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Claire Kirkup - Contemporary Artist

'I'm not sure what's better - starting or finishing a painting. So much joy and anguish in both'.

Summary of Exhibitions and Awards 


Group exhibition and opening night - February 2020 - Studio Gallery Sydney, Waterloo, NSW

Winter exhibition - July 2019- Studio Gallery Melbourne Armadale, Melbourne,Victoria 


Group exhibition - April 2018- Studio Gallery Melbourne inaugural opening. Cheltenham, Melbourne,Victoria 

'The fragrant garden' Group exhibition - April 2018- Traffic Jam Galleries Neutral Bay, Sydney. New South Wales

Group exhibition - Staff selection. October 2017- Traffic Jam Galleries, Neutral bay, Sydney, New South Wales

Group Exhibition - May 2016, Traffic Jam GalleriesNeutral Bay, Sydney. New South Wales

'All of us' Solo Show - November 2013,Redcliffe Jetty Contemporary, Art Gallery- Redcliffe, Queensland


Manyung Gallery show – December 2011, Sorrento, Victorian Peninsular


Manyung Gallery show – December 2009, Sorrento Victorian Peninsular 

'Fusion’ Solo Show - August 2009 Port Art Gallery, Port Melbourne, Victoria

'Metamorphosis’ Solo Show' - August 2008 Port Art Gallery. Port Melbourne, Victoria


‘Extraordinary Light’ group exhibition – February 2007  Port 

Art Gallery. Port Melbourne, Victoria

Manyung Gallery Show – December 2006,Sorrento, Victorian Peninsular

‘Water’ group exhibition – October 2006 Port Art Gallery Port Melbourne, Victoria  

Care Australia Silent Auction – July 2006 Port Art Gallery Port Melbourne, Victoria

Sydney Art Show – June 2006 New South Wales

Affordable Art Show Melbourne - April 2006, Carlton Exhibition Centre Victoria 

Manyung Gallery Show – December 2005 Sorrento, Victorian Peninsular


‘Face Off’ Exhibition – October 2005  Port Art Gallery Port Melbourne, Victoria 

Tsunami Fund RaiserAuction – March 2005 Gasworks Studio Port Melbourne, Victoria




Prizes and Awards 

2022 - Finalist - 'John Leslie Art Prize'  Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria.

2019 - Finalist - 'Len Fox Painting Award' Castlemaine Art Museum, Victoria.

2019 - Finalist - 'John Villiers outback Art prize' Winton QLD.


2014 Finalist –‘She’Annual Art Exhibition. Walker St Gallery. Dandenong. Victoria. 


2014 Finalist – Kingston Arts Centre, ‘Lens mist’photography competition. 

Melbourne. Victoria 


2005 Prize Winner – ‘Di Jackman Memorial Art Prize’

Melbourne. Victoria. 

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