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Narinda Cook is a Naarm/Melbourne based artist working across spatial practice, photography, video and drawing. She uses children’s arts materials, with intent to play with time and evoke nostalgia and memory.  Her work often responds to the body and architecture creating site-specific environments. Her current series questions the use of unsustainable materials and their contribution to the anthropocene. Her work is held in private collections nationally and internationally.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018            Moon, Little....No BIG

2017            Wasted: Finding melting Point,Trocadero Art Space

2016            Play, Artplay

2015            Play, Incinerator Gallery

2007            Play, Linden New Art

2005            Nine3, in collaboration with Paul Irving, Bus Gallery

2003            Dot2dot, 24/7

2001            Botbotscape, Westspace

2000            Plasticins blobulis, Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces

1999            Eyecandy, Parlour 2000

1997            Hundreds and Thousands, Gogo Gallery

1996            Illusive Realms, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne University

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020            Picturing Footscray Photography Prize, Victoria University, online exhibition

2020            McClelland National Small Sculpture Award 2020, McClelland Gallery, online exhibition

2020            Angel Exchange, hosted by Bus Projects, instigated by Zara Sully

2020            Small Mercies Fundraiser, curated by Tara Gilbee, Creative Spaces River Studios

2019            Friends and Family, Daine Singer

2019            Colour Chameleon, with Tara Gilbee and Melinda Harper, The Project Space                              Deakin University

2019            BIG/SMALL, curated by Matto Lucas, Motley Bauhaus

2019            Ghost Without a Home, curated by Jess Wilson, Rubicon ARI

2018            House Party : A Group Exhibition, curated by Jess Wilson, Coburg

2018            Trocadero Art Space Fundraiser and End of Year Party

2016            Standing Ovation, Trocadero Art Space

2015            Allot, Trocadero Art Space

2009            Wallpaper, Trocadero Art Space 

2008            Williamstown Festival Art Prize, Substation

2007            The Space In Between #4, curated by Tara Gilbee, Margaret Lawerance                                     Gallery, Melbourne;  Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo; Umbrella Arts Studios,                                  Townsville; and LaTrobe Regional Gallery, La Trobe

2005            A4 Art, Westspace

                    Selecta, Westspace

                    Toyutopia, Yarra Sculpture Gallery

                    Williamstown Festival Art Prize, Substation

2003            I heard It On The Grapevine..., curated by Zara Stanhope, Heide Museum of                               Modern Art

2002            While Stocks Last, curated by Gabby O'Connor, Enjoy Public Art Gallery,                                    Wellington, NZ

                    The Space In between, in collaboration with Gabby O'connor, curated by Tara                           Gilbee, Platform Artist Spaces

2001            Best Practice, curated by Samantha Comte, Monash Faculty Gallery

2000            Make It Yourself, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne Festival               

                    Salt, sugar, plasticine and string with Gabby O'Connor, Artist Made Objects

1999            Gertrude St Studio Artists, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces

                    New Horizons, Curated by Shaun Wilson, as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival,                          Mass Gallery

1998            Sophia, with Emilia Storm, curated by David Thomas, Bridge: Construction In                             Process IV, Melbourne
1996            Box, Next Wave Festival, VCA Gallery

1995            Like A Rash It Spreads, curated by Rachel Brusachi202 Gertrude St


Curatorial Projects

2022       Conscious Projections, Artspace at Realm, Maroondah City Council, featuring Alison Bennett, Roberta Rich, Jonathan Homesy and Diimpa

2021       DIS/Connected, Maroondah Federation Estate, featuring Konrad Winkler, Cherry Hood, Larry Jenkins and Kate James

2021       Light and Shadow - Works from the Maroondah Art Collection, Maroondah Federation Estate featuring Jill Orr, Lin Onus, Martin King, Karen Kasey, Edward Blinter, Paul Andrew Compton, Ben Reid, Judy Holding, Peter Lyssiotis and Catherine Woo.

2019       Knocking at Newell’s, in conjunction with West Projections, incorporating projections, artist talks, performance and a talk at the Greek Orthodox Church

2016       Standing Ovation, co-curated with Georgia Banks, Trocadero Art Space featuring Julie Sheils, Kate Just, Gabby O’Connor, Georgia Banks and Narinda Cook


2009            Masters of Visual Art, Monash, deffered

1993-1996   Bachelor Fine Art Sculpture, VCA

Prizes, Grants and Residencies

2020             APHIDS No Contest Art Prize, 2020, Recipient

2020             McClelland National Small Sculpture Award 2020, Finalist

2020             Picturing Footscray, Recipient of Third Prize

2015-16        ARTSBOX Studio Residency, City of Maribyrnong

2001             Recipient of Pat Corrigan Grant managed by NAVA

1999-2001    Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces - Studio Residency


2019-2020    General member, West Projections Committee

2018             Chair, West Projections Committee

2019-2020    Advisor, Trocadero Art Space Committee

2015-18        President, Trocadero Art Space



2016             Artplay, The Art of Play: Abstract Sculptures

2016             Incinerator Arts Complex, The Art of Play: Abstract Sculptures, The Sound of Play:                      Meditation and Abstract Collage

Artist Assistant

2009-14        Artist assistant for Julie Shiels for private collections, public sculpture Albert                               St, South Melbourne and public sculpture Hampton Rd, Hampton, Melbourne

2005             Artist assistant for Arterial Collective inconjunction with Vicky Couzens, Treahna                          Hamm and Lee Darroch’s public artwork Birrarung Wilam, Birrarung Marr/Yarra River, Melbourne

2005             Sculptors assistant for Vengeance Productions, Ghost Rider

1996-2001    Artist assistant for Arcana Pursuits Kaleidoscopes


Comte, Samantha, Best Practice, Exhibition catalogue, 2001

Comte, Samantha, 2000 Gertrude St Studio Artists Show, Exhibition catalogue

Comte, Samantha, Plasticinis Blobulis, exhibition catalogue, 2000

Comte, Samantha, make It Yourself: Gerturde St Studio Artists 1999, Exhibition Catalogue, 1999

Cotching, Kate, Seleckta, Exhibition Catalogue, 2005

Gilbee, Tara ,The Space In Between, Exhibition catalogue, 2001

Maylon, Craig, Narinda Cook Essay, Art Right Now 2, Discovery Media, 2002

Nelson, Robert, Playful Pick of the Crop, THE AGE, August, 2003

Nelson, Robert, Greater Prestige for regions, THE AGE, 2001

Nelson, Robert, From Here to Eternity, and Make it Snappy, THE AGE, December 2000

Stanhope, Zara, Nine3, Narinda Cook and Paul Irving,Unmagazine, 2005

Walsh, Brecon, Construction in Process IV: The Bridge, Globe 1998










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