About Marlaina Read

Marlaina Read is an artist from Adelaide, Australia. Her practice uses immersive and ephemeral site-specific installation, photography, sound and film. She is interested in exploring affect, in particular where industry, spirituality the environment and the human intersect—drawing out traces and histories found in folklore, place marking and ritual.


Master of Fine Art, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2014
Bachelor of Visual Art (Hons), University of Sydney, 2005
Visual Communication and Media Arts, Universitat der Kunste, Berlin, 2004


2019 Song of Sibyls, Edmonton Festival (forthcoming)
2017 Chora, Carriageworks, Sydney
2017 Song of Sibyls, Verge Gallery, Sydney
2017 El Cant de la Sibilla, Chapelle St-Louis, Montreal
2016 Song of Sibyls, Banff Centre, Canada
2016 This is Spiritual and Physical, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne
2014 Monument to Decay, Mustarinda, Finland
2014 TOO YOUNG TOO LIGHT TO WORK, Bus Projects, Melbourne
2013 A Place Prepared for Sleep, Skagastrond, Iceland
2012 Terrains of Hesitation, CoFA Space, Sydney
2011 Do you have a recurring dreamspace? Kudos Gallery, Sydney
2011 Dwell, Format Gallery as part of Format Festival, Adelaide
2010 Markers for better living (tree), Format Gallery, Adelaide
2010 On My Shore, ESP Gallery, Sydney

2018 NES 10 Years, NES, Iceland
2018 Taming space, 107 Projects, Sydney
2017 A place of all return, Airspace, Sydney
2017 Dispar, as part of Electrofringe and Vivid Festival, 107 Projects, Sydney
2016 Blake Prize, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
2015 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney
2015 Looking In Looking Out, curated by Talia Smith, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney
2015 BEAMS Art Festival, Gaffa Gallery Program curated by Talia Smith, Sydney
2014 Double Mint Gum, Mint Studios as part of Format Festival, Adelaide
2014 Slow Video, TRANZAC, Toronto
2013 ORGI4, curated by ORGI Collective, Kings Ari, Melbourne
2013 Summer We Go Public, curated by Melody Woodnutt, NES, Iceland
2013 Opið Hús, NES, Iceland
2012 GHOST HOLE IV, curated by Vanessa Rieger, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto
2012 Roseanne / Angry, curated by Amira Hajar, Format Gallery, Adelaide
2012 Alive and Well, Firstdraft, Sydney
2010 Mythologies, Fausto Coppi Space as part of Format Festival, Adelaide
2010 Works 2004-2005, The Reading Room, Adelaide
2009 Format + 2% BIG, Queens Theatre, Adelaide


2018 Taming Space, Exhibition Catalogue, 107 Projects (forthcoming)
2017 Editor and Publisher of INVISIBLE CITY online PDF art magazine, www.invisiblecity.org
2017 Exhibition Catalogue, Song of Sibyls, Maybe The Apocalypse Is Just What We Need, essay by Ann Deslandes, Verge Gallery, Sydney
2016 Exhibition Catalogue, 64th Blake Prize, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
2015 Interview, Blood Work: Magdalena Olszanowski, nomorepotlucks, Issue 25, Canada
2014 Exhibition Catalogue, TOO YOUNG TOO LIGHT TO WORK, essays by Alanna Lorenzon and Chloe Langford, Bus Projects, Melbourne
2013 Exhibition Catalogue, Summer We Go Public, NES, Iceland
2012 Article and images, YEN Magazine, Issue 56, Australia
2012 Article, Peering into the Ghost Hole, Christopher McKinnon, Toronto Artscape
2011 Interview, Canvas on FBI Radio, Sydney
2011 Interview, 2SER Radio, Sydney
2010 Summer show, Light Journeys, online photography magazine curated by U.K Frederick and Lee Grant, Australia
2010 Review, Songs to Dance to Song to Die to, Five Thousand, Adelaide
2010 Catalogue, FORMAT Collective Annual, Adelaide
2010 Exhibition Catalogue, Mythologies, Format Gallery, Adelaide
2009 Essay, Transience and Transgression, INVISIBLE CITY, Issue 2, Australia

2017 Residency and Grant, Carriageworks, Sydney
2017 Residency, UNSW, Environmental Art, Smiths Lake Research Station, NSW
2017 Artist Talk, Song of Sibyls, Verge Gallery, Sydney
2016 Finalist, Blake Prize, Sydney
2015 Finalist, Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, Sydney
2014 Residency, Mustarinda, Finland
2013 Artist Talk, Rannsóknasetri Háskóla Íslands, Skagastrond, Iceland
2013 Residency, NES Artist Residency, Skagastrond, Iceland
2012 Residency, The Portable Hole, Artscape Gibralter Point, Toronto
2011 Artist Talk, “Landscapes as memory spaces” in Performative Space Panel as part of Art as Laboratory Forum, UNSW Art and Design, Sydney
2010 Residency, Artscape Gibralter Point, Toronto
2009 Workshop, “Online Publishing and Invisible City”, as part of Format Festival, Adelaide
2006 Selected as one of 25 artists under 25 by Art and Australia Magazine and Noise, Australia
2004 Exchange program to Universitat der Kunste, Berlin
2004 Scholarship, Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Exchange, University of Sydney


Tacita Dean, Sophie Calle, Adam Fuss, Ana Mendieta, Magdalena Jetelová, Theresa Margollas, Doug Aitkin, Omar Fast, Richard Mosee, Guido Van de Werve