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Kiera Brew Kurec completed her Master of Fine Art in 2014 at Victorian College of the Arts, her practice led research explored Performance, Ritual and Transformation, locating the history of contemporary performance practice in ancient ritual and shamanism.

Brew Kurec utilises live endurance performance, performance for video, photography and installation to explore the middle ground or ‘grey area’ mapping the physical and mental boundaries and the resulting space between two forces.

She has exhibited extensively through Melbourne and Australia as well as, New York, Oregon, Berlin and Penang. Brew Kurec directed The Projects temporary art gallery in the Yarra Ranges exhibiting an extensive program of contemporary artists who are affiliated with the area. She is the recipient of the National Association for Visual Artists Ignition Prize, Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant for Early Career Artists, Yarra Ranges Council Cultural Development Grant and the Copyright Agency Limited Career Fund. She has undertaken residencies and internships in Berlin, Oregon, New York, Glen Helen — West MacDonald Ranges, Mildura and Gippsland.

Education:
2013 — 2014: Masters of Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
2010: Bachelor of Fine Art, Honours (first class), Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
2005—2007: Bachelor of Fine Arts painting, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Object Permanence, Sawtooth, Launceston, Tasmania
2016 Object Permanence, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide
2015 An attempt to Harmonise, Bus Projects, Melbourne
2014 Exercises in Defining the Grey Area, Conduit Arts, Melbourne
2013 Each as the Other, West Space, Melbourne
2013 The Dual, Linden innovators, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne
2013 Center, The Projects, Yarra Ranges, Victoria
2012 Myself As An Island, Bus Projects, Melbourne
2012 The Fold, Rae and Bennett, Melbourne
2012 Give Me A Shot, Grace Exhibition Space, New York
2011 Give Me A Shot, Roller door Performance Space, Melbourne
2010 Border Crossings, West Space project room: The West Wing, Melbourne
2009 For Those Who Appreciate Nothing is Solid, Box Copy, Brisbane
2009 Dead Life, Seventh Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne
2009 Love Songs and Dedications, K—salon, Berlin
2009 Sent with Love, Takt gallery and residency Berlin
2008 Even Though It Hurt I Couldn’t Cry, TCB Art Inc Melbourne
2008 The Birthday Party, Victoria Park Gallery, Collingwood, Melbourne

Selected group shows

2015 Visiting Paradise, Cowwarr Art Space, Gippsland, Victoria
2015 Burrinja Climate Change Biennale, Yarra Ranges, Victoria
2015 Colour in Action, Penang, Malaysia
2014 Marvel, Hotel Windsor, Melbourne
2014 Industrial Estate, curatored by Kym Maxwell, Heidelberg, Melbourne 2013 Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Scholarship, Margaret Laurence Gallery, Melbourne
2013 The Projects Group Show, The Projects, Yarra Ranges, Victoria
2013 Luminescence, Hotel Windsor, Melbourne
2012 Fountain Art Fair, New York, New York
2012 Work In Progress, Like My Love Life, The Art School, presented by Chashama, New York
2010 Berliner Kunst Salon, Alte Schachthöfe Berlin
2010 TAKT, curatored by Antje Goren and Bernard Hass, Kulturamt Projektraum, Berlin
2010 The View From Here, 19 perspectives on Feminism, West Space as part of the Next Wave Festival, 2010
2008 Humming a New Diaspora, Curatored by Dunja Ramanic, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Play Heads, Alliance Francaise, St Kilda, Melbourne
2007 Do It Hans Ulrich Obrist International Art Project, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Parked!!, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Collingwood Underground Arts Park, Melbourne

Grants and Awards:

2016 Melbourne City Council, Test Sites Public Art grant
2015 Regional Training and Engagement Fund Victorian College of the Arts Cowwarr Art Space Residency Program
2014 National Association for Visual Artists Ignition Prize
2013 Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Scholarship, Short—listed
2013 and 2014 The Windsor Prize, Short—listed
2012 Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant for Early Career Artists
2012 Yarra Ranges Council, Cultural Development
2010 Copyright Agency Limited, Career Fund
2007 The Maud Glover Feeley Award


Residencies:
2015 The New Spatial Economy Movement, An Ecology for Objects and Actions, Mildura, Victoria, Australia
2015 Cowwarr Art space, Victoria, Australia
2012 Signal Fire, Oregon, USA
2009 Takt Berlin, Germany

Publications:

Bound Together: The Rae and Bennett Gallery, 2012
Runway Australian Contemporary Art Magazine, Issue 16, Disappearance Ways of Doing: T&A and the F—ing Gaze, Talia Linz, 2010
The View From Here, 19 perspectives on Feminism, 2010

Positions:

2012 – 2013 Director, The Projects, Contemporary Art Space, Yarra Ranges, Victoria
2011 – 2012 Intern, Franklin Furnace Archive Inc, New York