Merilyn Fairskye

Merilyn Fairskye is a Sydney-based artist who exhibits widely both in Australia and overseas. Her artwork encompasses a broad range of media and methods from public artwork to video installations, films and photo-based works. She teaches in the Photomedia Studio at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. (Full CV available as a pdf download.)

Recent Exhibitions/Solo shows/festivals

Velocity, Drill Hall Gallery, ACT
38th Alice Springs Art Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, NT
China, June 4, White Box Gallery, New York
The Sceptical Image, Sydney College of the Arts Galleries, Rozelle

Sydney Undreground Film Festival, Sydney
Perth Revelation International Film Festival, Perth
After Image, Stills Gallery on the Street, Sydney
City of Hobart Art Prize 2013, Tasmanian Art Gallery and Museum, Hobart
Out of this World, William Wright Arts Projects, Sydney
Going Green Film Festival, Los Angeles
Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award 2013, Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Byron Bay International Film Festival, Byron Bay

Artists’ Alphabets, MoMA, NY, USA
8th Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival, Doha, Qatar
(nominee, Al Jazeera Documentary Channel Award for Long Film)
Cinema Verde, Fl. USA (Cinema Verité Award)
I AM WHAT I PLAY, Cellblock Theatre, Sydney (curated screening)

Precarious, Stills Gallery, Sydney
The Screening Room, Cellblock Theatre, Sydney (curated screening)
Sydney to Sookmyung, Sookmyung Women's University Museum, Soeul, Korea
Toxicity, Sydney College of the Arts Galleries, Sydney
New Age: New Media, Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing; Jinan Art Exhibition
Centre; Art Hangzhou Expo; Sichuan Fine Art Academy Art Gallery, China; Beijing International New Media Art,
Songzhuang Art Museum, China; Queensland University of Technology;
Art Projects Hobart; Federation Square, Melbourne

William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne,br /> 59th Blake Prize, NAS Gallery, Darlinghurst
(Australian) divergence, Songzhuan Art Festival, Sunshine International Museum, Songzhuan, China
2010 City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
Eighty Tales from the Vault: Manly Art Gallery & Museum 1930-2010, Manly Art Gallery and Museum
Time and Space, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney
My Favourite Australian, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
Homeland, International House, Philadelphia
Figuring LandscapesLandscapes, moving image work from the UK and Australia: Melbourne Cinematheque

2009 Sydney Underground Film Festival, the Factory Theatre, Marrickville
100, Stills Gallery, Sydney
Slot – 5 Years 50 Windows, Slot Gallery and various sites, Sydney
Figuring Landscapes, moving image work from the UK and Australia, Tate Modern, London; Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

My Favourite Australian, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Figuring Landscapes, moving image work from the UK and Australia, multiple venues (2008-2009)
Video Ground: Recent moving image works from Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand, Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Bangkok; Chicago Film Studies Center, Chicago, and touring throughout 2008
Video Monologs Italia 08, laboratorio global de monologos y videos, Festival Salento Negroamaro, various public sites, Lecce, Italy

24th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel, Germany
Artists as Social Commentators, Many Art Gallery and Museum, Manly
Homelands Video Festival, Arts Latina 07, Centro Estatal de las Artes, Instituto de Cultura de Baja California, Mexico
Stills Gallery, Cologne Art Fair, Cologne, Germany
Discovering the Other, National Palace Museum, Taipei
Crop, Slot Gallery, Redfern... More


Merilyn Fairskye's screen works have been shown at many national and international venues, including: International Film Festival Rotterdam; Sydney Film Festival; Videobrasil International Electronic Arts Festival; Oberhausen Short Film Festival; World Wide Video Festival, The Hague; WRO International Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Museum of Sydney; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; International Festival of New Film, Split;, Experimenta Media Arts Festival, Melbourne... More

Awards and Grants

Merilyn Fairskye's work has been recognised through many awards and residencies including a Rockefeller Foundation residency at Bellagio, Italy and PS1 Museum, New York. She has been the recipient of major grants ....More


She has undertaken a variety of public artworks, including independently generated projects as well as commissions...More

Public Collections

Her work is represented in national and international public collections, as well as many corporate and private collections...More


It has been extensively written about and reviewed in the media...More