Chelsea Lehmann holds a Bachelor of Visual Art (Hons) from Adelaide Central School of Art (1998) and was a visiting scholar at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland (1999) courtesy of the Ruth Tuck Scholarship. She has an MFA (Research) from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW (2007) and a PhD (UNSW Art & Design, 2018) which focussed on the ways art conservation imaging practices inform the way we see art. Lehmann has been the recipient of several awards, grants and local and international residencies and has exhibited widely in Australia. Her current work focuses on retrieving layers of images within the painted surface through scientific imaging techniques such as x-ray and infrared, and physical erasure. Her aim is to highlight relations between layers of material, between material and image and between technology and image production. 





2018                       PhD, UNSW Art & Design

2004-07                 Master of Fine Arts (Research), College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales

1995-98                 Bachelor of Visual Art (Hons), Adelaide Central School of Art, South Australia

1994                       Certificate, Visual Art Practice, North Adelaide School of Art, South Australia



2018                       The Articulate Surface, UNSW Galleries, Sydney

2016                       Archive, MOP Projects, Sydney

2016                       Efface (collaboration with Luke Thurgate) Strange Neighbour, Vic

2015                       The Original of Laura, Interlude Gallery, Sydney

2014                       Contested Surfaces, SAS Gallery, Sydney

2011                       Mise en Scène, Greenaway Gallery, SA

2011                       La Chasse, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney

2010                       Time is Then, Adelaide Central Gallery, SA

2007                       Nabokov’s Garden, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney

2006                       Sample Locations, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney

2003                       Lehmann/Graham (with Damien Graham), Adelaide Central Gallery, SA

2002                       Shadow, Depot Gallery, Sydney

2002                       Shadow [Preview] , Cube Contemporary Art, Bowden SA



2018                      The Drawing Exchange, Rayner Hoff Gallery, National Art School, Sydney

2018                      2018 Invitational, Home@735 Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2018                      Bad Mannerism, Galerie pompom, Sydney (curator)

2017                      FRAN Fest (Feminism Renewal Art Network) exhibition, BMG Gallery, Adelaide, SA

2016                      Painting Twice, Praxis ARTSPACE, SA

2016                      Kennedy Art Prize Exhibition,  Adelaide SA (finalist)

2016                      PG Research Conference exhibition, AD Space, UNSW Art & Design

2016                      Tim Olsen Drawing Prize exhibition, Kudos Gallery, UNSW Art & Design (selected)

2015                      PG Research Conference exhibition, IDG gallery, UNSW Art & Design

2015                      Tim Olsen Drawing Prize exhibition, Kudos Gallery, UNSW Art & Design (selected)

2015                      Drawing Now, AD Space, UNSW Art & Design

2015                      Iconoclasts, Airspace Projects, NSW

2014                      Telling, Adelaide Central Gallery, SA

2014                      Through the mirror ball, BMG Gallery, Adelaide SA

2014                      Monochrome, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney

2014                      The Democracy of Drawing, Airspace Projects, Sydney

2013                      Green-growth International Art Exhibition, Incheon Art and Culture Centre, Incheon, Korea

2013                      Portia Geach Memorial Award exhibition, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney (finalist)

2013                      Drawing Now, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

2012                      Portia Geach Memorial Award exhibition, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney (finalist)

2012                      nVisage, Adelaide Central Gallery, SA

2011                      Lethbridge Small Painting Prize, Lethbridge Gallery, QLD (finalist)

2010                      Advertiser Business SA Contemporary Art Prize Exhibition, Advertiser building, SA (finalist)

2009                      Whyalla Art Prize exhibition, Whyalla, SA (finalist)

2008                      FLESH 08, Arthouse gallery, Sydney

2007                      Shades of the Real, Adelaide Central Gallery, SA

2007                      Portia Geach Memorial Award exhibition, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney (finalist)

2006                      Westpac Redlands Art Prize exhibition, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney (selected)

2006                      Drawcard, National Art School, Sydney

2006                      Swan Hill Print and Drawing Acquisitive Award, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery (finalist)

2006                      Group Exhibition, Mori Gallery, Sydney

2006                      The Colour of Saffron, SASA gallery, Adelaide

2005                      SODA Small Painting Prize, Sydney (finalist)

2005                      Elastic, COFA Student Association Emerging Art Award (finalist)

2004                      Freudian Slip, BMG Gallery, Adelaide, SA

2004                      Drawing Today, Adelaide Central Gallery (selected for touring exhibition, SA)

2004                      FLESH, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney

2004                      Barcelona Room and Other Spaces, Greenaway Art Gallery, SA (collaboration with Jonathan Dady)

2004                      Universal Playground Exhibition, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide

2004                      MCQ International Art Prize exhibition, Sydney (finalist)

2003                      Kedumba Drawing Award Exhibition, Wentworth Falls NSW (finalist)

2003                      Group Exhibition, Kendalls Fine Art, Chelsea Gallery, London

2002                      Steinhoff Scholarship Exhibition, Fleurieu Biennale, McLaren Vale, SA (finalist)

2002                      Cube Contemporary Art at the Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne

1999                      Student Exhibition: Mackintosh Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

1999                      Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition, Gerard & Goodman Building, SA (selected)

