Liam Garstang’s practice is trans-disciplinary; typically his concepts resolve themselves in installations that involve sculpture, video, ceramics, and printmedia. His works are based on personal, generational, and collective events and iconography, as well as the excavation of emotional responses to place. A strong sense of the performative also underpins his work, inasmuch as it is oriented around notions of ritualisation, presence and the gesture.
For his 2018 exhibition ‘The Shepherd’s Crook’, Liam Garstang recorded a video interview in the gallery with George Popov. You can view the interview below.
Born 1983, Wagga Wagga, NSW. Lives and works in Sydney.
2008, Bachelor of Visual Arts, Honours (First Class), Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney
2014 – Current, Gallery Manager, SCA Galleries, Sydney College of the Arts
2016, Curator, Sunday Punch, St Jerome’s Laneways Festival, Sydney
2017, Curator, Nice One Picasso, St Jerome’s Laneways Festival, Sydney
2017 There’ll Be No More Shepherds (The Homecoming), Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
2013 To Kill The Saudade, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Project Space, Adelaide
2012 There’ll Be No More Shepherds, Cassa da Zorra, Evora, Portugal
2012 The Old Times Were Certainly The Scariest, Megalo Print Studios + Gallery, Canberra
2012 ‘With Eyelids Cut Off’, (with Adam Geczy), Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, Riddoch Art Gallery, Mt Gambier
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize, Space Gallery, Sydney
2017 Nice One Picasso, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Sydney
2017 New Acquisitions: From the Collections of Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga
2016 Sunday Punch, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Sydney
2013 The Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists’ Travel Scholarship, SCA Galleries, Sydney
2011 – 2013 Familiar/Unfamiliar, (curated by Rona Green) Latrobe Regional Gallery,
3contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, Tweed River Art Gallery, Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Cessnock Regional Gallery, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
2011 Freemantle Print Prize, Freemantle Arts Centre, Freemantle
2011 Performance 3, Peloton Gallery, Sydney
2011 In Residence, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, Canberra
2010 Print Big, (curated by Alison Alder) Fitters Workshop, Canberra
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Print Council of Australia
Megalo Print Archive
Private Collections, Sydney, Canberra
2017 Winner, Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize
2013, Finalist, The Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists’ Travel Scholarship, Sydney College of the Arts
2012 Artist in Residence, OBRAS Centre for Arts and Science, Evoramonte, Portugal
2011 Australia Council ArtStart Grant
2011 Finalist, Freemantle Print Prize, Freemantle Arts Centre, Freemantle
2010 Artist in Residence Award, Megalo Print Studios, Canberra
2008 The University of Sydney Honours Scholarship for Academic Excellence
2007 1st prize Drawing, Kempsey Council Art Award, (Judged by Prof Joanna Mendelssohn)
2007 The Charles William Wentworth Bursary, The University of Sydney
2017 L Elliot, From Downside with Love, Weekend Advertiser, The Daily Advertiser, 19th Aug, p12
2013 A Geczy, To Kill The Saudade, exh cat.
2012 A Geczy, With Eyelids Cut Off, exh. cat.
2012 A Geczy, With Eyelids Cut Off, IMPRINT, Vol 47 No.3, p28
2012 L Elliot, Eyes Wide Open, Weekend Advertiser, The Daily Advertiser, 26th May, p13
2012 J Guy, Corvus Days, The Old Times Were Certainly The Scariest, exh. cat.
2011 C Morrow, Around the galleries, The South Sydney Herald, 11th Sept 2011, Review p14
2011 A Alder, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, ACT, IMPRINT, Vol 46 No.3, p5
2010 B McConchie, Print Big, exh. cat.
2010 J Williams, Studio the image of success after 30 years, The Canberra Times, Sat 16th Oct, News, p7
2010 J Cheney, In praise of printing to impress, The Canberra Times, Sat 16th Oct, Review, p28