare, National Gallery of Zimbabwe National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

1996 The Longman Publishers’ Womens’ Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

1996 Annual Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

1995 Artists Press Group, Civic Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

1994 Graphic Creativa, Alur Aalto Museo, Museum of Central Finland.

1994 Annual Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

1992 Friends Choice, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

1992 Annual Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe

1991 Triennial Exhibition, touring all of the National Galleries in South Africa

1991 Painted People, Painted Spaces: works from South Africa, Zaire, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Newtown Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

1991 Zimbabwean Art Exhibition, Gaborone, National Gallery of Botswana.

1990 Woman Choose Woman, Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

1990 Gallery on the Market, 4 Woman artists, Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa

1989 Cassiere Fine Art Group Exhibition, Cassiere Fine Art, Johannesburg, South Africa.

1988 Women, Everad Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

1985 Tributaries- A View of Contemporary South African Art touring Germany.

1984 Masterworks on Paper, Cape Town, National Gallery of South Africa,

1994 Gallery International, Cape Town, South Africa.


2000 Painting Prize, Bulawayo, National Gallery, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

1996 Heritage Exhibition, Merit Award, National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe

1996 Longmans’ Women’s Exhibition, Merit Award, National Gallery, Harare

1994 Heritage Exhibition, Merit Award, National Gallery, Zimbabwe

1992 Heritage Exhibition Highly Commended Certificate, National Gallery, Zimbabwe

1981 New Signatures Prize, Durban, South Africa

Logan Prize for Drawing, Durban, South Africa

Major Catalogues

Pelmama Donation Exhibition 11 November 2009- 28 February 2010, Pretoria Museum, South Africa

Pelmama Permanent Art Collection 2007, published by the Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa, p 8, 14,15 

Annual Heritage Exhibition 1996, National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

Graphic Creativa 1993, Alur Aalto Museo, Museum of Central Finland.

Annual Heritage Exhibition 1994, National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

Annual Heritage Exhibition 1991, National Gallery of Zimbabwe

Cape Town Triennial 1991, Rembrandt Van Rijn Art Foundation, touring exhibition, South Africa, p 36, 106 

Friends’ Choice 1975 – 1991. An exhibition of works collected by the Friends of the SA National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, p 20, 43

Tributaries - A view of contemporary South African Art, Ricky Burnett, Published by the Communication Department, BMW, South Africa, 1984, p 53.

Masterworks on Paper 18.10.84 – 2.12.84. The Friends of the SA National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Zimbabwe - Women between Worlds

"Sister of Mercy" - charcoal, clay & pastel on paper, 144 x 90cm

(South African National Gallery Cape Town)

"Journey Home" - won the International ACU Art Prize

charcoal & charcoal pencil on 300gsm Dessin paper

(Collection of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, London)

"Crossing Over" -

charcoal & charcoal pencil & collage on 300gsm Dessin paper, 162 x171cm

Original Skin -

"Death is a womb" - triptych  monoprint & charcoal on Fabriano Rosapino paper, 144x50cm

Mythology, the Feminine and the Transcendence

"Laugh Medusa for you are beautiful"

Paper Skins 1

(assemblage / installation / wall mounted with magnets)

charcoal & pastel drawing on collaged newspaper and 250gsm Canson paper,

140 x 120cm

Portraits of Humanity

Portrait of Mahroon Taheri for the 2016 Australian Refugee Association Exhibition - "To Tell Another's Story"

About Face series III

Mixed media on

300gsm Fabriano Paper,

37.5 x 28 cm

For Most of History Anonymous was a Woman

"Commemorating the unknown pioneer bride