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Kirsty Martinsen
Curriculum Vitae

2022         TwilightSync Australia Council for the Arts with Canada Council for the Arts

2019         Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) Talent Camp

2016-7      Diploma Live Production Design,  Adelaide College of the Arts

2000-03     Diploma of Painting, New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, NY

1989-92     BA Visual Art, University of South Australia, Adelaide​



2021         Finalist Tatiara Art Prize, Border Town SA

2020         Aspire Award for The Arts Nominee, Victorian Supreme Court/Miranda Bain Foundation

2018         Mercedes Matter/Ambassador Middendorf Award NYSS Alumni Exhibition, NY 

2003         Merit Award for Painting, NY Studio School

2001         Sally and Milton Avery Award

2001.        Steve and Lety Swartz Scholarship

2000         Arts SA Scholarship to New York Studio School

2000.        Dyason Bequest, Art Gallery of NSW



2023        ArtsSA Project funding for Stages 1-3 Creative Development of Bodiness: hands like wings

2018        FULL TILT SBS/ SA Film Corp Short Documentary Limited Surrender commissioned for SBSonDemand        
2018.       Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability Arts Access Grant 

2017        Jo Bannon Performance Residency, Adelaide 

2015        Australia Council for the Arts SYNC Leadership Training for Disabled Artists, Adelaide 

2014        Richard Llewellyn Art and Disability Trust Project Grant 

2010        Richard Llewellyn Art and Disability Trust Project Grant 

2005        Bundanon residency

2002-3     New York Studio School Scholarship NY Studio School

2002.       Chautauqua School of Art Residency Chautauqua, NY

2002.       Theodore R. Colborn Scholarship

2002.       The Chautauqua General Scholarship 



2023       Bodiness: hands like wings. Free-range Residency at The Mill, July/August

2023       Bodiness: hands like wings. Adhocracy,  Vitalstatistix August/September

2023       Bodiness: hands like wings. POP Gallery Sept

2022       Bodiness: embodiment dance with Erin Fowler to complete our call and response collaboration at The Mill

2022       Bodiness: call and response, The Mill Gallery, Adelaide

2017        Bodiness Showing, The Mill Breakout Space, Adelaide

2017       Jo Bannon Performance Residency, Adelaide 

2017        Bodiness Showing ACArts, Adelaide

2017       Jérôme Bel’s GALA, Scott Theatre, Adelaide Festival of Arts

2016       Summer in Spring Written by Patricia Cornelius, Directed by Maude Davey for No Strings Attached Theatre of                                  Disability, Bakehouse Theatre,  Adelaide Fringe Festival


Solo Exhibitions

2023        The Jabiru Series UCity Art Studio, SALA

2022        Bodiness: call and response dance-drawing collaboration with Erin Fowler 

2020        Sunset Soirée intimate showing of my sunset drawings in my apartment, Adelaide 

2020        Our Lady: en feu, The Mill Gallery,  Adelaide

2018        Hindsight, Royal Adelaide Hospital,  Adelaide

2015        Sleep, FELTspace, Adelaide

2007        My Red Shoes and The Loneliness Project, Adelaide 

2002        Opposing Forces, Australian Consulate-General New York

2000        my emotional body, SEAS Gallery, Adelaide

1997        Blisters. Kodo, Amsterdam


Selected Group Exhibitions

2022        Apparent Divide, Praxis Gallery, Bowden 

2021        Finalist Exhibition Tatiara Art Prize, Bordertown

2021        Showcase, Fleurieu Art House, McLaren Vale

2018        X Marks The Spot: Women of The NYSS, NYSS Alumni Exhibition 

2018        HYTY? (Have You Tried Yoga?),The Mill Gallery, Adelaide. Curator

2016        Tender Thing, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide

2014        Custom The Mill Resident Artists Show, The Mill Gallery
2014.       Mt Gretna School of Art Benefit Auction, Lancaster Galleries, Pennsylvania USA
2011        SOL Recent work by Kirsty Martinsen and Georgia Thorpe, Hahndorf Academy
2008        Heysen Prize for Landscape Painting, Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf (Commendation)