1998                      The Nexus Fleurieu Scholarship Exhibition, McLaren Vale, SA (finalist)

1998                      Ruth Tuck Scholarship Award Exhibition, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide (winner)



2018                      Art and Design Grant (Arc UNSW)

2016                      PRSS Conference Travel Grant, Graduate Research School, UNSW 

2016                      Research project, funded by Ide Advanced Imaging Lab, Kyoto University, Japan

2015                      Research project, Ide Advanced Imaging Lab, Kyoto University, Japan

2015                      Faculty Student Travel Grant UNSW Art & Design

2015                      NSW Artists Grant

2014                      COFA Art and Design Grant

2014 -2017           Australian Postgraduate Award, UNSW

2010                      Résidence copiste, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris

2010                      Independent Makers and Presenters Project Grant, Arts SA

2010                      Project Grant, Helpmann Academy, SA

2009                      Recipient, Reunion Island ADCNI Biennale Residency (not undertaken)

2008                      Listed, ‘50 Most Collectable Artists’ Australian Art Collector Magazine

2007                      Artist in residence, Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery, SA

2007                      NAVA Marketing Grant, NSW

2005                      Recipient, Sanskriti Kendra Residency (Helpmann Academy), New Delhi, India

2003                      Artist in residence, Pembroke High School, Adelaide

2002                      Artist in residence, St Ignatius College, Adelaide

1999                      Visiting student: BA Fine Art (Hons) Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

1998                      Selected, Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition (merit-based selection, highest achieving graduates)

1998                      Ruth Tuck Scholarship Award (Glasgow School of Art)



Bad Mannerism, Galerie pompom, May 2018

Iconoclasts, Airspace Projects, Sydney, February, 2015

Telling,  Adelaide Central Gallery, SA, SALA Festival Exhibition, 22 July–19 August, 2014



Aksman-Glosz, James, 'An echo of how we live'; review of exhibition ‘The Original of Laura’ (online), Aug 19, 2015

Adelaide Central School of Art, education feature: Chelsea Lehmann, The Adelaide Review, Dec 2014

Art Interview, SALA Festival, Radio 5MV, ABC Riverland SA, Aug 20, 2002

'Bad Mannerism', Sydney Morning Herald, (The shortlist), May 4, 2018

Bull, Chris,’ Exploring the interaction between realism and painterly expression’, Update magazine, Issue no.69, Sept–Nov 2010

‘Different View’, Adelaide Matters (digital edition), Oct 27th 2011

Dutkiewicz Adam, 'Different Strokes', The Advertiser, November 5th 2003

Dutkiewicz, Adam, ‘So Long Bugs Bunny, Hello South Park’, The Advertiser, July 22nd 2002

Fortescue, Elizabeth, ‘Thief had his eye on Fine Art’, The Daily Telegraph, Sept 23rd 2011

'Group Exhibition: Christian Lock, Johnnie Dady and Chelsea Lehmann', Australian Art Collector (web) Oct 17th 2011

McDonald, Rosa Stella, 'Raining on the inside', catalogue text accompanying exhibition 'Archive', MOP projects, 2016

Lloyd, Tim, ‘Playground of Paint’, The Advertiser, February 26th 2004

McDonald, Patrick, ‘The Very Highest Art Form’, The Advertiser, July 26th 2003

Neylon, John, ‘Little Gems’, Adelaide Review, July 16th 1999

Neylon, John, ‘The Sentiment Is Bittersweet’, Adelaide Review, November 15th 2003

Nunn, Louise, ‘Chelsea in a small world after all’, The Advertiser, July 5th 2010

Nunn, Louise, ‘Interview’, Weekend Magazine, The Advertiser, August 3rd 2003

Taylor, Rod, Chelsea Lehmann: La Chasse, exhibition catalogue, 2011

Walker, Wendy, ‘The Young Figure It Out’, The Advertiser, July 29th 2000

Walker, Wendy and Dutkiewicz, Adam, ‘Galleries Come Alive’, The Advertiser, August 18th 2001



Private collection of director Claude d’Anthenaise, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris

Ide Advanced Imaging Lab, Kyoto university, Japan

Private collections in Australia, France and London



2010 - present

2010 - present

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