2008.       Stockroom show, Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide

2007         Heysen Prize for Landscape Painting, Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf

2007         91.5 Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide 

2005         Drawing is a Verb, Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide

2004         Notation, NY Studio School Alumni Show, Parker’s Box Gallery. Brooklyn NY

2003         The Merit Show, NY Studio School, NY 

Film Credits

2018         Writer/Director Limited Surrender, Documentary Commissioned by SBS on demand and SAFC through FULL TILT

2017         Creator Breathe (Winner Mercedes Matter/Ambassador Middendorf Award at NY Studio School Alumni Show)

1999         Art Department Attachment, CUT

1998         Art Department Love Story Pilot, London


Public Collections and Commissions

Tanner Mulller Poetry Zine Regurgitate

BaptCare Australia

Brooklyn Art Library, New York USA

Australian Consulate-General, New York USA

Hospital For Joint Diseases, New York USA

Bundanon Trust, Australia


Private Collections

Australia, UK, USA, Singapore, Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur

Select Employment

2021-present        Committee Member NAVA Disability Access and Inclusion Reviewer

2004-present        Private Drawing Teacher at The Mill, Parkinsons SA, MS Society

2011-2019             Project Officer, Peer Coordinator, Workshop Coordinator and Volunteer Disability Arts Transition Team (DATT) /                                         Access2Arts (A2A)

2015/16                Panel Member Richard Llewellyn Art and Disability, Community and Disability Art Organisations Arts SA

2008-2011            Workshop Co-ordinator/Administration Assistant Restless Dance Theatre

2006-2008            Community Visual Artist/ Arts facilitator NEAMI Northern Adelaide and UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide

2003                     Stage Crew Columbia University Horan Mann Theatre

2003.                    Personal Assistant Sue Scott NY-based writer, art consultant and curator

2001-2003            Assistant Program Coordinator New York Studio School

2001                     Studio Assistant to several NY-based Artists including Graham Nickson, Jane Hammond, Suzanne McClelland,                                            Idelle Weber, Anita Thatcher 


Press and Further Reading

“Transfiguring/Sleep” Caroline Reid for FELTspace December 2015

“Sunny Outlook” Adelaide Matters Magazine April 2011

‘Let The Sun Shine’ Adelaide Review April 2011

Radio Adelaide Arts Breakfast April 29 2011
Radio Adelaide interview with Stephanie Kabanyana SA Composers Symposium, June 15 2006

“Transcribing the Masters” Kirsty Martinsen, Artdate Oct/Nov 2004

“My Space (is an amazing place)” a short film about my life in Spanish Harlem, SBS TV Adelaide Jan 2004

“Creative Diaspora- Australian Artists in New York” Natalie Latham, Oct 2003

“Art and Life”, Kirsty Martinsen, Artstate Magazine issue 20

“Greetings From New York”, Kirsty Martinsen, Artstate Magazine issue 15

“Undiscovered Talents of Australian Art” Samela Harris, Australian Art Collector issue 12 April 2000

“My Emotional Body” David O’Brien, dbmagazine, issue 215 Feb 16 2000

“Body Language” Samela Harris, The Advertiser Feb1 2000

“New York Bound” Mel Hein, The Advertiser Feb7 2000

“My Emotional Body” John Chalmers, Rip It Up Magazine Jan 27 2000

“Emerging Artist Bound for New York” Artstate Magazine issue 13

“An Inaugural Twelve Months” Tony Kirkman, Art Monthly Australia Feb 2000

Radio 5UV Arts Breakfast Jan 27 2000

AM Adelaide, Channel 7 Jan 28 2000

“Art fails to paint out a shame image” Brady Haran, The Advertiser April 15 2000

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